Blog Posts Tagged with "Identity Theft"

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Job Scams Up As Economy Struggles

May 19, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

If you are paying attention to the economists, we aren’t out of this just yet. High unemployment is keeping scammers employed by preying on the vulnerable. Rule of thumb is if it isn’t a job that you are familiar with or a service you have heard of, it is probably a scam...

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Breaches Upon Breaches: Sony, X-Factor, LastPass...

May 16, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

It is important to observe basic security precautions to protect your identity. However, the safety of your information with corporations and other entities that you transact business with is very often beyond your control...

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FBI: Stolen Identities Used to Establish Lines of Credit

May 10, 2011 Added by:Headlines

An identity theft scheme defrauded banks out of more than $3 million by obtaining stolen personal information, including dates of birth, Social Security numbers, credit profiles, FICO scores, and driver’s license numbers to complete fraudulent applications for business lines of credit...

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McAfee’s Most Unwanted Identity Theft Criminals

May 05, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

McAfee has created a tongue-in-cheek list of the most unwanted identity thieves, describing the various techniques thieves use to steal your information. It’s clever and, unfortunately, very real...

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Report: Public Wi-Fi Leaves Smartphone Data Vulnerable

April 26, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"This is all very alarming. It means that literally millions of people who use Wi-Fi in public could be at risk. If criminals are able to harvest the usernames and passwords of all the websites you visit, they could do significant damage in terms of identity theft and fraud..."

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Obama Outlines Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

April 18, 2011 Added by:Headlines

This is NOT a government-mandated, national ID program; in fact, it's not an identity 'program' at all. This is a call by the administration to the private sector to step up, take leadership of this effort and provide the innovation to implement a privacy-enhancing, trusted system...

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Twitter Scam Hooks Thousands

April 15, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Twitter’s numbers are astounding. In the physical world, when communities become larger and more densely populated, crime rises. The same applies to online communities. Spammers, scammers, and thieves are paying attention...

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Texas Exposes 3.5 Million Resident's Private Information

April 12, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The records contained the names and mailing addresses of individuals, Social Security numbers, and to varying degrees also contained other information such as dates of birth or driver’s license numbers...

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Completed Tax Forms Inadvertently Posted Online

April 11, 2011 Added by:Headlines

In the majority of the instances where Chapman found sensitive documents that were indexed and searchable, the owners of the information did not realize that by placing the information on family and/or business websites, they were making the information publicly accessible...

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Spyware and Keyloggers Pose Major Identity Theft Threat

April 04, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Spyware is sold legally in the United States. This software records chats, emails, browsing history, usernames, passwords, and basically everything a person does on that PC. Some spyware programs can record everything in a video file, which can then be accessed remotely...

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What To Do When Your Identity Gets Stolen

April 02, 2011 Added by:Brent Huston

Companies and people don’t always do the right things and sometimes criminals win. They steal identity data and get the chance to commit massive fraud. We all know about it. We hear the stories and we hear people talking, but we don’t think it will happen to us, until it does. What now?

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Ten Social Media Security Considerations

March 30, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Social media security issues involve identity theft, brand hijacking, privacy issues, online reputation management, and provides opportunities for criminals to “friend” their potential victims, creating a false sense of trust they can use against their victims through phishing or other scams...

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Majority of Used Mobile Devices Contain Personal Data

March 23, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The researchers found that used mobile devices still contained passwords, bank account information, contact lists, credit and debit card PIN numbers, and login credentials for social networking sites, leaving previous owners susceptible to identity theft and fraud...

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Tax Related Identity Theft Scams Up 300%

March 13, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

A recent Scripps Howard News Service investigation analyzed more than 1.4 million ID theft records from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from 2005 through early 2010. In it they found that fraud complaints about stolen tax return-related identity theft jumped nearly 300 percent...

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Ten Types of Criminal Social Media Impersonators

March 09, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Rather than looking at the information provided by the user, go deeper to identify the computer being used so that negative behaviors are exposed early and access to threatening accounts are denied before your business reputation is damaged and your users abused...

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Identity Theft Tops FTC Consumer Compliant List

March 09, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The list showed that for the 11th year in a row, identity theft was the number one consumer complaint category. For the first time, “imposter scams” – where imposters posed as friends, family, respected companies or government agencies to get consumers to send them money – made the top 10...

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