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October 2010 News Archive

October 29, 2010

Identity theft is on the rise in Montgomery County, but there are deterrents

It’s no secret that identity theft has been on the rise in recent years, and while it’s difficult to investigate, law enforcement authorities catch some of the thieves and are looking at ways to combine resources to increase their success rate. full article

Fresno Police Bust ID, Auto Theft Ring

Fresno police said they broke up what's being called a massive identity-theft and auto-theft ring late Thursday afternoon by arresting nine gang members and one gang associate. full article

Insurance agent admits to getting $3,800 in unearned commissions

An insurance agent from Mobile, Ala., pleaded guilty in federal court to fraudulently enrolling four nursing home residents for insurance coverage so she could pocket $3,800 in commissions. full article

Former IT Technician Jailed for Abusing the Personal Info of His Co-Workers

A former University of Florida employee was sentenced to a year in prison after using the personal information of his co-workers to complete online health surveys. full article

One-in-ten customers switch banks due to privacy concerns

Nearly one-in-ten customers have switched banks or retailers because of unhappiness over the way they have handled their identity or privacy, according to the bi-annual Unisys Security Index. full article

FTC Charges Marketer for Making Phony Claims That Dietary Supplements Can Treat and Prevent Diabetes

As part of its ongoing efforts to stop bogus disease treatment claims, the Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against an online marketer that allegedly deceived consumers with baseless claims that its supplements would treat and prevent diabetes. full article

UH security breach, private student information exposed

PEARL CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii (UH) on Thursday evening issued a security alert. full article

University addresses security breach

A recent security breach on the Storrs campus revealed a list of former students' names and Social Security numbers and made them available on the Internet. full article

Poll: Identity Theft Scarier than Internet Security

Americans are more worried about terrorism, contagions and identity theft than Internet security, according to a twice-yearly security survey by Unisys. full article

Horror Stories of Mobile Money Fraud

With the mobile phone on the cusp of becoming a device for performing financial transactions, are we also on the cusp of a corresponding tsunami of criminal attacks on the mobile channel? Not to be alarmist, but yes. And there are already horror stories. In cyberspace, no one can hear you scream. full article

U.S. Chamber of Commerce releases guide on cyberthreats

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday released a guide to help business owners and managers identify cyberthreats, as well as adopt solutions to reduce threats and increase network security. full article

US-CERT Current Activity

The US-CERT Current Activity web page is a regularly updated summary of the most frequent, high-impact types of security incidents currently being reported to the US-CERT. full article

Official Urges Protection Against Identity Theft

Defense Department officials are urging servicemembers to be aware of identity theft and are providing ways for them to protect themselves, the director of DOD’s personal finance office said. full article

Health insurers say data on 280,000 Pennsylvania clients may be compromised

Keystone Mercy Health Plan and AmeriHealth Mercy Health Plan said Tuesday that a portable computer drive containing the names, addresses, and health information of 280,000 Medicaid members in Pennsylvania has been lost. full article

'Windshield bullies' a growing fraud problem

Some people call them "windshield bullies." full article

Computer attack hits dissidents in Vietnam

WASHINGTON — Political bloggers in Vietnam are under a round of cyberattacks designed to block their websites, a sign of the widening use of targeted hacking to stifle government dissent worldwide, according to a new analysis by U.S. computer experts. full article

What's the riskiest country to visit -- on the Web?

McAfee just released its newest malware mapping report, where it checks out malicious sites by "top level domain," generic ones like .com, plus all of those country-specific ones, such as .us. full article

October 28, 2010

Fraudsters find holes in debit card fraud detection

IDG News Service - Over the last few weeks, criminals have been exploiting weak fraud detection systems used for debit cards with "flash" attacks, where hundreds of withdrawals are made over a very short period of time. full article

Guilty plea made in fake credit card conspiracy

A California man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tulsa to taking part in an interstate credit card fraud conspiracy that involved more than $107,000 and victimized 18 financial institutions, ranging from Merrill Lynch to the Bank of Hawaii. full article

Woman pleads guilty to filing false tax return

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 42-year-old Baton Rouge woman has pleaded guilty to charges that she conspired to file false claims for tax refunds. full article

Illegal worker sentenced in plot to defraud IRS of $1.2M

An undocumented worker from the Dominican Republic who schemed with his girlfriend, a former postal carrier and another man to defraud the IRS of more than $1.2 million was sentenced yesterday to 4 1/2 years in federal prison and ordered to make restitution of $97,748. full article

Appeals Courts Criticize Child Porn Sentencing Guidelines

As the sentencing guidelines for child pornography crimes have grown increasingly harsh, a strong trend has developed among federal judges to reject the proposed prison terms as draconian. full article

Palin e-mail snoop begs court for leniency

Lawyers for 22-year-old David Kernell, whose criminal prying into Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account caused an uproar two months before the 2008 presidential election, is asking a judge for probation instead of the jail term being sought by prosecutors. full article

Fire relief scammer delays arraignment

A San Francisco woman charged with trying to scam relief aid by posing as a San Bruno fire victim has delayed her arraignment until this afternoon, days after she failed to show up for her court date because she was already behind bars full article

National Cyber Security Alliance and Norton Study Finds Americans Feel Safer On a Computer Than a Mobile Device

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans feel their home computers are protected from viruses, malware and hackers but that confidence does not translate to their mobile devices with 87 percent of people surveyed reporting they feel safer going online with their PCs than with their phones, according to the 2010 National Cyber Security Alliance – Norton by Symantec Online Safety Study released today. The study also finds that Americans' stated confidence with their PC's security might not be valid with less than half using the full protection they need to stay safe online. full article

East Grand Forks man faces more charges in identity theft case

An East Grand Forks man now faces a total of 21 felony charges related to an identity theft case that involves scores of local victims. full article

Cyber army moves to sell botnets signifies threat hike, warns Microsoft

Hacktivist group, the Iranian Cyber Army (ICA), has announced that it plans to sell access to its botnets, which have been responsible for attacks on social networks like Twitter and the Chinese equivalent of Google, Baidu. full article

FTC Obtains Court Order Barring Credit Repair Operation from Making False Claims and Charging Up-Front Fees

A credit repair operation has agreed to stop making false claims and stop charging up-front fees under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement is part of an ongoing crackdown on scams that target financially strapped consumers, taking hundreds of dollars of fees to purportedly remove negative information from consumers’ credit reports even if the information is accurate and timely. The FTC filed the action in “Operation Clean Sweep” in October 2008. full article

Samuel M. Serritella of Garfield pleads guilty to taking $1.7 million from investors in horseshoe scam

A Bergen County man has pleaded guilty to defrauding investors of $1.7 million by selling unregistered shares of stock in his startup horseshoe manufacturing company and misappropriating investor funds for his personal use. More than 300 investors lost money. full article

Click here to find out more! Home » Data Protection In Depth E-voting: How secure is it?

Election fraud and vote tampering is as old as government. Before the American Revolution, most voting was done by voice. Voters would call out their pick for all to hear, which lead to intimidation and other nefarious tactics by those hoping to impact election results. The creation of the secret ballot was an improvement, but brought with it another host of possible modes of manipulation. In a quote that is now famous in American history, corrupt politician and Tammany Hall leader Boss Tweed often told constituents to 'vote early, and often.' full article

October 27, 2010

Alabama Tax Preparer Charged with Tax Fraud and Identity Theft

WASHINGTON – An Elmore County, Ala., tax return preparer was indicted in the Middle District of Alabama for tax fraud and identity theft, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. Sharon D. Thurman, who owned and operated "Sharon’s Tax Services," was charged with 14 counts of making false claims for tax refunds, two counts of aggravated identity theft and two counts of theft of government money. full article

Federal probe reveals exploitation of elderly

(CNN) -- A federal investigation has uncovered hundreds of allegations of physical and mental abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly, all happening under what is supposed to be the watchful eye of the courts. full article

Caregiver for man, 82, charged with forging checks

A 24-year-old caregiver from Sheboygan was charged Tuesday with three felonies for allegedly cashing checks belonging to an 82-year-old man she was caring for. full article

LifeLock Warns Consumers of Skimming Scrooges This Holiday Shopping Season

TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the holiday shopping season draws near, LifeLock, the industry leader in proactive identity theft protection, wants to arm consumers with smart shopping habits to help protect against increasing threats of identity theft. According to a September poll conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 66% of respondents feel that they are at risk for identity theft. full article

2 charged in alleged ATM 'skimming' scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey have charged two Bulgarian men with scanning personal information from ATM machines and withdrawing more than $200,000 from customers' accounts. full article

Identity theft case grows

A Weldon woman is in jail today, charged with multiple counts of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Latoria Artis, 25, was arrested, authorities said, after the Halifax County Sheriff's Office received a report Oct. 1 pertaining to identity theft in the Roanoke Rapids area. full article

One in five use birthday as PIN number

A study by found that 18pc of the 1,576 people interviewed used their birthday as their PIN code, with a further 13pc keeping their PIN written down somewhere in their wallet, making it an easy target for thieves. full article

How to contest a debt you don't owe

If a debt collector is contacting you about a debt you know you don't owe, explaining your case can be an uphill battle. Whether it's a matter of mistaken identity, an honest error or identity theft, the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana recommends taking five steps to fight back against erroneous debt collectors. full article

Majority of Smartphone Users Admit Accessing Employer Networks Without Permission

Four out of five people cite "level of security" as a top or high priority when buying or using smartphones and tablet computers - and more than half are anxious about losing their mobile devices, protecting their identities and protecting their families with parental controls. At the same time, nearly three out of four people surveyed use their mobile devices to share or access sensitive personal or business information. full article

Woman admits stealing millions

A Waycross woman has pleaded guilty to a scheme to steal more than $2 million from her former Blackshear employer, Ace Pole Company. full article

Woman arrested for credit card fraud

LAS CRUCES - Police have arrested a Las Cruces woman who is believed to have committed multiple counts of credit card fraud, forgery and identity theft against her former employer. full article

Man Sold Patients' Records, Gets 11 Years

A handicapped Florida man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for buying stolen patients' hospital records, creating hefty kickbacks for himself. full article

October 26, 2010

Computer security head suspended over e-mail spying

The head of computer systems security for the Ohio Department of Public Safety was suspended today amid the fallout from an e-mail spying scheme. full article

MySpace joins Facebook in info-sharing shame

MySpace has been found to be sharing user data with third parties just days after similar revelations at larger rival Facebook. full article

Online identity fraud hits 10% of UK users

Ten per cent of UK adults who use the internet have been victims of online identity fraud in the past year, a report has found. full article

New Firefox add-on hijacks Facebook, Twitter sessions

Computerworld - A new Firefox add-on lets "pretty much anyone" scan a Wi-Fi network and hijack others' access to Facebook, Twitter and a host of other services, a security researcher warned today. full article

Hedge Fund Fraud Alleged in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (CN) - Hedge fund manager Stephen Hicks used his two unregistered hedge fund advisory companies to defraud investors "in three different ways," after taking millions of dollars from them, the SEC says. The agency sued Hicks, 52, of Ridgefield, Conn., and his companies, Southridge Capital Management and Southridge Advisors. full article

Third trial to begin in $1.92M music piracy case

A third trial is set to begin in a bitter, closely watched legal battle between Minnesota native Jammie Thomas-Rasset and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). full article

Dutch team up with Armenia for Bredolab botnet take down

IDG News Service - Armenian authorities arrested a 27-year-old man on Tuesday on suspicion of running a large botnet that was dismantled after a unique take-down operation by Dutch law enforcement and computer security experts on Monday. full article

Customers Claim Jackson Hewitt Sold Tax Franchises to a Felon, Who Did it Again

SARASOTA, Fla. (CN) - Nine former customers claim Jackson Hewitt Tax Services sold franchises to a felon who proceeded to bilk them in Ponzi schemes. Jackson Hewitt negligently hired Daniel L. Prewett, who'd pleaded guilty to 12 counts of grand larceny and insurance fraud in 1987, according to two complaints in Sarasota County Court. full article

Retail sector hit hardest by targeted cyber attacks in October, report reveals

Targeted cyber attacks have increased significantly in the past five years, Symantec's latest MessageLabs Intelligence report has revealed. full article

iPhone allows access to telephone app and address book despite passcode lock

A flaw in the security of Apple iPhones allows a third party to access the list of calls received and made, dial any number and access saved voice mail messages, photo galleries and the entire address book. The address book can also be used to send emails and picture and text messages. The telephone app can easily be launched on an iPhone which appears to be locked against third party access, without requiring the four-digit or alphanumeric pass code. full article

Fighting the Zombie Computer Outbreak

Computer hijacking programs are becoming more sophisticated and powerful each year. This makes it vital for companies to protect their networks from being hacked and converted into "zombie" systems that could severely undermine business. full article

Miami man sentenced for selling hospital records

MIAMI (AP) - A Miami man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for participating in a scheme to sell stolen patient records to lawyers for injury claims. full article

Beware of e-Mail Scams about the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System

Consumers should be aware of a scam in which recipients receive an e-mail that claims to come from the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. The e-mail states that tax payments made by the e-mail recipient through EFTPS have been rejected. The e-mail then directs recipients to a bogus website containing malicious software (malware) that infects the intended victim’s computer. To avoid the bogus website and malware, do not click on any links, open any attachments or reply to the sender for any e-mail you may receive that claims to come from EFTPS. full article

Bulgarian plans plea in Oregon-Ohio ID theft case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Bulgarian man accused of stealing the name of an Ohio boy that he used to get a job with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is expected to plead guilty in federal court next week. full article

October 25, 2010

Dewey restaurant worker charged in ID theft

DEWEY BEACH — A 32-year-old server in a Dewey Beach restaurant was charged with using a customer's credit card information to pay for tires and an oil change, state police said. full article

Authorities Warn Of Telephone Identity Thieves Posing As Police

DENVER -- The Colorado Attorney General's Office warns that identity thieves masquerading as police are targeting Colorado residents by phone. full article

Medical identity theft a more prevalent occurrence

When Joanna Saenz opened her mail one summer day several years ago, she got quite a shock. full article

Prosecutors: Welfare Director Stole Nearly $200K

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (CBS) - A former welfare services director from the northwest suburbs has been charged with stealing nearly $200,000 from a food pantry fund and other accounts just as she was to be released from prison on an unrelated charge. full article

Health reform's side effect: Scams

NEW YORK ( -- Fraud experts say health insurance scams are on the rise as criminals quickly exploit consumers' confusion about how the new health care law changes their insurance coverage. full article

Burleson teacher learns hard lesson about marriage

BURLESON — He was smart, charming, and handsome... the kind of guy most girls fall for. full article

Sharing too much on Facebook could cost you

If you’re the type of person who tweets while on vacation or brags about your new toys on Facebook, you’d better post some photos of your guard dogs as well. full article

Guard investigating allegations of fraud

The National Guard is examining its procedures for detecting fraud in the wake of recent financial scandals at some state Guard organizations. full article

Information Commissioner to open new UK inquiry into Google Wi-Fi data harvesting

The UK is to open a fresh inquiry into Google's Wi-Fi data harvesting after the company admitted its Street View cars captured complete e-mails and passwords. full article

Zeus hackers may target corporate data

IDG News Service - Criminals who use the Zeus malware may be working on a new angle: corporate espionage. full article

Iranian Cyber Army running botnets, researchers say

IDG News Service - A group of malicious hackers who attacked Twitter and the Chinese search engine Baidu are also apparently running a for-rent botnet, according to new research. full article

FTC Offers Legal Assistance Guide to Help Identity Theft Victims

The Federal Trade Commission has created a guide to help attorneys and victim advocates provide legal assistance to identity theft victims. full article

Hacker hits Kaspersky website

Scammers who try to trick victims into downloading fake antivirus software can strike almost anywhere. On Sunday they hit the website of Kaspersky Lab, a well-known antivirus vendor. full article

October 21, 2010

Man pleads guilty in human trafficking case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man from Uzbekistan who was accused of running a 14-state human trafficking ring in Kansas City has pleaded guilty to four charges under a plea agreement in which he will serve at least 10 years in federal prison. full article

Teens learn dangers of digital world

MEDINA — A group of Med­ina County Career Center jun­iors walked into what their teacher described as a crime scene Wednes­day. There wasn’t any evidence of violence or corruption, however. All they saw were a computer and desk sectioned off by police tape and flashing lights. full article

Former Ace Pole employee pleads guilty in theft of more than $2 million

A Waycross woman has plead guilty relating to a scheme to steal more than $2 million from her former Blackshear employer, Ace Pole Company. full article

Capitol Heights man sentenced to 4 years in prison for identity theft10/2

A Capitol Heights man was sentenced in U.S. District Court Monday to four years in prison for stealing wages from six members of the military and using their identities to open credit and debit card accounts. full article

Medical-data breach said to be major

A computer flash drive containing the names, addresses, and personal health information of 280,000 people is missing - one of the largest recent security breaches of personal health data in the nation. full article

Warning as identity theft on the rise in Shropshire

West Mercia Police chiefs today said fraud and identity theft was one of the fastest growing areas of crime. Police bosses said the nature of modern technology and communications meant that people could fall victim to criminals in the UK and in other parts of the world. full article

Warning as identity theft on the rise in Shropshire

West Mercia Police chiefs today said fraud and identity theft was one of the fastest growing areas of crime. Police bosses said the nature of modern technology and communications meant that people could fall victim to criminals in the UK and in other parts of the world. full article

Guilty plea on identity-theft, child- porn charges nets 16½ years Read more: Guilty plea on identity-theft, child- porn charges nets 16½ years

Ralph Landers, 43, of Denver was sentenced to 16½ years in federal prison this week after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, identity theft, fraud and other charges. full article

Political grandstanding drives GPS tracking grant

Using federal grant money, Texas is putting GPS monitors on several hundred additional parolees who the Governor says are dangerous sexual predators. But some of them have never been convicted of a sex offense, aren't on the sex offender registry and have been out of prison for many years. full article

Cops nab Trenton Bloods gangster and Ewing Netas sex offender among fugitives

TRENTON — Local and federal fugitive hunters named four locals they’ve rounded up on outstanding warrants recently, including two known gang members. full article

Progress in fight against sex predators

The landmark proposal known as Chelsea's Law, spawned by tragedy in San Diego County, Calif., will likely move a step closer to enactment today. Its passage by a key state Senate committee would be another headline in a string of good news in the effort to combat sexually violent predators throughout California. full article

Ex-Saugerties man arrested in Colorado on sex offender charge

SAUGERTIES — A former Saugerties man has been arrested in Denver, Colo., where authorities said he fled in April 2009 after failing to register an address change for the state sex offender registry. full article

MSP sex offender sweep underway across the state

Michigan State Police this week began a state-wide sweep aimed at tracking down sex offenders who didn’t verify their addresses with local police agencies as the law requires. full article

Arrest warrant issued for sex offender who didn’t register address change

An arrest warrant has been issued for a level-two sex offender who Auburn police say may be armed and dangerous after he failed to notify authorities of a change of address. full article

Chesterfield teacher now on sex offender registry

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A former Chesterfield elementary school teacher is now out of a job and on the sex offender registry. full article

Queens man in Web sex arrest

A registered sex offender used the Internet to lure a 21-year-old woman from Indianapolis to Queens, where he raped and sodomized her, police said on Wednesday. full article

Probation-violating sex offender given a chance to stay out of prison

A man who was implicated in a gang rape in Manchester in 2002 — and has been unable to stay out of trouble since then despite having been paralyzed from the waist down due to a gunshot wound suffered in 2004 — got yet another chance at freedom this week. full article

Sex offender arrested for courthouse bomb threat

Authorities have arrested a registerd sex offender for allegedly making a false bomb threat at the Hidalgo County courthouse last week. full article

October 15, 2010

New York Man Pleads Guilt in Conspiracy Among Black Market Travel Agents

Kansas City, MO - infoZine - Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a New York, N.Y., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. full article

Bank, credit union employee accused of embezzling

A Lake County woman is suspected of taking more than $400,000, mostly from the elderly and deceased, through her role as a bank and credit union employee, federal prosecutors said Thursday full article

Charges filed against three in alleged gas pump scam

MARTINEZ — State prosecutors have filed charges against three Los Angeles men for allegedly stealing more than $150,000 by skimming personal information from Northern California gas station pumps. full article

Ex-lawyer admits guilt in property claim scam

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A disbarred lawyer pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he pocketed money from deceased clients in an unclaimed property scam, and that some of that estimated $50,000 was used to pay off restitution in a federal case he had involving ripping off veterans, according to a prosecutor. full article

Vallejo businessman not hooked by e-mail 'phishing' scam

Vallejo's North Bay Cabinets owner Chip Carter said the e-mail saying his tax payment was rejected looked like the genuine article, but wasn't. full article

New Malware Could Steal Users Social Media Behavior And Info

A new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers predicts that a new generation of malware (software written for malicious purposes like identity theft) could steal data on human behavior patterns, which is more dangerous than traditional, detectable attacks. full article

Gilbert man arrested in identity theft probe

A Gilbert man is facing charges of theft, forgery and false reporting to law enforcement after police say he misled an identity theft investigation. full article

One in five spam messages comes from the U.S.

Sophos published the latest report into the 'Dirty Dozen' spam-relaying countries, covering the third quarter of 2010. Since the second quarter this year, the spam output from the United States has increased significantly from 15.2% to 18.6% of global spam, making the country responsible for nearly one in five junk emails, and meaning that the USA contributes nearly 2.5 times more spam than the next worse offender, India. full article

Google adds phishing alerts to network services

IDG News Service - Google has added notification for phishing URLs to its service that lets administrators know if their networks have been compromised. full article

Anti-Botnet Startup Quietly Emerges From Stealth Mode

A startup led by former Trend Micro executives that offers botnet intelligence feeds and threat reports has come out of the shadows. Umbra Data, based in San Jose, Calif., offers a cloud-based service that continuously monitors and vets command and control (C&C) activity and can be integrated into either a service provider's offerings or enterprise security devices, such as routers and recursive DNS servers. full article

October 14, 2010

Dozens arrested in health care fraud schemes

Washington (CNN) -- Federal authorities arrested more than 50 suspects Wednesday and smashed what they describe as an Armenian-American organized crime enterprise engaged in a nationwide scheme to defraud the Medicare program. full article

Condo Crook Swiping Mail for Personal Info

Ana Saenz, just one of the residents at a condo in Sunny Isles Beach, was wondering what's going to happen next. Her bank account was wiped out today -- all her money stolen after a thief had broken into her mailbox. full article

Hyattsville men plead guilty in fake ID case

Two Hyattsville men pleaded guilty Friday to fraud and identity theft for manufacturing and selling fake identification documents. full article

REGIONAL: Three men arrested for ATM skimming scheme

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The California Attorney General's Office on Wednesday filed criminal charges against three men who stole more than $150,000 from about 200 people by creating fake credit and debit cards from banking information they skimmed from ATM and credit cards through devices placed inside gas station pumps in Northern California. full article

Dozens of Los Angeles residents charged in crackdown on medical fraud

Dozens of Los Angeles residents were charged on Wednesday for their roles in a Medical fraud that fleeced Medicare out of millions of dollars, authorities said. full article

RSA Europe 2010: Botnets have become backbone for cybercrime, says Microsoft

Botnets are increasingly core to cybercrime activities, the latest security intelligence report from Microsoft has revealed. full article

Identity theft suspects target Kingwood residents, two in custody

Police urge Kingwood residents to check their credit reports to ensure they didn’t fall victim to an identity theft ring authorities broke up at a Kingwood residence Oct. 8. full article

Microsoft's Network compromised, used to route traffic to spam websites

Microsoft has confirmed that two network devices on its network have indeed been compromised and were being used by criminals to route traffic to more than a thousand websites used to push fake pills. full article

Dangers of wireless network use still unknown to many

Nearly half of home wi-fi networks can be hacked in less than five seconds, according to a new study. In an 'ethical hacking' experiment conducted across six UK cities, nearly 40,000 networks were revealed as high-risk, opening up the personal data of thousands of individuals. full article

October 13, 2010

Local fire company warns of donation scam

SCHUYLER, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Schuyler Volunteer Fire Department says recent solicitations of donations on their behalf is a scam. full article

Bulgarian Pleads Not Guilty In Ore. Identity Case

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Bulgarian man accused of stealing the identity of a slain Ohio boy has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of identity theft and making false statements to the government. full article

Two men plead guilty in largest identity fraud scheme in Maryland history

Two Hyattsville men who police say were the ringleaders of the largest fraudulent document mill ever uncovered in Maryland were sentenced to four years in prison. full article

Accused South Carolina Child Rapist Caught Hiding in Plain Sight in Florida

Charleston, SC – Mijail Surec-Garcia, 22, was arrested in Boca Raton, FL in the afternoon hours on Friday by U.S. Marshals and partnering law enforcement agencies at a job site where he was building and repairing homes. Garcia is charged by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office with Lewd Act on a Minor, Criminal Sexual Conduct, and two counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. It is alleged that Garcia sexually assaulted a minor child, approximately 12 years old, in July 2010 on John’s Island. full article

Police arrest man wanted in ID thefts

When an Upper Moreland police officer pulled over the car Herman Jackson was riding in, he had no way of knowing the Ohio man was wanted in several states for alleged identity theft and had $14,000 in stolen goods in the car. full article

Identity theft suspects target area residents, two in custody

Hundreds of victims affected around Texas

KINGWOOD - Police urge Kingwood area residents to check their credit reports to ensure they didn't fall victim to an identity theft ring authorities broke up at a Kingwood residence Oct. 8. full article

Information released in error threatens personal identity

An error at town hall caused an undetermined number of township employees’ private information, including their Social Security numbers and business identification and account numbers, to be released to a resident. full article

Indiana Police Work To Break Identity Theft Ring

NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Police in southern Indiana are working to crack a high-tech case of identity theft, and they're hoping newly released surveillance video will help. full article

Unauthorized access gained to College of Physicians and Surgeons' website

The College of Physicians and Surgeons sent a warning letter to its members Monday about an on-line attack that resulted in unauthorized access to the password-protected section of its website. full article

October 12, 2010

“Cloned” Debit Card Thefts New Fad Among Tech-savvy Thieves

The four Romanians recently accused of stealing debit card information to withdraw more than $200,000 cash from victims’ bank accounts across Nassau County and beyond allegedly used an increasingly common high-tech method that experts say makes up just a fraction of a $10 billion international criminal trade. full article

Universities Targeted In Phishing Attacks

Universities are the latest and an expanding target for identity fraud criminal gangs that take advantage of openness at campuses to commit "phishing" offenses against academic individuals and institutions, security surveys indicated. full article

Facebook Hijackers Strike Family

Mother, Son Locked Out Of Facebook By Criminals

Debbie Abner and her friends said they were scared over the weekend and now they just want to make sure their identities are secure. Abner and her son said they feel like their privacy is violated and gone. Neither one can log onto their Facebook pages. Now, Abner is taking new privacy and safety precautions and just wants the word out so it won't happen to anyone else. full article

New Webroot Survey Reveals Poor Password Practices That May Put Consumers' Identities at Risk

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to safeguarding personal information online, many people leave their virtual keys in the front door. New research commissioned by Webroot, the first Internet security service company, uncovers common password practices that are putting consumers' identities and wallets at risk. full article

Survey Shows 82% Of Babies Have Online Presence

Spreading news and photos about newborns is pretty typical, but one study found posting baby pictures online can lead to problems. full article

Couple sentenced for bank fraud

A husband and wife pair from Des Moines were sentenced to federal prison today for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. full article

Rogue Facebook app takes over accounts

A flurry of statuses saying "OMG! Im never going to send another text message again after seeing this!" and "OMG! Im not txtin again now that I have seen this!" and offering a shortened link have been popping up on Facebook during the weekend, and contrary to what we might expect, it wasn't another survey scheme. full article

Nine more breaches newly revealed on HHS’s web site full article

October 7, 2010

Identity theft connected to $23,000 in student loans

Two Buffalo residents face up to 30 years in prison and a$1 million fine if convicted on federal charges they committed identity theft to fraudulently receive more than $23,000 in a student loan, U. S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Wednesday. full article

Woman in Boston bridal scam to plead guilty

BOSTON -- A Pittsburgh woman is scheduled to plead guilty to allegations she defrauded advertisers and exhibitors out of thousands of dollars with a fake Boston bridal show. full article

Glynn man faces federal health fraud charges

He is accused of trying to steal $100,000 from Medicare

BRUNSWICK - The FBI has arrested a Glynn County man on federal health care fraud charges, accusing him of trying to steal more than $100,000 from Medicare in a scheme involving medical equipment suppliers in two states. full article

College students failing test on ID theft

Forget the "freshman 15" weight gain. New arrivals on college campuses should focus more on what they could lose - namely, their identities. full article

Police charge Asheville woman with identity theft

ASHEVILLE — Police charged an Asheville woman with identity theft. full article

Police arrest two in check-forging scam

PLAINVILLE — Police recently arrested two men in connection with a statewide check-forging scam. full article

A phishing e-mail to learn from

A phishing attempt that makes even people who are very good at spotting them pause for a moment and take a good look is a perfect example on which to learn. full article

Cancer researcher fights UNC demotion

Chapel Hill -- A UNC cancer researcher is fighting a demotion and pay cut she received after a security breach in the medical study she directs. full article

Dumped Medical Files Put Omaha Patients at Risk

Omaha, NE - Thanks to an alert viewer, KMTV Action 3 News uncovers a frightening find that could put hundreds of people's personal information in danger. Names, social security numbers, and sensitive medical records are left for anyone to find. We're taking action to protect those records and get you answers. full article

October 6, 2010

Credit card fraud drops thanks to improved online detection

The increasing use of fraud screening detection tools by retailers and banks is helping to tackle phone, internet and card-not-present fraud, the UK Cards Association has reported. full article

Russia detains suspect in carding, online fraud scheme

IDG News Service - Russian authorities have detained a Ukrainian national who oversaw a group that manufactured fraudulent payment cards and identity documents, according to the country's Interior Ministry on Monday. full article

Criminals will continue to use Zeus Trojan, expert says

IDG News Service - Despite dozens of recent arrests targeting large online fraud organizations, other criminals are continuing to use the Zeus Trojan and other Web tools to steal identities and money from Internet users, a cybersecurity expert said Tuesday. full article

Facebook spammer tries to cash in on $873 million fine

Facebook calls him a spammer and a U.S. court has fined him $873 million. But Montreal's Adam Guerbuez doesn't seem to care; he calls himself the $873 million man and says he won't pay a cent. full article

Studies show smartphone users unknowingly give up personal data

Half of more than two-dozen popular Android apps studied by researchers and available for download to smartphones secretly transmit the geographic location of users, i.e. the approximate physical location of a consumer with their device, to remote servers controlled by advertisers, according to new findings released Sept. 29. full article

Electronic medical records: great, but not very private

FORTUNE -- If you live in Texas, your medical records are definitely up for sale by the state. If you live anywhere else in the United States, they probably are for sale there, too. full article

Man Arrested for Holbrook ‘Cloned’ Credit Card Buy

A Queens man is accused of using a so-called “cloned” credit card to purchase baby formula at a Holbrook grocery store twice in the past two months, Suffolk County police said. full article

October 5, 2010

Massive iTunes phishing attack

Apple's popular iTunes platform has become a major target for hackers looking to steal credit card data from the service's millions of users. full article

Fake browser warnings dupe users into downloading 'scareware'

Makers of phony security software spoof anti-malware alerts in IE, Firefox and Chrome

Computerworld - Scammers are spoofing the anti-malware warnings of popular browsers to dupe Windows users into downloading fake security software, Symantec said Monday. full article

Town justice candidate says he is victim of identity thief

CATSKILL — In a local election season which has been relatively light on dirty tricks, a town justice candidate said Monday that he has become the target of identity theft. full article

BlackBerry backup encryption broken by Russians

A Russian company that specialises in cracking tools claims it has broken the password protection used to secure data backups from BlackBerry smartphones. full article

Class Calls Fila Beauty School a Scam

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CN) - Students claim in a class action that the Fila Academy promised they "would make as much in salary as doctors and lawyers" if they graduated from the beauty school, but made them clean toilets and work as sales reps selling Fila products. Eight named plaintiffs say that Larry Fila Jr. charged them as much as $9,995 to go to the school, which Fila falsely claimed to be "connected with Paul Mitchell," the beauty products manufacturer, which is not a party to the case. full article

French rogue trader Kerviel found guilty

Paris, France (CNN) -- Trader Jerome Kerviel was found guilty of all charges Tuesday for betting 50 billion euros ($61 billion) of a French bank's money without its knowledge. full article

Chamber president resigns after sex offender tip

Almost no sooner did the San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce receive the tip that the president was listed on the Megan’s Law Web site of convicted sex offenders than the president resigned. full article

October 4, 2010

FBI announces arrests in $70 million cyber-theft

Washington (CNN) -- The FBI announced Friday more than 60 people are in custody in the United States, United Kingdom and Ukraine after authorities smashed a major international cyber-theft ring that had netted $70 million from the United States alone. To date the perpetrators had attempted to steal $220 million, the FBI said. full article


Contact Information

Center for Identity Management and
Information Protection
Dr. Donald Rebovich,
Executive Director
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502