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For ID Victims, Paying Taxes Is A Nightmare Thursday, March 22, 2012 ABC 7 witn.com After Meghan Bach learned last year that her husband’s identity had been stolen to collect a fake tax refund, she spent perhaps 200 hours working to resolve the issue
IRS May Share Tax Information with Police to Fight Fraud Thursday, March 22, 2012 Accounting Today A surge in tax refund fraud and identity theft has prompted the Internal Revenue Service to consider sharing more tax return information with police, a senior official told a congressional hearing on Tuesday.
Do You Know Your Rights If Your Identity Is Stolen? Wedsday, March 21, 2012 Time according to the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act, if you file a police report in association with an identity theft, the credit bureaus are required to block negative information on your credit report that is a result of that crime.
Utah pilots first Child Identity Protection program Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Utah Attorney General & TransUnion The Utah Attorney General's Child Identity Protection (CIP) program is intended to help prevent identity thieves from using the personal identifying information of Utah children in the issuance of credit. CIP provides Utah parents/guardians with a secure process to enroll a child's information with a national credit reporting company (TransUnion) which will take certain proprietary fraud prevention steps. Such information will remain in the High Risk Fraud database until the child's 17th birthday, at which time it will be removed.
National crackdown on identity theft Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Salt Lake Tribune The Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department have announced the results of a massive national crack down on suspected identity theft.
ID theft victim launches nonprofits to help others Tuesday, January 31, 2012 New Mexico Business Weekly He had worked with legislators to push through a law in 2009 that would let victims like him get some kind of symbol on their drivers’ licenses so the next time they got caught up in a routine traffic stop, they wouldn’t wind up in jail on someone else’s rap sheet.
Physician Medical Identity Theft Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Journal of the American Medical Association This realization occurred after patients reported that her name was on their Medicare Summary Notices although they had never seen her.
Identity theft charges involve false tax returns Saturday, January 28, 2012 Tulsa World A Tulsa woman was charged Friday with 40 counts alleging that she stole others' identities and filed false tax returns to obtain more than $55,000 in refunds.
Use Google Alerts as an Identity Theft Watchdog Friday, January 27, 2012 LifeHacker Google Alerts can be a great tool for monitoring any search term including your own name and other personal information. Use Google Alerts to check if a thief is using your info anywhere online.
How to prevent hackers from accessing your cellphone's voice mail Wednesday, July 20, 2011 MSN With a method probably similar to that used by hackers at News Corp.'s British tabloid News of the World, I can hack into your cellphone's voice mail. Fortunately, preventing this kind of hack on your voice mail is as simple as changing your voice mail preferences and setting up a password or PIN.
Sony Extends PlayStation ID Theft Protection Monday, July 11, 2011 PC Magazine Sony is giving consumers a few extra weeks to take advantage of the ID theft protection it offered up after the massive hack of its PlayStation
Fraudsters targeting Kids Thursday, July 7, 2011 Fox Business News Identity theft: it could happen to you; it could also happen to your child.
Malcolm X's daughter guilty of ID theft Monday, June 20, 2011 CNN Malikah Shabazz avoided a prison sentence after pleading guilty to defrauding the 70-year-old widow of one of her father's bodyguards
Beware of the "Dumpster Diver" Monday, May 16, 2011 WTVA.com When you take out your trash you don't expect someone to rummage through it looking to steal your identity, but it happens.
Immigration crackdown raises identity-theft risk Monday, May 16, 2011 Reuters Employers, increasingly double-checking would-be workers because of a nationwide crackdown on illegal immigration, may inadvertently be fanning demand for stolen documents.
Sony Apologizes; Free ID Theft Services Offered Friday, May 6, 2011 PC Magazine Sony chairman and chief executive Howard Stringer offered a personal apology to the millions of users affected by the Sony hack, and offered a year of free ID theft services.
Data theft warning over old phones Friday, March 25, 2011 TheStar.co.uk People disposing of old mobile phones are putting themselves at risk of identity theft by failing to wipe them of personal data.
Survey: Millions Open Door To ID Theft Via Social Networks Thursday, March 24, 2011 wmtw.com news 8 Nearly 13 million Americans aged 18 or older who are on social networking sites will accept any social media connection request from a member of the opposite sex, regardless of whether or not they know that person, according to a recent survey.
Identity theft tops complaints to FTC Wednesday, March 09, 2011 TheInquirer.net ID THEFT was the major consumer complaint in the US in 2010, according to a report published today by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). A whopping 1.34 million complaints were received by the FTC last year, with 19 per cent of them, or 250,854, focusing on identity theft.
Don't take passwords to the grave Wednesday, March 02, 2011 MSN Your survivors will have enough on their minds when you die, so take steps now to ensure that they’ll be able to access your digital accounts.
ID theft via stolen tax refunds up 300% Tuesday, March 01, 2011 The Republic Cases of stolen tax returns have surged, even as overall identity theft complaints to federal authorities have declined in the last half-decade.
New Widely Available Hacking Tools ID Theft Wednsday, February 16, 2011 New York Times Free Wi-Fi cracking software lets just about anyone sitting next to you at your local coffee shop watch you browse the Web and even assume your identity online.
California retailers can't ask patrons for ZIP Codes, court rules Friday, February 11, 2011 Los Angeles Times The California state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that retailers may no longer collect ZIP Codes from credit card customers, except in limited cases. Involved attorney, Stonebarger said the decision would help protect consumers from credit card fraud and identity theft.
Skimming new debit and credit cards remotely Thursday, February 10, 2011 GoBankingRates Identity thieves are able to harvest numbers and personal details from new debit and credit cards by brushing past a purse or wallet.
ID thefts frequency decreases but victim damages increases Tuesday, February 8, 2011 MSNBC Consumers say the volume of ID theft crimes plummeted sharply last year, but ID theft victims faced much stiffer consequences. The average out-of-pocket loss suffered by ID theft victims jumped from $387 to $631 per incident.
Do you fit the profile of an identity theft victim? Friday, January 28, 2011 Wicked Local A high percentage of ID fraud victims live in affluent suburbs and high-density metro areas, have an advanced degree and a spouse, and are interested in politics and leisure activities.
Cybercriminals Shift Focus From PCs to Apple & Mobile Devices Friday, January 21, 2011 CircleID.com In a major cybercrime turning point, scammers have begun shifting their focus away from Windows-based PCs to other operating systems and platforms, including smart phones, tablet computers, and mobile platforms.
Study: Troops face high risk of ID theft Monday, January 10, 2011 islandPacket.com U.S. troops are among the Americans most vulnerable to identify theft -- and the military is doing little to protect them, a new study claims.
ID theft, data breaches jumped 33 percent in 2010 Wednesday, January 5, 2011 MSNBC The Identity Theft Resource Center recorded 662 data breaches in the United States in 2010, a nearly 33 percent increase from 2009. To cybersecurity analysts, this is further proof that organizations that handle and store sensitive digital data need to do a much better job. As of (Jan. 4), nine breaches have already been reported in 2011, with 175 documents potentially exposed.
Where Every Phisher Knows Your Name Tuesday, January 04, 2011 Circle ID Spear phishing is when a message is specifically crafted, using either public or previously stolen information, to fool the recipient into believing that it's legitimate.
McDonalds customers warned over identity theft Monday, December 13, 2010 TG Daily The stolen data was gathered through various customer promotions and includes users' age, contact information such as addresses and mobile phone numbers
Synthetic Identity Theft: The Silent Swindler Friday, December 03, 2010 Peter Silva Synthetic Identity Theft is typically when a criminal uses either totally fake or a mixture of fake and real information to create a new identity.
Mobile Phone Identity Theft Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Network World Mobile phone phishing, sometimes called smishing and vishing, too often results in identity theft and causes victims great pain.
FinCEN reports rise in suspected identity theft scams Monday, October 18, 2010 Search Financial Security The number of suspected identity theft cases is on the rise, but financial institutions are managing to catch more than half of fraudulent auto or student loans
Treasury Department Says Identity Theft Up Dramatically Monday, October 18, 2010 Credit Union Times The number of suspicious activity reports that involve identity theft increased by 123% from 2004-2009, according to a report issued today by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
Microsoft moves to nuke Zeus ID-theft malware Thursday, October 14, 2010 ZD NET
Microsoft has added Zeus disinfection instructions onto its malicious software removal tool in hopes to disable the botnet of infected WIndows machines.
Police, BBB suggest cell-phone identity theft precautions Wednesday, October 13, 2010 As cell phones act as computers with internet connection, consumer advocates and law enforcement warn that because they're now much more than phones, users are more at risk of identify theft than ever before.
Watch Out for ATM Skimming Tuesday, October 12, 2010 Wall Stree Journal The next time you pull up to an ATM, take a closer look at the machine. Does it look a little clunkier than usual? Sophisticated skimming devices placed right over a card-reader slot allow scammers to capture the information embedded on the magnetic strip of a debit or credit card.
What Not to Tell Facebook Friends Tuesday, October 12, 2010 New York Times In a recent Bucks post, “Don’t Tell Facebook Friends That You’re Going Away,” Ron Lieber advised readers not to share their vacation status or birthday on the social networking site. Why? Such information can be useful to burglars and identity thieves.
Police officer sentenced in identity theft case Thursday, September 30, 2010 Miami Herald A Miami police officer accused of using a accident victim's ATM card to steal more than $460 has been sentenced to 13 months in prison, federal officials said Wednesday.
Cell Phones: Easy ID Theft Targets Monday, August 16, 2010 CBS NEws The hackers are always really one step ahead of everyone else, because they're going where the money is. … Whatever you're saying or doing [on your cell phone] may not be as private as you think.
New ID theft targets kids' SS numbers Wednesday, August 04, 2010 AP Thieves are targeting your kid's number. They sell the numbers under another name to help people establish phony credit and run up huge debts they will never pay off.
BBB recommends tips to college students Wednesday, August 04, 2010 Wane.com The Better Business Bureau is recommending steps that college students should take to protect themselves from identity theft.
FTC ends Pre-Paid Legal Services inquiry Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Business Week Federal investigators are no longer examining Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc., ending a three-year investigation without any action
TDoS Attacks THE LATEST PHONE SCAM Thursday, July 01, 2010 FBI Imagine getting hundreds or thousands of calls on home or cell phones, tying up the lines. Meanwhile your banks is trying to contact you regarding the transfer of all the funds out of your account.
Puerto Ricans targeted in massive ID theft schemes Saturday, June 26, 2010 AP No government or law enforcement official can put a dollar amount on the illegal trade, but documents are so valuable that addicts on the island trade their own documents for drugs.
Bank Phishing Attacks Tally Major Damage Thursday, May 13, 2010 Kelly Jackson Higgins - Dark Reading If you've ever wondered just how lucrative a phishing campaign against your bank can really be, then consider this: Phishers actually land a tiny percentage of victims, but the end result is big bucks -- to the tune of $2.4 million to $9.4 million a year, according to a new study that measured real phishing attacks on banks.
Calls for Cybersecurity Overhaul Monday, December 07, 2009 news.yahoo.com The government and private businesses need to overhaul the way they look at cybersecurity the Internet Security Alliance said. The alliance also called for permanent international cybersecurity collaboration centers, new security for VoIP communications and programs to educate corporate leaders about the benefits of enhanced cybersecurity.
Beware the NACHA Gotcha Friday, November 13, 2009 Brian Krebs - The Washington Post Cyber thieves are impersonating The Electronic Payments Association.
How to Take Down a Botnet Friday, November 13, 2009 threatpost.com The botnet problem has reached epidemic levels in recent months.
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
MassMutual Warns Of Data Breach Thursday, November 12, 2009 Tim Wilson - DarkReading.com A leak at a third-party service provider may have caused a compromise.
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
Breaches Increase Odds of ID Theft Friday, November 06, 2009 Tim Wilson - DarkReading.com Individuals whose personal information has been compromised in a corporate breach are four times more likely to suffer identity theft or fraud. This result runs contrary to the common mantra among breached companies, which often say that they have no indication that the compromised data has been used by criminals.
World War III Could Be on the Internet Wednesday, October 07, 2009 tech.yahoo.com In cyberspace "there is no such thing as a superpower: Every citizen is a superpower." With an army of "bots," or compromised computers, at their command, almost anyone could wield great power in a virtual battle, as recent denial-of-service attacks around the world have shown.
Thousands of Email Passwords Posted Wednesday, October 07, 2009 Kelly Jackson Higgins - Dark Reading Lists containing thousands of stolen email usernames and passwords have shown up online in what researchers say likely came out of multiple phishing attacks. Most of the accounts were from Hotmail, but Gmail, Yahoo, Comcast, and Earthlink accounts also showed up on lists posted on Pastebin.com.
DHS Recruiting Cybersecurity Experts Friday, October 02, 2009 internetnews.com As the Obama administration continues its efforts to shore up the nation's digital infrastructure, the lead agency that coordinates with the private sector on network security has secured funding to hire as many as 1,000 cybersecurity experts.
Twitter Gets Condemned by CISOs Friday, October 02, 2009 itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com Security pros worried social network could cause security problems.
Phishing URLs at All-Time High Wednesday, September 30, 2009 scmagazineus.com Number of phishing URLs reached record high during the second quarter of 2009.
Blackhats Saturate Google Wednesday, September 30, 2009 threatcenter.blogspot.com Since tropical storm Ondoy hit, attackers have planted malicious pages.
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.
'Money Mule' Network Exposed Monday, September 28, 2009 Brian Krebs - The Washington Post Peering into how mules are recruited and communicate with their employers.
43 Cents For An Infected Mac Monday, September 28, 2009 Kelly Jackson Higgins - Dark Reading The bad guys are looking at infected Macs as a potential money-maker. Sophos researcher Dmitry Samosseiko at the Virus Bulletin conference in Geneva this week gave an inside view of the Russian "partnerka," a network of cybercrime affiliates who spew spam and malware.
Sophos Free Encryption Friday, September 25, 2009 sophos.com Sophos has released a tool, free for Windows users: Sophos Free Encryption.
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.
9% of Enterprise Machines Bot-Infected Thursday, September 24, 2009 Kelly Jackson Higgins - Dark Reading In a three-month study of more than 600 different botnets found having infiltrated enterprise networks, researchers from Damballa discovered nearly 60 percent are botnets, and with only a handful to a few hundred bots built to target a particular organization. Only 5% of the bot infections were from big-name botnets.
600K Campus Records Hacked This Year Wednesday, September 23, 2009 ecampusnews.com Computer hackers reportedly have stolen identifying information and credit card numbers from more than half a million -- some 600,000 -- college students, faculty, and alumni this year. This is prompting some campus IT officials to call for a "total overhaul" of computer security protocol.
Microsoft Fights Rogue Antivirus Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Kelly Jackson Higgins - Dark Reading Microsoft has taken a hard line on malicious online advertisers - known as "malvertisers" - by filing lawsuits against the suspected fraudsters in what are the first-ever legal moves against malvertising. The software giant's suits came on the heels of a rogue antivirus attack on the New York Times' Website.
Twitter Used to Spread Scareware Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Gregg Keizer - ComputerWorld.com Bogus accounts, real tweets, dupe people into installing fake antivirus software.
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.
PBS Website Compromised Thursday, September 17, 2009 blog.purewire.com Used to serve exploits from a malicious domain via an iframe.
Cyber Crooks Target Schools Thursday, September 17, 2009 Brian Krebs - The Washington Post A gang of organized cyber criminals that has stolen millions from businesses across the United States over the past month appears to have turned its sights on public schools and universities. The thefts all appear related in at least one respect. "Financial agents" for Focus Group Inc.
FTC to Hold Privacy Roundtables Thursday, September 17, 2009 The Wall Street Journal The Federal Trade Commission is planning three public discussions, starting in December, devoted to technology and consumer privacy. According to the FTC, the roundtables will address topics such as social networking, cloud computing, online advertising and mobile marketing.
Unborn ID Theft Victims Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Keith Lubsen, Contributor - www.IdentityTheft.info Many unborn children have already had their SSN's stolen.
60% of Attacks Hit Web Apps Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Kelly Jackson Higgins - Dark Reading Most organizations are focusing their patching efforts and vulnerability scanning on the operating system - but 60 percent of the total number of attacks occur on Web applications, and many attacks are aimed at third-party applications such as Microsoft Office, and Adobe Flash and other tools.
DDoS Attack on Joe Wilson Tuesday, September 15, 2009 mashable.com Piryx reports DDoS attack against site of politican who yelled "You Lie!"
Google Groups Trojan Friday, September 11, 2009 symantec.com Trojan.Grups has been using the Google Groups newsgroups to distribute commands.
Privacy Bill Heads to Governor Friday, September 11, 2009 californiachronicle.com Would require that notification letters contain specific information.
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.
Obama: New Cybersecurity Czar Friday, September 11, 2009 Kelly Jackson Higgins - Dark Reading Former military official from Clinton administration is front-runner.
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.
Data Breach Trends Wednesday, September 02, 2009 govinfosecurity.com The targets are bigger, the fraudsters bolder, and we have a lot to lose.
Poor Security and Social Networkers Wednesday, September 02, 2009 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.
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.