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August 2012 News Archive



August 17, 2012


SE Queens ID theft ring stole from big stores: DA



Thirteen people have been charged in what authorities said was a Queens-based criminal enterprise that took in millions in a system that stole bank and personal identification data to finance a vast criminal shopping spree. ...read full article

U.S. Marshals Task Force Captures Three Violent Fugitives in Escambia



Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force hit the streets of Pensacola early today and arrested three Pensacola men wanted on numerous charges that include aggravated assault with a weapon, armed robbery, using a firearm and including a non-registered sex offender. The Task Force began their day when they had to breach the door of the home of Rodney Deangelo Ries, aka “Tattoo” after knocking and observing someone inside the home and they would not come to the door. Ries, was arrested around 8:15 am after he surrendered after hiding in the home on the 8500 Block of Stockdale Avenue. The 23 year old Ries is wanted for Aggravated Assault with a Gun and Firing a Weapon in Public. ...read full article

College Students Vulnerable to Identity Theft


Better Business Bureau warns that young adults are particularly vulnerable to identity theft and related crimes.


College students have many responsibilities to manage when it comes to school, work and their social lives. Unfortunately, identity theft and credit ratings often take a back seat to those other priorities. Better Business Bureau warns that young adults are particularly vulnerable to identity theft and related crimes. ...read full article

Upper Saucon Woman Charged with Identity Theft



Nichole Michelle Farley, 32, is charged with four counts of forgery, two counts of criminal use of a communication facility, two counts of theft by unlawful taking and four counts of identity theft ...read full article

Alabama Man Indicted in a Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Conspiracy



A federal grand jury in Montgomery, Ala., returned an indictment charging Quentin Collick for conspiring to file false tax returns using stolen identities, theft of public funds, and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. ...read full article


August 16, 2012


Former Limo Company Manager Charged in Identity Theft



LAS VEGAS -- A former limousine transportation manager has been charged with identity theft after being accused of accessing his ex-employer's email accounts. ...read full article

The Threat From Within



As long as there have been trades, there have been trade secrets. From Coca-Cola's secret formula to Google's search algorithm, there are reasons why proprietary and highly confidential information has always been safeguarded. ...read full article

Former Hostess Charged With Identity Theft


Former Charro employee from Waukesha took customer's credit card and used it to make big purchases with her boyfriend, charges allege.


While working as a hostess for a now defunct Town of Brookfield restaurant, a woman stole a customer’s credit card and racked up purchases at stores in Brookfield and Waukesha, charges allege. ...read full article

Man sentenced on identity theft charges



A 54-year old man was sentenced to one charge of identity theft in circuit court Monday. ...read full article

MCSO investigates business, arrests 4 for ID theft



PHOENIX -- Four people were arrested Wednesday after deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office conducted a workplace criminal enforcement operation at a business in north Phoenix. ...read full article

Purported ID-theft victim sues DPS, saying they wrongly arrested her



An Austin woman has sued the Texas Department of Public Safety and two officers in San Antonio, claiming they bungled an identity-theft investigation and it resulted in her wrongful arrest, loss of her job and forced her to spend months to try to clear her name. ...read full article

WikiLeaks repels DDoS attacks, returns online



WikiLeaks is back online after absorbing punishing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks for nine straight days. ...read full article

Evidence Suggests PlayStation Network Hack Is Fake



An Anonymous hacker claims to have hacked Sony’s PlayStation Network, stealing 50 gigabytes' worth of information. Sony representatives have denied the hacker’s claims and evidence suggests that they may be right. ...read full article

Saudi Aramco says virus shuts down its computer network



RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Saudi Aramco) said its computer systems had been shut down by a virus late on Wednesday, but it added that production had not been affected. ...read full article

New NIST encryption guidelines may force agencies to replace old websites



Network World - Next month the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans to put out for public review its draft for a new government encryption standard that, when finalized, is going to compel federal agencies with older websites to replace them. ...read full article

Evolution of ID, Access Management


RSA CTO Offers Advice on Overcoming IAM Complexity


The big change to ID and access management over the last few years has been its growing complexity, owing to the evolution of the cloud and mobility. RSA's Sam Curry offers advice on overcoming the challenges. ...read full article

Anonymous Hacks Website of Uganda’s Prime Minister, Fake News Posted



Anonymous is once again protesting against the Ugandan government's position on the rights of the LGBT community. The hackers have teamed up with a collective known as The Elite Society and breached the website of the Prime Minister (opm.go.ug) and the one of the country’s Justice Law and Order Society (jlos.go.ug). ...read full article

Chandler police say bicycle thieves may be part of large-scale ID theft ring



Chandler police are looking for two suspects involved in a bicycle theft who detectives believe are part of a large-scale identity theft ring operating throughout central and northern Arizona. ...read full article


August 15, 2012


Three Sentenced In Massive Identity Theft, Unemployment Insurance Scam


AG: Unemployment Insurance Scams Will Not Be Tolerated


LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Steve Arwood today announced three individuals charged with scamming taxpayers out of Michigan Unemployment benefits have been sentenced and will be required to repay approximately $160,000 in restitution. Jamaal Cann, 29, of Shelby Township, Kellee Norfleet-Cann, 27, of Shelby Township, and Darnell Bailey, 28, of Dearborn, all pled guilty to felonies and have been sentenced by Judge Mary Chrzanowski in Macomb County’s 16th Circuit Court. ...read full article

ID theft victims in line for hours to get IRS help



Frustrated identity theft victims are swamping the Plantation office of the Internal Revenue Service, forming long lines to wait hours to speak to a representative – with one woman complaining of being told to come back at 4:30 a.m. to begin a new wait. ...read full article

Identity Theft Fraudster Jailed for 81 Months



Yumeitrius Manuel, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced August 8, 2012, in the Middle District of Alabama to eighty-one months in federal prison for filing false tax returns using stolen identities, the Justice Department and IRS announced. The court also ordered Manuel to pay $52,242 in restitution to the IRS. ...read full article

Meridian woman sentenced for identity theft



MERIDIAN, MS (WLBT) - A Meridian woman was sentenced to time in a federal prison for operating an identity theft fraud scheme Tuesday. ...read full article

Manhattan Prosecutor to Centralize Efforts Against Cybercrime



Many criminals in the city are becoming more sophisticated, like using high-tech tools for identity theft and other forms of computer crimes. The city’s response? ...read full article

Study: Phishing Messages Elude Filters, Frequently Hit Untrained Users


Many users don't know how to respond to fraudulent email, according to survey of Black Hat attendees


Many users are faced with multiple phishing messages every day, but few are trained in how to recognize or respond to them, according to a study released today. ...read full article

Young Cybercrime Expert Details Online War Between Pakistan and India



In the past few years, not a week went by without a website being hacked as part of the ongoing online conflict between Indian and Pakistani hackers. Ashish Saini, a young researcher who has been actively involved in helping Indian police investigate cyber incidents, has provided Softpedia with some interesting insight. ...read full article

Citadel Malware Used to Infiltrate Airport VPN



The Citadel Trojan is really starting to become kind of a pain in the neck. Not content to sit by and watch while its more well-known rivals Zeus and SpyEye get all the attention, the Citadel malware has begun showing up in some interesting places, with the latest example being the discovery of the Trojan being used to steal VPN credentials for internal users at a major airport. ...read full article

Security vendor exposes vulnerabilities in DDoS rootkit


Info designed to help enterprises mitigate attacks, Prolexic says


Computerworld - In what it says is an attempt to turn the tables on malicious hackers, security vendor Prolexic on Tuesday released details of vulnerabilities it has discovered in a toolkit family used by hackers to launch distributed denial of service attacks against corporate networks. ...read full article


August 14, 2012


Va. phlebotomist sentenced for patient ID thefts



NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Norfolk phlebotomist will spend two years in prison for stealing the identities of more than a dozen patients. ...read full article

Police, firefighters targeted in alleged ID theft scheme



Two women remained jailed Monday after being arrested last week in an alleged identity theft scheme that targeted police officers and firefighters. ...read full article

AC man arrested for ID theft



An Arkansas City resident has been arrested for stealing the identity of a Tennessee man and using it to gain employment here, according to a press release from the Arkansas City Police Department. ...read full article

Leader sentenced in $50 million identity theft ring that hit Wells Fargo, Bank of America, others



A federal judge in Minnesota sentenced the leader of an identity theft ring that victimized more than 500 people to almost three decades behind bars. ...read full article


August 13, 2012


Suspect ID’d in theft of donation jar in Peoria



A man suspected of stealing a donation jar from a Peoria convenience store on Friday has been identified after police received a tip from the public about his identity, Peoria police officials said. ...read full article

Cleveland woman charged with identity theft



CLEVELAND — A Cleveland woman is accused of forgery and identify theft. The Rowan County Sheriff's Office charged Racheal L. Kramer, 46, of Rowan Road, with eight counts of forgery of an instrument and three counts of identify theft Sunday. ...read full article

NSA chief seeks help from hackers



Computerworld - Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, asked hackers for help securing cyberspace when he spoke at the Defcon conference late last month. ...read full article

AC man arrested for ID theft



An Arkansas City resident has been arrested for stealing the identity of a Tennessee man and using it to gain employment here, according to a press release from the Arkansas City Police Department. ...read full article

FinFisher spyware found running on computers all over the world


Corporate IT should monitor systems for signs of communication with command and control servers running FinFisher


Computers that appear to be running the commercially available FinFisher spyware sold to law enforcement and governments have been found in almost a dozen countries on five continents, a security researcher said on Wednesday. ...read full article

Former TeaMp0isoN Member: You Are Not Anonymous, Nothing Is Secure (Exclusive)



We’ve had the opportunity to have a chat with a former member of the infamous TeaMp0ison collective who has been recently raided by authorities. Although he has asked us not to reveal his true identity because the case is sealed, he wants to get his message out to all the black hats who are still active on the hacking scene. ...read full article


August 11, 2012


Indiana Online Identity Thief Sentenced to 48 Months in Prison for Counterfeit Credit Card Conspiracy Involving More Than $3 Million in Losses



WASHINGTON – A Munster, Ind., man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., to serve 48 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy that involved operation of an online identity theft business that sold counterfeit credit cards encoded with stolen account information, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia. ...read full article

Blizzard Entertainment warns of password breach


The World of Warcraft and Starcraft maker is prompting some users to change their passwords and security questions


IDG News Service - Blizzard Entertainment, maker of popular multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft, warned on Thursday that its internal network was breached, revealing scrambled passwords and email addresses. ...read full article

Dorifel Malware Encrypts Files, Steals Financial Data, May Be Related to Zeus or Citadel



While much of the world was focused yesterday on the Gauss malware saga, there was another interesting infection happening, mainly in the Netherlands, that researchers think may be related to the Zeus and Citadel attacks, though the motivation behind the attack is somewhat of a mystery. The new malware, called Dorifel, has infected thousands of businesses in the Netherlands and Europe and researchers say that it's stealing online banking data and the crew behind it may be working on some other attack campaigns, as well. ...read full article

Parlin man among 3 arrested in identity-theft, tax scheme



NEWARK — Federal agents have arrested three of four men, including one from Parlin, in conjunction with a scheme to steal identity information and use it in the preparation and filing of fraudulent income tax returns to generate illegal refunds, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said on Friday. ...read full article

Google to Pay $22.5 Million FTC Fine


Penalty Resulted from Deceptive Cookie Practices


Search engine giant Google Inc. will pay $22.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented its privacy promises to users of the Apple Safari web browser. The fine is the largest civil penalty the FTC has ever obtained for violation of one of its orders. ...read full article

Anonymous Celebrates As Australia Puts Internet Surveillance Law on Standby



In the past couple of days, Anonymous hackers and the supporters of OpAustralia have launched distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks on the websites of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) and the one of the Defense Signals Directorate governed by the Department of Defence. ...read full article

Interview: A "malicious hacker" making over $10K a week



Summary: An alleged Romanian scammer explains his simple techniques and stolen identity hustle that supposedly makes him over $10K a week via eBay. ...read full article

Devon NHS trust left data of 1,373 staff online for MONTHS


Must cough £175k for opening employees to ID fraud, ICO sniffs


A painful £175,000 fine has been slapped on a health trust in Torquay, Devon, after it published sensitive details of nearly 1,400 employees on its website. ...read full article

Tilon Trojan Relies on “Search and Replace” Mechanism to Alter Bank Websites


Tilon, a new version of the old Silon Trojan, is currently making the rounds, attempting to defraud online banking users.


Initially, Trusteer experts believed that the cybercriminals behind Silon might have been apprehended by authorities, especially since its numbers had dropped considerably in the past period. However, as it turns out, they might have taken the time out to improve the malware. ...read full article

Sun Prairie police investigate identity theft of residents on two adjoining streets



SUN PRAIRIE, WI (WTAQ) - Sun Prairie Police are trying to find out how identity thieves stole personal information from residents on two adjoining streets, and spent over $100,000 on those people’s credit cards. ...read full article

Lawyer sentenced for wire fraud in Pinellas corporate ID theft



Houston lawyer Roger Shoss was sentenced to 18 months in prison and 36 months of home confinement for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a corporate identity theft scam. ...read full article


August 10, 2012


Identity theft victim's name tied to attempted murder


Vancouver man was shocked to discover that the U.S. suspect charged for an attack with a hammer was a casual acquaintance


When Vancouver resident John Charles Yoos received a text from a friend Monday saying that a person with the same name as him had been charged with attempted murder in New York, it was meant as a joke. ...read full article

Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced To Life


Oklahoma Fugitive Captured By Task Force in 2011, Sentenced in 2012


San Antonio, TX – Matthew Mallory, 36, convicted sex offender, entered a plea of guilty earlier this week to 4 counts of child abuse by intentional infliction of mental injury, before an Oklahoma District Court Judge in Kingfisher County. In April 2011, authorities in Oklahoma issued an arrest warrant for Mallory who was captured by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in San Antonio. ...read full article

Ex-officer pleads no contest to child porn, ID theft but plans appeal



ELYRIA — Former Avon police Officer Michael Kish pleaded no contest Wednesday to child pornography and identity theft charges, although defense attorney Dan Wightman said his client continues to maintain his innocence. ...read full article

BNSF employees report identity theft



BISMARCK (AP) — Bismarck and Mandan police say they have taken reports from BNSF Railway employees who say someone has used their personal identity information to open credit card and other accounts. ...read full article

Woman arrested in ID theft



HERNANDO COUNTY -- A woman has been arrested after trying to cash a check belonging to one person and using the stolen identification of another, say deputies. ...read full article

North Island-Based Identity Theft Scheme Affects Over 100 Victims



Two women are in custody awaiting trial after being arrested in an NAS North Island Moral, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) based identity theft scheme affecting more than 100 people in less than four month’s time. The story begins the night of June 6 into the morning of June 7 when local police responded to a vehicle burglary on the 300 block of Orange Avenue, said Coronado Police Department Detective Aaron Mansker. The victim’s credit card was later used at a McDonald’s restaurant in Clairemont Mesa. Inside, surveillance cameras captured the suspect’s image and vehicle license plate which police used to track down the San Diego woman. ...read full article

Beaverton police ask for help in identifying three suspects in identity theft



The Beaverton Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying three people suspected of stealing a woman's wallet and charging $16,000 on her bank and credit cards. ...read full article

Taxpayer Identity Theft is Growing Problem in MN, Nationwide



If tax time weren't painful enough, some Minnesotans are now victims of tax identity fraud -- and the number of scams is exploding nationwide. ...read full article


August 9, 2012


Florida Teen Allegedly Caught Impersonating Physician's Assistant Blames Hospital



A Florida teenager who administered CPR to a patient while allegedly pretending to be a physician's assistant has blamed the hospital, telling police he was mistakenly given an incorrect ID badge. ...read full article

13 more added to list of indicted in massive ID theft scheme



Thirteen more New Yorkers — including a school safety agent — were added today to the massive list of the indicted in what officials have called the biggest identity theft and credit card scheme in US history. ...read full article

Back-to-School Is High Season for Child Identity Theft


Tips from Equifax on identity theft protection for kids and how to be smart when sharing their information.


For parents, back-to-school season equals lots of paperwork — not only for school enrollment, but also for youth sports, clubs and even a teen’s first after-school job. Unfortunately, the piles of paper often leave a child vulnerable to identity theft, an increasingly serious problem in our country. ...read full article

Hollister woman arrested, accused of identity theft in Arkansas



A Hollister woman was arrested by Arkansas State Police Tuesday for felony computer fraud and was accused of stealing the identity of a child who was abducted 17 years ago, according to Arkansas State Police. ...read full article

Carlstadt man sentenced for ID theft ring



A Carlstadt man has been sentenced for his role in what federal officials called a "large-scale and sophisticated" identity theft operation. ...read full article

ND police say BNSF employees report identity theft



BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck and Mandan police say they have taken reports from BNSF Railway employees who say someone has used their personal identity information to open credit card and other accounts. ...read full article

Serving Up Malicious PDFs Through SQL Injection



Websites serving binary file content are exposed to malicious payloads and data extraction through SQL injection—even when the database is secure ...read full article

Email Account Phishing Scam: Deactivation Warning



A clever email account phishing scam has been making the rounds in the past few days. The recipients of phony messages entitled “Email Deactivation Warning” are notified that their address has been “queued for deactivation.” ...read full article

Zeus botnet on Blackberries and Android


This will hit your phone bill


Security experts have found new Zeus malware which targets Android and BlackBerry mobile phones. Kaspersky Lab said it found four new Zeus-in-the-mobile (Zitmo) samples targeting BlackBerry users in Germany, Spain, and Italy, Denis Maslennikov, a researcher at Kaspersky Lab wrote on the company's Securelist blog that he variants were communicating with two command-and-control mobile phone numbers in Sweden. ...read full article

White House exploring executive order to secure critical networks


Continued bickering in Congress over cybersecurity legislation prompting move, report says


Computerworld - President Obama is exploring the option of using his executive authority to get government agencies and critical infrastructure owners to implement better controls for protecting their computer networks. ...read full article

Detailed Parking Tickets Breach Personal Privacy, Appeals Court Says



A federal appeals court is reinstating a class-action privacy suit, ruling that police departments who put too much private data on parking citations are violating U.S. privacy law. ...read full article

Alabama Return Preparer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Tax Conspiracy Involving Stolen Identity Refund Fraud



Yumeitrius Manuel, a resident of Montgomery, Ala., was sentenced today in the Middle District of Alabama to 81 months in federal prison for filing false tax returns using stolen identities, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. ...read full article


August 8, 2012


Tax refund identity theft a growing issue



BELLE GLADE, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A home in Belle Glade, Fla., has caught the eye of federal investigators, who say 741 tax returns were filed last year at the address. ...read full article

Cancer Survivor Can Sue Over ID Theft Fiasco



(CN) - A cancer survivor whose identity was stolen by a hospital worker can sue Chase Bank and a credit service company for reporting false information to credit-rating agencies, the 9th Circuit ruled Tuesday. ...read full article

Medical ID theft wreaks havoc on providers



When scammers steal insurance cards, Social Security numbers and provider IDs to gain illegal treatments, access drugs or sell information to black market, it can compromise patient safety and ruin providers' finances. ...read full article

Citrus Heights residents plead guilty to mail theft, credit card fraud



Two Citrus Heights residents today pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to identity theft, credit card fraud and possessing stolen U.S. mail. ...read full article

Mark Kozlowski charged with attempted identity theft after sheriff receives citizen's tip



Glen Ellyn, IL — Sheriff John Zaruba announced today the arrest of a Glen Ellyn man for attempted identity theft after receiving a tip from a citizen. ...read full article

Court rules against Countrywide breach plaintiffs



A U.S. district court in Kentucky has tossed a data breach lawsuit filed against Countrywide Financial by four plaintiffs who opted out of an earlier settlement. ...read full article

Business lessons learned in iCloud hack


Experience should reemphasize the need for businesses to educate employees on cloud security, says analyst


August 08, 2012 — CSO — The recent Apple iCloud hack that caused a veteran tech journalist a lot of misery has several lessons for businesses whose employees are also taking advantage of the convenience of cloud services. ...read full article

Zombie debt collections: Hollywood Video is dead, but bills still haunt consumers



Talk about Red Tape: Consumers across the country say they are being harassed into paying bills they don't owe to a company that no longer exists. And it's not the first time. Like a monster in a bad horror flick, every time this Hollywood Video debt collection controversy seems to be killed, it keeps coming back to life. ...read full article

OpFake, FakeInst Android Malware Variants Continue to Resist Detection



Android devices have remained a constant target of attacks over the last quarter thanks in part to new variants from the FakeInst and OpFake families of malware. According to the latest version of the F-Secure Mobile Threat Report, the firm found 5033 malicious Android application packages (APKs), a 64 percent increase over the 3063 the firm identified in the first quarter of 2012. ...read full article

Flaw in Australian Transportation Ticket Vending Machines Exposes Credit Card Details



Most Australians from the state of Victoria who use public transportation acquire their tickets via the contactless smartcard ticketing system known as Myki. The problem is that an error present in the vending machines could expose the credit card details of customers. ...read full article

Money Laundering Controls Scrutinized


Banks Review AML Practices in Wake of Action Against SCB


New York state officials are demanding answers from a New York branch of London-based Standard Chartered Bank that it accuses of handling more than $250 billion in illegal Iranian transactions. ...read full article

Ill. bans firms from asking workers, job seekers for social media info


It's the third state to outlaw the practice; others are considering similar bills


Computerworld - Illinois has become the third state in the country to pass a law prohibiting companies from asking employees and job candidates for usernames and passwords to their social media accounts. ...read full article


August 7, 2012


Queens couple pleads guilty to roles in largest ID theft scam in US history



A Queens couple were handed star-crossed sentences for their conniving role in one of the biggest identity theft and credit card scams in US history. ...read full article

Former Sacramento sheriff's deputy will serve 120 days for identity theft charge



Former Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Kelly Smith will serve 120 days in jail and complete a drug diversion program as part of her sentence for drug possession and identity theft charges, according to authorities. ...read full article

Local man charged with identity theft of former roommate



BRATTLEBORO -- A local man is facing up to 13 years behind bars after he allegedly used a woman’s identity to open a credit account for an online retail store. ...read full article

House Passes Bill to Curb Tax Return Identity Theft



The House has approved legislation to increase the criminal penalties against identity thieves who steal taxpayer information to file fraudulent returns. ...read full article

Honduras: Identity theft concerns authorities



TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The National Registry of Persons (RNP), which is in charge of providing identification cards, wants to make it more difficult for criminals to commit identity theft in this Central American nation of eight million. ...read full article

Anonymous Launches Operation Demonoid After Raid in Ukraine



The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine (nrada.gov.ua) and the Ukrainian Agency for Copyright and Related Rights (uacrr.kiev.ua) are currently down as a result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack launched by Anonymous. ...read full article

Malicious Olympic 2012 Android Apps and Domains



Whenever an important event takes place, new opportunities for cyber criminals, especially for those who develop attacks based on social engineering, arise. Currently, the whole world has its eyes glued to TV screens watching the London 2012 Olympic Games. ...read full article

'Wall of Shame' exposes 21M medical record breaches


Notification, reporting part of new rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act


Computerworld - Over the past three years, about 21 million patients have had their medical records exposed in data security breaches that were big enough to require they be reported to the federal government. ...read full article

Slovenian hacker accused of masterminding Mariposa botnet in court



The hacker believed to have created the infamous Mariposa botnet has gone on trial in Slovenia, charged with having masterminded an international cybercrime gang. ...read full article

Bredo Trojan Hides in Fake Groupon Emails



Emails entitled “Groupon dicount (sic) gifts” have been making the rounds for the past week or so. Users are advised to be on the lookout since they carry dangerous pieces of malware. ...read full article

New Study Shows Surge in Fake Twitter Users



Dealers--Twitter scammers who create fake profiles on the social media site and sell their sets of followers--are adapting their workflow just enough to stay under the social media site's radar, according to security firm Barracuda Labs, who recently wrapped up a 75 day study analyzing the buying and selling of Twitter followers. ...read full article

Bigpond Phishing Scam: Reply to This Email with Your Username and Password



The latest types of phishing scams usually involve a sophisticated website that’s designed to mimic the legitimate one as accurately as possible. However, as this Bigpond phishing scheme demonstrates, low tech attempts could be just as effective. ...read full article

Police try to unravel mystery of man with huge stash of fake IDs



(CNN) -- Police in Florida are trying to solve a mystery surrounding a man arrested with an enormous stash of fake military, law enforcement and medical paraphernalia including federal badges, police radios and even a full NASA flight suit and helmet. ...read full article


August 6, 2012


Medical ID theft: Double danger for doctors



The sooner medical identity theft is discovered, the more likely damage can be minimized. Physicians, patients, insurers and the government all can help detect it. ...read full article

Child pornography arrests may have revealed identity theft from 30 years ago



When Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office investigators questioned Richard John Batt III last month about the dozens of sexual images of children allegedly stored on his computers, the Metairie man called the pictures a "dark secret" that he didn't want anyone to know. But his July 20 arrest on child pornography charges brought to light another long-kept secret. ...read full article

Texas shows up in identity theft scheme



The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration just completed an audit of IRS efforts to stop identity theft and fraudulent tax returns. The report estimates that the government may have given out over $5 billion (yes that is billion with a B) in fraudulent tax refunds. Houston made the top five list with almost 23,000 potentially fraudulent tax returns originating from there. However the big culprits are Tampa and Miami Florida which combined for almost 163,000 potentially fraudulent returns filed from addresses in those two cities. ...read full article

Fake AT&T Emails Using Blackhole Exploit Kit to Install Malware



For the last few weeks there have been a series of quite authentic-looking phishing emails making the rounds, purporting to come from AT&T and informing the recipient that their bill is ready to view. The emails look nearly identical to a real bill and researchers say that users who fall for the ruse are going to be rewarded with a redirection to a site hosting the Blackhole exploit kit. ...read full article

Insider Financial Fraud Largely Unsophisticated, But Costly


Analysis of dozens of insider breaches in the financial sector revealed frauds typically went on for more than two years before detection


Dramatic bank heists may make for good movies, but a sneakier class of thieves are taking a "low and slow" approach to stealing financial data that allows them to go undetected for long periods of time. ...read full article

Scam Alert: John Cena Dies of Head Injury, Video Link Included



World renowned wrestler John Cena has died as a result of a head injury suffered while attempting a stunt with Dwayne Johnson, at least that’s what a message circulating on Facebook claims. Fortunately, it’s only a scam. ...read full article

Senate delays, maybe kills, cybersecurity bill


Senators decline to vote to end debate on the controversial Cybersecurity Act


IDG News Service - The U.S. Senate on Thursday failed to end debate on a comprehensive cybersecurity bill, pushing action on the bill into September and potentially killing it. ...read full article

Dropbox Spam Attack Blamed on Employee Account Breach



Dropbox said Tuesday one of its employee's accounts was compromised, leading to a raft of spam last month that irritated users of the cloud-storage service. ...read full article

Reuters suffers double hack



Call it a “psy-ops” attack, if you like: Reuters has suffered the embarrassment of having two platforms infiltrated and used to spread propaganda messages supporting the Syrian regime. ...read full article

Advance Fee Scam: International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Program



An International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Program that’s designed and promoted by the European lottery, Russian Football Union and Qatar Football Association sounds great, especially if you’re told that you won £800,000 ($1.2 million or €1 million). However, as always, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. ...read full article


August 3, 2012


Student denied loan after ID theft



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - We've heard the reports about how Florida leads the nation in cases of identity theft. Police and federal agents are investigating everything from income tax fraud to stealing unemployment benefits. ...read full article

What Identity Theft Really Costs the IRS



Identity theft is costing Uncle Sam far more than the Internal Revenue Service has reported, according to a new audit report released yesterday by the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or Tigta. ...read full article

Wichita police say ID theft operation uncovered



WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say they've found evidence of a significant identity theft operation. ...read full article

GM warns 883 employees, retirees of possible identity theft risk



General Motors warned 883 active and retired employees that they should guard against possible identity theft after a worker downloaded some of their personal information before retiring in May. ...read full article

Two Minneapolis men plead guilty in $2 million identity theft case



Two Minneapolis men on Thursday became the latest to plead guilty in a large identity theft ring that caused a loss of $2 million to banks and retail stores in 14 states. ...read full article


August 1, 2012


New Jersey men pretend to be Navy SEALs, run bogus 9/11 charity



New Jersey has sued two state residents, claiming they collected tens of thousands of dollars in donations for a bogus 9/11 charity. ...read full article


 

Contact Information

Center for Identity Management and
Information Protection
Dr. Donald Rebovich,
Executive Director
315.792.3231
drebovich@utica.edu
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502