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FTC may sue Pre-Paid Legal Services Thursday, November 19, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributor - www.IdentityTheft.info The FTC sent Pre-Paid Legal Services (NYSE: PPD) a draft of a potential lawsuit
Bernanke’s ID thief sentenced Friday, November 13, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributor - www.IdentityTheft.info Clyde Austin Gray Jr. was sentenced to prison/restitution as ringleader of nationwide ID theft ring
Potentially Large Identity Theft data Breach at Mercy Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributor - www.IdentityTheft.info police are looking into a security data breach at the Mercy Medical Center which may affect a large number of patient’s records at that facility
Women, Data Breaches and ID Theft Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributor - www.IdentityTheft.info 163,000 women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had their data breached.
NY Man Sentenced, Part of ID theft Ring Thursday, September 24, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributor - www.IdentityTheft.info Man guilty of ID theft gets 11+ years in a prison and $3.2 million restitution fee
Utah AG's Office Begins ID Theft Tour Thursday, September 24, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributor - www.IdentityTheft.info Utah AG Mark Shurtleff and ID theft expert Scott Morrill raise public awareness.
Bernanke ID Thief Pleads Guilty Monday, September 21, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributor - www.IdentityTheft.info Zanders most prominent victim was Anna Bernanke whose purse was stolen.
ID Thieves Love Kids Monday, September 21, 2009 Phillip Britt - IdentityTheft.info Correspondent As much as children know about technology, they are largely unschooled in the dangers of identity theft. They tend to be too trusting of the world at large, put too much information out on social networking sites and are too trusting of e-mails from unknown sources.
Unborn ID Theft Victims Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributor - www.IdentityTheft.info Many unborn children have already had their SSN's stolen.
ID Theft and the Powerful Friday, September 11, 2009 Phillip Britt - IdentityTheft.info Correspondent The wife of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was recently snared by an identity theft ring. A doctor’s receptionist pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in the scheme where, according to published reports, the fraudsters stole more than $2 million from 10 different banks.
ID Theft, Illegals & E-Verify Wednesday, September 09, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributor - www.IdentityTheft.info Yesterday the federal government began implementing a system which orders federal contractors to use the online E-Verify system. Two unintended side effects of this legislation will be increased money flowing into the black market from identity theft and more US citizens becoming aware that they are victims of ID theft.
Identity Theft Carder Ring Convicted Tuesday, September 08, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributor - www.IdentityTheft.info Three caught using a credit card skimmer and encoder were convicted.
Poor Security and Social Networkers Phillip Britt - IdentityTheft.info Correspondent A pair of reports released at the end of August highlight the lack of care that a large percentage of people take when engaging in online social networking. Poll participants indicated concern over growing phishing, spam and malware attacks and nearly half of those surveyed are very concerned about their personal identity being stolen in an online community.
Working With Banks As An ID Theft Victim Monday, August 31, 2009 Karen Lodrick - author - www.IdentityTheft.info If your bank doesn’t automatically provide you with a new account number, insist that they do so. In order to get any money reimbursed, you will need an account number that has not been compromised
Bernanke’s Victims of ID Theft Monday, August 31, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributer - www.IdentityTheft.info shocking and telling of the larger problem that Bernanke carried her SSN card
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Our staff (under the guidance of Rob Douglas) follows and presents ID theft related legislation, identity theft services, scams, credit card fraud and security breaches / data breaches. We additionally offer ways to protect yourself and your family from becoming victims of identity theft.
We take identity protection seriously, as a theft of identity can result in not only great financial loss and loss of time in order to repair the damage done, but could end in permanent medical damage or death (see our medical identity theft section).
We are proponents of the credit freeze / security freeze option available to consumers at the three major credit bureaus as a way to prevent identity theft. Although the credit freeze is not a total identity theft prevention method it does prevent many types of ID theft and our identity theft experts believe it is the best option available to consumers at this time.
If you are already a victim of ID theft our identity theft experts provide tips on how and where to report identity theft as well as important other steps you should consider taking.
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International phone hacking ring busted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Phillip Britt - IdentityTheft.info Correspondent A federal grand jury has indicted a ring for allegedly breaking into the phone systems of more than 2,500 firms in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe in order to route calls through hacked networks. According to the indictment, the hackers stole 12 million minutes of phone service, valued at $55 million.
Hello GovernmentCare, goodbye personal privacy Monday, June 08, 2009 Rob Douglas, Editor - www.IdentityTheft.info In addition to the increased risk of medical identity theft that the rush to government controlled health care and the mandate for electronic health records will bring as previously noted on this blog, there are significant privacy issues that are not currently being addressed sufficiently.
Identity Theft Fraud Alert implementation by LifeLock illegal Tuesday, June 02, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Publisher - www.IdentityTheft.info The practice of implementing and renewing fraud alerts by several companies selling identity theft prevention/recovery products may stop. A court case involving identity theft protection service LifeLock and credit bureau Experian ended in LifeLock being ordered to stop implementing fraud alerts on behalf of third parties (Lifelock’s customers) at Experian. Irregardless of the court’s opinion and the impact on commercial identity services, individuals would be wise to consider a security credit freeze as a more powerful alternative to a fraud alert.
Caller ID Spoofing aided international identity theft ring Monday, June 01, 2009 Joanne Palmer - IdentityTheft.info Correspondent Until you lose your identity, you may not realize just how precious it is. Some 6,000 people were jolted by this shocking reality when they fell victim to one of the largest international identity theft and credit card fraud rings in recent history. The unraveling of this multi-million dollar scam began in September, 2007 when a package delivered to an employee of a real estate office was opened by the owner of the office. Upon finding 60 valid credit cards inside the package, the owner reported the find to law enforcement authorities who - with aroused suspicions - began a nearly two year investigation, involving electronic eavesdropping, physical surveillance and the translation of thousands of conversations and e-mails.
Safe Internet Alliance commends administration’s cybersecurity effort Monday, June 01, 2009 The Safe Internet Alliance today applauded President Barack Obama’s announcement of a major new comprehensive U.S. cybersecurity program. Leveraging both civilian and military capabilities, the program’s initiatives will better enable public and private partnerships to, as President Obama said, “find technology solutions that ensure our security and promote prosperity.”
Do clouds mean a stormy future? Friday, May 29, 2009 Rob Douglas - Exclusive to Computer Technology Review The use of the word cloud as a metaphor for computing services that are accessed via the Internet may be more apropos than originally intended. Depending on their configuration, clouds in nature can presage a range of meteorological events from benign, to threatening or even devastating weather with unforeseen consequences and damages. Arguably, cloud computing offers an equally challenging array of possibilities from a security perspective.
The Presdent’s Cyberspace Policy Review Friday, May 29, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Publisher - www.IdentityTheft.info The architecture of the Nation’s digital infrastructure, based largely upon the Internet, is not secure or resilient. Without major advances in the security of these systems or significant change in how they are constructed or operated, it is doubtful that the United States can protect itself from the growing threat of cybercrime and state-sponsored intrusions and operations. Our digital infrastructure has already suffered intrusions that have allowed criminals to steal hundreds of millions of dollars and nation-states and other entities to steal intellectual property and sensitive military information.
If the Feds can’t update anti-malware software? Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Rob Douglas How can we as citizens trust the federal government to run our financial, auto and health care industries if they can’t even install run-of-the-mill security patches on computers?
Union settles lawsuit alleging retaliatory identity theft Tuesday, May 19, 2009 National Right to Work Foundation attorneys have successfully negotiated a settlement with the Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 1103 union for Patricia Pelletier, a worker who was targeted by CWA operatives for a vicious campaign of retaliatory identity theft after she attempted to remove the union from her workplace.
Enterprise data security in the cloud Monday, May 18, 2009 Rob Douglas "For a business of any size, moving any portion of IT operations to a cloud provider means you’re putting your data in its hands. Can it protect your data from criminals and accidents as well as or better than you can? A thorough examination of both your own operation and your prospective provider should be undertaken before jumping to the cloud.”
International identity theft ring dismantled Thursday, May 14, 2009 The ring - which was comprised of three separate identity theft and forged credit card groups that employed multiple cells - is alleged to have been responsible for stealing the credit cards and personal credit information of thousands of American and Canadian consumers, costing these individuals, as well as financial institutions and retail businesses, more than $12 million in losses over the past year alone.
.INFO domain safest from phishing attacks Wednesday, May 13, 2009 “The .INFO registry is at the forefront of protecting Internet users from online identity theft across the world,” said Greg Aaron, Director of Key Account Management and Domain Security at Afilias, and a co-author of the study. “Identity theft and fraud are important issues for anyone who goes online, and criminals are using vulnerable top-level domains and registrars to steal identities and money,” said Ram Mohan, Executive Vice President and CTO of Afilias. “The new data demonstrates the effectiveness of active, self-regulated domain name anti-abuse programs in improving the safety of Internet users against those who steal from them.”
Cybersecurity report delayed due to Swine Flu Tuesday, May 05, 2009 Rob Douglas There will always be competing emergencies on multiple fronts that the Obama administration will have to juggle. Cybersecurity can no longer take a back seat to any other priorities. To do so, is to imperil this country even more than it already is.
Phishing Scam Targets Missourians with ‘Card Services’ Calls Tuesday, February 03, 2009 Attorney General Chris Koster is warning Missourians of a phishing scam disguised as an offer to lower their credit card interest rate. Consumers have contacted Koster’s office saying a caller claims to be from a company called Card Services, asking them to enter their credit card number to see if they qualify for a better rate. This is simply an attempt by thieves to steal credit card numbers.
The Fallout of the Heartland Breach Monday, February 02, 2009 CU Community Credit Union in Springfield, Mo., said 16 compromised cards that it had issued were used to make about $11,000 worth of fraudulent purchases. “I haven’t spoken to one financial institution that hasn’t been affected by the breach,” said Jenny Reynolds, the credit union’s vice president of marketing.
Cybercrime Sees Sharp Increase Sunday, February 01, 2009 Meeting at Davos in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, a panel of experts discussed the ways in which internet crime has changed in the last year. According to the panel, internet crime, including fraud and identity theft, are no longer the purview of bedroom-based hackers, but instead of large, well organized criminal gangs; cybercrime has changed from vandalism to ‘organized criminality’ and that internet theft costs $1 trillion a year.
83% Use Date of Birth or Pet Name for Security Question Saturday, January 31, 2009 Research from a leading people search website has revealed that 83% of Brits use either their pet name, date of birth or maiden name as their security password for private email accounts or online banking but only 37% are aware of the dangers of disclosing this information online.
OmniTech Worker Set Malware Bomb At Fannie Mae Friday, January 30, 2009 A former IT contractor at Fannie Mae, angry at being terminated in October, has been thwarted in his attempt to crash all 4,000 servers at the mortgage services institution and wipe out all of their data. The malicious code, which was set to execute on Jan. 31, was designed to propagate throughout the Fannie Mae network and destroy all of the company’s data.
Heartland Sniffer Hid In Unallocated Portion Of Disk Thursday, January 29, 2009 The sniffer malware that surreptitiously siphoned tons of payment card data from card processor Heartland Payment Systems hid in an unallocated portion of a server’s disk. The malware, which was ultimately detected courtesy of a trail of temp files, was hidden so well that it eluded two different teams of forensic investigators.
Identity Theft Assistance Center Hits Milestone Wednesday, January 28, 2009 The Identity Theft Assistance Center (ITAC), helped its 50,000th consumer in January. ITAC’s victim assistance service - which helps consumers recover from identity theft - is available at no cost to the millions of consumers who have an account at an ITAC member company.
ACLU Sues in Greeley Illegal Immigrant ID Theft Case Tuesday, January 27, 2009 In a legal brief, the ACLU lawyers argue that the deputies illegally searched the confidential files of thousands of taxpayers when they had individualized suspicion implicating only one of them. “This was the equivalent of a house-by-house search of innocent homeowners in order to find a suspect believed to be somewhere in the neighborhood,” Silverstein said. “The constitutional right of privacy protects us from such blanket general searches.”
Fighting Identity Theft on the Web Monday, January 26, 2009 Security consultant Rob Douglas, who has testified in front of Congress about privacy issues, recently launched an identity-theft-protection Web site called InsideIDTheft.info. “We’re trying to position ourselves as a news, commentary, video and blogging site,” said Douglas, co-founder of the site with Keith Lubsen. “We feel that there’s a need for both consumers and even more so the business community confronted with cyber-crime issues to get straight information.”
Thirty Year Identity Theft Career Ends Sunday, January 25, 2009 A 53-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison Friday for his role in an identity theft and mail fraud scheme that affected more than 250 victims and lasted nearly 30 years, the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office said.
Jonesboro School Shooter Steals Debit Card Saturday, January 24, 2009 One of the shooters involved in the 1998 Jonesboro school murders faces six more years on his prison sentence because he used a stolen debit card to pay $7.99 for breakfast at Burger King in Fayetteville.
Law Enforcement Closing In On Heartland Breach Perpetrator Friday, January 23, 2009 The Secret Service has identified the prime suspect in the Heartland Payment Systems security breach, and the case has been turned over to the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a news report issued today.
Three Years Undercover with Identity Thieves Thursday, January 22, 2009 DarkMarket was what’s known as a “carder” site. Like an eBay for criminals, it was where identity thieves could buy and sell stolen credit card numbers, online identities and the tools to make fake credit cards.
Cyber Attack On US Banking System More Dangerous Than 9/11 Wednesday, January 21, 2009 A top US intelligence official has said that a cyber attack on the US banking system could be several times more damaging to the country’s economy than Twin-Tower attack by terrorists on September 11, 2001.
Heartland Admits to Large Data Breach Tuesday, January 20, 2009 See our Vlog. Heartland Payment Systems, a company that processes debit and credit card transactions for 250,000 businesses, announced today that it was hacked late last year and that intruders may have compromised more than 100 million accounts.
Hackers Break Into STAR and ATM Network Monday, January 19, 2009 Forcht Bank disabled 8,500 customer debit cards this week after learning they could have potentially been hacked into by persons creating duplicate cards. The cards were comprised when a retail merchant’s computer system was hacked. The breach affected customers of multiple banks whose cards are processed by the STAR Debit and ATM Network.
Quantum Nanotechnology is the Next Great Hope to Stop ID Theft Saturday, January 17, 2009 Online identity and credit-card theft make headlines every day, yet few people would guess that a little known science called quantum nanotechnology could offer a solution. New research shows that nanotech can offer “future proof” online security across public networks such as the Internet.
US Terror Watchlist Database Security Breach Friday, January 16, 2009 A New York City Police Department sergeant has admitted he illegally obtained a name contained in an FBI terrorist watchlist and gave it to an acquaintance to use in a child custody case.
Dumpster Diver Finds Medical Records Thursday, January 15, 2009 It is information no one would want scattered on papers in a parking lot, much less thrown away in a dumpster for anyone to find. Medical records were found behind a 99 Cents store in southwest Houston putting people’s identities at risk.
Should U.S. Discontinue Identity Theft Charges Against Illegal Aliens? Tuesday, January 13, 2009 The Guatemalan Immigrants’ Movement (”MIGUA”) requested the president elect of the United States, Barack Obama, to suspend eight policies which the American government carries out against undocumented aliens, among them round-ups and massive deportations, the accords which obligate local authorities to support the work of the Office of Immigration and Customs and the crime of identity theft.
Stupid Store Clerk Duped by Credit Card Fraud Tuesday, January 13, 2009 While I hate to see any business victimized by fraud, if the employees are trained so poorly as to fall for this scam, it’s hard to feel bad for the company. You've got to read this one to believe it.
Hacking Godfather Gets 30 Years from Turks Monday, January 12, 2009 Maksym Yastremski is alleged to be “Maksik,” well-known in the underground as a top online seller of stolen credit and debit card information. In a U.S. indictment unsealed in August, prosecutors alleged Yastremski earned more than $11 million selling stolen credit and debit card numbers and magstripe swipes from 2004 to 2006 alone.
Employee Jailed For Stealing Identities From Medical Facilities Sunday, January 11, 2009 According to her guilty plea, Norwood used her temporary employment at two medical facilities to steal the names, dates of birth, social security numbers and other identifying information of at least 49 individuals. She and her co-conspirators used the stolen identities to purchase goods at retail stores and a Maryland car dealership, where some of her co-conspirators worked.
Massive Credit Card Scam Investigated Saturday, January 10, 2009 It’s a money laundering scheme,” Shearer said. “Each of those debit cards was imprinted with someone’s credit card information. So, it looks like a simple pre-paid card, but in reality every time it’s swiped it accesses someone else’s account. So, when she takes the balance off that card and puts it on a gift card, she’s not only getting rid of primary evidence, she’s also getting cash from that account.”
Illegal Immigrant’s Identity Theft Crime Spree Ends in Jail Time Friday, January 09, 2009 Over $787,000 in loans, two vehicles, and a job illegally obtained using one SSN. Maricopa County Attorney Andrew P. Thomas’ Office announced that Adan Guerrero, 37, has pleaded guilty to Taking Identity of Another, a class two felony, and one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, a class four felony.
‘Cybergeddon’ Fear Stalks US Thursday, January 08, 2009 According to the FBI, cyber attacks pose the greatest threat to the United States after nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction. Shawn Henry, of the FBI's cyber division believes computer attacks pose the biggest risk "from a national security perspective, other than a weapon of mass destruction or a bomb in one of our major cities."
Hacked - Britney Spears & Obama twitter Accounts Wednesday, January 07, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Founder - InsideIDTheft.info Sunday night 1/4/2009 home alone and bored; a hacker (a.k.a., GMZ) accessed a twitter admin account by successfully running an automated password guessing script known as a dictionary attack (i.e., it tries every word in the dictionary). Twitter allowed unlimited fast paced log-in attempts and to compound the problem, the target, "Crystal" a twitter staffer had foolishly picked the very weak password "happiness."
CheckFree Warns 5 Million Customers After Hack Wednesday, January 07, 2009 Rob Douglas CheckFree is notifying more than 5 million customers after criminals took control of several of the company’s Internet domains and redirected customer traffic to a malicious Web site hosted in the Ukraine.
Illegal Immigrant Identity Thief Subject to Deportation Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Rob Douglas A Madison man who was illegally in the country since 1997 and worked seven years at a Madison motel was sentenced Monday in federal court to time served and is subject to deportation for Social Security fraud and identity theft.
States Push To Encrypt Donor and Client Info Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Rob Douglas Fred Schultz, CEO and founder of the Foundation for Positively Kids (FPK) in Las Vegas, deals with a lot of confidential information in his program for medically-dependent children. The organization stores names, addresses, medication, family information and donor credit card information.
Credit Card Fraud Factory Video Monday, January 05, 2009 Rob Douglas Kevin Poulsen over at Wired posted a great video of Detective Bob Watts of the Newport Beach Police Department demonstrating how forged credit cards are created.
Has Your Credit or Debit Card Been Skimmed? Friday, January 02, 2009 Rob Douglas Have you been a victim of credit or debit card skimming? In conjunction with a major media organization, InsideIDTheft.info is seeking victims of credit or debit card skimming. Specifically, if you live in the New York City metropolitan area and have been victimized, we would like to hear from you.
Identity Theft and Cybercrime Will Rise in 2009 Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Rob Douglas Early in 2009, InsideIDTheft.info and IdentityTheftBlog.info will demonstrate that the actual number of data breaches harming Americans is much higher than reported by organizations like the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and the Identity Theft Resource Center. The methodologies used by those organizations and others are flawed and result in a significant number of breaches going unreported.
Wells Fargo: Identity Theft Stories & ATM Skimmers Tuesday, December 30, 2008 Keith Lubsen, Founder - InsideIDTheft.info Over the last two weeks, I went to my local Wells Fargo bank branch twice to place electronic wire orders. These wires usually take a little time to complete and I was in the branch for approximately 20 minutes each time I visited. The banker did all the work of inputting the information I provided from a print out while I was left staring at the back of the banker’s Dell monitor. My mind, searching for something to do, focused on the goings on in the bank.
FTC Issues Consumer Advice for the New Year Friday, December 26, 2008 Rob Douglas The Federal Trade Commission released advice for consumers this week on how to be safer in 2009. The press release contains nine consumer tips. The first four are particularly relevant to protecting yourself from identity theft.
Credit Card Skimmers and Common Sense Monday, December 22, 2008 Rob Douglas As I update the news about identity theft each day at insideIDtheft.info, I am coming across more and more stories about credit card skimmers being used to steal credit and debit card information from unsuspecting consumers.
FTC’s Report on Social Security Numbers and Identity Theft Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Rob Douglas The report recommends five measures to help prevent Social Security numbers from being used for identity theft. Principal among the report’s recommendations is that Congress consider taking action to strengthen the procedures that private-sector organizations use to authenticate their customers’ identities.
Are Data Breach Notices Breaching Privacy? Tuesday, December 16, 2008 Rob Douglas Dissent, over at PogoWasRight.org, has published an original piece, When Breach Notifications Breach Privacy, questioning whether those who file mandatory breach notices with various state attorney generals around the United States may, at times, be including personal information that only furthers the exposure of the breached data.
Identity Theft & Retail Crime Is Rising Monday, December 15, 2008 Rob Douglas Tim Wilson over at DarkReading has a piece titled Study: Identity Theft, Organized Retail Crime On The Rise that should serve as a wake-up call for everyone working on security issues in the coming year.
Lessons From a Bank Heist Friday, December 12, 2008 Rob Douglas In addition to my work as editior of insideIDtheft.info and IdentityTheftBlog.info, I write a weekly column for the Steamboat Pilot & Today in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As today’s column focuses on a local bank heist in Steamboat Springs by two bank employees of more than a million dollars, I thought I’d share the column with readers here.
Are You Running Hacker-Friendly Outdated Software? Monday, December 08, 2008 Rob Douglas One of the great advantages of editing a web site about identity theft, digital crime and information security, is the luxury of reading almost everything written about the topic on a daily basis. From reports about unfolding criminal cases to the methods used to combat cybercrime, I get a gander in real time as the stories break.
DMX Medical Identity Theft and Arrest Warrants Sunday, December 07, 2008 Keith Lubsen, Founder - InsideIDTheft.info DMX (a.k.a Earl Simmons) failed to appear last Friday morning at a court hearing in Maricopa County, Arizona, for the second time. As a result, a bench warrant for his arrest was issued. DMX is charged with medical identity theft (i.e., providing someone else’s identity to avoid paying for medical services), animal abuse (17 malnourished and 3 dead dogs found in his home near Phoenix) and drug and drug paraphernalia charges.
It’s Your Identity Defend It - If Not Yours - Your Children Tuesday, December 02, 2008 Rob Douglas Today, I was a guest on CyberHood Watch Radio hosted by Dave Ballard and Bill Wardell of CyberHood Watch. We discussed identity theft with a focus on the increasing threat to families and children. You can listen to an archived recording of the show at "It’s Your Identity Defend It - If Not Yours - Your Children."
Rob Douglas on CyberHood Watch Radio Monday, December 01, 2008 Rob Douglas Tomorrow, December 2nd, at 1 pm EST, I will be a guest on CyberHood Watch Radio hosted by Dave Ballard and Bill Wardell of CyberHood Watch. We’ll be discussing identity theft with a focus on the increasing threat to children.
Identity Theft, Pretext Calling and Caller ID Spoofing Used to Rob Banks Friday, November 28, 2008 Rob Douglas In a case that demonstrates what I’ve been warning Congress, the financial services industry and the telecommunications industry about for more than a decade, an international organized crime ring has been caught stealing millions of dollars from Americans’ home equity lines of credit (HELOC) across the nation.
Happy Thanksgiving! Thursday, November 27, 2008 Rob Douglas Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers from insideIDtheft.info. We hope you enjoy the day and we remind you to be safe with your identity and your credit cards during this holiday shopping season.
Gilmerton Bridge 1; Identity Thief 0 Monday, November 24, 2008 Rob Douglas Identity thief Michael Mills officially passed his audition for stupid criminal tricks. His potential prize is seventeen years in jail and a $750,000 fine. While it’s doubtful he’ll get the full sentence, Mills has demonstrated he’s both dangerous enough and a big enough moron to deserve the maximum sentence and much more.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 7) Saturday, November 22, 2008 Keith Lubsen, Founder - InsideIDTheft.info Jeff got caught up in an international identity theft crime ring and would have continued unknowingly aiding criminals unless Chris and his team exposed Jeff to the truth. There was no Wendy and Jeff was out all of the money he had spent.
‘Dshocker’ Hacks America For Three Years Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Rob Douglas "Court records said [Dshocker] gained access to corporate computer systems, including the networks of Charter Communications, Road Runner, and Comcast, and would steal information about customers."
Data Breach Leads to Extortion Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Keith Lubsen, Founder - InsideIDTheft.info Now several large groups of customers of Express Scripts have received similar letters of extortion.
FTC & EPIC Take Action Against Spyware Monday, November 17, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info Today, the FTC - in response to a complaint filed by our friends over at the Electronic Privacy Information Center(EPIC) - obtained a temporary restraining order “halting the sale of keylogger spyware. According to the FTC’s complaint, the Florida-based CyberSpy Software, LLC marketed and sold RemoteSpy keylogger spyware to clients who would then secretly monitor unsuspecting consumers’ computers.”
Internet Cybercriminals Prowl for Corporate Info Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info The wide-spread success of identity thieves is pushing organized crime to attack corporate databases in search of proprietary information to exploit.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 5) Sunday, November 09, 2008 Keith Lubsen, Founder - InsideIDTheft.info As the second day of the conference got underway, attorneys from the law firm Parr Waddoups Brown & Loveless told how notes are currently the most prominent area of securities fraud, specifically unregistered notes and oral notes.
President-Elect Obama and Family Already Gone Phishing Saturday, November 08, 2008 Keith Lubsen, Founder - InsideIDTheft.info I received another phishing email this evening from "NEWS Sensation" with the subject line "Michelle Obama died." Unfortunately, a lot of people are going to take the bait and become victims of these recent phishing scams.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 4) Friday, November 07, 2008 Keith Lubsen, Founder - InsideIDTheft.info Perfect Home Living’s goal is to “eliminate existing and emerging patterns of real estate fraud." Michael effectively demonstrated how widespread real estate fraud is in the state of Utah. According to the MARI Index, the state of Utah ranks #1 in the nation for mortgage fraud.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 3) Thursday, November 06, 2008 Keith Lubsen, Founder - InsideIDTheft.info FBI Special Agent Jensen also made a clear connection between various terrorists, identity theft and related crimes. As these terror organizations need funding, many have turned to economic crimes to fund their operations.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 2) Wednesday, November 05, 2008 Keith Lubsen, Founder - InsideIDTheft.info A cybercriminal takes comparably little risk by remotely gaining access to just one wealthy users account and can steal hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. This fact makes it very clear how important online banking security has become.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 1) Wednesday, November 05, 2008 Keith Lubsen, Founder - InsideIDTheft.info Linda Criddle’s specialty is knowledge about how criminals profile their victims. She demonstrated how quickly and easily a criminal can build a profile on a victim. Using social networking sites, public records and other profiling techniques Linda quickly amassed enough data about a female teenage example to send a chill down the spine of audience members.
Ram Mohan Named to ICANN Board Tuesday, November 04, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info InsideIDTheft.info congratulates Ram Mohan on being named to the ICANN Board of Directors. Ram Mohan, Executive Vice-President & Chief Technology Officer of Afilias Global Registry Services, has been selected by the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) to serve as its non-voting liaison on the ICANN Board of Directors.
‘Sinowal’ Trojan Steals Bank & Credit Accounts Monday, November 03, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info “A single cyber crime group has stolen more than a half million bank, credit and debit card accounts over the past two-and-a-half years using one of the most advanced strains of computer spyware in existence, according to research to be published today. The discovery is among the largest stolen data caches ever recovered.”
MAAWG Leads Industry in Fighting Botnets Thursday, October 30, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info “Bots” and “zombies” are computers infected with malicious code spread via contaminated emails, instant messages or Web sites and installed without the user’s permission. The bots often are coordinated into covert networks used to send spam, or “botnets” that can entail hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting computers.
IRS Hotline for Identity Theft Victims Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info The All Consuming Blog at the Washington State Office of the Attorney General has an entry today titled IRS Opens Hotline for Identity Theft Victims reporting that the IRS has opened a hotline for identity theft victims.
Are Internationally Outsourced Call Centers A Security Threat? Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info I’m always amazed that most businesses entrust critical customer account information to those with the least experience, the lowest pay and the highest turnover. Not exactly the best way to secure the lifeblood of any business.
Did ‘Joe the Plumber’ Get Plumbed Monday, October 27, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info For an individual to have their records pulled - merely because they dared to ask a question of a political candidate - strikes at the heart of American values and denigrates the principles this country was founded upon.
A Tip of the Hat to The Breach Blog Saturday, October 25, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info Thank you to Evan Francen over at The Breach Blog for listing insideIDtheft.info as one of his favorite web sites. At insideIDtheft.info and IdentityTheftBlog.info, we feel the same way about Evan and the great job he does staying abreast of the latest data and security breaches around the world.
Inside The Minds of Cybercriminals Friday, October 24, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info Over time, I've realized that what I saw as audacity on the part of many criminals in their view of why their actions were not unlawful, or even wrong, was actually the workings of the mind of a sociopath.
President’s Identity Theft Task Force Report Thursday, October 23, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info The Identity Theft Task Force created by President Bush in May of 2006 and co-chaired by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey and Federal Trade Commission Chairman William E. Kovacic, released a progress report this week.
FTC Delays ID Theft Red Flags Rules Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info The FTC announced today that they are suspending the implementation of the Identity Theft Red Flags Rule. Originally, the rule was to be enforced as of November 1, 2008, but the six-month extension moves the date to May 1, 2009.
Illegal Immigration, Identity Theft and the Supremes Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court announced it will step into the issue of illegal immigrants and their use of fraudulent identities when securing employment. No matter the outcome, the decision is certain to be controversial.
Gambling with Your Identity Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Rob Douglas, Editor - InsideIDTheft.info If you gamble online and off-shore, you may be throwing more than just your money away.
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