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Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data
bloomberg.com
Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers were accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers. No Social Security numbers, credit card details, trip location info or other data were taken, Uber said.
Fund Targets Victims Scammed via Western Union
krebsonsecurity.com
If you, a friend or loved one lost money in a scam involving Western Union, some or all of those funds may be recoverable thanks to a more than half-billion dollar program set up by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
U.S. Officials to Charge Iranian Hacker in HBO Server Attack and Data Theft
variety.com
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York plans to announce charges Tuesday against an Iranian national who allegedly hacked HBO’s servers and attempted to extort the premium cable programmer. According to a press advisory, federal authorities will charge that Behzad Mesri, a citizen of Iran, broke into HBO computers and stole data — including unaired episodes of “Game of Thrones” — and then threatened to release the info unless HBO paid an undisclosed sum.
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TODAY'S IDENTITY THEFT & SCAM NEWS
Cases Prosecuted for Skimming Credit Card Information of Gas Station Customers
secretservice.gov
The number of victims exceeds 7,000 unique card numbers belonging to both individuals and businesses. The United States Attorney’s Office has provided banks and financial institutions with information where card numbers were compromised. The combined intended loss for the six cases exceeds $3.5 million.
Identity Theft Concerns Won’t Hold Back Holiday Shopping
helpnetsecurity.com
While 62 percent of consumers are very or moderately concerned about identify theft or fraud this holiday season, 73 percent, say concerns over recent data breaches won’t affect how they’ll go about their holiday shopping.
Some Victims of Identity Theft Consider Suicide
nbcnews.com
Identity theft can be more than a hassle — replacing credit cards, closing bank accounts, or changing passwords. But for some victims, it can be a life-altering experience that also causes serious emotional problems and can even drive some to consider suicide.
Account Takeover Fraud Is Rising Fast: How to Protect Yourself
usatoday.com
Account takeover fraud can be financially draining and emotionally stressful. Here's what an economic-crimes detective says you can do to protect yourself.
Are Zombie Accounts Putting Your Personal Data at Risk?
thestreet.com
Consumers who leave old online accounts open are putting themselves at risk, and they likely don't even know it. The reason? It's "zombie accounts." These are personal online accounts that are dormant or old that cyber thieves "re-open" in an effort to pilfer critical user data like Social Security accounts, financial accounts, home addresses, phone numbers, passwords and email addresses.