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February 2012 News Archive

February 29, 2012

Interpol Says Suspected Anonymous Hackers Arrested

Interpol said Tuesday that 25 suspected members of the loose-knit Anonymous hacker movement have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America. full article

Interpol website suffers 'Anonymous cyber-attack'

Website crashes briefly following Interpol's announcement of the arrest of 25 suspected members of the hacking group

Interpol's website appears to have been the victim of a cyber-attack after the international police agency announced the arrests of 25 suspected members of the hacking activist group Anonymous in Europe and South America. full article

Fake Chat Screen Malware Hijacks Banking Customers

A new attack against online banking customers uses a malware platform to trick its victims into verifying bogus transactions. full article

Moore's Law leaves mobile networks ripe for attack

Corrupt telcos also to blame

RSA 2012 The GSM mobile standard is wide open for attack, experts have warned, thanks in part to the increasing amount of computing power available to hackers. full article

Suffolk bank raid suspect charged with US identity theft

A man wanted for a £1m bank theft in Suffolk in 1993 and arrested in the US has been charged with identity theft and social security offences. full article

Michelle Singletary: Your online profile may help identity thieves

We’ve become a society that shares too much of our personal information — and all that voluntary transparency makes us vulnerable to crooks. full article

Malware increasingly using DNS as C&C channel to avoid detection

Most companies unprepared to deal with the use of DNS as command and control channel for malware, experts said at the RSA Conference

The number of malware threats that receive instructions from attackers through DNS is expected to increase, and most companies are not currently scanning for such activity on their networks, security experts said at the RSA Conference 2012 yesterday. full article

News of the World hacking suspect jailed for blagging in separate case

Philip Campbell Smith, accused of computer hacking for the tabloid, is one of four men jailed for accessing private data

A private detective at the centre of allegations that computers were hacked for the News of the World has been jailed for illegal "blagging" in a separate case. full article

Minnesota: Jury convicts 2 in $50M bank fraud

(AP) MINNEAPOLIS — A federal jury in Minnesota convicted two people on Tuesday for their roles in a $50 million bank fraud conspiracy that authorities say depended on identity theft by employees of some of America's largest banks. full article

Recall circulator charged with election fraud, identity theft

A 59-year-old Racine man was charged Tuesday with nine felonies related to the gathering of signatures on petitions to recall state Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine). full article

February 28, 2012

Personal Information Found Dumped Behind Mo' Money Taxes

MEMPHIS, TN ( - Memphis police are investigating thousands of documents containing personal information in dumpsters at a Whitehaven area Mo' Money Taxes business. Now the tax preparation business is the focus of a federal investigation by the IRS for identity theft. full article

UPDATE: Wikileaks Dumps First of 5 Million Stratfor E-Mails

The whistle-blower Web site Wikileaks has published what it claims are the first of millions of internal e-mails taken from the Texas based strategic intelligence firm Stratfor. full article

Cyber threats a game changer for the FBI

CSO - You know by now that cyber attacks are a growing threat to US government data facilities, critical infrastructure and American businesses. Thursday at RSA Conference 2012, FBI Director Robert Mueller will explain how the threat has been a game changer for his agency. full article

Child abuse suspect won't be forced to decrypt hard drive

US appeals court rules it would violate his 5th Amendment rights

A federal appeals court has ruled it improper to compel a child pornography suspect to decrypt his hard drive because such an act would violate his Fifth Amendment rights. full article

Guatemalan Illegal Immigrant Fights for Custody of Young Son

A custody battle between a Guatemalan mother who was in the U.S. illegally and the couple who adopted her son while she was in prison for identity theft is back in court today. full article

Metro woman gets prison time for corporate ID theft

Lisa Lee of Forest Park, Ga., was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison on several charges related to corporate identity theft. full article

SEC Proposes ‘Red Flags’ Identity Theft Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed new rules aimed at safeguarding investors from identity theft by requiring broker-dealers, mutual funds and other SEC-regulated entities create programs to detect and respond to “red flags” indicating possible identity theft. full article

Americans reported $1.52 bln in fraud complaints in 2011: FTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans who fell victim to fraud last year - and reported it to consumer agencies - paid out more than $1.52 billion in cases of identity theft and other scams, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said on Tuesday. full article

South Florida once again tops in nation for identity theft

Once again, South Florida leads the nation's largest metro areas in reports of identity theft, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission. full article

February 27, 2012

Smartphones Becoming Gateways to Identity Theft

There were two stories this week that highlight the need for smartphone owners to look at security on their phones like they do on their other personal computing devices. full article

3 indicted in federal identity theft case

Three people have been indicted on 23 counts of wire fraud, access device fraud, aggravated identify theft and conspiracy, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. full article

Identity Thieves Steal Port Chester Man's Tax Refund

A Port Chester man fell victim to a new form of identity theft that involves stealing tax refunds. full article

Texas woman pleads guilty in Grand Forks federal court to identity theft

A Texas woman accused in North Dakota of stealing the identity of another person and using it to obtain student loans has pleaded guilty. full article

Head of Security at Berkeley High School Accused of Identity Theft

Berkeley High Principal Pasquale Scuderi sent the following letter on Friday to Berkeley High School staff and families: In an attempt to head off speculation and to be out in front of any rumors, I want to inform the community of a very difficult development that has occurred within the Berkeley High School Community. On Thursday, following a law enforcement investigation, Berkeley High School safety officer William Keys was interviewed and arrested by the Berkeley Police Department on allegations of identity theft. full article

Pair arrested in burglary, identity theft spree

Auburn, CA - Two suspects have been arrested on burglary and identity theft charges in connection with a string of home and vehicle break-ins over the past several weeks. full article

ID thieves prey on Florida taxpayers

As if filing an income tax return weren't stressful enough, a growing number of Floridians are experiencing a shock when they submit their returns to the Internal Revenue Service. full article

Louisiana sheriff faces computer fraud, ID theft charges

MONROE — Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney has been arrested on computer fraud and identity theft charges. full article

Sheboygan man charged with ID theft

A 57-year-old Sheboygan man has been charged with eight felony counts of identity theft for financial gain. full article

Miami-Dade Public Schools Have an Identity Theft Problem

?Miami-Dade County Public Schools have a security problem -- and we're not talking bad locks on the local elementary school's front door. full article

February 24, 2012

March 21 Webinar to Highlight Report on Safeguarding Protected Health Information

On March 21, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), The Santa Fe Group/Shared Assessments Program Healthcare Working Group, and the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) will host a free webinar on the forthcoming report, The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security, to be released March 5th at a press conference and Congressional briefing in Washington, DC. full article

Alleged ID theft ring 'boss' arrested

A West St. Paul man spent his 56th birthday in Hennepin County jail Thursday after being arrested this week on charges that he was "the boss" of a metrowide identity theft ring. full article

Sweeping $10 million ID theft case goes to Minneapolis jury

A $10 million identity theft case went to a federal jury Thursday in Minneapolis following closing arguments that attacked the honesty of key witnesses for the prosecution. full article

Stoughton puppy mill operator faces identity theft charges

DEDHAM — Twice convicted of animal cruelty, former Stoughton puppy mill operator Linda Snow is facing more legal trouble. full article

Police Searching For ID Theft Suspect

Alicia Dean Ellis is wanted for felony identity theft in Colorado Springs, but police don’t know where she is. full article

Providers: Guard against medical identity theft

It's disconcerting, to say the least, to read that 91 percent of small healthcare organizations have suffered at least one data breach, according to a recent study. full article

Man faces computer crime and identity theft charges

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Multnomah County Sheriff's office says a Portland man is accused of putting ads on Craigslist and creating other online posts that appeared to be from his former girlfriend inviting men to contact her for sex. full article

Identity Theft Rising; Users of Social Media Most at Risk

Be careful who you friend. Identity fraud jumped 13 percent in 2011, affecting 11.6 million adults and raking in untold millions of dollars from unsuspecting victims--both online and off, according to Javelin Strategy and Research, a California-based financial services firm. full article

February 23, 2012

Identity theft put innocent Memphis man in jail

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – A Memphis man wants his good name cleared after it was stolen and dragged through the mud. It's a case of identity theft that cost an innocent man time in the county jail. full article

California woman gets prison in identity theft scheme

A California woman who went on a cross-country identity theft spree was sentenced to state prison Wednesday for her part in a scheme to steal money from Bank of America in Batavia. full article

NM officials issue warning against potential identity theft rings, fake tax returns

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico tax officials are warning residents about potential identity theft rings that have unsuccessfully tried to cash in more than $1.7 million in fraudulent tax returns since mid-January. full article

Number of ID-theft victims up 13%

Nearly 12 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2011, an increase of 13 percent over 2010, according to a report released Wednesday by the research firm Javelin Strategy & Research. full article

Man Arrested For Allegedly Operating Identity Theft Ring in Hennepin County

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a man today who is charged in connection with a large-scale identify theft operation that also involved credit card fraud, theft, and counterfeit checks. full article

W. St. Paul Man Charged in ID Theft Ring Read more: W. St. Paul Man Charged in ID Theft Ring

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. - A West St. Paul man was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with a large-scale identity theft ring. Donald Allen Ellis, 55, faces a pair of felonies for being “the boss” who directed the wide-spread criminal enterprise that also involved credit card fraud, theft, and writing counterfeit checks. The identities were largely stolen by breaking into vehicles and stealing purses. full article

February 22, 2012

March 5 Press Conference and Congressional Briefing to Unveil Report on Safeguarding Protected Health Information

Data breaches of protected health information (PHI) are growing in frequency and in magnitude and have huge financial, legal, operational, clinical, and reputational repercussions. Protecting this valuable health data is an essential part of business for all health care organizations. full article

Survey: ID theft on the rise again, card victims jump by 2 million annually

Identity thieves have regained the upper hand, suggests a new survey released Wednesday by fraud research firm Javelin Strategy & Research. The firm's annual survey of 5,000 consumers suggests a rise in the rate of ID theft during 2011, reversing a drop in identity-related that was found in last year's survey. The main cause of the new increase: A return to old-fashioned credit card fraud. full article

Scammers use new technology to steal identities

Scam artists are using new technology to ensnare taxpayers into schemes this year, according to the IRS. full article

Sacramento man headed to prison for identity theft

A Sacramento man has been sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated identity theft. Melvin Lee Gregory, 30, was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge John A Mendez, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. His prison term is to be followed by one year of supervised release. full article

Doctor accuses 1-800-GET-THIN president of identity theft

An anesthesiologist says in a lawsuit that he refused to sign a contract allowing affiliated surgery centers to set up a corporation to bill insurers for his services, but it was done anyway. full article

Former Hawaii Officer Admits ID Theft and Forgery

A former Honolulu police officer accused of using other officers' names to get part-time work pleaded guilty Thursday.

Feb. 21--A former Honolulu police officer accused of using other officers' names to get part-time work pleaded guilty Thursday to identity theft, two counts of unauthorized possession of confidential personal information and three counts of forgery. full article

4 Accused of Identity Theft, Fraud, Forgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Four people, all from Tucson, are facing theft and fraud charges. full article

ID Theft Insurance Under Fire

THE value of identity-theft insurance has been questioned after the Financial Services Authority (FSA) demanded a review of one of the biggest providers over worries about mis-selling. full article

Canandaigua man charged with identity theft

Canandaigua, N.Y. — A Canandaigua man was charged Tuesday, Feb. 21, with second-degree identity theft. According to the City of Canandaigua Police Department, Richard C. Streeter, 58, of 31 S. Main St., allegedly used another person’s ATM and PIN information to withdraw money from several locations within Canandaigua, exceeding $500 in withdrawals. full article

Caution: Fraudulent Charges May Appear on Your Phone Bill

The following post appears courtesy of the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch. Did you know that your telephone bills may contain charges for products or services other than telephone service, much like charges on a credit card? Those who carry out these types of fraud have found ways to insinuate themselves onto the telephone billing system, and arrange for false charges to appear on telephone bills. As a result, you could be paying for goods or services you never ordered or received. full article

News of the World hacker named after court block lifted

Murdoch editor Andy Coulson fingered as key contact

A man accused of hacking into the computers of a former British Army intelligence officer on behalf of a News of the World editor has been named as Philip Campbell Smith, also a former British Army intelligence officer. full article

Officials warn of scams that target elderly in Granite State

NASHUA — Identity theft results in about $47 billion in financial fraud each year, according to an expert who spoke Tuesday about various scams targeting the nation’s elderly population. full article

State Says Nearly $1.8 Million in Fraudulent Tax Refunds Stopped

State Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla on Tuesday said identity theft rings have unsuccessfully tried to cash in nearly $1.8 million in fraudulent tax refunds so far this tax season, the department said in a news release. full article

February 21, 2012

Ponzo Indicted in Boise on Firearms and Identity Theft Charges

BOISE, ID—Enrico Michael Ponzo, also known as “Jay Shaw,” 43, formerly of Marsing, Idaho, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise on Tuesday on multiple counts of unlawfully possessing firearms and identity theft, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today. Ponzo is currently in the custody of the United States Marshals Service in the District of Massachusetts, where he awaits trial on federal charges, including RICO, conspiracy to murder, and attempted murder. full article

Annual Report Finds Major Progress in Securing Driver's License Issuance Against Identity Theft and Fraud

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Immigration Studies has released its second comprehensive assessment of the status of secure driver's license standards. The report fills a void left by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has been silent on the implementation of state license standards in the REAL ID Act of 2005. full article

Man To Be Sentenced For Foreclosure Fraud Scheme

SAN DIEGO -- A man who participated in a $6 million foreclosure fraud scheme in which he stole the identities of several notaries and forged hundreds of deeds across California is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday at the downtown courthouse. full article

IRS Warns Taxpayers to Avoid Scams

The IRS has announced its annual “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2012. There are some familiar scams making the list this year with a handful of new-ish ones thrown in for good measure. The best way to protect yourself is to know what you’re up against. Be informed. full article

Scared of Anonymous? NSA chief says you should be

Anonymous has so far plied its trade in "hactivist" exploits. But according to the director of the National Security Agency, it might soon turn its focus to U.S. infrastructure. full article

I.D. Theft Ordeal: She had IRS Refund Stolen Twice

Debra Tyler had her identity stolen, leading to the theft of her tax refund check – twice. full article

Facebook Sex Sting Nabs Convicted Sex Offender

A police sting operation leads to the arrest of a convicted sex offender for allegedly trolling for underage girls on Facebook. full article

February 20, 2012

CPP says FSA probe threatens company's future

(Reuters) - British credit card insurer CPP said its future was at risk following new demands from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) regulator, which has been scrutinising its business practices for the last year. full article

Police: Middletown Woman Charged With Harassing Identity Theft Victim

A Middletown woman charged with stealing a Killingworth man's identity last year was arrested again this month for allegedly harassing the victim, police say. full article

Facebook Hacker Gets 8 Months in Jail

A 26-year-old Briton was sentenced to eight months for hacking Facebook in 2011. full article

Anonymous threatens to DDOS root Internet servers

The threat from the hacktivist group is unlikely to be successful, said an expert

IDG News Service - An upcoming campaign announced by the hacking group Anonymous directed against the Internet's core address lookup system is unlikely to cause much damage, according to one security expert. full article

Mobile users easily tracked through GSM network leaks

Enough location data leaked to give third parties access to whereabouts of mobile users

GSM cellular networks leak enough location data to give third-parties secret access to cellphone users' whereabouts, according to new research from the US. full article

Holton woman arrested for identity theft

A Holton woman was arrested in connection with identity theft, two counts of forgery and possession of stolen property, Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said Sunday. full article

Adams man charged with identity theft

Michael J. Young, 40, of 8460 County Route 97, Adams, was arrested by city police at 12:52 a.m. Sunday on two counts each of criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree identity theft and petit larceny. full article

The 15 worst data security breaches of the 21st century

Data security breaches happen daily in too many places at once to keep count. But what constitutes a huge breach versus a small one? For some perspective, we take a look at 15 of the biggest incidents in recent memory. Helping us out are security practitioners from a variety of industries, including more than a dozen members of LinkedIn's Information Security Community, who provided nominations for the list. full article

Waves of Attacks Target Adobe Reader Bug From 2010

Thanks to the wonderful tendency of users not to update their applications, old vulnerabilities never die, they just get overtaken by newer and shinier ones. The attackers know this well, and every once in a while they serve up a nice reminder to the rest of us. The most recent one of these is a string of attacks against an Adobe Reader vulnerability from 2010. full article

February 17, 2012

Identity theft, phishing top tax scams in U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Identity theft and phishing top the federal U.S. tax service's list of "dirty dozen" scams, which tend to peak this time of year as millions of Americans gear up to file their tax returns. full article

21-year-old man sentenced to jail after arrest in West Linn for identity theft purchases

A 21-year-old man arrested in December by West Linn police for using illegally obtained credit card numbers to buy electronics and apparel was sentenced to 45 days in prison and may soon face federal charges. full article

Pair sentenced for stealing elderly couple's life savings

An employee of a bank call center and her cousin have been sentenced to jail terms on a variety of charges after looting $256,000 from an elderly Los Altos couple's savings account. The money was at a Palo Alto credit union, when the women created a new PIN for the account, accessed it online, emptied it and transferred the money back and forth between themselves. full article

D.R. Horton Says Loan Applicants’ Personal Data Was Compromised

Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- D.R. Horton Inc., the largest U.S. homebuilder by volume, said it’s notifying mortgage applicants that their personal data may have been compromised by a software security infringement. full article

6 charged in Butterball turkey abuse

SHANNON, N.C., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Six workers at a North Carolina Butterball turkey farm face charges after a video showing alleged animal abuse led to a raid of the farm, authorities said. full article

Central Conn. State U. computers breached by virus

NEW BRITAIN, Conn.—Central Connecticut State University says a security breach has exposed Social Security numbers of more than 18,000 current and former faculty, staff, and student employees to potential misuse. full article

Sensitive council data sent to hundreds via PERSONAL EMAIL

Cheshire East council has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for failing to have adequate security measures in place when emailing personal information. full article

DDoS Attacks Hit Russian Media Sites in Advance of Elections

While Russians prepare for their presidential election on March 4, attackers already are ahead of the game, having begun a series of DDoS attacks against several media sites and at least one site belonging to a candidate. The attacks are coming from several different botnets, but so far haven't had the desired effect of completely taking the sites offline. full article

DDoS attackers start targeting IPv6 networks

2011 brought the first DDoS attacks against IPv6 networks, but their number remains insignificant

IDG News Service - Cybercriminals have started launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against networks that transmit data over IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), according to a report published recently by DDoS mitigation vendor Arbor Networks. full article

Caution urged over smartphone cashless payment apps says as some online stores - particularly for Android handsets - don't verify downloads are safe, there's a risk of fake apps phishing for customers' bank details. full article

February 16, 2012

Former Attorney Pleads Guilty to Tax Theft Charges

LAS VEGAS -- A former lawyer and author pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy, tax and identity theft charges in a scheme to help individuals hide their income and assets from the Internal Revenue Service and other creditors, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Tuesday. full article

Portland man gets 3½ years for ID theft, fraud

PORTLAND — A Portland man found guilty of identity theft and benefits fraud was sentenced Wednesday to three years and six months in prison and ordered to pay $198,000 in restitution. full article

ID theft suspect spends $18,000

Authorities are asking the public to help them identify a man they say used a stolen identity to purchase more than $18,000 worth of merchandise at stores in Harris County. full article

Woman suspected in ID theft turns herself in

One of the Medford women suspected of stealing a victim's identity to go on a shopping spree at a Minute Market has turned herself in to police. full article

Alleged Mobster Who Hid in Idaho Faces New Charges

A reputed New England mobster who was caught in Idaho after evading authorities for more than a decade has been indicted on additional federal charges. full article

Waledac malware returns after two years with password-stealing capabilities

A new version of the Waledac malware, capable of stealing passwords and BitCoins, has been detected in the wild

IDG News Service - A new version of the Waledac malware has been spotted on the Internet, but unlike previous variants, which were mainly used for spamming purposes, this one steals various log-in credentials and BitCoins, a type of virtual currency. full article

February 15, 2012

Four Floridians busted in St. Peters identity theft ring

St. Peters, MO (KSDK)- An alert St. Peters Walmart clerk is being credited with uncovering what appears to be a nation-wide identity theft ring. full article

Identity Theft Scam Affects Woman's Unemployment

Imposter Uses Identity To Land Job; Stops Unemployment Claims

11 News was the first to tell you about a scam; bad guys using your social security number to land a job. Then they pay as little as they can in taxes, leaving you holding the bag. full article

Women wanted for felony ID theft

Medford police accuse the two adults of using stolen food stamp card

Medford police are looking for two women suspected of felony identity theft after buying food with a food stamp card reported stolen from a car last week. full article

Two GTA residents charged following identity theft investigation in Niagara

WELLAND – Two people from the Toronto area have been charged following an identity theft investigation here in Niagara. full article

Frederick homes targeted in identity theft spree

New residents in a community in Frederick, Md. are asking themselves--why us? Over the past six weeks, six to eight homes have fallen victim to identity thefts. full article

State Police: Rome man forged checks at two businesses in West Leyden

WEST LEYDEN, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Rome man is accused of passing stolen and forged checks in Lewis County. A State Police Investigation led to the arrest of 40-year-old Mark Kohn. full article

Microsoft quashes 21 bugs, blocks drive-by attacks

Security updates patch half-dozen critical flaws in Windows, IE

Computerworld - Microsoft today issued nine security updates that patched 21 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office, .Net, Silverlight and SharePoint Server, including several critical bugs that can be exploited with drive-by attacks. full article

Mozilla to Warn CAs About Issuing MITM Certificates

Mozilla officials are preparing to send a letter to the certificate authorities that are part of its root CA program, warning them about issuing so-called man-in-the-middle certificates for systems that the CA does not actually own. The message comes on the heels of an incident in which Trustwave, a CA, issued a certificate that enabled a corporate customer to eavesdrop on the SSL-protected sessions of its employees. full article

Whistleblower: Decade-long Nortel hack 'traced to China'

Nortel was the victim of a years-long network security breach that allowed hackers to extract its trade secrets, according to a veteran of the bankrupt Canadian telco systems biz. full article

Google Wallet fixes prepaid card security bug

Google has patched a hole in Google Wallet that could've allowed someone to access a user's funds simply by resetting the PIN and using a prepaid card

The company said yesterday it has issued a fix that now prevents a prepaid card from being re-provisioned to another person. It has also restored the ability to issue new prepaid cards following a move on Monday to disable the use of such cards. full article

FBI seeks social media monitoring tool

Agency issues RFI for tool that can use social network data to identify, assess potential threats to U.S.

Computerworld - In a move that's unlikely to sit well with privacy advocates, the FBI has begun scouting for a tool that will allow it to gather and mine data from social networks like Facebook, Twitter and blogs. full article

February 14, 2012

New York Man Arrested on Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Charges

Gary Rogers, of East Meadow, N.Y ., was arrested today after being charged with identity theft and tax fraud after filing more than 200 false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Justice Department and IRS announced. full article

Weather Shield employees recover from identity theft

Every year millions of Americans are victims of identity theft. "It's a big hassle. This year is higher than ever before," Tax preparer Fuzz Damm said. full article

Pennsylvania couple stopped on I-75 facing 60 identity theft charges

BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- A Pennsylvania couple stopped Friday for speeding on I-75 ended up in the Bradley County jail charged with 60 counts of identity theft. full article

Walnut Creek Police Seek Information on Woman Arrested for Fraud & Identity Theft

On Saturday February 11th, Walnut Creek Police Officers responded to Target on North Main Street after Target security contacted WCPD regarding a suspicious transaction being made by two subjects. full article

Two Residents Hit By ID Theft in Scarsdale

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – A pair of Scarsdale residents reported being victimized by ID thieves Saturday, Feb. 11. full article

Online Dating Sites Getting Around With Customers Data

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the privacy watchdogs over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have put together a guide for those tempted to dance the algorithm electric. Their findings: online dating services may be getting around with your personal data. full article

Whistleblowing site infected

Hackers tried to infect PCs visiting with malware by directing them to Internet Explorer exploits

IDG News Service -, a website dedicated to disclosing confidential information, was compromised last week and was used to infect PCs running Internet Explorer through drive-by exploits. full article

Teen hacker claims smut site hack: 'I didn’t do it for money'

A teenage hacker claims to have broken into the Brazzers, the hardcore porn portal, before making off with hundreds of thousands of user login details. full article

2013 Federal Budget Includes Nearly $800M For Cybersecurity

President Obama is asking for $769 million to fund information security initiatives via the Department of Homeland Security in 2013. That amount is nearly twice what DHS asked for last year to fund its cybersecurity work. full article

Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Efforts Result in Record-breaking Recoveries Totaling Nearly $4.1 Billion

Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered nearly $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. This is the highest annual amount ever recovered from individuals and companies who attempted to defraud seniors and taxpayers or who sought payments to which they were not entitled. full article

Looking for Love?

Beware of Online Dating Scams

Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year, hoping to find a companion or even a soul mate. full article

February 13, 2012

Shock's GM in Identity Theft Case

Shock’s General Manager Scot Crawford has allegedly been a victim of identity theft, as someone offers jobs on his behalf. full article

Elderly Woman Helps Church Member, Becomes Theft Victim

Police Say Man Stole Debit Card From Good Samaritan

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- An elderly woman is the victim of identity theft after she tried to help a man from her church. full article

Data breaches put patients at risk for identity theft

DETROIT – Walk into a doctor's office and chances are that some of your most private information -- from your Social Security number to the details of your last cervical exam and your family's cancer history -- is stored electronically. full article

Police Arrest Somers Woman in ID Theft Case

SOMERS, N.Y. - New York State Police in Somers announced that they have arrested and charged Nancy A. Edwards, 48, of Somers, with identity theft. full article

Man sentenced to prison for ID theft

CENTREVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for aggravated identity theft and passport fraud. full article

Fort Lee Man Pleads Guilty in Connection With Large-Scale Identity Theft Ring

Hyo-Il Song was allegedly part of Palisades Park man’s identity theft and bank fraud ring that netted millions.

A Fort Lee man faces up to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty Friday to a variety of charges in connection with his participation in a large-scale identity theft ring, federal authorities said. full article

Collections call tips woman to identity theft

A 20-year-old Athens woman realized her identity had been stolen after a collection agency called about a $5,281 debt owed to JPMorgan Chase, according to an Athens-Clarke police report. full article

Rampant identity theft, tax fraud frustrates Tampa police

TAMPA Wesley and Deidra Clark bundled up their 7-month-old son to be first in line on a recent morning, arriving at the IRS on Columbus Avenue by 6 a.m., waiting for the agency to open at 8:30. full article

Woman sentenced to 2 years for identity theft

SACRAMENTO - A 28-year-old Stockton woman has been sentenced to more than two years in prison by a federal judge for participating in an identity theft scam. full article

Identity theft scam participant gets 3 years in prison

When police pulled over Ken Siebert, they found 209 bank cards in various names

The centerpiece of a multi-state federal investigation into tax fraud and identity theft was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and fraudulent use of bank cards. full article

Microsoft India store hacked, user data exposed

IDG News Service - Microsoft is investigating a "limited compromise" of the company's online store in India, the company said Monday. full article

Hackers Hit Alabama, Mexican Government Websites

Hackers with Anonymous have taken credit for targeting government websites for Alabama and Mexico. full article

February 10, 2012

Former IRS Employee Sentenced for Identity Theft

A former IRS employee will spend some time in prison after stealing people’s identities and collecting tax refunds for himself. full article

Out on bail, man arrested and hit with 197 counts of ID theft

A man once arrested for offering to sell his own baby on Craigslist has been slapped with a staggering number of identity theft-related charges while sitting in custody at a Manitoba jail. full article

Fugitive in 20 Year Old UK Heist Caught in Missouri

A fugitive British security guard suspected of absconding with a van containing $1.5 million in a 1993 heist has been arrested in Missouri after it was discovered that he has been living with his family in the U.S. under an assumed name for 15 years. full article

Spartanburg woman sentenced to 15 months in prison for identity theft

A 43-year-old Spartanburg woman was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison for identity theft. full article

Two Lafayette Hill Women Victims of Identity Theft

The Whitemarsh Police Department received two reports of identity theft on Feb. 3, according to documents the department provided Patch. full article

Traffic stop leads to arrest in ID theft operation

LEE COUNTY, FL - Traffic stop leads to arrest in ID theft operation A Lee County deputy patrolling I-75 arrested a woman after discovering items related to an alleged identity theft operation, according to sheriff's office reports. full article

Enfield man arrested in identity theft case

ENFIELD - An Enfield man is facing charges related to stealing from his employer, with additional charges coming from throughout North Carolina and other states for similar offenses. full article

Witness recounts scam in ID theft trial

Early on, Angela Kay Grigsby was told she'd make $60,000 to $70,000 by participating in an identity theft scam with Oladipo Coker and Julian Okeayainneh. full article

Ghosting Identity Theft Scams

There are generally 2 types of financial identity theft. New account fraud and account takeover. full article

Citadel banking malware is evolving and spreading rapidly, researchers warn

The open-source development model is helping Citadel's creators patch bugs and add features faster

IDG News Service - A computer Trojan that targets online banking users is evolving and spreading rapidly because its creators have adopted an open-source development model, according to researchers from cyberthreat management firm Seculert. full article

Researchers Discover Android Mobile Botnet 100k Strong

A newly discovered malicious application circulating on third party Android markets in China has created a botnet that contains more than 100,000 compromised devices, researchers report. full article

February 9, 2012

A glimpse inside the $234 billion world of medical ID theft

Healthcare fraud is costing American taxpayers up to $234 billion annually, based on estimates from the FBI. It’s no wonder that a stolen medical identity has a $50 street value, according to the World Privacy Forum – whereas a stolen social security number, on the other hand, only sells for $1. full article

Trial date to be set for three in alleged identity theft ring

OROVILLE — A trial date will be set for three of four people arrested in November for their alleged involvement in an identity theft ring. full article

NYC murder suspect faces check fraud charges

NEW YORK — A New York murder suspect arrested after turning up on a North Carolina sports arena's jumbo screen is now facing new financial crime charges: He was a leader of a 37-person check fraud ring accused of stealing more than $150,000, prosecutors say. full article

Man Sentenced after Stealing Brother's Identity

A Staunton man who used his brother’s identity to obtain a passport was sentenced Tuesday. The charges resulted from a cooperative investigation by the Staunton Police Department and the United States Department of State Diplomatic Security Service. full article

4 defendants, 4 defenses in $10 million ID theft case

Prosecutors laid out a picture of a vast organized crime conspiracy Wednesday as a trial opened for four alleged identity thieves in federal court in Minneapolis. full article

Suspect faces trial for identity theft

A 48-year-old Whittier woman, who allegedly stole more than $100,000 from victims throughout Southern California, was ordered Wednesday to stand trial for identity theft in Glendale. full article

Foxconn said to have been hacked by group critical of working conditions

The leaked files are said to include usernames and passwords required to place orders on a Foxconn site

IDG News Service - Hackers claimed to have stolen internal data from Apple supplier Foxconn, and leaked the information online, in response to media reports of poor working conditions at the electronics manufacturer's factories in China. full article

February 8, 2012

Employee charged with identify theft

A Shawano man is facing a felony charge of identity theft for allegedly using a credit card belonging to someone else. full article

Cops: Woman stole 3-year-old son's identity

BRIDGEPORT -- A city woman was charged with identity theft Tuesday after she signed up for electrical service under her 3-year-old son's name to avoid having the service shut off for an unpaid balance, police said. full article

FTC warns makers of background checking apps

Smartphone apps may violate a consumer credit protection law, the agency says

IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has sent warning letters to the makers of six mobile apps used for background checks, saying the apps may violate a consumer credit protection law. full article

Attalla woman charged with identity theft

An Attalla woman and a Birmingham area man have been charged in connection with a forgery and identity theft scheme. full article

Men allegedly bought $100 Target gift cards using stolen identities

Two Hollywood men face multiple charges of theft after they allegedly bought $100 gift cards at the Target in Glendale using stolen credit card information, officials said. full article

Attackers Using Fake Google Analytics Code to Redirect Users to Black Hole Exploit Kit

Injecting malicious code into the HTML used on legitimate Web sites is a key part of the infection lifecycle for many attack crews, and they often disguise and obfuscate their code to make it more difficult to analyze or so it appears to be legitimate code. The latest instance of this technique has seen attackers employing code that is meant to look like Google Analytics snippets, but instead sends victims off to a remote site that's hosting the Black Hole Exploit Kit. Not the desired result. full article

Florida man is arrested at Lexington hotel, charged with 19 counts of identity theft

A 22-year-old man from Vero Beach, Fla., was arrested at a Lexington hotel on Monday and charged with 19 counts of identity theft. full article

Police: Thieves Make, Use Credit Card With Victim's Information

POWELL, Ohio -- Powell officers need your help identifying two suspects they believe made their own credit card and went on a shopping spree that cost a Powell man $750. full article

Joplin Man Sentenced to Prison for Identity Theft

56-year-old Wilks Sims pleaded guilty to trafficking stolen identities in December. full article

Asheville area man charged with identity theft

ASHEVILLE — A Candler man is behind bars on identity theft and fraud charges. full article

Officials warn woman's tax fraud arrest is sign of a growing problem

TAMPA - A Tampa woman was arrested for 17 counts of identity theft and tax fraud. full article

Phony Temple Run Game For Android Plays On Android-iOS App Gap

Scammers are using the super-popular Temple Run game for iOS as bait to lure Android users into installing a phony version of the game on their phones. The incident comes amid reports of an explosion in traffic to mobile Web pages and application stores. full article

Denial-of-service attacks are on the rise, anti-DDoS vendors report

Japan named as primary source of DDoS attack traffic for Q4 2011

IDG News Service - Both the number and volume of distributed denial-of-service attacks are increasing, according to new reports from DDoS mitigation companies Prolexic and Arbor Networks. full article

February 7, 2012

Hundreds of DreamHost websites abused by spammers

Zsclaer identified rogue PHP redirect scripts uploaded on hundreds of websites hosted at DreamHost

IDG News Service - Rogue PHP pages that redirect users to work-at-home scams have been added to hundreds of websites hosted at DreamHost following a security breach suffered by the company in January, researchers from cloud security vendor Zscaler said. full article

Identity Theft Device Falls Off as Woman Uses ATM at Bleecker St. Bank

GREENWICH VILLAGE — A Bank of America customer got more than cash when she tried to use a Bleecker Street ATM recently — a device designed to steal her card details came off in her hand as she inserted her card, police said. full article

Hackers wanted $50,000 to keep Symantec source code private

As part of a sting operation, Symantec told a hacker group that it would pay $50,000 to keep the source code for some of the its flagship security products off the Internet, the company confirmed to CNET this evening. full article

Anonymous claims to have released source code of Symantec's pcAnywhere

The hacker group had earlier released emails between a hacker and a person said to be a Symantec representative

IDG News Service - Hacker group Anonymous claimed late Monday that the source code of Symantec's pcAnywhere had been uploaded on The Pirate Bay site. full article

Anonymous Hackers Protest against Egyptian Police Violence

The hacker cell of Anonymous has re-newed its DDoS campaign against Egyptian authorities after allegations of police violence against protesters re-emerged. full article

Asheville area man charged with identity theft

ASHEVILLE — A Candler man is behind bars on identity theft and fraud charges. full article

Cops arrest three for bad checks, ID theft

OROVILLE — A man suspected of identity theft crimes in Butte County and Yuba City and wanted in Washington state, was arrested with two other people recently in Oroville. full article

Man arrested for stealing Social Security number of 6-year-old

Orem police arrested Alexsander Fuentes Friday for stealing the Social Security number of a 6-year-old girl. full article

February 6, 2012

Anonymous grabs email from firm that defended Marine in Haditha case

Hacking collective says it has collected 3GB worth of detailed records, transcripts related to case

Computerworld - In what's turning out to be quite a busy Friday for the hacking collective, Anonymous today said it has broken into the website of a law firm that represented a U.S. Marine accused of killing civilians in Haditha, Iraq. full article

Job-seeking Marriott hacker gets 30 months' porridge

A job-seeking Hungarian hacker who tried to land work with Marriott by hacking into the hotel chain's network before "offering" to sort out the resulting mess has been found guilty of hacking and attempted extortion and jailed for 30 months. full article

Warrant Arrest Leads to Possible ID Theft Ring

ROCKLIN - Rocklin Police Officers arrested three people suspected of running some sort of identity theft ring. full article

Computer hackers penetrate database of Netfleet, possibly accessing addresses and credit card numbers

Computer hackers have penetrated the database of Australia's biggest internet domain name auction house, possibly accessing client home addresses and encrypted credit card numbers. full article

Number of patient record data breaches nearly doubled last year

The total number of patient records compromised in the US increased by 97% in 2011 compared with 2010, according to a report released this week by the Redspin consulting firm. full article

Facebook malware scam takes hold

A link to malware purporting to be CNN coverage of a US attack on Iran is reaching hundreds of thousands of Facebook users

IDG News Service - A "worrying number" of Facebook users are sharing a link to a malware-laden fake CNN news page reporting the U.S. has attacked Iran and Saudi Arabia, security firm Sophos said Friday. full article

Debit card fraud can leave you in the lurch

If you think your funds are protected in the event of debit card fraud, you might be surprised to learn that in some circumstances, they really aren't. full article

DDoS Attacks Take on Political Motivations as Attackers Evolve

DDoS attacks come in all shapes and sizes, and in a lot of cases, the victims of the attacks don't much care who is executing the attack or why. They just know that their network is being overwhelmed with junk traffic. But the last year has seen a major volume of politically motivated attacks, and new research shows that as much as 35 percent of DDoS are the result of some political or ideological motivation. full article

February 3, 2012

St. Paul Woman Jailed For Identity Theft at Oakdale Best Buy

A 37-year-old St. Paul woman was sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of felony identity theft on Jan. 25. full article

Person of interest in Mt. Pleasant slaying charged with unrelated ID theft

A person of interest in connection with the December deaths of a Mount Pleasant couple was recently charged in Salt Lake County for identity theft crimes that prosecutors say he committed in September — but no charges have yet been filed related to the double homicide. full article

New identity theft scam aimed at Medicare recipients

MONTROSE – The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Better Business Bureau of Kansas are warning consumers about a new identity theft scam aimed at Medicare recipients. full article

Police seek woman for identity theft, 'financial destruction'

CENTERVILLE — Police are asking for the public's help in locating a woman accused of a string of property crimes and identity thefts that have left a trail of "financial destruction." full article

Eatontown Police Arrest Woman on Identity Theft Charges

Eatontown Police arrested a woman Thursday and charged her with identity theft and fraudulently obtaining credit cards in someone else's name. full article

Ex-AZ man indicted on ID theft, tax fraud charges

PHOENIX (CBS5) - A 29-year-old former Buckeye man was arrested in Pittsburgh Jan. 24 on identity theft and tax fraud charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix. full article

Florida Man Indicted for Tax Fraud and Identity Theft

A federal grand jury in Fort Pierce, Fla., returned an indictment charging Ernst Pierre with filing false federal income tax returns and identity theft, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. The indictment was unsealed today following Pierre’s arrest. Pierre is charged with 11 counts of filing a false tax return for clients of his business, one count of filing a false tax return for himself, three counts of wire fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft. full article

Police ID Two Men Involved in String of Thefts in Montco and Bucks

On Jan. 20, a complainant reported her 2012 Lexus was broken into while parked at B & R Fitness Club in Feasterville. Her purse, identification and several credit cards were stolen from her vehicle. An investigation revealed these cards were used to purchase merchandise at several local retail establishments. full article

70-Inch TV Bought With ID Theft

David Evans, 47, of South Winchester Ave., Chicago, was charaged with felony identity theft, felony forgery and obstruction of justice on Tuesday just after 6 p.m. when a security agent for a store at Golf Mill Shopping Center stated Evans had just bought a TV by applying for a credit card with a fraudulent driver's license, according to police. full article

Anonymous Listens in on FBI, Scotland Yard Hacking Call

The hacking collective Anonymous managed to listen in on a conference call between the FBI and Scotland Yard as the law enforcement officers were discussing anti-hacking operations, the FBI admitted today. full article

Some U.S. banks awash in ID theft tax-fraud proceeds as IRS cracks down

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Despite a new federal crackdown announced this week aimed at combating tax refund fraud involving the use of stolen identities, current law enforcement efforts are not enough and fraudsters are still pumping massive sums of tax fraud proceeds through U.S. banks, sources told Thomson Reuters. full article

Syracuse Police website hacked by Anonymous

Syracuse — The Syracuse Police department website,, was the latest target of global hacking group Anonymous. full article

#OpPiggyBank US Police Stations under anonymous attack

Anonymous hacked into Salt Lake City Police website last night and stolen login information along with passwords of the website as a part of the operation Piggy Bank #OpPiggyBank. As soon as the site admins found out the leak they brought down the whole site and the site is still offline with the message “We are working on replacing content for the website.” The attacks however did not stop last night, two more attacks took place a couple of minutes ago. full article

February 2, 2012

Ala woman sentenced to prison in ID theft

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Shelby County woman is going to prison for more than three years after pleading guilty to stealing personal information on more than 4,000 patients at a Birmingham hospital. full article

Car theft report leads to home of fugitive in fake ID scheme

LAWRENCE — Two men arrested in a stolen car case were found to be using stolen identities, and one of them was living at the last known address of Carmen Amada Beltre, a federal fugitive sought in a nationwide fraudulent identity scheme. full article

Florida woman, Illinois man indicted for identity theft, attempted bank fraud in metro Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A Florida woman and a man from Illinois who were indicted by a federal grand jury in Birmingham today for conspiracy, attempted bank fraud and identity theft had tried to attach a secret device on a Regions Bank ATM, authorities said. full article

Companies now must divulge security breach details

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Every year, millions of people have personal information stolen in a data breach. Often it's of no consequence, but you're left to wonder if someone's going to steal your whole identity. Well, California now has a new law and 7 On Your Side can explain it. full article

Update: Verisign Admits To Security Breaches in 2010

Verisign, the Internet security company responsible for management of the .COM domain, told federal regulators that it was the victim of several successful attacks in 2010, but that those incidents were not reported to the company's management until September, 2011. The news was first reported by Reuters. full article

Ice IX banking Trojan steals info that enables fraudsters to hijack phone calls

Trusteer discovered Ice IX configurations that extract telephone account numbers from victims

IDG News Service - New variants of the Ice IX online banking Trojan program are tricking victims into exposing their telephone account numbers so that fraudsters can divert post-transaction verification phone calls made by banks to phone numbers under their control, researchers from security vendor Trusteer warned. full article

Facebook warns investors of potential SPAM DELUGE

Facebook has been the first internet company to baldly state the risks it faces from hacking and spam to the markets since the SEC issued guidance on the issue. full article

Woman convicted of identity theft learns fate

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A woman convicted of stealing the identities of several people and impersonating them on Facebook has been sentenced to five years of probation. full article

Keep friends close but identity closer

When English writing sophomore Erin Knowles left for T.J. Quill's one night last week, she had no idea her identity would be at risk when the night was over. full article

February 1, 2012

IRS says 105 targeted in identity theft sweep

WASHINGTON—The federal government has swooped down on 105 people in 23 states in the past week as part of a nationwide crackdown on identity theft and tax refund fraud that was timed to warn cheats to beware this tax season, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday. full article

Nearly 200 Baton Rouge high school students fall victim to identity theft

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department is conducting an identity theft investigation involving at least 187 potential victims, all students at a Baton Rouge high school, and the suspect in the case is a 17-year-old student from the school. full article

Superior woman facing prison time for identity theft ring killed in car accident

SUPERIOR, Wis. — One of the two people killed on a slippery road in Superior was facing prison time after pleading guilty in federal court to charges in a widespread identity theft ring. full article

Houston man convicted of identity theft

HOUSTON - One day after going on trial, a Houston man has pleaded guilty to identity theft. full article

South Carolina woman charged with identity theft

ASHEVILLE — A South Carolina woman was charged with financial card theft, identity theft, uttering a forged instrument and two counts of possession of stolen property. full article

Brainerd/Baxter stores part of 14-state federal identity theft ring

A federal indictment was recently filed charging 12 people in connection with an identity theft ring allegedly responsble for the theft of more than $2 million from financial insititutions and retail businesses in at least 14 states, including from stores in the Brainerd lakes area, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Minneapolis reported. full article

Utah launches program to protect children's ID

SALT LAKE CITY - (ABC 4 News) Thousands of Utah children have had their identity stolen. However, on Tuesday the state of Utah and a private company announced a program to stop that from happening by protecting and basically freezing Social Security numbers. full article

Lawmakers question proposed change to video privacy law

Netflix wants one-time permission from customers to share their streaming video choices, but lawmakers balk

IDG News Service - Let's say you like to watch heady documentaries over Netflix's streaming service and would like to share recommendations with your friends on Facebook. Netflix would like to offer that service, but the company says a 24-year-old U.S. law is in the way. full article

Ongoing Targeted Attack Campaign Going After Defense, Aerospace Industries

Researchers have identified a strain of malware that's being used in a string of targeted attacks against defense contractors, government agencies and other organizations by leveraging exploits against zero-day vulnerabilities. The attacks may have been going on since 2009 in some form and the emails containing the malicious attachments are specifically targeted at executives and officials in various industries using fake conference invitations. full article

Romanian cops cuff suspected serial hacker TinKode

Alleged Royal Navy, Pentagon invader gets keelhauled

Romanian police have arrested a man suspected of breaking into the websites of NASA and the Pentagon in a series of high-profile hack attacks. full article

105 people busted in massive identity theft crackdown by US taxmen

The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice teamed up for a coast-to-coast crackdown on identity thieves this week. full article

Sarah Palin hacker loses appeal against evidence deletion

The former college student imprisoned for hacking the email account of Sarah Palin has had his appeal against the charge on which he was convicted rejected by a US court. full article


Contact Information

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