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Stealing Identities of the Dead

April 24, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Stealing the identity of the living is so 2009. Stealing the identity of the dead is so wrong, and so easy. It is made even easier by public records. A provision in federal law that reformed welfare in the 1990’s also created a loophole that could allow swindlers to obtain the Social Security numbers of the recently deceased.

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1.5 Million Americans Have Been Victims of Medical IdentityTheft

April 17, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

According to a recent Ponemon Institute study, nearly 1.5 million Americans have been victims of medical identity theft with an estimated total cost of $28.6 billion–or approximately $20,000 per victim. [1] Further evidence of the significance of the medical fraud problem is the allocation of $1.7 billion for fraud detection in the 2011 U.S. Health and Human Services Department budge...

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Using Facebook to Steal Company Data

April 07, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

There is a reason why computer users are called “users.” Like crack addicts who are drug users, more is never enough. And when under the influence, people do stupid things. I find myself scanning the Dell catalog like it’s the latest (or any) Victoria Secrets catalog.

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10 Facebook Don'ts

November 20, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

Facebook is more popular than ever. The site frequently goes throughchanges, but how many people use the same schedule of improvements ontheir own profile? The new features added to Facebook are opening newwindows for vulnerability. A compromised account is a backdoor to moreserious attacks on email or banking.

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Massive card processor breach in Spain affecting Europeans

November 18, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Back in October, this site reported that “tens of thousands” of Swedish banking customers and “tens of thousands” of Finnish banking customers had been affected by a breach in Spain that might involve a card payment processor.

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Update: Stolen BCBS hard drives had data on 2 million insured

November 16, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

One of Tennessee’s largest holders of personal information confirms that an October theft from a Chattanooga office affects about 2 million of its clients. Blue Cross Blue Shield said 68 computer hard drives that contained Social Security numbers and other sensitive information were taken from the office.

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Government accused of ‘cover up’ over lost farmer tapes

November 06, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been accused of a “cover up” after two back-up tapes went missing containing the banking details of around 100,000 farmers.

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Report: Data Breaches Hike Fraud Risk 400%

November 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Because data breaches have become such commonplace incidents, there is concern that people have become desensitized to the potential harm they face upon receiving a notification letter from an organization informing them that sensitive information has been lost or misappropriated.

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Judge: FTC Cannot Make Lawyers Comply With Identity Theft Laws

October 29, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Federal Trade Commission cannot force practicing lawyers to comply with new regulations aimed at curbing identity theft, a federal judge ruled today at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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Bank Botnet Serves Fake Info to Thwart Researchers

October 06, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

Researchers tracking a gang of online bank thieves found that the criminals have deployed a devious means to thwart law enforcement and anyone else trying to monitor their activities.

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Study: 600K campus records hacked this year

September 21, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

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.

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Commerce Bank replaces cards compromised in Heartland breach

September 18, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Dan Margolies reports that Commerce Bank in Kansas City is first replacing credit cards after a recent small wave of fraudulent activity was reported. The compromised cards were involved in the Heartland Payment Systems breach disclosed in January 2009.

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ID theft ringleader back in custody after 4 years on the lam

September 17, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The mastermind of an identify theft ring who fled after being sentenced for his role in the scheme to steal personal and confidential credit report profiles of thousands of customers of Weichert Financial Services, Inc. pleaded guilty today to failure to surrender to federal prison.

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Houston police bust large ID theft ring

September 15, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Police have busted a Houston-based identity theft ring that victimized 457 people and 83 businesses scattered across 25 states, investigators announced today.

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