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Identity Theft News



December 22, 2010

2009 Supreme Court Decision: Illegal Aliens Not Guilty of Identity Theft?



2008: "Generally speaking, people who come into the United States don't go out and steal an identity. They generally purchase a set of identity documents for the purpose of being able to work." (Chris Joseph, Esq.) ...read full article
December 22, 2010

Ohio: Alarming increase in identity theft cases



CLEVELAND -- There is an alarming increase in the number of identity theft cases that the Ohio State Highway Patrol is now investigating. ...read full article
December 22, 2010

Police make arrests in identity theft ring



Tulare police made two arrests and are looking for two more in connection with an identity theft enterprise with victims throughout the state. ...read full article
December 22, 2010

Hillsborough man arrested after FDLE uncovers elaborate ID theft operation



TAMPA — Authorities said Tuesday they have charged a 58-year-old man with identity theft and possession of stolen credit cards after a three-month investigation revealed a sophisticated operation. ...read full article
December 22, 2010

Two-timing geezer fleecer jailed



A confessed Manhattan gold digger yesterday was sentenced to 3½ to seven years in prison after apologizing for "inconveniencing" her two sick, elderly victims. ...read full article
December 22, 2010

5-Month-Old's Identity Stolen


Credit Card Accounts Use Baby's Information



...read full article
December 22, 2010

Chandler woman accused of stealing from fallen officer's fund



Chandler Police arrested a woman suspected of stealing more than $300 from the memorial account for Det. Carlos Ledesma Monday. ...read full article
December 22, 2010

Hacker threatened the US Vice President



A US BLOKE hacked into his neighbour's WiFi network and made threats to kill the Vice President of the United States. ...read full article
December 22, 2010

Three charged in scheme to steal cancer patients' identification



Southfield- Three people are facing charges for allegedly stealing the identification of cancer patients being treated at a Southfield medical facility and using the credit card numbers to buy building materials for remodeling projects. ...read full article
December 22, 2010

Great Falls woman pleads guilty to wire fraud



GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Great Falls woman has pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
December 22, 2010

Trio convicted in counterfeit check ring



NEWPORT NEWS – Three members of a counterfeit check ring conspiracy were sentenced last week for running a two-year fraud scheme throughout the Tidewater area that caused more than $50,000 in losses. Banks and businesses, including some in James City County, were among the victims. ...read full article
December 22, 2010

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department releases a warning about "Hitman" email scam



The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating several complaints from citizens who report being threatened in an email, widely known as the “Hitman Scam.” The FBI first reported the Hitman Scam on their web site back in December 2006. It made the rounds for a few years and died down. However, it seems to have made a comeback. ...read full article
December 22, 2010

Waterford man allegedly steals 15,000 Social Security numbers



WATERFORD -- A 25-year-old Waterford man has been arrested for stealing over 15,000 social security numbers, State Police say. ...read full article
December 22, 2010

ID theft case nets 2 arrests in Tulare



Tulare police made two arrests and are looking for two more in connection with an identity theft enterprise with victims throughout the state. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

Federal Investigators Shut Down Identity Theft Ring



SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- A former Newland Medical Center Employee was charged Monday with 15 counts of identity theft and criminal enterprise. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

Feds Pursuing Fraud Charges Against Oil Spill Claimants in 5 States



A woman was indicted last week in the Eastern District of Louisiana for allegedly filing fraudulent claims for compensation due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Four other individuals were also charged last week in Alabama, Michigan, and Mississippi for fraud related to oil spill compensation claims, in addition to two defendants previously indicted on Nov. 22 and 24 in Texas and North Carolina. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

Boonton man arrested on identity theft charges after 1-hour manhunt



MOUNT OLIVE — A Boonton man accused of identity theft led police on an hour-long manhunt Friday when he fled a Toys "R" Us warehouse where he worked in an attempt to escape. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

Identity theft reports climb to 135 in Butte



Butte police have received 135 reports of identity theft from last week to Monday afternoon. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

Lynn man convicted of identity theft, mail and wire fraud



LYNN - A Lynn man was convicted on Monday in federal court of mail, wire and bank fraud, as well as aggravated identity theft to purchase cars and motorcycles. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

Laptop with medical info stolen from Wisconsin doctor



Thousands of patients are being offered identity theft protection after a laptop was stolen from a doctor's home in Fitchburg. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

Identity Theft: The Gift that Keeps on Giving


Last Minute Holiday Shoppers can be Easy Targets



...read full article
December 21, 2010

Suspect wanted on bank fraud, identity theft charges



BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man on identity theft and fraud charges. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

Palagi pleads guilty to wire fraud, identity theft



Tina Marie Palagi pled guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in a Great Falls courtroom on Monday. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

The Women of Twitter: Behind those sexy tweets



“The CADJPY is testing the rising trend line dating back to Nov. 2,” announced the blonde bombshell in a low-cut bikini top, discussing with seeming gravitas and authority technical levels for the value of the Canadian dollar against the Japanese yen. “Despite consumer prices and retails sales topping expectations.” ...read full article
December 21, 2010

Woman pleads guilty to wire fraud, ID theft



Great Falls resident Tina Marie Palagi, 44, pled guilty on Monday in federal court to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

Credit cards could be easy pickings for high-tech thieves



SALT LAKE CITY — A new credit card technology designed to increase consumer convenience may put users at higher risk for identity theft. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

PinnacleHealth outpatient data breached



PinnacleHealth announced Monday that it has sent notifications to 1,086 people whose personal outpatient medical information may have been accessed through an independent medical transcription company. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

Pair charged with stealing from elderly Limerick woman



An Upper Darby woman employed as a caregiver of an 84-year-old Limerick woman has been charged along with her male co-conspirator with stealing more than $11,000 from her elderly patient. ...read full article
December 21, 2010

ATM machine stolen from gas station



Officers were contacted about an alarm at a convenience store Dec. 8 on Patrick Mill Road. Upon arrival officers noticed the front door had been pried open and the interior window had been broken from the inside. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Nearly 12 million in U.S. were victims of identity theft, report says



Nearly 12 million people, about 5% of the U.S. population ages 16 and older, were victims of identity theft in a recent two-year period, the Department of Justice reported Thursday. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Fighting bad guys with good tech


As more crimes are committed online, or with the help of online data, police departments are banding together to share tech tips and catch wrongdoing wherever it occurs.



...read full article
December 17, 2010

Stolen: True Tales of Identity Theft



Identity theft happens when you least expect it -- and it's often committed by the people you least suspect. The thief could be someone you trusted implicitly, such as your ex-girlfriend, or someone who has no qualms about living the high life on your tab. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

20 news cases of identity theft in Butte



A whopping 20 new cases of identity theft were reported to Butte law enforcement on Wednesday. This makes for almost 30 cases of credit and debit card fraud since Friday. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Identity Theft on the Rise During Holiday Season; Whether Shopping Online or at the Mall, Be Vigilant



NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With everything easily available from wines and perfumes to electronics and toys, online shopping is an increasingly attractive alternative to braving the local mall during the holidays. However, it can also pose a risk to your identity, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Identity Theft Suspects Arrested -



DOVER, Del. - Three suspects are behind bars in connection to using a stolen credit card. Mark Talcott, 26, Sandra Lowden, 25, and Robert Trowbridge II, 25, have each been charged with 18 counts of various theft and related crimes. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

New Haven man sent to prison for $780,000 identity theft fraud



A New Haven man was sentenced to more than 7 years in prison for stealing more than $780,000 in an identity theft scheme through which he took over Walmart and Sam’s Club credit card account of victims, authorities said in a statement. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Local Women Indicted For Identity Theft: Scheme Could Affect Thousands


Four Waco women have been arrested on federal charges stemming from an alleged identify theft scheme in which thousands of background-check applications that were supposed to have been destroyed were stolen.



...read full article
December 17, 2010

Mesa police accuse Scottsdale deli worker of identity theft



Mesa police arrested a 40-year-old man Wednesday in connection with a string of credit card thefts they said he committed while working at a Scottsdale restaurant. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

5 face charges related to ID theft, tax fraud



Five people were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Alabama on a variety of charges stemming from an identity theft and tax fraud conspiracy, the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Man pleads guilty in ID theft case



One of the main figures in San Antonio's largest identity theft case pleaded guilty Thursday. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

How to foil electronic pickpockets


No reason to be overly fearful of high-tech scanning devices



...read full article
December 17, 2010

Chase Leads to Arrest for Theft, Identity Theft



A wild car chase through Lackawanna County has a woman from the Philadelphia area under arrest. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Loren Steffy: Our goodbye to privacy online



The irony didn't hit me until later in the evening. The same day that Time magazine named Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as its Person of the Year, I spent part of the afternoon talking with a Sugar Land physician about electronic medical records. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Career thief jailed on $253K bail



HILO -- A 40-year-old Nanawale Estates woman with a lengthy history of theft has been charged with 22 financial crimes -- and police are investigating other potential charges against her. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

New finger print ID system for websites that means you don't need to remember every online password



With the average person having at least five online accounts it can be a struggle to remember all of the usernames and passwords. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Northfield man convicted by federal jury in fraud case



ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A 52-year-old Northfield man was found guilty by a federal jury in St. Paul on Thursday for using the identity of others, including that of a dead man, for the past 20 years and attempting to obtain passports, a Social Security card, bank accounts and credit cards with false identification. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Crowd sourcing the fight against cybercrime?



The European Union (EU) is examining a plan to use "crowd sourcing" to fight internet crime, allowing members of the public to connect directly with police and report internet security attacks and online scams. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Store clerk accused of stealing credit card numbers in Okeechobee County



OKEECHOBEE COUNTY — A convenience store employee will be arraigned Friday on several federal charges after allegedly stealing credit card numbers in a counterfeit operation, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Nine St. Joseph's/Candler employees snagged in medical breach



Nine St. Joseph's/Candler employees were punished after a digital image of a patient's anatomy was photographed, texted by cell phone and posted to Facebook. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Patients contacted after data loss at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust



CONFIDENTIAL patient records have been stolen from a local hospital. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

Romanian police cuff 40+ over €millions telecom blag



Romanian police are claiming success in breaking up a cybercrime ring blamed for losses of more than €11m ($14.6 million) through telecoms call charge fraud. ...read full article
December 17, 2010

More censorship, data breaches and devices: Security predictions for 2011



This past year has been a doozy in the security world. We kicked off the year by discovering operation Aurora, saw the first national-industrial sabotage attack with Stuxnet and are closing the year with Wikileaks about to become a constitutional crisis between the First amendment and a 1917 espionage law. Reality has well and truly become weirder than fiction. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Internet Domain Name Theft Conviction May Be First in U.S.



In what prosecutors are calling the first U.S. conviction for theft of an Internet domain name, a Union Township, N.J. man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing a web address and selling it on eBay to an innocent buyer: former professional basketball player Mark Madsen. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Congress acts to stop scams using false caller IDs



WASHINGTON – Congress moved Wednesday to stop scammers who use fake caller IDs to trick people into revealing Social Security and credit card numbers and other vital information. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

State Public Health Department loses records of 2,550 people



State public health authorities have lost medical and other records for 2,550 healthcare facility residents, workers and state staff, officials said Wednesday in a statement. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Two arrested at Limerick outlets for identity theft



Two New York men were arrested after being caught at a store with false identities and hundreds of bank account numbers, Social Security numbers and other personal information that was not their own. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Beaufort Couple Charged With Credit Card Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft



United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today that a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Charleston, South Carolina, has returned the following Indictments: Annette Lucille Rhett, 31, and Joseph Linwood Redd, 49, both of Beaufort, were charged in a 3-count Indictment with Credit Card Fraud, Possession of 15 or more Unauthorized Credit Card Numbers and Aggravated Identity Theft. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Police identify 11 in identity theft case



Springs Police bust a major crime ring they say was using counterfeiting and identity theft to pay for their meth addiction. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Case continued for former beauty queen accused of identity theft



HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former beauty queen at the center of a large identity theft case was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a change of plea hearing. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Waterford man allegedly steals 15,000 Social Security numbers



WATERFORD -- A 25-year-old Waterford man has been arrested for stealing over 15,000 social security numbers, State Police say. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Ohio State reveals server was hacked; 760,000 people offered credit protection



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State University says unauthorized users accessed a computer server containing personal information on about 760,000 current and former faculty, staff, students and others. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Ex-Geneva car dealer gets 3 years in fed pen



The former owner and general manager of Massucci’s Geneva Ford will spend three years in federal prison for bank fraud and identity theft, the Federal Bureau of Investigations reports. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Bus driver who stole identities of disabled passengers sentenced to prison



A Central Florida bus driver charged with stealing the identities of her disabled passengers and opening credit accounts with their personal information was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in federal prison Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Fort Collins man accused of 123 car break-ins



A man serving time in a halfway house for breaking into vehicles faces more charges for allegedly stealing items from more than 120 vehicles. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Alleged Harvard Univ. Scammer Due In Court



WOBURN (CBS) – A man from Delaware who is accused of faking his way into Harvard University and stealing $45,000 in financial aid, grants and scholarships is headed to court Thursday. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Norton Study Reveals 'Over-Sharing' of Holiday Cheer Puts Consumers at Risk



MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than 1,300 merchants participating in national "Free Shipping Day" tomorrow, it's more likely that last-minute shoppers will be hitting the Internet in force. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Thieves Stealing Identities By 'Fishing' For Mail In Drop-off Boxes



Your rent check might be in danger if you mailed it from a drop-off box on a street corner or outside a post office. Some say your identity could be too. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

ST. LOUIS > Ex-inmate accused of scam



A former South Carolina inmate was indicted Wednesday for allegedly submitting false student aid forms to Webster University's distance learning programs, then using nearly $125,000 in aid for personal expenses. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

ID Theft Arrest



A Waterford man is charged with stealing social security numbers from close to 15 thousand people. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Trial opens for alleged hacker accused of using know-how to terrorize neighbors in Blaine



The tools he used were high-tech, but the motive fueling Barry Ardolf's alleged crimes predated the invention of the fence: He was mad at his neighbor. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Gawker theft stirs ID safety push



The gruesome aftermath of last weekend's ugly hacker attack on gossip empire Gawker Media has other sites working furiously to ensure their users are kept out of harm's way. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Authorities: Fundraising scam all too typical for holidays



LANCASTER -- It's the season for gift giving and end-of-the-year charity soliciting. It's also a time for scam artists to use people's desire to help others against them. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Phishing foot soldiers



WASHINGTON – Sitting at a computer somewhere overseas in January 2009, computer hackers went phishing. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Indictments detail car title scam in three states



A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 19 people in three states, accusing them in a scheme involving 800 fraudulent Texas vehicle titles that cheated lenders out of at least $3 million. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Cops: Geoffrey Lucas wrote bogus prescriptions



ONEIDA — The Oneida physician arrested Saturday on three felony charges is no longer practicing medicine at Women’s Health Associates. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Data Breach Risk Is High at Colorado Agencies, Audit Says



Auditors have found flaws in Colorado’s cyber-security program that put the state government at “high risk” of system compromise or data breach, according to a report released this week. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

UK Man cops to £500,000 iTunes royalty scam



A UK man has admitted involvement in crime ring that generated £500,000 in royalties by using stolen credit cards to buy his own songs on iTunes and Amazon, according to published reports. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs



Internet-connected HDTVs could be used by hackers to infiltrate home networks, according to a firm that markets device security software for smartphones, VoIP devices and TVs. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Facebook Crimes Surge By 7,400 Percent



PC Advisor (UK) — The number of crimes taking place on Facebook has soared by 7,400 percent in the past three years. ...read full article
December 16, 2010

Warning over growth of fake PC 'defrag' tools


Fake AV has morphed into expensive 'disk fix'



...read full article
December 15, 2010

Federal employee peeked at celebrity loan info



An employee in the U.S. Department of Education office in Chicago admitted today to snooping through student loan records of hundreds of friends, relatives and celebrities. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

Man who allegedly used stolen identity for more than a decade caught



LOUISVILLE, KY. (WHAS11) - Carlos Rios Bravo was arrested for felony identity theft Dec. 13 for using another man’s social security number. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

Father arrested for stealing kids' identity for cable



AMSTERDAM -- Police arrested a man Tuesday on two counts of identity theft and two counts theft of services. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

Brooklyn man charged in identity theft



METUCHEN — Police arrested and charged a 25-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., man for identify theft last week after he attempted to deposit a large amount of money at the Wachovia Bank on Main Street. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

Teen violates probation with identity theft charge



A Kinston teenager violated the terms of his probation this week when city police arrested him for allegedly stealing a Snow Hill man’s First Citizens’ Bank debit card and making purchases with it. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

4 arrested in ID fraud ring



BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) – Four people were arrested on conspiracy and identity theft charges as part of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

Identity Theft Charges



LENOIR COUNTY -- Kinston Police say 19-year-old Cody Holden faces identity theft charges. The Kinston Free Press reports Holden was arrested Sunday for stealing a Snow Hill man's debit card and using it to make purchases. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

Shredding is the safest way to get rid of credit card offers



Throwing them away isn’t the answer. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

Kindsight Security Trial Reveals Nearly One Third of Home Networks Have Been Successfully Hacked


Compromised Home Networks Leave Users Susceptible to ID Theft and Other Threats



...read full article
December 15, 2010

Palm Springs OBGYN expected to plead guilty in case with 276 felony counts



An obstetrician-gynecologist is expected Wednesday to admit to charges of fraudulently obtaining tens of thousands of highly addictive painkillers for herself over a period of months and be sentenced. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

YAWI: Woman handed application and told she had a job only to get scammed



Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Thousands of Nevadans are looking for jobs right now. A lucky few in Las Vegas thought they'd landed on their feet at Big Lots. Unfortunately, they ended up being victims of a scam. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

Yummy mummy con hits the rich



They are dubbed the “yummy mummies” – a gang of pretty young women who steal identities and then hit the banks, withdrawing large sums of money from people’s accounts. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

ICE officials arrest 4 in Bluffton



BLUFFTON, SC - A search warranted executed Monday at a Bluffton apartment complex resulted in the arrest of four individuals, and the seizure of numerous items of evidence used in the manufacturing of fraudulent identification documents. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

FTC Halts Operation that Posed as Government Agencies and Duped Consumers into Paying to Collect Bogus Prize Money



At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal judge has halted an operation that allegedly tricked people into paying a $20 fee to collect a fake multi-million-dollar sweepstakes prize. The case is part of an ongoing FTC crackdown on scams that target financially strapped Americans, and the agency is seeking to make the defendants give up their ill-gotten gains. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

Database breach that could endanger lives



A database breach that could result in more than just identity theft is the result of a compromise of the online database of the Mesa County Sheriff's Department (Colorado) by yet unknown individuals. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

Genesco Payment Database Breached, Full Payment Data Taken



Genesco, the $1.6 billion North American footwear retailer, confirmed Friday (Dec. 10) that its payment systems had been breached. The theft apparently started with the 2,225-store chain, but neither the number of cards nor whether other chains were impacted was not initially disclosed. ...read full article
December 15, 2010

University faces lawsuit after security breach


Personal information of 40,000 former University of Hawaii students was online for nearly a year



...read full article
December 14, 2010

Guest charged in credit card theft



WATSONTOWN — A Watsontown woman's stolen credit card — taken by a visitor to her home — serves as a reminder to everyone to stay on guard to protect personal account information. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

Beware: 7 Scrooge-worthy scams for the holidays



The holiday scam season is upon us. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

TrendMicro - Scammer Will Do Anything



Video from Trend Micro’s 2010 What’s Your Story Video Contest. Just how far will scammers go to get your information? ...read full article
December 14, 2010

Phone calls seeking Medicare information likely lead to identity theft



Medicare scams seem to come with the holiday season, especially during the open-enrollment period that lasts through the end of the year. Scammers typically seek financial information from seniors over the phone in a scheme that amounts to Medicare identity theft. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

Woman, accused of baby-sale scam, facing new charges of identity theft



JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin woman who was jailed last week on felony stealing charges after she allegedly accepted $200 from two undercover police officers in what turned out to be a baby-sale scam faces new felony charges of trafficking in stolen identities and identity theft. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

More identity thefts reported



Federal and state authorities on Monday confirmed a recent swell in reports in Butte of identity theft involving unauthoritized credit card charges. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

Police stalker takes plea deal



ELYRIA — A Sheffield Lake man accused of stalking an Elyria police detective and her family took a plea deal Monday. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

Teen earns 6-month sentence for ID theft, burglary



FARMINGTON -- A judge reprimanded an 18-year-old for his crime spree before sentencing him to serve six months in jail for vehicle burglary and identity theft. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

Australians could be charged for WikiLeaks site attacks: expert


Australians who took part in attacks that brought down the websites of firms refusing to transfer payments to WikiLeaks may find themselves in breach of the law, a University of Sydney cyber-security expert says.



...read full article
December 14, 2010

Check-fraud "recruit" from Grand Rapids sentenced to jail in Muskegon



MUSKEGON — A Grand Rapids woman has been sentenced in Muskegon County for her role in a Grand Rapids-based check-cashing scheme. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

Shopper busted for using phony money



LIMERICK — A Philadelphia man who allegedly used counterfeit bills to pay for some of his Black Friday purchases at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets was held for court on charges of felony forgery. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

Daughter sentenced in medical fraud case



WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A week after her father received his sentence, a Wilmington woman found out she will join him in prison. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

Woman locks herself in gas station bathroom to avoid arrest



A New York woman was arrested after attempting to withdraw money from a Darien bank using a fake name. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

Richland man admits defrauding his father



A 32-year-old Richland man who admitted fraudulently opening numerous credit cards in his father's name was sentenced to 20 days in jail. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

I-Team 10 investigation: Charity theft charges



Logan Cheek of Perinton is the treasurer of the Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. This month, he was charged with funneling more than $60,000 of the organization's money to himself. ...read full article
December 14, 2010

Police: Identity theft ring hits locally



NEWINGTON — A California man was working as part of a national identity theft "ring" when he flew to New Hampshire with false documents to withdraw cash from a local bank, police allege. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

McDonalds customers warned over identity theft



McDonalds customers may face something a lot nastier than greasy food, with the company warning that a hacker has gathered thousands of customer details. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

US: Hackers hit universities' database 'jackpots'



Since 2008, 158 data breaches have compromised more than 2.3 million records at American higher education institutions, according to a recent report by Application Security, Inc, a US database safety company. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

Walgreen Co. warns customers e-mail addresses may be in spammer's hands



Customers who subscribe to Walgreen Co.'s e-mails should be on the alert for spam that directs them to another website where they are asked for personal data, the company warned Friday. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

Mum sent private bank account details for 23 people by NatWest



A BANK posted the statements of 23 strangers to a barmaid in error. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

Important Notice regarding GAA Membership Database



Servasport Ltd., has informed the GAA that there has been unauthorised access to the GAA membership database. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

Major Retailer Suffers System Intrusion - Payment Systems Compromised



Genesco Inc, a specialty retailer of branded footwear and other products, today announced that the computer network that processes its payment card transactions in the United States has been hacked, in what the company is calling a “criminal intrusion.” ...read full article
December 13, 2010

UW-Madison warns 60,000 of card data theft



Records with the names and identification card numbers of 60,000 people affiliated with UW-Madison were hacked into, compromising Social Security numbers. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

SWIRCA laptop computer stolen



The Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging, Inc. (SWIRCA) is in the process of notifying 757 clients of a breach of their protected personal information due to the theft of a case manager's laptop computer from SWIRCA's offices ...read full article
December 13, 2010

Veteran gets medical info of other members



HALIFAX - The Department of Defense has launched an investigation after a former member of the Canadian Forces found sensitive health and personal information about other military personnel in his medical file. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

KU School of Business class teaches graduate students how to commit fraud, identity theft



It got to the point where the students followed their teacher to Panera Bread and secretly videotaped him on the way to class. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

ID thieves still infect dead hosp



Shuttered St. Vincent's Hospital is the source of a new outbreak -- of identity theft. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

R.I. News Digest: Restaurants warned of identity theft scam



PROVIDENCE — The state Department of Health has issued a warning to restaurants that someone claiming to be from the Health Department has been calling restaurants in an apparent bid for identity theft. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

Man had to prove he wasn't criminal



Michael Ray Brown of Bell Buckle is not a criminal, but was recently denied a part-time job after a background checking company headquartered in New York determined he was. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

Fourth member of identity theft ring arrested in Dallas



TYLER - It started with several complaints from East Texans about strange charges on their bank statements. It moved into an investigation and evolved into a case that dealt with thousands of identity theft victims in East Texas. The investigation lead to the arrest of three individuals and the fourth is now spending the night in jail. ...read full article
December 13, 2010

Seven charged for US oil spill claims fraud



WASHINGTON (AFP) – A woman was indicted Friday for allegedly filing fraudulent claims for damage in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, bringing to seven the number of people charged so far. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

West Side woman accused of stealing identities of the elderly and disabled



A West Side woman was charged in an identity-theft scheme that preyed on elderly and disabled nursing home residents, using their personal information to set up utility accounts for people who were delinquent on their bills in exchange for cash, officials said Thursday. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Liga De Quito Player Gonzalo Chila Suspended For Identity Theft


Ecuadorean football has been rocked by Gonzalo Chila's admission that he stole someone's identity to play for Liga de Quito



...read full article
December 10, 2010

Police chief says Lake Wales victim of identity theft



LAKE WALES - The city of Lake Wales has suffered ID theft. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Police explain identity theft scam



TYLER - Authorities say after credit card information was collected at a local Chicken Express where one of the thieves worked. They also went online to get more information. Don Martin with the Tyler Police says the investigation evolved over time. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Temecula duo suspected of identity theft; at least 15 victims involved



Rocky Brian Lewis, 29, and Tiffany Noel Temple, 28, were arrested Monday after they allegedly tried to use forged checks and fake IDs to purchase items at a Sears on Winchester Road, according to Sgt. Keith Knotek. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Police warn against get-rich-quick scams



CLIFFSIDE PARK — Last week’s Neighborhood Watch Meeting took a different road than where previous sessions had led. Cliffside Park Police Officer Rodney Telleri, who heads the program, spoke to the group members about identity theft, a crime that has increased of late within the borough’s senior citizen population. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

GAA confirms data breach incident



The GAA has confirmed that personal details of over 500,000 members contained on a database have been compromised. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

La. man sentenced for credit card theft



MONROE, La. (AP) — A 24-year-old Mer Rouge man has been sentenced to almost 10 years in prison after being convicted of stealing debit and credit card numbers and making thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Libertyville employee charged with identity theft



An employee of the Secretary of State office in Libertyville has been charged with stealing identities from the office and giving the information to a third party. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

ID request at gas station riles driver



TORONTO - David Menzies came close to being arrested Saturday after refusing to give his driver's licence to a cashier at a Petro-Canada station. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Investors must be on alert for scammers’ tactics



Federal and state officials are patting themselves on the back for Operation Broken Trust, a nationwide effort to target investment fraud schemes. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Don't Fall for the Latest Tax Scam



For the past several weeks my inbox has been deluged with e-mails from various sources that claim my federal tax deposit made online at EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System) has been rejected by the IRS. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Women charged with theft and ID theft for utility fraud scheme



A West Side woman and her granddaughter are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from utility companies, and the identities of seniors and the disabled following a two-year investigation. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

A gang may be at large inside your computer



YOU MIGHT expect paranoia to be in plentiful supply at an IT security get-together but the need for co-operation in addressing online risks was one of the major themes at the annual cyber crime conference in Dublin – even if, appropriately, nobody wore name badges. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Former prison guard sentenced for smuggling cell phones



BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A former prison guard was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court for smuggling cell phones into prison. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

BBB warns of new phone & computer scam



A new phone scam is making the rounds in B.C., with callers claiming to be from Microsoft to con people into giving up not only money but personal information that could be used in identity theft. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Stolen Alta. laptops held health data



Seven laptops or digital devices with unencrypted health, employee and financial information have been lost or stolen in Alberta in the past month, prompting disbelief Thursday from Alberta Privacy Commissioner Frank Work. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Credit Card Fraud: Watch Your Credit Card At Restaurants



Here’s a new credit card fraud gambit that ranks a “10? on the outrage meter. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

Military Overuses PII Raises ID Theft Risk



The military's use of Social Security numbers and other forms of personal identifiable information such as birth dates places service members at a higher risk of identity theft than the population at large, and efforts to limit their use are meeting resistance by an "uninformed, sometimes cavalier" military culture. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

New Study Identifies Snooping as Growing Threat for Corporate Data Breaches


Two-Thirds of Employees Put Sensitive Information At Risk for a Visual Data Breach When Working Outside the Workplace



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December 10, 2010

Dutch police arrest 16-year-old WikiLeaks avenger



Dutch police said they have arrested a 16-year-old boy for participating in web attacks against MasterCard and Visa as part of a grassroots push to support WikiLeaks. ...read full article
December 10, 2010

U.S. indictment of WikiLeaks' Assange reportedly 'imminent'



WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could soon be indicted on spying charges under the U.S. Espionage Act, according to an ABC news report. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Sex offender charged in aspiring dancer's death



GOSHEN, N.Y. — Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a sex offender with killing an aspiring dancer who vanished two years ago after leaving a New York City nightclub with him. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

WikiLeaks backers plan Amazon.com attack



(CNN) -- Computer hackers who support WikiLeaks released a do-it-yourself hacking tool online Thursday so other people can replicate the attacks they say took down the websites of MasterCard and Visa. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Texas Attorney General Investigating Sensitive Documents Found



HARLINGEN - An investigator for the Attorney General's Office picked up hundreds of sensitive documents found near a bridge. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

City man charged with cashing dead mom's checks



A Luzerne County man is facing a federal identity theft charge for cashing his dead mother's Social Security checks more than two years after she died. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Congress Exempts Physicians From Identity Theft 'Red Flags' Rule



Congress has voted to exempt physicians from the Federal Trade Commission's antifraud identity theft regulation known as the "Red Flags" Rule. The Senate passed S. 3987, the Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010 (at the THOMAS website, type "S. 3987" in the search field after selecting "Bill Number"), on Nov. 30, and the House gave the go-ahead by voice vote on Dec. 7. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Luxury goods seized as police dismantle identity theft gang



BLANK credit cards and luxury designer goods were seized in a massive operation to dismantle an alleged credit card-manufacturing syndicate operating across Sydney. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Abbotsford woman falls prey to sophisticated identity-theft ring



Police believe an Abbotsford woman has fallen victim to a sophisticated fraud ring stealing identities and cashing in across the Lower Mainland. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Simi Valley police arrest man on suspicion of identity theft



Simi Valley police arrested a 34-year-old man on today on suspicion of identity theft, receiving stolen property and possession of methamphetamine. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Round Lake man charged with identity theft



An employee of the Secretary of State office in Libertyville has been charged with stealing identities from the office and giving the information to a third party. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

East Grand Forks man pleads guilty to 20 felonies in identity-theft case



GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A Minnesota man has reached a plea deal in an identity-theft case involving dozens of victims in the Grand Forks area. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Cops: Driver's license official fed info to identity thieves



An executive of the Illinois Secretary of State's driver's license division surrendered to authorities Wednesdayafter allegations he gave information to identity thieves in exchange for gift cards and sports tickets. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Miami woman charged with possessing fake credit cards



A 26-year-old Miami woman faces multiple counts of possessing fake credit cards and driver's licenses. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Feds: Woman used dead Phenix City sister’s identity in scheme against BP



Federal prosecutors have charged a North Carolina woman with filing fraudulent claims for relief from the BP oil spill by stealing the identity of her sister -- a 44-year-old Phenix City woman who died in May. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Cyber expert raises alert on card scam targeting hotels



A cyber expert from the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday alerted people in the CNMI about a growing scam in which the perpetrators steal credit card information of guests or customers from hotels and convenient stores. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Woman's identity stolen as a teen



KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - Credit card numbers are not the only identification thieves are stealing from you. They'll also take your social security numbers and sell them. One East Texas woman's social security number was stolen when she was just a teenager. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Portage woman faces 112 years in illegal credit card usage



MONTELLO - A Portage woman faces 112 years in prison on charges that she took cash from a stolen credit card to pay for crack cocaine. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Parents Buying School Pictures Victims of ID Theft



LAS VEGAS -- Parents of a Las Vegas school found out the hard way what can happen when cyber-criminals hack into a website. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Locals named in fraud ring


Four indicted in sweeping credit card scheme



Athens — Several months of investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies in East Texas has resulted in the indictment of four Henderson County residents in a wide spread credit card fraud ring. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

4 indicted in huge stolen credit card ring, one still at large



TYLER, TX (KSLA) – The United States Secret Service along with several other agencies including the Tyler, Texas Police Department busts a massive stolen credit card ring. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Woman's daughter steals her identity to open Verizon account



A woman in the 1400 block of South Ocean Boulevard called police to say that her daughter had stolen her identity and opened a Verizon account in her mother's maiden name in Wilmington, Del. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Judge Won't Alter Award in Equifax ID Theft Case



SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A cancer survivor who won more than $1 million from Equifax for improperly handling his identity theft report can keep the full award, a federal judge ruled. ...read full article
December 9, 2010

Fake Receipt Program Targets Amazon Retailers


Amazon retailers are being targeted by fraudsters who have created a custom-built a program that generates fakes receipts for nonexistent orders, according to researchers from GFI Software.



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December 8, 2010

Assange supporters attack MasterCard website



Hackers claimed Wednesday to have taken down MasterCard's website in retaliation for the company's decision to cut off services to WikiLeaks. ...read full article
December 8, 2010

Minn. man pleads guilty in ND identity-theft case



GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A Minnesota man has reached a plea deal in an identity-theft case involving dozens of victims in the Grand Forks area. ...read full article
December 8, 2010

2011 Identity Theft Assistance Center Outlook



WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Unemployment, economic uncertainty and the proliferation of technology will be factors in emerging types of fraud over the next year, according to the 2011 Identity Theft Assistance Center Outlook. ...read full article
December 8, 2010

Report details misdeeds of postal workers



Ever had one of those days when you just want to throw your work in the trash? At least two postal letter carriers did - and got caught. ...read full article
December 8, 2010

Forest Grove couple admit to theft in elder abuse case



The case: Police investigated a Forest Grove pair for three months and accused them in June of elder abuse. ...read full article
December 8, 2010

Officials: Resort worker caught using phony ID



ELKHORN — An undocumented worker accused of accepting another man's name, Social Security number and child support payments to get a job at the Abbey Resort in Fontana will face a preliminary hearing Jan. 5 on a felony charge of identity theft. ...read full article
December 8, 2010

Alleged Victims Report Mortgage Scam



SALINAS, Calif- Police say Blanca Maciel Sanchez swindled several homeowners out of thousands of dollars by claiming she was a realtor and mortgage broker. ...read full article
December 8, 2010

Have you been a victim of identity theft or credit card fraud?



TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The United States Secret Service along with the Tyler Police Department are holding a press conference tomorrow. ...read full article
December 8, 2010

U.S. Bank allegedly concealed data breach


Arizona firm says the bank stuck it with the cost of bogus charges.



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December 8, 2010

WikiLeaks nearly immune to takedown, says researcher


After DDOS attacks and the loss of its domain name, the WikiLeaks whistleblower site is as potent as ever



...read full article
December 8, 2010

As smart phones become wallets, pickpockets circle, security expert warns



Smart phone users have two things to worry about. First, the devices are loaded with the same old-school vulnerabilities that plagued PCs a decade ago. Second, those flaws are going to make it easy for online thieves to pick your pocket as the phone becomes more like a wallet. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Many employees careless about sensitive data outside workplace



Two-thirds of employees expose sensitive data outside the workplace, according to a survey by People Security. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Thieves Steal Woman's Identity, Charge Thousands In Minutes



ROGERS, Ark. -- It's the kind of identity theft usually only seen in Hollywood movies: a few credit cards stolen and thousands of dollars racked up in just a matter of minutes. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Safeguard your business’ identity



What can I do to prevent my business from becoming a victim of identity theft? ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Private health info faxed dozens of times



Tighter rules for faxing medical documents are needed after a privacy breach last year, Saskatchewan's privacy commissioner says. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Woman sentenced for stealing identity to get bigger breast implants



A Tamarac woman who used a stolen identity to pay for bigger breast implants and liposuction on her arms was sentenced Monday to 21/2 years in federal prison. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Confidential patient details posted online



CONFIDENTIAL patient information has been inadvertently posted on a website in an NHS blunder. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Chinese hackers 'slurped 50 MB of US gov email'



The Chinese government may have used its access to Microsoft source code to develop attacks that exploited weaknesses in the Windows operating system, according to a US diplomatic memo recently published by Wikileaks. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Hacker brings enhanced security to jailbroken iPhones



A computer consultant is embarking where Apple has refused to go, adding a security measure known as ASLR to iPhones to make them more resistant to malware attacks. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Facebook revamp gives away even more info, warn pros



Security watchers have warned that Facebook's latest revamp will create the tendency to expose more user information. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Latest botnet rankings: Rustock still mother of them all



Spam levels – hit by recent botnet takedown efforts – have begun to return to their previous noxiously high levels. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Military at high risk for identity theft



NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Military personnel are at high risk for identity theft because of the way their Social Security numbers are used, a report by an intelligence expert concludes. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Identity theft abroad hitting Region 8



INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - You get your credit card bill in the mail, and go through your purchases only to find thousands of dollars worth of items that you didn't buy! Identity theft affects thousands of Americans, but what if the criminal isn't even in the United States. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Identity theft danger grows during the holidays



MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -- (12/06/10) -- About 9 million Americans have their identity stolen every year. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Identity Theft in the "Blink" of an Eye



Rochester, N.Y. - Check the back of your credit card. Is there a "Blink" logo? If so, someone could steal your identity in the "blink" of an eye. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Survey Reveals 38 Million Americans Claim Identity Theft In Their Lifetime



A November 2010 study revealed that one would find a victim of identity theft in 19% of American households. And 12.5%, or 38 million American consumers, claim to have been have been a victim of ID theft. The results are part of the 2010 U.S. Consumer Study on Identity Theft, commissioned by IdentityHawk and fielded by Survey Sampling International.* ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Woman pleads guilty to using stolen credit cards, forging checks



Dawn Marie Rassett wept as Maggie Samec, Ramsey County prosecutor, and Robb Olson, White Bear Lake city prosecutor, recited dozens of incidents in which she is accused of using credit cards and writing checks that didn't belong to her. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Students overshare on social media


Leaving a Facebook profile public could lead to identity theft among students.



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December 7, 2010

Symantec Predicts 2011 Security Trends



Security vendors are on the front lines of defense against all forms of cyber-attack. They have to fight back against current attacks, of course, but for real protection they need to get ahead of the bad guys and preemptively block their new strategies. The experts at Symantec Hosted Services offer 10 specific predictions about the threats we'll see in the coming year. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

JPMorgan Banker Is Accused Of Stealing Customer's Identities And $1.1 Million In Cash



Hao "Howie" Wang worked at the JP Morgan Chase branch on Park Avenue between 2008 and 2009. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Woman’s 2007 death may prove to be homicide



Authorities say they are investigating the 2007 death of Michele MacNeill as a possible homicide — with her husband, former Utah Developmental Center clinical director Martin MacNeill, as their prime suspect. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

MCSO: Public Should Take Preacautions After Breach



MESA COUNTY, Colo -- Last week we learned years worth of Mesa County Sheriff's Office files had been inadvertently placed in a data storage area that wasn't secure. Mesa County officials say earlier this year an Information Technology (IT) employee moved the data to the site temporarily in preparation to upload it to a the county's new software system. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Millionaire Murder Case in Court



Kent Keigwin is accused of strangling 65-year-old John Watson inside his La Jolla Shores apartment in June. Keigwin killed Watson so he could transfer $7.5 million from the victim's investment account, according to prosecutors. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

Warnings About Phishing and Smishing Scams



LAS VEGAS -- Online shopping may seem like a quick and easy way to buy holiday gifts. But those split-second online purchases could cause you months of headaches if you're not careful and your identity is stolen. ...read full article
December 7, 2010

WikiLeaks furor spawns rival DDOS battles


'Anonymous' group launches attacks against Swiss bank for freezing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's account



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December 7, 2010

Hacked Indian Investigation Agency Web Site Yet to Return


Close to four days after the site of India's key investigation agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), was hacked and defaced, the web site is still inaccessible to users.



...read full article
December 6, 2010

Visited Porn? Browser Flaw Secretly Bares All



SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of websites have been secretly harvesting lists of places that their users previously visited online, everything from news articles to bank sites to pornography, a team of computer scientists found. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

NY bust: Medicaid patients' Rx drugs go to dealers



BUFFALO, N.Y. – Ethel Johnson couldn't get her prescription for pain medication filled fast enough. The 60-year-old Buffalo woman was hurting — but investigators say that wasn't the reason for the rush. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

FBI: New Barbie Could Be Used for Child Porn Updated: 1 day 8 ho



(Dec. 4) -- The FBI is warning that a new Barbie doll could be a gift -- to pedophiles. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

WikiLeaks' Swedish Servers Under Attack?



DEVELOPING: LONDON -- WikiLeaks' Swedish Web hosting company says its servers have become unresponsive and are probably under attack. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Conman posing as Prince Harry steals from Diana charity



London, Dec 6 (ANI): A conman posing as Prince Harry on social media website Facebook has diverted donations from a charity the prince had created in memory of his late mother Princess Diana. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Mesa County weighs damage from security breach of sheriff's files



GRAND JUNCTION — Western Colorado law-enforcement authorities are continuing to assess the damage from a major security breach that exposed employees' personal information, names of confidential informants and investigative files to public view on the Internet. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Hundreds of personal documents found in dumpster



TULSA - A Tulsa business finds hundreds of documents in its dumpster. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Jury Duty Scam Makes Rounds Again



Hang up! That's what the FBI advises you should do if someone calls you saying that you have missed jury duty and an arrest warrant has been issued. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Beware Medical Identity Theft



Fairfax County’s Office of Cable Communications & Consumer Affairs representative Vee Johnson briefed seniors at the Hollin Hall Community Center recently on ways to protect against medical identity theft. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

FTC Offers Businesses Tips for Securing Data on Digital Copiers



The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has tips for businesses on how to safeguard sensitive data stored on the hard drives of digital copiers. Here are the highlights of the FTC’s new publication, Copier Data Security: A Guide for Businesses: ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Odds someone else has your SSN? One in 7



What are the odds someone else has used your Social Security number? One in 7. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

MD woman pleads guilty in tax fraud scheme that misused children’s identity information



Baltimore, Maryland - Twanna Dorothea Campbell, aka “Twanna D. Gaines,” “ Twanna Campbell-Moore,” and “Mrs. T,” age 32, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to file false tax returns and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Ringleader pleads in S.A.'s largest ID theft case



The white Cadillac Escalade scoured the San Antonio area for storage rooms of local hotels, looking for a jackpot. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Leak of draft e-health document raises privacy concerns



While Health Minister Nicola Roxon said consumers would "truly control" their personal electronic health records at her e-health forum last week, attendees did not see a draft concept of operations, showing a patient portal tacked on to a public/private providers' shared e-health record system (SEHR). ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Siberian crooks dev'd custom malware in ATM slurp heist scheme



Russian cybercrooks contracted a virus writer to develop custom-made malware before launching a plot to loot compromised ATM machines. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Supermarket techie in mega loyalty-point blag



A London IT worker has been found guilty of fraud offences related to scamming supermarket Sainsbury's out of loyalty points worth £70,000. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Lockport woman is victim of identity theft, fraud



TOWN OF LOCKPORT—A woman told police Sunday that she was the victim of identity theft and fraud, saying someone had illegally withdrawn $173 from her state benefits account. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Former Renton basketball coach Tony Giles sentenced to prison for identity theft using dead infant's name



A former girls basketball coach from Renton convicted nearly 10 years ago for sexual misconduct with a minor was sentenced Friday to nearly three years in prison for identity theft. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Man sought in credit card, ID theft



Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a man wanted on more than a dozen warrants by Fort Oglethorpe police and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Martin MacNeill: Was his wife Michele's death accidental or was it murder?



Utah County investigator Jeff Robinson compares Martin MacNeill's life to the movie "Catch Me If You Can," but says the movie "paled in comparison." ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Woman pleads guilty to fraud, identity theft charges



A Montgomery County woman has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States and one count of identity theft, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Abbotsford woman falls prey to sophisticated identity-theft ring



Police believe an Abbotsford woman has fallen victim to a sophisticated fraud ring stealing identities and cashing in across the Lower Mainland. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Ex-Sheriff: Mesa County Website Breach Could Endanger People



GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Police informants’ names and home addresses of sheriff’s deputies are among a mountain of confidential information accidentally posted on Mesa County’s public website for seven months, authorities said. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Palm Desert man accused of ID theft



A Palm Desert man suspected of using another person's Social Security number was arrested this week, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Website of India’S Top Investigation Agency Attacked



IDG News Service — The website of a key investigative agency of the Indian government was hacked and defaced late Friday, according to a government official. ...read full article
December 6, 2010

Hackers Issue Bogus Amber Alert



IDG News Service — Hackers broke into the state of Iowa's Amber Alert website and issued a bogus alert over the weekend. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

U.S. Social Security Administration Selects ID Experts and ID Analytics for Complete Data Breach Analysis and Response Services



PORTLAND, Ore. and SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has awarded ID Experts and ID Analytics a five-year blanket purchase agreement to help the SSA protect against and respond to breaches of personal information. ID Experts and ID Analytics will provide the SSA a comprehensive suite of services to minimize and protect against data compromises in conformation with SSA and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) compliance requirements. The agreement is the result of an open market competitive procurement. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

Courts: Using another's SSN not a crime



Is using a forged Social Security Number -- but your own name -- to obtain employment or buy a car an identity theft crime? Lately, U.S. courts are saying it's not. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

Identity theft: five simple ways to protect yourself



Identity theft has been around forever. Even in ancient times, impersonators would pretend to be someone they were not – a prince, a long-lost heir to a great fortune, a merchant who had died at sea. The Internet has made the theft much easier. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

Firefox add-on enables identity theft



Stealing someone's virtual identity is now easier than stealing candy from a baby. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

Former Louisville mortgage broker pleads guilty to identity theft



Former mortgage broker Brett Howard pleaded guilty Monday to one count of aggravated identify theft and 19 counts of bank fraud for using customers’ stolen credit card numbers on a spending spree that included luxury purchases. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

Wikileaks hit by second DDoS



Wikileaks was hit by a second denial of service attack on Tuesday. The assault followed attempts to blitz the site off the web on Sunday night in the run-up to the controversial release of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

Ransomware Trojan is back and badder than ever



A ransomware Trojan threat is back – in an even more noxious form – two years after it last appeared. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

Researcher warns of iPhone phishing peril



Apple's iOS is vulnerable to web attacks that allow malicious websites to masquerade as trusted pages maintained by banks, stores, and other sensitive organizations, a researcher said on Monday. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

Iran admits cyberattack hit nuke programme



The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today seemed to confirm speculation that the Stuxnet worm obstructed his regime's nuclear ambitions. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

Prominent Michigan Attorney's Identity Stolen



FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - A prominent Michigan lawyer has become the victim of identity theft. Richard Bernstein says he is not getting any help from the FBI, and even after alerting stores and credit bureaus accounts are still being opened in his name. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

George Castro Indicted For $5 Million Theft From Columbia



A Bronx man was indicted Monday after allegedly stealing nearly $5 million from the University over the last two months. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

Former youth soccer chief gets 2 years



A former La Quinta youth soccer commissioner pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling more than $100,000 from the organization. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

Man gets prison in theft of $330,000



He coached little league baseball, served his community as volunteer firefighter and was described in court as a doting father and loving husband. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

China Blocks Access to WikiLeaks



China has blocked Internet access to WikiLeaks' release of more than 250,000 U.S. Department of State cables, with its Foreign Ministry saying that it does not wish to see any disturbance in China-U.S. relations. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

9 Ways to Shop Safely Online



Money was especially tight for many families last holiday season, and yet nearly 100 million Americans took to their keyboards on "Cyber Monday," the Monday after Thanksgiving that marks the kickoff of the online holiday shopping season. ...read full article
November 30, 2010

New ID theft on rise



As shoppers increasingly favor Internet merchants, new forms of cyber-thievery and ID theft have appeared to exploit unwary buyers, lawmakers warned yesterday. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Chinese government hacked Google, claims Wikileaks leaked US diplomatic cables



The Chinese government ordered the Google hack nearly a year ago, according to the New York Times. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Identity theft, counterfeit ring busted by Upper Darby cops



UPPER DARBY — A chance arrest for the alleged use of a bogus credit card led police to a major nationwide identity theft and counterfeiting ring, officials said. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Sagan complains of identity theft, says comments attributed to him were not his words



Slovak rider Peter Sagan has strongly denied comments earlier attributed to him by the Twitter account PeterSaganNews, saying that they are inaccurate and that he doesn’t know who is claiming to be him online. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Hilfiger SoHo credit scam



Joseph Diaz was doing a lot more than checking out clothes as a cashier at the trendy Tommy Hilfiger store in SoHo. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Four arrests over fake sportswear



Four men have been arrested after police stopped two vans that were carrying fake designer goods with a street value of about £90,000. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Elkhorn man charged with identity theft



ELKHORN — An Elkhorn man is charged with felony identity theft after he tried to convert a $300 personal check from his father-in-law to a $1,300 check, according to officials. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Woman charged in West Vancouver mail theft



A 31-year-old woman has been arrested and charged in connection with multiple mailbox thefts and with stealing the alleged victims' identities. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Lone hacker theory in Wikileaks DDoS attack



A denial of service attack against Wikileaks that brought the whistleblower site to its knees on Sunday night, in the run up to its publication of classified State Department documents, may turn out to be the work of a lone hacker. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

UT Medical Centers alerts patients about possible security incident



Close to 8,000 patients at UT Medical Center will recieve letters notifying them of a privacy incident concerning their patient information. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Confidential medical records scattered in parking lot



A couple of city parking enforcement officers on routine patrol in downtown St. John’s Friday morning found something more interesting than illegally parked cars. Randy Bragg and Kerwin Thomas discovered a huge mess — hundreds of papers scattered on a parking lot between Duckworth Street and Henry Street. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Council lost data on 'vulnerable' children



Sensitive personal information on 40 children in care was lost by Stoke-on-Trent City Council after being recorded on an unencrypted USB memory stick, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

ID theft bonanza left unsecured at state building



TACOMA, Wash. -- When we handed Lyle Lippel a set of documents that could have been used to steal his identity and cause financial ruin he said it was crazy and scary that the papers were so easy to find. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Insurance Glitch Affects AARP Customers



BALTIMORE -- A Glen Burnie man helped uncover an error in the AARP insurance program that sent life insurance reviews to the wrong customers, compromising their identities. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

Holiday advice: Safeguard against scams



Even the financially savvy can become victims of identity theft. ...read full article
November 29, 2010

FTC Warns Consumers About Online Dating Scams



The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, warns that scammers sometimes use online dating and social networking sites to try to convince people to send money in the name of love. In a typical scenario, the scam artist creates a fake profile, gains the trust of an online love interest, and then asks that person to wire money—usually to a location outside the United States. ...read full article
November 23, 2010

Two former University of Central Missouri students charged with hacking, identity theft



Two former University of Central Missouri students have been charged in federal court with computer hacking and identity theft. ...read full article
November 23, 2010

Woman sentenced to 3 years for Katrina fraud



A 38-year-old Georgia woman was sentenced to three years and three months in prison on charges of credit card fraud and identity theft stemming from false claims that she was left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. ...read full article
November 23, 2010

Belleville woman gets 2 years for identity theft



EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman has been ordered to spend two years in federal prison and pay back more than $9,400 she spent on credit cards she obtained with an acquaintance's identity. ...read full article
November 23, 2010

Front-room computer hacker jailed



A computer hacker from Banffshire who accessed highly personal data and photographs in a sophisticated email scam from his mother's front room has been jailed for 18 months. ...read full article
November 23, 2010

Scottish botnet master jailed for 18 months



A Scottish botnet master was this morning jailed for 18 months and ordered to pay £5,000 costs for hijacking many thousands of computers from his mum's front room. ...read full article
November 23, 2010

Chester County lawyer pleads guilty to identity theft in Upper Saucon Township



A lawyer who used an Upper Saucon Township client’s personal information to apply for credit cards has pleaded guilty to three counts of identity theft. ...read full article
November 23, 2010

Port Allen woman arrested in ID theft



PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - Port Allen Police Chief Fred Smith says a 21-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing the personal information of more than 20 people in a scheme to secure payday loans for herself. ...read full article
November 23, 2010

Newark man sentenced to 12 years for operating identity theft-credit card fraud scheme



Wilmington U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Sleet, sentenced Joseph Aughenbaugh, 42 to more than 12 years in prison for operating an identity theft scheme that led to nearly $1 million in losses at local lending institutions. ...read full article
November 22, 2010

How to avoid identity theft while shopping online on Cyber Monday



ORLANDO -- Retail stores and shopping malls will be packed with customers later this week looking to take advantage of Black Friday and after-Thanksgiving sales. ...read full article
November 22, 2010

Jail escapee and accomplice found in South Carolina



A Monroe County inmate who disappeared from the jail last Friday has been located in South Carolina with his girlfriend. ...read full article
November 22, 2010

10 tips for securely managing e-mail



“As an IT manager, looking after your company email can be a major headache. Being one of the primary portals for security threats and other IT issues, it is vital that email is properly managed to protect assets and ensure employees remain productive,” says Leon Rishniw, senior vice president of engineering, Cloudmark. ...read full article
November 22, 2010

Nearly One Million Consumers Getting Refunds From LifeLock



LifeLock, an identity theft security firm, has begun mailing checks to customers nationwide, part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 34 states. ...read full article
November 22, 2010

County hospital fined $310,000 for privacy breaches



Taxpayer-funded Kern Medical Center has been fined $310,000 by California health officials after the state determined information about patients was improperly accessed or stolen. ...read full article
November 22, 2010

Foreign cyber spies target British defence official



Foreign spies targeted a senior British defence official in a sophisticated spear phishing operation that aimed to steal military secrets. ...read full article
November 22, 2010

Corporate laptops unprotected against theft or data loss



Over half of UK public and private sector organizations are at risk of data breaches, losses and leaks from portable PCs and devices, according to Check Point. A total of 52% of respondents said they do not use data or device encryption to secure their business laptops, and a further 8% admitted they didn’t know if encryption was in use. ...read full article
November 22, 2010

Bieber boner scam prongs Facebook



Spam messages purporting to show tiresome teen warbler Justin Bieber with a woody are actually a lure for a new survey scam on Facebook. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Malaysian man charged with hacking into federal bank



New York (CNN) -- A Malaysian man was charged on Thursday for hacking into the computer network of a U.S. Federal Reserve bank and for stealing more than 400,000 stolen credit card and debit card numbers, according to federal authorities. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Lawyer gets 6 months in Dead Sea Scrolls harassment



NEW YORK — A lawyer has been sentenced to six months in jail for an ultramodern crime that was all about antiquity. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Florida man charged with identity theft; held on $100,000 bond



EAST WINDSOR — A Florida man was arrested at the Big Y World Class Market on Wednesday and was charged with a laundry list of charges, including identity theft, police said. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

UH sued over data breach



University of Hawaii alumnus Philippe Gross applied for a job at the state Department of Health in February. That's when he was notified there are four other names associated with his Social Security number. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Ponzi Empire on the Internet?



LOS ANGELES (CN) - Bankcard Empire, a telemarketer, and a slew of affiliates are accused of running "a modern version of a Ponzi scheme, centering around false advertising and claims of major investment return in Internet advertising and marketing campaigns." A Ventura couple claim Bankcard stole $50,000 from them by charging it to their credit cards without permission, after drawing them into "a sham business opportunity that involves the leasing of merchant credit card processing machines." ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Unencrypted thumb drive causes breach at VA



Two recent privacy breaches at the Veterans Affairs Department involved employees who disregarded information security protocols they were trained to follow, said Roger Baker, assistant secretary for information and technology at VA. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Cyber criminals target Harry Potter fans



Friday's release of the latest Harry Potter movie has cyber criminals working a little magic of their own. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Holiday Season Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns



In the past, US-CERT has received reports of an increased number of phishing scams and malware campaigns that take advantage of the winter holiday and holiday shopping season. US-CERT reminds users to remain cautious when receiving unsolicited email messages that could be part of a potential phishing scam or malware campaign. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

McAfee CEO: Get ready for tidal wave of mobile attacks



Next year will mark the turning point of the mobile application threat, McAfee President and CEO Dave DeWalt predicted during a keynote Wednesday at SC Congress Canada in Toronto. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Drive-By Downloads Still Running Wild



For some time now, the browser has been the most dangerous piece of software on the Web, and to hear researchers tell it, the climate it likely to get far worse before it gets any better. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Scareware SEO attack exploits engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton



Yesterday, the news wires were hot with the announcement of the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. As ever with hot news stories, one thing is inevitable. It is just a matter of time before the story is picked up and used in blackhat search engine optimisation (SEO) attacks. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Debt collectors utilize Facebook to embarrass those who owe



Tampa, Florida -- Debt collectors can be relentless and downright rude on the phone, but now a St. Petersburg woman is filing suit alleging the company that financed her car loan began harassing family members over the social networking website Facebook. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

European Banks See New ATM Skimming Attacks



IDG News Service — Banks in Europe are seeing innovative skimming attacks against ATMs, where fraudsters rig special devices to the cash machines to record payment card details. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Explaining driver's license identity theft



TYLER (KYTX) -- CBS 19's Hayley Wielgus brings you the details on driver's license identity theft. There are a few ways -- people create fake documents, like Social Security cards or birth certificates, and try to get a driver's license with those documents, or they can steal someone else's legitimate documents and apply for a license in that person's name. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

German hacker uses rented computing to crack hashing algorithm



A German security enthusiast has used rented computing resources to crack a secure hashing algorithm (SHA-1) password. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Facebook message security risks 'open door to Web 2.0 botnet'



Security watchers have already begun fretting about the security implications of Facebook's new messaging system, warning that compromised accounts might be used to create potent Web 2.0 botnets. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

HITECH Required Breach Notification of Theft of Protected Health Information



A laptop containing patient information from Robert Wheatley, DDS, P.C. was stolen from a locked vehicle during the overnight hours of October 16-17, 2010, in Florissant, MO. Dr. Wheatley is in the process of alerting approximately 1400 patients seen in his St. Charles office that their protected health information is vulnerable to access as a result of the incident. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Florida hospital admits to data breach affecting 1500 patients



A data breach at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., resulted in the theft of sensitive information concerning 1500 patients who visited the hospital’s emergency room. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Almost a half million people have been victims of data breaches in Hawaii



Since 2005, at least 479 000 personal records have been breached in the state of Hawaii – records on one out of every three residents – according to a report by the Liberty Coalition. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

Hacker Breaks into Federal Reserve: Feds



A Malaysian man hacked his way into the Federal Reserve Bank's computers in Cleveland and also separately had more than 400,000 stolen credit card numbers when Secret Service agents finally caught up with him, federal prosecutors said. ...read full article
November 19, 2010

'Friendly fraud' a hassle for you, too



The next time you call your bank to dispute a fraudulent credit card charge, get ready for some extra hassle. And you might already have noticed that more shippers are requiring signatures for delivery of merchandise, a major headache for those who aren’t home during the daytime as the holiday shopping season arrives. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Computer virus Stuxnet a 'game changer,' DHS official tells Senate



Washington (CNN) -- A highly complex computer attack that may have been targeting Iran's nuclear power plants is posing a serious security threat to critical infrastructure worldwide, according to government and cyber-industry experts testifying Wednesday on Capitol Hill. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

China Telecom Operator Denies Hijacking Internet Traffic



IDG News Service — China's largest fixed-line phone carrier has denied it hijacked worldwide Internet traffic this past April following a U.S. government report that said the company had redirected network routes through Chinese servers. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Facebook messaging poses risks for users: watchdog



SINGAPORE (AFP) – Facebook's new online messaging service makes users of the social networking site more vulnerable to identity theft by cybercriminals, computer security firm Sophos warned Thursday. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

ICE requests hold on Ottumwa identity theft suspect



OTTUMWA, IOWA -- A case of identity theft has landed an Ottumwa man in jail. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Whitehat cracks notorious rootkit wide open



A malware analyst has deconstructed a highly advanced piece of crimeware believed to be the work of the notorious Russian Business Network ...read full article
November 18, 2010

FBI brass ask Google, Facebook to expand wiretaps



Top officials from the FBI traveled to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to persuade Facebook and Google executives to support a proposal that would make it easier for law enforcement to wiretap the companies' users. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Adobe update tackles PDF peril



Adobe released an unscheduled update to Reader and Acrobat on Tuesday that addresses a variety of security bugs in its PDF software, including an unpatched flaw that has become the subject of hacking attacks over recent weeks. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Credit Card Details Stolen from ECS Learning Systems Customer Database



ECS Learning Systems, a seller of K-12 state-specific test prep materials, has sent notification letters to 1,300 customers after unidentified attackers hacked into its customer database and stole credit card data. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Hard Drive With Messiah Student Information Missing



GRANTHAM, Pa. -- A computer hard drive containing personal information about tens of thousands of current, former and prospective Messiah College students disappeared about two weeks ago, a representative of the small private college said Monday. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Stolen - Passport agency grapples with identity theft in Jamaica



Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green, head of the Major Investigation Task Force, is urging the Jamaican Government to invest in higher-quality paper for its official documentation, as a deterrent to the high incidence of identity theft. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

PAKISTANI MAN CHARGED WITH IMMIGRATION FRAUD AND FALSE STATEMENTS



BOSTON, MA - In a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Boston yesterday, Aftab Ali, aka Aftab Ali Khan, 28, formerly of Watertown, Mass., was charged with immigration fraud and making false statements. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Neb. inspector accused of faking mad cow tests



A former Nebraska cattle inspector has been indicted on charges that he faked reports about mad cow disease, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

NY lawyer faces sentence in Dead Sea Scrolls case



NEW YORK -- A lawyer is facing the possibility of prison time after being convicted of an ultramodern crime that was all about antiquity: using online aliases to harass people in an academic debate about the Dead Sea Scrolls. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Rogue e-mail makes Swiss bank lose millions?



Reports that a rogue e-mail generated by a Swiss bank employee has cost the organization around £6.2 million in lost business highlights the problem of data leakages caused by email errors, says Lieberman Software. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

LinkedIn attack comprised over 31% of all spam



Enterprise users experienced an average of 133 Web malware encounters per month, peaking at over 140 during the month of August, according to Cisco. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

The 12 most dangerous online scams



Consumers would be wise to beware of the most commons scams of the season before heading online to book travel and do holiday shopping. McAfee revealed the 12 most dangerous online scams that computer users should be cautious of this holiday season. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

10 holiday ID theft prevention tips



In the search for the ultimate holiday gift or the biggest bargain, consumers need to make sure that they are not putting their identity at risk this holiday season. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Top 10 Security Threats for 2011



Imperva announced their predictions for the top ten security trends for 2011 which have been compiled to help IT security professionals defend their organization against the next onslaught of cyber security threats. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Woman charged for alleged ID theft that stems from robbery



A 41-year-old Sheboygan woman has been charged with five counts of identity theft for allegedly renting an apartment and setting up utilities using the identity of a woman her daughter robbed in 2003. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Identity thief gets 45-month sentence



A woman who forged the death certificate of a nursing home patient in order to avoid a court appearance was sentenced to 45 months in federal prison Wednesday. ...read full article
November 18, 2010

Montgomerian pleads guilty to tax fraud, identity theft



A Montgomery man received more than half a million dollars from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, he could receive up to 25 years in prison from a federal judge. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

AvMed sued over loss of computers holding personal information



Five AvMed Health Plans customers filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday against the health insurer on behalf of 1.2 million people whose personal information was on two laptops that went missing from the company’s Gainesville office. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

New settlement offered in TD Ameritrade data theft



OMAHA, Neb.—Millions of current and former TD Ameritrade customers whose contact information may have been stolen more than three years ago will be eligible to receive as much as $2,500 under a new proposed settlement agreement. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

EGF man to plead guilty in ID-theft case



An East Grand Forks man charged in an identity-theft case that involved dozens of local victims is expected to plead guilty at a Dec. 7 hearing. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

New law will provide stronger protection against identity theft



Manitobans will have stronger protection against identity theft when a new law allowing individuals to place a security alert on their file with credit bureaus takes effect Jan. 31, the province says. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

Henry Ford notifies patients of possible breach of information



Henry Ford Health System has notified some of its patients that their personal health information may have been breached after an employee’s laptop computer was stolen Sept. 24. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

Nebraska students' financial privacy breached



LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An effort to ensure transparency in state spending has resulted in the posting of private financial aid and loan information about thousands of University of Nebraska students. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

'Red Flag Rules' catch card offices by surprise



Students, either because of their naivety or just plain carelessness, are ideal candidates to have their identities stolen. They may loan their campus card to another student to use in the dining hall or just leave their card and other personal possessions unattended while they participate in a basketball game. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

Chinese ISP hijacked US military, gov web traffic



Eight months after 15 percent of the world's internet traffic was mysteriously diverted through China, investigators for a US Congressional committee remain wary of the Asian superpower, even as they're quick to say they have no evidence it's the work of the Chinese government. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

Hackers hop onto royal engagement search results



Knaves, scoundrels and traitors to the crown took only minutes to leap onto yesterday's news of the royal engagement in a bid to expose sentimentally patriotic surfers to malware. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

Identity theft suspects sought



New Castle County Police are working to the identify two theft suspects whose images were captured on video at a local Target Store when they attempted to open an account. Due to technical problems, an image was not supplied in an earlier version of this story). ...read full article
November 17, 2010

Credit Swindlers Claim UK Victims



YORK, England, November 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Identity thieves have devalued the credit ratings of thousands of unsuspecting Brits according to a new study. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

PayPal Users Beware of Holiday Phishing Scam



With Black Friday quickly approaching, and retailers racing to outdo each other with earlier and earlier deals, it is safe to say that the holiday shopping season has begun. If you're shopping online, though, and paying with PayPal--be warned. There is a phishing attack targeted just for you. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

Man Charged with Stealing Secrets From Wireless Company Sirf



A San Ramon, California, man is facing charges he stole valuable technology from his former employer in hopes of building competitive location-aware products. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

Hackers, Spammers Will Target Facebook Messages, Say Experts



Facebook's revamped Messages will be a very attractive target for spammers, scammers and malware makers, security experts said today. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

Former Special Olympics Employee Sentenced to Prison



CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A former bookkeeper for the West Virginia Special Olympics has been sentenced to six months in federal prison in the theft of more than $163,000 from the nonprofit group. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

Report: IRC Botnets Dying...But Not Dead



Once the most common form of malicious computer network, botnets that use the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) protocol are going the way of the Brontosaurus, according to a report from Internet security monitoring firm Team Cymru. ...read full article
November 17, 2010

Malware growth reaches record rate



Malware growth has reached its highest levels, with an average of 60,000 new pieces of malware identified every day, according to the latest threat report from security firm McAfee. ...read full article
November 16, 2010

Detroit Hospital Security Breach



DETROIT, Mich. -- Henry Ford Health Systems has notified patients of a possible security breach after a laptop was stolen out of an unlocked medical urology office September 24th. Representatives with the hospital said although the password was protected there is a possibility some personal patient information could be at risk. ...read full article
November 16, 2010

Doctor to keep fighting privacy complaint



An Invercargill doctor is refusing to settle over a privacy complaint, saying it would be "moral cowardice". ...read full article
November 16, 2010

Nebraska auditor, agency director continue to dispute release of health records



A legislative committee clarified Friday how a performance audit of state employees' health insurance plans will be conducted -- and that the identity of employees will not be passed on to state Auditor Mike Foley's staff. ...read full article
November 16, 2010

Man Learns Of Stolen Identity On Facebook



WARWICK, R.I. -- A Rhode Island couple has been charged with illegally using the personal information of an American citizen living in Dublin, Ireland, who says he learned of the alleged scam through Facebook. ...read full article
November 16, 2010

Medical Identity Theft Ordeal



You've all heard stories about identity theft, but nothing like this. Imagine: someone walks into a hospital to get major surgery that costs thousands of dollars and does it all in your name. Then that person sticks you with the bills ...read full article
November 16, 2010

Internet Crime Complaint Center Reaches 2 Million Entries



FAIRMONT, WV (November 15, 2010)—The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has logged its 2 millionth consumer complaint alleging online criminal activity. The milestone entry was submitted on November 9. ...read full article
November 16, 2010

Copy machine identity theft is becoming a bigger problem



JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- The threat of identity theft has us all doing things different. ...read full article
November 16, 2010

At FTC’s Request, Court Shutters International Robocall Operation



At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal district court in Chicago has shut down an international robocall ring that allegedly conned consumers out of $995 each with false promises that it would reduce their credit card interest rates, but provided little or nothing in return. ...read full article
November 15, 2010

Man declared dead in '94 arrested in kidnapping case



(CNN) -- Federal agents in Gulfport, Mississippi, arrested Sunday a 53-year old man, declared dead in 1994, on kidnapping charges. ...read full article
November 15, 2010

Stolen Numbers, Stolen Identities



FRESNO — Document counterfeiters often choose a Social Security number at random when creating a fake card. That can mean trouble for somebody else. ...read full article
November 15, 2010

The Great Cyberheist



One night in July 2003, a little before midnight, a plainclothes N.Y.P.D. detective, investigating a series of car thefts in upper Manhattan, followed a suspicious-looking young man with long, stringy hair and a nose ring into the A.T.M. lobby of a bank. Pretending to use one of the machines, the detective watched as the man pulled a debit card from his pocket and withdrew hundreds of dollars in cash. Then he pulled out another card and did the same thing. Then another, and another. The guy wasn’t stealing cars, but the detective figured he was stealing something. ...read full article
November 15, 2010

TraceMyID And Frank Abagnale Release 10 Holiday ID Theft Prevention Tips



STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- In the search for the ultimate holiday gift or the biggest bargain, consumers need to make sure that they are not putting their identity at risk this holiday season. A recent online survey sponsored by TraceMyID.com, a leading provider of identity theft protection, detection and resolution services, revealed that while the majority of consumers take steps to protect their identity, many admitted to risky behavior that could put them at risk for ID theft. To help educate and protect consumers this season, TraceMyID.com has partnered with world-renowned fraud prevention expert Frank Abagnale to develop solutions and provide tips to consumers. ...read full article
November 15, 2010

Pair of scams make rounds in Reno area



Are you a senior citizen who received a call from someone claiming to be your grandchild, who urgently needed money following an arrest or injury accident? ...read full article
November 15, 2010

Auction for failed games developer hit by DDoS attack



Realtime Worlds' liquidation auction was blitzed off the web on Friday, following an attack on the website of auctioneers Sweeney Kincaid. ...read full article
November 15, 2010

Koobface takedown exposes money trail



A Koobface server takedown operation which began over the weekend has already shed new light into the operations of the infamous botnet. ...read full article
November 15, 2010

Council disclosed personal data on planning website, says ICO



The New Forest District Council breached the Data Protection Act by publishing the personal data of planning applicants on their website, says the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). ...read full article
November 15, 2010

New Stuxnet clues suggest sabotage of Iran's uranium enrichment program



Computerworld - Researchers have uncovered new clues that the Stuxnet worm may have been created to sabotage Iranian attempts to turn uranium into atomic bomb-grade fuel. ...read full article
November 15, 2010

Class Claims Chase Bank & 1-800-Flowers Assist in 'Insidious' Online RICO Scheme



BROOKLYN (CN) - Chase Bank and 1-800-Flowers.com provide essential services for an online racketeering scheme run by a "discount club" whose "insidious set of business practices" have been exposed by Congress, a class action claims in Federal Court. Trilegiant and its corporate parent Affinion "defraud the consumer into paying fees" to "clubs" such as Great Fun and LiveWell "that consumer[s] never even realized they had signed up for," according to the complaint. ...read full article
November 15, 2010

Sarah Palin e-mail hacker dodges prison



The student convicted of hacking Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account in 2008 appears to have been treated relatively leniently, receiving a term of one year and one day in Tennessee state custody ...read full article
November 15, 2010

A quarter of UK internet users hit by fake anti-virus scams, study reveals



Criminal gangs are raking in millions by exploiting security conscious internet users with rogue anti-virus scams, according to the Get Safe Online annual report ...read full article
November 12, 2010

Millions stolen in ATM fraud



Two executives of an automated teller machine dispensing company are currently waiting to be sentenced in a case of fraud perpetrated against Connecticut's Domestic Bank, which allowed them to siphon around $4.8 millions from the bank's ATMs. ...read full article
November 12, 2010

Facebook "free plane tickets" scams



Don't be tricked by the impossibly good offers that have lately been popping up on Facebook profiles. There are no free ticket giveaways - there's only the possibility of getting your profile abused by the applications that you are required to install in order to receive them. ...read full article
November 12, 2010

Holy Cross Hospital Notifies Emergency Room Patients of Possible Data Breach



FT. LAUDERDALE (November 10, 2010) – Holy Cross Hospital announced today that it has begun sending letters to notify some of its hospital Emergency Room patients of a possible compromise of personal data from patient data sheets and to offer free credit monitoring services. ...read full article
November 12, 2010

VNA patients are warned of possible security breach after computer theft



Waterford - About 12,000 current and former patients of the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut will be receiving letters notifying them of a possible security breach of agency data. ...read full article
November 12, 2010

Terror Group Gets 'A' Rating From Better Business Bureau?



The Better Business Bureau, one of the country's best known consumer watchdog groups, is being accused by business owners of running a "pay for play" scheme in which A plus ratings are awarded to those who pay membership fees, and F ratings used to punish those who don't. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Fraudsters Target Veterans and Military Families Warns Better Business Bureau



The Better Business Bureau, in Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, says fraudsters are targeting our nations heroes – military members and veterans – with several types of scams. Here’s what you need to know: ...read full article
November 11, 2010

2 ex-executives indicted in fraud



BEVERLY — Three weeks after the Securities and Exchange Commission sued a Beverly company accused of inflating revenues to boost stock prices, two former executives have been charged criminally in the scheme, federal prosecutors announced and the pair is accused of using the identity of a local drowning victim in their scheme. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Identity theft ring breaches Holy Cross



An identity-theft ring managed to breach emergency-room files at Holy Cross Hospital to steal Social Security numbers and personal details of about 1,500 patients, officials said Wednesday. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Facebook bug compromises top pages



A customer of Sendible, an online marketing service for promoting and tracking brands through the use of social media, e-mail and SMS messaging, has inadvertently discovered a flaw in Facebook API. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Botnet takedowns curb spam volumes



Spam volumes almost halved in the three months between August and the end of October, according to Symantec. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Nasty IE 0day exploit hosted on Amnesty International site



Visitors to Amnesty International's Hong Kong website are being bombarded with a host of lethal exploits, including one that attacks an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, researchers at security firm Websense said. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Cybercrime strikes more than two-thirds of Internet users



New Norton study of 7000 web users is first to gauge emotional effect of cybercrime; victims feel ripped off and angry ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Losses from online fraud continue to rise



More people are having to bear the loss if they have been a victim of online fraud and identity theft, according to security company Verisign. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Colwood employment centre loses data on 212 clients



RCMP are investigating a possible privacy breach at a Colwood employment centre, after the personal information of more than 200 clients went missing. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Man faces 400 identity theft charges



Levittown — Court documents said a Lower Salford man's car was being searched in connection with a bad check that was presented at a bank when the personal information of nearly 200 people was found. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Identity theft victims can now register status at DMV



People who believe they've been victims of identity theft now can register that status with the state through any of Virginia's 74 Department of Motor Vehicles customer service centers. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Taiwanese Gov Workers Breach HIV Privacy Law



An HIV/AIDS advocacy group has condemned Taiwanese government workers after several of them shared private information about the HIV statuses of citizens drafted into the military. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Outrage expressed over security breach



NEW BALTIMORE — Even before the budget was passed at New Baltimore Town Board meeting, tensions escalated over the recent revelation that over 50 New Baltimore employees’ personal finance information was transmitted over the Internet. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

FCC Investigates Google for Data Collection



According to The Washington Post, the Federal Communications Commission is looking into whether Google violated communications laws when it collected personal data through its Street View service. The Wall Street Journal reports that intentional violations of the law could end up costing Google $50,000 for each violation. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Credit card fraud ring targets gay Seattleites



Authorities continue to investigate a wave of fraudulent credit and debit card charges that have targeted more than 100 gay Seattleites. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Salvager finds personnel files in trash



SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - He thought it was trash, but it turned out to be a whole lot more. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Salerooms across UK hit by major credit card fraud



POLICE are appealing for help after a swathe of established regional salerooms were hit by a major credit card fraud last month. Victims are now recommending the adoption of a new protocol for regional auctioneers when conducting ‘cardholder not present’ credit card transactions. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Goodfellow student information stolen from vehicle



A binder containing personal information on 93 Goodfellow Public School students was stolen from a teacher's car in Springwater Township sometime overnight between Nov. 5 and 6. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Federal online glitch leaked private info



A major Canadian government website malfunctioned and publicly displayed the personal information of about 75 people, CBC News has learned. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Key data stolen from main government registry



A substantial amount of official data, including some classified documents on deaths, births and companies has been stolen in what appears to be an “inside job” involving officials in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. ...read full article
November 11, 2010

Unknown If Student Info On Stolen Computers



While students were enjoying fall break last week, someone broke into two Murfreesboro schools. Four computers were stolen, and now officials are trying to figure out if there was any personal information of students that could be in the hands of thieves. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Quiet Microsoft update fixes 11 flaws with three patches



Microsoft on Tuesday released three patches as part of its monthly security update ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Young women are the most likely victims of online scams, research shows



Women aged 25 to 34 are most likely to fall victim to online scams, according to research published today. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Identity Theft Reported By 33% Of Healthcare Organizations



A Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey has revealed that 33% of respondents said their organization has had at least one known case of medical identity theft, and that some cases may never be reported. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Popular Twitter account hacked by spammers



Spammers have recently hacked the account of Twitter phenomenon "Sh*tMyDadSays", posting a message to the popular page's 1.8 million followers. The tweet, which has since been removed, said “wow I just got a free dell laptop LOL” and contained a shortened link to a ‘make-money-fast’ website. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Microsoft Kinect may be eavesdropping on you



Released only five days ago, Microsoft's Kinect seems poised to start a revolution in gaming. And if you are one of the lucky people who already managed to get their hands on it, you might want to know that a specific setting regarding the device's microphone could allow other players to overhear your private conversations. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Businesses under all-out cyber attack, says Websense



Cyber criminals are mounting an all-out attack on businesses, which is likely to continue, according to the Websense 2010 Threat Report. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Spokane, Wash., men sentenced for identity theft



BOISE, Idaho -- The U.S. attorney's office in Idaho says two Spokane, Wash., men have been sentenced in an identity theft case. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Bank returns money in apparent case of cross-border I.D. theft



Without Sara Aguilar’s knowledge, she said, someone began withdrawing money from her Chase Bank savings account in San Diego in June. By the time the retired Tijuana telephone operator learned what happened, the account had been emptied — all $8,427.15. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Man arrested for identity theft



An illegal alien was arrested last week for identity theft for allegedly using someone else’s Social Security number to gain employment at several restaurants in the Aspen area. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Banks, colleges on list of dangerous places to give out personal info



TAMPA - There's no question in this day and age of identity theft – our Social Security number is the most coveted prize to a thief. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

MILAN: Police Briefs: Police seek man in bank fraud; graffiti reported; report of man 'playing chicken' on highway



A man using a valid California resident's identification altered with his picture is accused of defrauding to area banks of several thousands of dollars, police said. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Trucking firm owner heading to court



NEW CASTLE — More than 300 counts of forgery, document tampering and identity theft against a Washington Township businessman have been waived to court. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Gov't agency e-mails names and SS numbers of 12,000 employees



And the idiot award of the day goes to: the General Services Administration! While the GSA was created to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies, it doesn’t seem to be functioning well itself. On Sept. 16, one GSA worker mistakenly sent the full names and Social Security numbers of every employee (12,000) to a private email account, reports The Washington Post. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

ID Theft: Insider Access Is No. 1 Threat



Kirk Nahra says Social Security numbers are used too often. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Sad But True Crime Scam Targeted Holocaust Survivors’ Fund



For nearly six decades, a not-for-profit corporation known as The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany—or the Claims Conference—has been overseeing German government funds that assist Holocaust survivors. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

$42M Holocaust-fund 'rip-off'



This scheme was as twisted as a swastika. The feds yesterday charged 17 people who allegedly stole more than $42.5 million by scamming the organization that doles out German reparations to Holocaust survivors. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Bill O'Reilly hacker gets 30 months



A 23-year-old Bellevue, Ohio, man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison following a 2007 online crime spree in which he used a network of hacked computers to attack and knock offline websites belonging to conservative pundits Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Man pleads guilty to $4.8M ATM fraud



IDG News Service - The general manager of a business partner of Connecticut's Domestic Bank has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme that siphoned millions from automated teller machines. ...read full article
November 10, 2010

Zeus threatens to strike down community banks



Small community banks with thin profit margins can ill afford the significant new security measures required to defend against the Zeus botnet ...read full article
November 9, 2010

Data breaches of patient information cost healthcare organizations $6 billion annually



The latest benchmark study by Ponemon Institute, sponsored by ID Experts®, finds that data breaches of patient information cost healthcare organizations nearly $6 billion annually, and that many breaches go undetected. The research indicates that protecting patient data is a low priority for hospitals and that organizations have little confidence in their ability to secure patient records, putting individuals at great risk for medical identity theft, financial theft and embarrassment of exposure of private information. ...read full article
November 9, 2010

Woman accused of $25,000 in food stamp fraud



A 35-year-old Gastonia woman stole the identities of seven others in order to defraud the Department of Social Services out of $25,000 in food stamp benefits over a period of several months, according to arrest warrants. ...read full article
November 9, 2010

Medical Records From Ob-Gyn Found In Dumpster



WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Woodstock police have opened an investigation into the discovery of hundreds of confidential medical records discarded in a Dumpster outside the former office of a Cherokee County Ob-Gyn. ...read full article
November 9, 2010

Hacker sinks Royal Navy website


SQL injection exploited by serial military site 'show-off' hacker



The Royal Navy's main website has been taken offline following claims by a Romanian hacker that he broke into the site, swiping the login credentials of administrators in the process. ...read full article
November 9, 2010

Burglar cuffed after crime scene MySpace blunder



A Florida teen was arrested for burglary after he left himself logged into his MySpace account at the scene of the crime. ...read full article
November 9, 2010

Cyber Thieves Using Harry Potter To Steal Your Identity



Online hackers are taking advantage of the hype surrounding the upcoming Harry Potter movie by tricking people into divulging sensitive information in exchange for a free download of the film. ...read full article
November 9, 2010

Data Breach Prompts Indiana to Sue Health Insurer WellPoint


Indiana is suing health insurer WellPoint for $300,000 in damages from a data breach involving health care applicants.



Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a lawsuit against insurance company WellPoint for delaying notification of a data breach to the AG's office and to the more than 32,000 customers in Indiana affected. ...read full article
November 9, 2010

Connecticut Fines Health Net $375,000 For Security Breach Last Year



Health Net faces a $375,000 fine for a security breach that happened last year at the insurer's Northeast headquarters in Shelton, the Connecticut Insurance Department said Monday. ...read full article
November 9, 2010

Mismanaged data encryption causes financial loss



Venafi invited the 150-plus survey participants from the world’s largest companies to give their views on the problem of downtime caused by increasing encryption deployments, coupled with an acute lack of enterprise management controls. ...read full article
November 9, 2010

Two FBI fugitives wanted on federal cyber crime charges captured



On November 3, 2010, Dorin Codreanu and Lilian Adam were arrested in Portage, Wisconsin by FBI agents. ...read full article
November 9, 2010

BlackSheep Plugin Bites Back: Detecting FireSheep Hijack Attempts



With more than 600,000 copies of the FireSheep browser plug-in downloaded in a matter of weeks, Web security firm zScaler have released a new Firefox plug-in, BlackSheep, in hopes of combating attempts by those using FireSheep to try to hijack their Web session. ...read full article
November 9, 2010

Americans Exposing Answers to Common Security Questions and Identities on Social Networks



ID Analytics’ Survey Finds More than 24 Million U.S. Adults Leave Their Profiles Public and Millions More Reveal Sensitive Information to Potential Fraudsters ...read full article
November 8, 2010

Anonymizer Universal Protects Against Firesheep and Other Wi-Fi Hacks



The recent release of the new Firefox extension Firesheep is heralding a new call for online vigilance from security experts and the media. Anonymizer Universal, http://www.anonymizer.com, the leading solution for secure Internet privacy, tackles the vulnerabilities exposed by Firesheep and addresses these concerns head on. ...read full article
November 8, 2010

Fix Your Credit Score by Checking For And Disputing Credit Report Errors



Luckily for consumers, many credit files are in fact an accurate reflection of a person’s financial picture. However, NationalCreditReport.com, a leader in credit report, credit score and credit monitoring services reminds consumers that they can verify the accuracy of information in their credit files by checking credit reports regularly and disputing credit report errors if they find them. ...read full article
November 8, 2010

State police warn of "lottery winner" scam



Fulton, NY - State police in Fulton are warning Central New York residents to be wary of a telephone scam in which the caller claims to be contacting lottery winners. ...read full article
November 8, 2010

Identity theft suspect sought



The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect in an identity theft case. Maj. Bruce Temple said the incident occurred in October, first at the Travel World and Oasis located along Interstate 95 in Halifax County and was followed by another incident at a BP station in Roanoke Rapids, also located near I-95. ...read full article
November 8, 2010

The Growing Cybersecurity Threat


What's really worrying security experts, and how to fix the problem.



It sounds like something out of a spy novel: corporate theft, military cyber attacks, espionage through counterfeit electronics. ...read full article
November 8, 2010

Facebooked: My Stolen Identity and the Gay Teen Suicide Hoax



If someone had told me this story, I would be sure they were lying to me. My boss called me one morning a couple of weeks ago. He said, “Donny you need to get down to the office—there’s some controversy brewing.” ...read full article
November 8, 2010

Woman arrested in vehicle break-ins



Jillian Ellen Trumbull, 19, of Newark, Del. was arrested in a series of vehicle break-ins that occurred between the hours of 1 and 7 a.m., Sept. 9 on several streets in Concord. ...read full article
November 8, 2010

Scrutiny sought for repeat offenders on Medicare claims


CMS could greatly reduce improper payments by focusing on this "error-prone" group, says the HHS Office of Inspector General.



Washington -- Medicare administrators have not been using historical error rate data to identify and focus on physicians prone to mistakes when reporting claims, according to a report delivered in October by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. ...read full article
November 5, 2010

Exclusive: Man in disguise boards international flight



Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- Canadian authorities are investigating an "unbelievable" incident in which a passenger boarded an Air Canada flight disguised as an elderly man, according to a confidential alert obtained by CNN. ...read full article
November 5, 2010

Beware of Twitter ‘phishing’ pirates



Your personal and confidential information can be stolen via online phishing, By Denise Richardson ...read full article
November 5, 2010

Fugitive sought in $1.2 million bank fraud case



A former Coos Bay bank employee suspected of bilking vulnerable customers of up to $1.2 million may be hiding in the Southern Willamette Valley, FBI sources say. ...read full article
November 5, 2010

The Technology Protecting Your Credit Cards



Credit cards are fantastic for those unexpected expenses throughout the month, but with credit limits in excess of £5,000 in some cases, they can cause trouble if they fall into the wrong hands. However, you shouldn’t despair, as there are steps you can take to protect your finances. In this article, we are going to look at the advancements in the industry which have reduced the impact identity theft has had on the economy. ...read full article
November 5, 2010

Smartphone security concerns running high



EDDAH: "Level of security" is a top or high priority when buying or using smartphones and tablet computers - and more than half are anxious about losing their mobile devices, protecting their identities and protecting their families with parental controls, four out of five people surveyed by Juniper Networks said. ...read full article
November 5, 2010

10 Riskiest Places to Give Your Social Security Number



McAfee, the antivirus software company, recently released a list of the most dangerous places to give your Social Security number. Many of the places on the list might surprise you ...read full article
November 5, 2010

La. Woman used relatives' IDs for loans



ZACHARY, La. (AP) - Zachary police have arrested a St. Charles Parish woman accused of fraudulently obtaining student loans in the names of relatives. ...read full article
November 5, 2010

Uncovering Covert Command-and-Control Channels



As the line between securely hosted and controlled enterprise applications and cloud-based applications continues to blur, there's more "legitimate" traffic between corporate networks and the Internet than ever before. This opens up new vectors for attack by hackers and cybercriminals as more traffic types are allowed through corporate firewalls. ...read full article
November 5, 2010

New Technique Spots Sneaky Botnets



Tool could be used to detect activity from botnets such as Conficker, Kraken, and Torpig, which rotate domains in an effort to evade discovery and stay alive ...read full article
November 4, 2010

A Chilling Case of ‘Sextortion'



The hacker knew every move the unsuspecting victim made. He controlled her computer webcam and microphone. He could see her in her bedroom, hear her conversations, knew every keystroke she made online. And he threatened to expose her secrets unless she bowed to his demands. ...read full article
November 4, 2010

Facebook Responds to Firesheep WiFi Security Controversy



Many tech insiders have been bleating for years about a privacy flaw inherent in unencrypted browsing that lets hackers snoop on your Web activity. But their cries didn’t reach the ears of the general public until the creation of “Firesheep,” a simple Firefox add-on that takes advantage of the flaw to let users on an unsecured WiFi network steal cookies and snoop on people’s Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr activity — basically any site that does not offer secure “HTTPS” browsing. ...read full article
November 4, 2010

One in eight malware attacks are via a USB device, study shows



A growing number of malware attacks are using plug-in USB devices, according to researchers at security firm Avast Software. ...read full article
November 4, 2010

Tax Scam Bewilders, Then Outrages Mom



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (CN) - A woman claims her tax preparer stole her $2,000 federal refund and told her the IRS had "kept" the money, then stole a $5,178 refund the next year though she hadn't even hired him, and when she confronted him he tried to bribe her with "a few hundred dollars." ...read full article
November 4, 2010

Son of the Year - Not



CAMERON PARK, Calif. (CN) - While she was ill, an aging mother says, her son emptied out her bank account and safe, stole her jewelry, coin and stamp collections, along with $50,000 in gold, $30,000 in cash, 18 guns, bonds and valuable documents - more than $625,000 in all - and used it to pay off his own debt and that of his business. But he tells her it's all safe and he'll give it back when she feels better, she says - a statement she calls "nonsense." ...read full article
November 4, 2010

Hackers exploit unpatched IE bug with drive-by attacks


Microsoft confirms hackers targeting IE6; IE7 also at risk



Computerworld - Microsoft today warned that attackers are targeting Internet Explorer (IE) with an exploit of a critical unpatched vulnerability in all current versions of the browser. ...read full article
November 4, 2010

Europe tests cyber defences in first regional attack simulation



Europe's cyber security experts are testing their responses today in the first ever pan-European cyber-attack simulation exercise. ...read full article
November 4, 2010

Attackers set sights on online industrial control systems



The US government's Industrial Control System Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) is warningPDF that searches for SCADA systems accessible via the web are increasing. SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are used to monitor and configure industrial control systems for devices such as pumps and motors. Attackers can attempt to penetrate and manipulate such systems via known default passwords or security vulnerabilities. By changing target parameters, attackers may be able to cause faults or failures, depending on the application. ...read full article
November 4, 2010

Brazilian Government IDs Used as Spear Phish Bait



Brazilians are the target of new and devilishly convincing e-mail-based scams that purport to be official customer communication from a large Brazilian bank and use stolen identity data to convince victims that the message is for real. ...read full article
November 4, 2010

High-Flying 'Wealth Manager' Falls to Earth



CHICAGO (CN) - Federal prosecutors say a suburban man duped more than 150 people in a $5 million Ponzi scam he ran through his insurance and investment business, Harbor Wealth Management. Scott Ross used his suckers' money to pay himself a $319,000 salary, to buy a $75,000-per-year skybox to watch the Indianapolis Colts, and to make Ponzi payments to a few investors, according to the criminal information. ...read full article
November 4, 2010

Honeypot role reversal



Security firm Tllod (The Last Line of Defense) reports in its blog that some botnet control servers are apparently equipped with functions to mislead and monitor inquisitive researchers, and to complicate their analyses. According to the researchers, such servers present a fake, basic web interface after pretending to accept easily guessed log-in credentials. ...read full article
November 4, 2010

Massive Denial Of Service Attack Severs Myanmar From Internet



The nation of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, found its access to the Internet severed by a massive denial of service attack, according to a report by Arbor Networks. ...read full article
November 3, 2010

Search Engine Finds Vulnerable SCADA Systems



CS-CERT, the emergency response team for industrial control systems, has warned companies that run SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software that the systems running it may be easily discovered using a free Web based search engine dubbed Shodan. ...read full article
November 3, 2010

Dog sitter arraigned on identity theft charges



A former Strabane woman was arraigned Monday on charges including identity theft after allegedly using personal information of clients of her dog-sitting service. ...read full article
November 3, 2010

Law Requiring Convicted Sex Offender to Disclose All Internet Identities is Constitutional



On October 26, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, decided a case involving a sex-offender's constitutional challenge of a Utah’s sex offender registry statute. Doe v. Shurtleff, 2010 WL 4188248 (C.A.10 (Oct. 26, 2010)). John Doe, a registered sex offender, appealed a decision from the district court enforcing the Utah statute that required all sex offenders living in Utah to register their “internet identifiers” and their corresponding websites with the state. John Doe was convicted of a sex offense, served a prison sentence, and was released without being placed on probation or supervised release. Nonetheless, Mr. Doe was required to comply with the states sex offender registry laws, which provided that he register all “internet identifiers” (defined as any electronic mail, chat, instant messenger, social networking, or similar name used for online communication) and “all online identifiers and passwords used to access” websites where he was using an online identifier. ...read full article
November 3, 2010

Hospital health records breached



A breach of personal health records has occurred at Bluewater Health and the North Lambton Community Health Centre. ...read full article
November 3, 2010

Springs man convicted for rash of car thefts, burglaries



A Colorado Springs man was convicted in Douglas County for a crime spree that included about 30 victims. ...read full article
November 3, 2010

Cops: Hacker posted stolen X-rated pics on Facebook



IDG News Service - A 23-year-old California man was expected to appear in court Tuesday, after police say he broke into the Web mail accounts of more than 3,000 women and posted sexually explicit images of many of them on Facebook. ...read full article
November 3, 2010

Firesheep not evil, says snooping tool's maker


He blasts Microsoft for tagging packet sniffer as malware



Computerworld - The security researcher who created the Firesheep snooping tool defended his work today, saying it's no one's business what software people run on their computers. ...read full article
November 3, 2010

Guilty Pleas in Private Deportation



SAN DIEGO (CN) - A Hemet couple pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony charges that the husband impersonated a federal official to try to deport a woman. Gregory Raymond Denny Jr. 38, and his wife, Karen Denny, 52, face up to 3 years in prison at the Jan. 24, 2011 sentencing. ...read full article
November 3, 2010

Did the Colorado Supreme Court minimize the seriousness of using another’s SSN? ITRC says ‘yes.’



There was a court decision in Colorado recently that I didn’t cover on this site because the decision supposedly wouldn’t have much impact going forward in light of a new law that had gone into effect. The case involved a man who used his own name, address, and details to apply for a loan, but used someone else’s Social Security Number. The court held that given how much genuine information he had provided about himself, his actions did not constitute “criminal impersonation.” ...read full article
November 3, 2010

Judge's Ruling Favors DOJ in E-mail Search Warrant Dispute



When the government serves a search warrant on an Internet service provider to seize the contents of an e-mail account, prosecutors have no obligation to notify the account holder, a federal judge in Washington ruled this week. ...read full article
November 2, 2010

Tackling Insider Fraud From The Outside-In



Companies should use the same technologies that authenticate external customers to monitor employees and watch for insider attacks ...read full article
November 2, 2010

Bredolab Mastermind Was Key Spamit.com Affiliate



The man arrested in Armenia last week for allegedly operating the massive “Bredolab” botnet — a network of some 30 million hacked Microsoft Windows PCs that were rented out to cyber crooks — appears to have generated much of his clientele as an affiliate of Spamit.com, the global spamming operation whose members are blamed for sending a majority of the world’s pharmaceutical spam. ...read full article
November 2, 2010

102 Sex Offenders Checked by U.S. Marshals and Darlington County Sheriff's



Florence, SC – On October 29, approximately 30 personnel from the United States Marshals Service and Darlington County Sheriff’s Office conducted Operation Trick or Treat, an initiative to ensure registered sex offenders are residing in their documented homes and compliant with the rules set forth for South Carolina sex offenders. ...read full article
November 2, 2010

UK teen charged with school board hack



A 15-year-old who allegedly broke into a school board website before exposing the passwords of 27,000 fellow schoolchildren has been charged with computer hacking offences. ...read full article
November 2, 2010

Facebook discovers and "punishes" UID-selling developers



The recent discovery that some Facebook application were inadvertently forwarding users' UIDs to advertising agencies and data collection companies has spurred the social network to investigate the matter thoroughly and to try to think of a platform-wide solution that would prevent that from happening ever again. ...read full article
November 2, 2010

Marshals: Vampire Sex Offender Arrested In AZ


Has Teeth Resembling Fangs, Drives a Hearse, Deputies Say



MESA, Ariz. -- The U.S. Marshals Service said its deputies arrested a convicted sex offender who believes he's a vampire. ...read full article
November 2, 2010

Woman Accused Of Posing As Nurse, Stealing Identities



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Detectives are continuing the investigation of a woman they say posed as a nurse and stole identities of hospital staff. Four more victims have been identified in Albuquerque, bringing the total to 16. ...read full article
November 2, 2010

Call to boycott Barbie with built-in camera



MATTEL'S trademark vinyl doll is getting older but she has embraced technology - Barbie's new built-in camera abilities are worrying some privacy advocates and psychologists. ...read full article
November 2, 2010

Is it legal to use Firesheep at Starbucks?



November 01, 2010 — Computerworld — People using the Firesheep add-on may be breaking federal wiretapping laws, legal experts said today. ...read full article
November 2, 2010

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Sexual Offender



Milwaukee, WI - Kevin A. Carr, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn, and Milwaukee District Attorney John T. Chisholm, announced the arrest of Thomas Thornhill Jr. ...read full article
November 1, 2010

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



t’s no secret that identity theft has been on the rise in recent years, and while it’s difficult to investigate, law enforcement authorities catch some of the thieves and are looking at ways to combine resources to increase their success rate. ...read full article
November 1, 2010

Bomb plot sparks cargo crackdown



Governments and airlines around the world are reviewing security procedures after two parcel bombs were found in US-bound air cargo. ...read full article
November 1, 2010

Attorney General warns of online voting scam



There are many things New Hampshire citizens can do online, but Attorney General Michael Delaney said voting is not one of them. ...read full article
November 1, 2010

Canadian Pharmacy Privacy Warning for Americans



Online Canadian pharmacy lawyer warns Americans about high risk of identity theft, how to buy drugs online safely and save a bundle of money. ...read full article
November 1, 2010

A case of bombs and identity theft?



SANA, Yemen — (MCT) Yemen authorities on Sunday released a 23-year-old engineering student who had been arrested a day earlier for her alleged connection to al-Qaida and the foiled plot to mail packages of concealed explosives into the U.S., according to her lawyer. ...read full article
November 1, 2010

Identity thieves relentless in quest for your information



It's everywhere you don't want it to be. From skimming your debit card at a gas pump to phony financial e-mails hitting your cell phone or computer, identity theft is as crafty as it is continuous. ...read full article
November 1, 2010

Avoid getting scammed when looking to rent



CHICAGO — With fewer people buying homes in the current market and more people renting it is no surprise that scammers are targeting renters more frequently. The Better Business Bureau urges consumers to be wary when looking through classified rental listings online. ...read full article
November 1, 2010

ATM 'skimming' threat grows



Baltimore —Privacy experts, banks and others are warning consumers about a threat to their personal financial information: electronic "skimming" devices that record credit-card and debit-card numbers at ATMs, gas pumps or vending machines. ...read full article
November 1, 2010

Indictments allege charges of wire fraud and bank fraud



Three indictments were returned by a grand jury in Denver in three separate mortgage schemes, one related to properties purchased in Castle Rock and Parker, and one involving a Castle Rock man. The returned indictments were related to charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and related offenses. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

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



It’s no secret that identity theft has been on the rise in recent years, and while it’s difficult to investigate, law enforcement authorities catch some of the thieves and are looking at ways to combine resources to increase their success rate. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

Fresno Police Bust ID, Auto Theft Ring



Fresno police said they broke up what's being called a massive identity-theft and auto-theft ring late Thursday afternoon by arresting nine gang members and one gang associate. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

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



An insurance agent from Mobile, Ala., pleaded guilty in federal court to fraudulently enrolling four nursing home residents for insurance coverage so she could pocket $3,800 in commissions. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

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



A former University of Florida employee was sentenced to a year in prison after using the personal information of his co-workers to complete online health surveys. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

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



Nearly one-in-ten customers have switched banks or retailers because of unhappiness over the way they have handled their identity or privacy, according to the bi-annual Unisys Security Index. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

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



As part of its ongoing efforts to stop bogus disease treatment claims, the Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against an online marketer that allegedly deceived consumers with baseless claims that its supplements would treat and prevent diabetes. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

UH security breach, private student information exposed



PEARL CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii (UH) on Thursday evening issued a security alert. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

University addresses security breach



A recent security breach on the Storrs campus revealed a list of former students' names and Social Security numbers and made them available on the Internet. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

Poll: Identity Theft Scarier than Internet Security



Americans are more worried about terrorism, contagions and identity theft than Internet security, according to a twice-yearly security survey by Unisys. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

Horror Stories of Mobile Money Fraud



With the mobile phone on the cusp of becoming a device for performing financial transactions, are we also on the cusp of a corresponding tsunami of criminal attacks on the mobile channel? Not to be alarmist, but yes. And there are already horror stories. In cyberspace, no one can hear you scream. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

U.S. Chamber of Commerce releases guide on cyberthreats



WASHINGTON—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday released a guide to help business owners and managers identify cyberthreats, as well as adopt solutions to reduce threats and increase network security. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

US-CERT Current Activity



The US-CERT Current Activity web page is a regularly updated summary of the most frequent, high-impact types of security incidents currently being reported to the US-CERT. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

Official Urges Protection Against Identity Theft



Defense Department officials are urging servicemembers to be aware of identity theft and are providing ways for them to protect themselves, the director of DOD’s personal finance office said. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

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



Keystone Mercy Health Plan and AmeriHealth Mercy Health Plan said Tuesday that a portable computer drive containing the names, addresses, and health information of 280,000 Medicaid members in Pennsylvania has been lost. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

'Windshield bullies' a growing fraud problem



Some people call them "windshield bullies." ...read full article
October 29, 2010

Computer attack hits dissidents in Vietnam



WASHINGTON — Political bloggers in Vietnam are under a round of cyberattacks designed to block their websites, a sign of the widening use of targeted hacking to stifle government dissent worldwide, according to a new analysis by U.S. computer experts. ...read full article
October 29, 2010

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



McAfee just released its newest malware mapping report, where it checks out malicious sites by "top level domain," generic ones like .com, plus all of those country-specific ones, such as .us. ...read full article
October 28, 2010

Fraudsters find holes in debit card fraud detection



IDG News Service - Over the last few weeks, criminals have been exploiting weak fraud detection systems used for debit cards with "flash" attacks, where hundreds of withdrawals are made over a very short period of time. ...read full article
October 28, 2010

Guilty plea made in fake credit card conspiracy



A California man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tulsa to taking part in an interstate credit card fraud conspiracy that involved more than $107,000 and victimized 18 financial institutions, ranging from Merrill Lynch to the Bank of Hawaii. ...read full article
October 28, 2010

Woman pleads guilty to filing false tax return



BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 42-year-old Baton Rouge woman has pleaded guilty to charges that she conspired to file false claims for tax refunds. ...read full article
October 28, 2010

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



An undocumented worker from the Dominican Republic who schemed with his girlfriend, a former postal carrier and another man to defraud the IRS of more than $1.2 million was sentenced yesterday to 4 1/2 years in federal prison and ordered to make restitution of $97,748. ...read full article
October 28, 2010

Appeals Courts Criticize Child Porn Sentencing Guidelines



As the sentencing guidelines for child pornography crimes have grown increasingly harsh, a strong trend has developed among federal judges to reject the proposed prison terms as draconian. ...read full article
October 28, 2010

Palin e-mail snoop begs court for leniency



Lawyers for 22-year-old David Kernell, whose criminal prying into Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account caused an uproar two months before the 2008 presidential election, is asking a judge for probation instead of the jail term being sought by prosecutors. ...read full article
October 28, 2010

Fire relief scammer delays arraignment



A San Francisco woman charged with trying to scam relief aid by posing as a San Bruno fire victim has delayed her arraignment until this afternoon, days after she failed to show up for her court date because she was already behind bars ...read full article
October 28, 2010

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



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

East Grand Forks man faces more charges in identity theft case



An East Grand Forks man now faces a total of 21 felony charges related to an identity theft case that involves scores of local victims. ...read full article
October 28, 2010

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



Hacktivist group, the Iranian Cyber Army (ICA), has announced that it plans to sell access to its botnets, which have been responsible for attacks on social networks like Twitter and the Chinese equivalent of Google, Baidu. ...read full article
October 28, 2010

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



A credit repair operation has agreed to stop making false claims and stop charging up-front fees under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement is part of an ongoing crackdown on scams that target financially strapped consumers, taking hundreds of dollars of fees to purportedly remove negative information from consumers’ credit reports even if the information is accurate and timely. The FTC filed the action in “Operation Clean Sweep” in October 2008. ...read full article
October 28, 2010

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



A Bergen County man has pleaded guilty to defrauding investors of $1.7 million by selling unregistered shares of stock in his startup horseshoe manufacturing company and misappropriating investor funds for his personal use. More than 300 investors lost money. ...read full article
October 28, 2010

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



Election fraud and vote tampering is as old as government. Before the American Revolution, most voting was done by voice. Voters would call out their pick for all to hear, which lead to intimidation and other nefarious tactics by those hoping to impact election results. The creation of the secret ballot was an improvement, but brought with it another host of possible modes of manipulation. In a quote that is now famous in American history, corrupt politician and Tammany Hall leader Boss Tweed often told constituents to 'vote early, and often.' ...read full article
October 27, 2010

Alabama Tax Preparer Charged with Tax Fraud and Identity Theft



WASHINGTON – An Elmore County, Ala., tax return preparer was indicted in the Middle District of Alabama for tax fraud and identity theft, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. Sharon D. Thurman, who owned and operated "Sharon’s Tax Services," was charged with 14 counts of making false claims for tax refunds, two counts of aggravated identity theft and two counts of theft of government money. ...read full article
October 27, 2010

Federal probe reveals exploitation of elderly



(CNN) -- A federal investigation has uncovered hundreds of allegations of physical and mental abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly, all happening under what is supposed to be the watchful eye of the courts. ...read full article
October 27, 2010

Caregiver for man, 82, charged with forging checks



A 24-year-old caregiver from Sheboygan was charged Tuesday with three felonies for allegedly cashing checks belonging to an 82-year-old man she was caring for. ...read full article
October 27, 2010

LifeLock Warns Consumers of Skimming Scrooges This Holiday Shopping Season



TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the holiday shopping season draws near, LifeLock, the industry leader in proactive identity theft protection, wants to arm consumers with smart shopping habits to help protect against increasing threats of identity theft. According to a September poll conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 66% of respondents feel that they are at risk for identity theft. ...read full article
October 27, 2010

2 charged in alleged ATM 'skimming' scheme



NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey have charged two Bulgarian men with scanning personal information from ATM machines and withdrawing more than $200,000 from customers' accounts. ...read full article
October 27, 2010

Identity theft case grows



A Weldon woman is in jail today, charged with multiple counts of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Latoria Artis, 25, was arrested, authorities said, after the Halifax County Sheriff's Office received a report Oct. 1 pertaining to identity theft in the Roanoke Rapids area. ...read full article
October 27, 2010

One in five use birthday as PIN number



A study by MyVoucherCodes.co.uk found that 18pc of the 1,576 people interviewed used their birthday as their PIN code, with a further 13pc keeping their PIN written down somewhere in their wallet, making it an easy target for thieves. ...read full article
October 27, 2010

How to contest a debt you don't owe



If a debt collector is contacting you about a debt you know you don't owe, explaining your case can be an uphill battle. Whether it's a matter of mistaken identity, an honest error or identity theft, the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana recommends taking five steps to fight back against erroneous debt collectors. ...read full article
October 27, 2010

Majority of Smartphone Users Admit Accessing Employer Networks Without Permission



Four out of five people cite "level of security" as a top or high priority when buying or using smartphones and tablet computers - and more than half are anxious about losing their mobile devices, protecting their identities and protecting their families with parental controls. At the same time, nearly three out of four people surveyed use their mobile devices to share or access sensitive personal or business information. ...read full article
October 27, 2010

Woman admits stealing millions



A Waycross woman has pleaded guilty to a scheme to steal more than $2 million from her former Blackshear employer, Ace Pole Company. ...read full article
October 27, 2010

Woman arrested for credit card fraud



LAS CRUCES - Police have arrested a Las Cruces woman who is believed to have committed multiple counts of credit card fraud, forgery and identity theft against her former employer. ...read full article
October 27, 2010

Man Sold Patients' Records, Gets 11 Years



A handicapped Florida man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for buying stolen patients' hospital records, creating hefty kickbacks for himself. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

Computer security head suspended over e-mail spying



The head of computer systems security for the Ohio Department of Public Safety was suspended today amid the fallout from an e-mail spying scheme. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

MySpace joins Facebook in info-sharing shame



MySpace has been found to be sharing user data with third parties just days after similar revelations at larger rival Facebook. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

Online identity fraud hits 10% of UK users



Ten per cent of UK adults who use the internet have been victims of online identity fraud in the past year, a report has found. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

New Firefox add-on hijacks Facebook, Twitter sessions



Computerworld - A new Firefox add-on lets "pretty much anyone" scan a Wi-Fi network and hijack others' access to Facebook, Twitter and a host of other services, a security researcher warned today. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

Hedge Fund Fraud Alleged in Connecticut



HARTFORD, Conn. (CN) - Hedge fund manager Stephen Hicks used his two unregistered hedge fund advisory companies to defraud investors "in three different ways," after taking millions of dollars from them, the SEC says. The agency sued Hicks, 52, of Ridgefield, Conn., and his companies, Southridge Capital Management and Southridge Advisors. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

Third trial to begin in $1.92M music piracy case



A third trial is set to begin in a bitter, closely watched legal battle between Minnesota native Jammie Thomas-Rasset and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). ...read full article
October 26, 2010

Dutch team up with Armenia for Bredolab botnet take down



IDG News Service - Armenian authorities arrested a 27-year-old man on Tuesday on suspicion of running a large botnet that was dismantled after a unique take-down operation by Dutch law enforcement and computer security experts on Monday. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

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



SARASOTA, Fla. (CN) - Nine former customers claim Jackson Hewitt Tax Services sold franchises to a felon who proceeded to bilk them in Ponzi schemes. Jackson Hewitt negligently hired Daniel L. Prewett, who'd pleaded guilty to 12 counts of grand larceny and insurance fraud in 1987, according to two complaints in Sarasota County Court. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

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



Targeted cyber attacks have increased significantly in the past five years, Symantec's latest MessageLabs Intelligence report has revealed. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

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



A flaw in the security of Apple iPhones allows a third party to access the list of calls received and made, dial any number and access saved voice mail messages, photo galleries and the entire address book. The address book can also be used to send emails and picture and text messages. The telephone app can easily be launched on an iPhone which appears to be locked against third party access, without requiring the four-digit or alphanumeric pass code. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

Fighting the Zombie Computer Outbreak



Computer hijacking programs are becoming more sophisticated and powerful each year. This makes it vital for companies to protect their networks from being hacked and converted into "zombie" systems that could severely undermine business. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

Miami man sentenced for selling hospital records



MIAMI (AP) - A Miami man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for participating in a scheme to sell stolen patient records to lawyers for injury claims. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

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



Consumers should be aware of a scam in which recipients receive an e-mail that claims to come from the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. The e-mail states that tax payments made by the e-mail recipient through EFTPS have been rejected. The e-mail then directs recipients to a bogus website containing malicious software (malware) that infects the intended victim’s computer. To avoid the bogus website and malware, do not click on any links, open any attachments or reply to the sender for any e-mail you may receive that claims to come from EFTPS. ...read full article
October 26, 2010

Bulgarian plans plea in Oregon-Ohio ID theft case



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Bulgarian man accused of stealing the name of an Ohio boy that he used to get a job with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is expected to plead guilty in federal court next week. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

Dewey restaurant worker charged in ID theft



DEWEY BEACH — A 32-year-old server in a Dewey Beach restaurant was charged with using a customer's credit card information to pay for tires and an oil change, state police said. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

Authorities Warn Of Telephone Identity Thieves Posing As Police



DENVER -- The Colorado Attorney General's Office warns that identity thieves masquerading as police are targeting Colorado residents by phone. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

Medical identity theft a more prevalent occurrence



When Joanna Saenz opened her mail one summer day several years ago, she got quite a shock. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

Prosecutors: Welfare Director Stole Nearly $200K



ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (CBS) - A former welfare services director from the northwest suburbs has been charged with stealing nearly $200,000 from a food pantry fund and other accounts just as she was to be released from prison on an unrelated charge. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

Health reform's side effect: Scams



NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Fraud experts say health insurance scams are on the rise as criminals quickly exploit consumers' confusion about how the new health care law changes their insurance coverage. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

Burleson teacher learns hard lesson about marriage



BURLESON — He was smart, charming, and handsome... the kind of guy most girls fall for. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

Sharing too much on Facebook could cost you



If you’re the type of person who tweets while on vacation or brags about your new toys on Facebook, you’d better post some photos of your guard dogs as well. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

Guard investigating allegations of fraud



The National Guard is examining its procedures for detecting fraud in the wake of recent financial scandals at some state Guard organizations. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

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



The UK is to open a fresh inquiry into Google's Wi-Fi data harvesting after the company admitted its Street View cars captured complete e-mails and passwords. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

Zeus hackers may target corporate data



IDG News Service - Criminals who use the Zeus malware may be working on a new angle: corporate espionage. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

Iranian Cyber Army running botnets, researchers say



IDG News Service - A group of malicious hackers who attacked Twitter and the Chinese search engine Baidu are also apparently running a for-rent botnet, according to new research. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

FTC Offers Legal Assistance Guide to Help Identity Theft Victims



The Federal Trade Commission has created a guide to help attorneys and victim advocates provide legal assistance to identity theft victims. ...read full article
October 25, 2010

Hacker hits Kaspersky website



Scammers who try to trick victims into downloading fake antivirus software can strike almost anywhere. On Sunday they hit the website of Kaspersky Lab, a well-known antivirus vendor. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

Man pleads guilty in human trafficking case



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man from Uzbekistan who was accused of running a 14-state human trafficking ring in Kansas City has pleaded guilty to four charges under a plea agreement in which he will serve at least 10 years in federal prison. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

Teens learn dangers of digital world



MEDINA — A group of Med­ina County Career Center jun­iors walked into what their teacher described as a crime scene Wednes­day. There wasn’t any evidence of violence or corruption, however. All they saw were a computer and desk sectioned off by police tape and flashing lights. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

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



A Waycross woman has plead guilty relating to a scheme to steal more than $2 million from her former Blackshear employer, Ace Pole Company. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

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



A Capitol Heights man was sentenced in U.S. District Court Monday to four years in prison for stealing wages from six members of the military and using their identities to open credit and debit card accounts. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

Medical-data breach said to be major



A computer flash drive containing the names, addresses, and personal health information of 280,000 people is missing - one of the largest recent security breaches of personal health data in the nation. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

Warning as identity theft on the rise in Shropshire



West Mercia Police chiefs today said fraud and identity theft was one of the fastest growing areas of crime. Police bosses said the nature of modern technology and communications meant that people could fall victim to criminals in the UK and in other parts of the world. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

Warning as identity theft on the rise in Shropshire



West Mercia Police chiefs today said fraud and identity theft was one of the fastest growing areas of crime. Police bosses said the nature of modern technology and communications meant that people could fall victim to criminals in the UK and in other parts of the world. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

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



Ralph Landers, 43, of Denver was sentenced to 16½ years in federal prison this week after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, identity theft, fraud and other charges. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

Political grandstanding drives GPS tracking grant



Using federal grant money, Texas is putting GPS monitors on several hundred additional parolees who the Governor says are dangerous sexual predators. But some of them have never been convicted of a sex offense, aren't on the sex offender registry and have been out of prison for many years. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

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



TRENTON — Local and federal fugitive hunters named four locals they’ve rounded up on outstanding warrants recently, including two known gang members. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

Progress in fight against sex predators



The landmark proposal known as Chelsea's Law, spawned by tragedy in San Diego County, Calif., will likely move a step closer to enactment today. Its passage by a key state Senate committee would be another headline in a string of good news in the effort to combat sexually violent predators throughout California. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

Ex-Saugerties man arrested in Colorado on sex offender charge



SAUGERTIES — A former Saugerties man has been arrested in Denver, Colo., where authorities said he fled in April 2009 after failing to register an address change for the state sex offender registry. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

MSP sex offender sweep underway across the state



Michigan State Police this week began a state-wide sweep aimed at tracking down sex offenders who didn’t verify their addresses with local police agencies as the law requires. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

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



An arrest warrant has been issued for a level-two sex offender who Auburn police say may be armed and dangerous after he failed to notify authorities of a change of address. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

Chesterfield teacher now on sex offender registry



RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A former Chesterfield elementary school teacher is now out of a job and on the sex offender registry. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

Queens man in Web sex arrest



A registered sex offender used the Internet to lure a 21-year-old woman from Indianapolis to Queens, where he raped and sodomized her, police said on Wednesday. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

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



A man who was implicated in a gang rape in Manchester in 2002 — and has been unable to stay out of trouble since then despite having been paralyzed from the waist down due to a gunshot wound suffered in 2004 — got yet another chance at freedom this week. ...read full article
October 21, 2010

Sex offender arrested for courthouse bomb threat



Authorities have arrested a registerd sex offender for allegedly making a false bomb threat at the Hidalgo County courthouse last week. ...read full article
October 15, 2010

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



Kansas City, MO - infoZine - Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a New York, N.Y., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. ...read full article
October 15, 2010

Bank, credit union employee accused of embezzling



A Lake County woman is suspected of taking more than $400,000, mostly from the elderly and deceased, through her role as a bank and credit union employee, federal prosecutors said Thursday ...read full article
October 15, 2010

Charges filed against three in alleged gas pump scam



MARTINEZ — State prosecutors have filed charges against three Los Angeles men for allegedly stealing more than $150,000 by skimming personal information from Northern California gas station pumps. ...read full article
October 15, 2010

Ex-lawyer admits guilt in property claim scam



MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A disbarred lawyer pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he pocketed money from deceased clients in an unclaimed property scam, and that some of that estimated $50,000 was used to pay off restitution in a federal case he had involving ripping off veterans, according to a prosecutor. ...read full article
October 15, 2010

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



Vallejo's North Bay Cabinets owner Chip Carter said the e-mail saying his tax payment was rejected looked like the genuine article, but wasn't. ...read full article
October 15, 2010

New Malware Could Steal Users Social Media Behavior And Info



A new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers predicts that a new generation of malware (software written for malicious purposes like identity theft) could steal data on human behavior patterns, which is more dangerous than traditional, detectable attacks. ...read full article
October 15, 2010

Gilbert man arrested in identity theft probe



A Gilbert man is facing charges of theft, forgery and false reporting to law enforcement after police say he misled an identity theft investigation. ...read full article
October 15, 2010

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



Sophos published the latest report into the 'Dirty Dozen' spam-relaying countries, covering the third quarter of 2010. Since the second quarter this year, the spam output from the United States has increased significantly from 15.2% to 18.6% of global spam, making the country responsible for nearly one in five junk emails, and meaning that the USA contributes nearly 2.5 times more spam than the next worse offender, India. ...read full article
October 15, 2010

Google adds phishing alerts to network services



IDG News Service - Google has added notification for phishing URLs to its service that lets administrators know if their networks have been compromised. ...read full article
October 15, 2010

Anti-Botnet Startup Quietly Emerges From Stealth Mode



A startup led by former Trend Micro executives that offers botnet intelligence feeds and threat reports has come out of the shadows. Umbra Data, based in San Jose, Calif., offers a cloud-based service that continuously monitors and vets command and control (C&C) activity and can be integrated into either a service provider's offerings or enterprise security devices, such as routers and recursive DNS servers. ...read full article
October 14, 2010

Dozens arrested in health care fraud schemes



Washington (CNN) -- Federal authorities arrested more than 50 suspects Wednesday and smashed what they describe as an Armenian-American organized crime enterprise engaged in a nationwide scheme to defraud the Medicare program. ...read full article
October 14, 2010

Condo Crook Swiping Mail for Personal Info



Ana Saenz, just one of the residents at a condo in Sunny Isles Beach, was wondering what's going to happen next. Her bank account was wiped out today -- all her money stolen after a thief had broken into her mailbox. ...read full article
October 14, 2010

Hyattsville men plead guilty in fake ID case



Two Hyattsville men pleaded guilty Friday to fraud and identity theft for manufacturing and selling fake identification documents. ...read full article
October 14, 2010

REGIONAL: Three men arrested for ATM skimming scheme



MARTINEZ, Calif. – The California Attorney General's Office on Wednesday filed criminal charges against three men who stole more than $150,000 from about 200 people by creating fake credit and debit cards from banking information they skimmed from ATM and credit cards through devices placed inside gas station pumps in Northern California. ...read full article
October 14, 2010

Dozens of Los Angeles residents charged in crackdown on medical fraud



Dozens of Los Angeles residents were charged on Wednesday for their roles in a Medical fraud that fleeced Medicare out of millions of dollars, authorities said. ...read full article
October 14, 2010

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



Botnets are increasingly core to cybercrime activities, the latest security intelligence report from Microsoft has revealed. ...read full article
October 14, 2010

Identity theft suspects target Kingwood residents, two in custody



Police urge Kingwood residents to check their credit reports to ensure they didn’t fall victim to an identity theft ring authorities broke up at a Kingwood residence Oct. 8. ...read full article
October 14, 2010

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



Microsoft has confirmed that two network devices on its network have indeed been compromised and were being used by criminals to route traffic to more than a thousand websites used to push fake pills. ...read full article
October 14, 2010

Dangers of wireless network use still unknown to many



Nearly half of home wi-fi networks can be hacked in less than five seconds, according to a new study. In an 'ethical hacking' experiment conducted across six UK cities, nearly 40,000 networks were revealed as high-risk, opening up the personal data of thousands of individuals. ...read full article
October 13, 2010

Local fire company warns of donation scam



SCHUYLER, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Schuyler Volunteer Fire Department says recent solicitations of donations on their behalf is a scam. ...read full article
October 13, 2010

Bulgarian Pleads Not Guilty In Ore. Identity Case



PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Bulgarian man accused of stealing the identity of a slain Ohio boy has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of identity theft and making false statements to the government. ...read full article
October 13, 2010

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



Two Hyattsville men who police say were the ringleaders of the largest fraudulent document mill ever uncovered in Maryland were sentenced to four years in prison. ...read full article
October 13, 2010

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



Charleston, SC – Mijail Surec-Garcia, 22, was arrested in Boca Raton, FL in the afternoon hours on Friday by U.S. Marshals and partnering law enforcement agencies at a job site where he was building and repairing homes. Garcia is charged by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office with Lewd Act on a Minor, Criminal Sexual Conduct, and two counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. It is alleged that Garcia sexually assaulted a minor child, approximately 12 years old, in July 2010 on John’s Island. ...read full article
October 13, 2010

Police arrest man wanted in ID thefts



When an Upper Moreland police officer pulled over the car Herman Jackson was riding in, he had no way of knowing the Ohio man was wanted in several states for alleged identity theft and had $14,000 in stolen goods in the car. ...read full article
October 13, 2010

Identity theft suspects target area residents, two in custody


Hundreds of victims affected around Texas



KINGWOOD - Police urge Kingwood area residents to check their credit reports to ensure they didn't fall victim to an identity theft ring authorities broke up at a Kingwood residence Oct. 8. ...read full article
October 13, 2010

Information released in error threatens personal identity



An error at town hall caused an undetermined number of township employees’ private information, including their Social Security numbers and business identification and account numbers, to be released to a resident. ...read full article
October 13, 2010

Indiana Police Work To Break Identity Theft Ring



NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Police in southern Indiana are working to crack a high-tech case of identity theft, and they're hoping newly released surveillance video will help. ...read full article
October 13, 2010

Unauthorized access gained to College of Physicians and Surgeons' website



The College of Physicians and Surgeons sent a warning letter to its members Monday about an on-line attack that resulted in unauthorized access to the password-protected section of its website. ...read full article
October 12, 2010

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



The four Romanians recently accused of stealing debit card information to withdraw more than $200,000 cash from victims’ bank accounts across Nassau County and beyond allegedly used an increasingly common high-tech method that experts say makes up just a fraction of a $10 billion international criminal trade. ...read full article
October 12, 2010

Universities Targeted In Phishing Attacks



Universities are the latest and an expanding target for identity fraud criminal gangs that take advantage of openness at campuses to commit "phishing" offenses against academic individuals and institutions, security surveys indicated. ...read full article
October 12, 2010

Facebook Hijackers Strike Family


Mother, Son Locked Out Of Facebook By Criminals



Debbie Abner and her friends said they were scared over the weekend and now they just want to make sure their identities are secure. Abner and her son said they feel like their privacy is violated and gone. Neither one can log onto their Facebook pages. Now, Abner is taking new privacy and safety precautions and just wants the word out so it won't happen to anyone else. ...read full article
October 12, 2010

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



BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to safeguarding personal information online, many people leave their virtual keys in the front door. New research commissioned by Webroot, the first Internet security service company, uncovers common password practices that are putting consumers' identities and wallets at risk. ...read full article
October 12, 2010

Survey Shows 82% Of Babies Have Online Presence



Spreading news and photos about newborns is pretty typical, but one study found posting baby pictures online can lead to problems. ...read full article
October 12, 2010

Couple sentenced for bank fraud



A husband and wife pair from Des Moines were sentenced to federal prison today for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
October 12, 2010

Rogue Facebook app takes over accounts



A flurry of statuses saying "OMG! Im never going to send another text message again after seeing this!" and "OMG! Im not txtin again now that I have seen this!" and offering a shortened link have been popping up on Facebook during the weekend, and contrary to what we might expect, it wasn't another survey scheme. ...read full article
October 12, 2010

Nine more breaches newly revealed on HHS’s web site



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October 7, 2010

Identity theft connected to $23,000 in student loans



Two Buffalo residents face up to 30 years in prison and a$1 million fine if convicted on federal charges they committed identity theft to fraudulently receive more than $23,000 in a student loan, U. S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Wednesday. ...read full article
October 7, 2010

Woman in Boston bridal scam to plead guilty



BOSTON -- A Pittsburgh woman is scheduled to plead guilty to allegations she defrauded advertisers and exhibitors out of thousands of dollars with a fake Boston bridal show. ...read full article
October 7, 2010

Glynn man faces federal health fraud charges


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



BRUNSWICK - The FBI has arrested a Glynn County man on federal health care fraud charges, accusing him of trying to steal more than $100,000 from Medicare in a scheme involving medical equipment suppliers in two states. ...read full article
October 7, 2010

College students failing test on ID theft



Forget the "freshman 15" weight gain. New arrivals on college campuses should focus more on what they could lose - namely, their identities. ...read full article
October 7, 2010

Police charge Asheville woman with identity theft



ASHEVILLE — Police charged an Asheville woman with identity theft. ...read full article
October 7, 2010

Police arrest two in check-forging scam



PLAINVILLE — Police recently arrested two men in connection with a statewide check-forging scam. ...read full article
October 7, 2010

A phishing e-mail to learn from



A phishing attempt that makes even people who are very good at spotting them pause for a moment and take a good look is a perfect example on which to learn. ...read full article
October 7, 2010

Cancer researcher fights UNC demotion



Chapel Hill -- A UNC cancer researcher is fighting a demotion and pay cut she received after a security breach in the medical study she directs. ...read full article
October 7, 2010

Dumped Medical Files Put Omaha Patients at Risk



Omaha, NE - Thanks to an alert viewer, KMTV Action 3 News uncovers a frightening find that could put hundreds of people's personal information in danger. Names, social security numbers, and sensitive medical records are left for anyone to find. We're taking action to protect those records and get you answers. ...read full article
October 6, 2010

Credit card fraud drops thanks to improved online detection



The increasing use of fraud screening detection tools by retailers and banks is helping to tackle phone, internet and card-not-present fraud, the UK Cards Association has reported. ...read full article
October 6, 2010

Russia detains suspect in carding, online fraud scheme



IDG News Service - Russian authorities have detained a Ukrainian national who oversaw a group that manufactured fraudulent payment cards and identity documents, according to the country's Interior Ministry on Monday. ...read full article
October 6, 2010

Criminals will continue to use Zeus Trojan, expert says



IDG News Service - Despite dozens of recent arrests targeting large online fraud organizations, other criminals are continuing to use the Zeus Trojan and other Web tools to steal identities and money from Internet users, a cybersecurity expert said Tuesday. ...read full article
October 6, 2010

Facebook spammer tries to cash in on $873 million fine



Facebook calls him a spammer and a U.S. court has fined him $873 million. But Montreal's Adam Guerbuez doesn't seem to care; he calls himself the $873 million man and says he won't pay a cent. ...read full article
October 6, 2010

Studies show smartphone users unknowingly give up personal data



Half of more than two-dozen popular Android apps studied by researchers and available for download to smartphones secretly transmit the geographic location of users, i.e. the approximate physical location of a consumer with their device, to remote servers controlled by advertisers, according to new findings released Sept. 29. ...read full article
October 6, 2010

Electronic medical records: great, but not very private



FORTUNE -- If you live in Texas, your medical records are definitely up for sale by the state. If you live anywhere else in the United States, they probably are for sale there, too. ...read full article
October 6, 2010

Man Arrested for Holbrook ‘Cloned’ Credit Card Buy



A Queens man is accused of using a so-called “cloned” credit card to purchase baby formula at a Holbrook grocery store twice in the past two months, Suffolk County police said. ...read full article
October 5, 2010

Massive iTunes phishing attack



Apple's popular iTunes platform has become a major target for hackers looking to steal credit card data from the service's millions of users. ...read full article
October 5, 2010

Fake browser warnings dupe users into downloading 'scareware'


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



Computerworld - Scammers are spoofing the anti-malware warnings of popular browsers to dupe Windows users into downloading fake security software, Symantec said Monday. ...read full article
October 5, 2010

Town justice candidate says he is victim of identity thief



CATSKILL — In a local election season which has been relatively light on dirty tricks, a town justice candidate said Monday that he has become the target of identity theft. ...read full article
October 5, 2010

BlackBerry backup encryption broken by Russians



A Russian company that specialises in cracking tools claims it has broken the password protection used to secure data backups from BlackBerry smartphones. ...read full article
October 5, 2010

Class Calls Fila Beauty School a Scam



ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CN) - Students claim in a class action that the Fila Academy promised they "would make as much in salary as doctors and lawyers" if they graduated from the beauty school, but made them clean toilets and work as sales reps selling Fila products. Eight named plaintiffs say that Larry Fila Jr. charged them as much as $9,995 to go to the school, which Fila falsely claimed to be "connected with Paul Mitchell," the beauty products manufacturer, which is not a party to the case. ...read full article
October 5, 2010

French rogue trader Kerviel found guilty



Paris, France (CNN) -- Trader Jerome Kerviel was found guilty of all charges Tuesday for betting 50 billion euros ($61 billion) of a French bank's money without its knowledge. ...read full article
October 5, 2010

Chamber president resigns after sex offender tip



Almost no sooner did the San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce receive the tip that the president was listed on the Megan’s Law Web site of convicted sex offenders than the president resigned. ...read full article
October 4, 2010

FBI announces arrests in $70 million cyber-theft



Washington (CNN) -- The FBI announced Friday more than 60 people are in custody in the United States, United Kingdom and Ukraine after authorities smashed a major international cyber-theft ring that had netted $70 million from the United States alone. To date the perpetrators had attempted to steal $220 million, the FBI said. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

Trio charged in Larimer County with burglary, ID thefts



Charges have been filed in Larimer County against three people accused of running a burglary and identity theft ring. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

Microsoft Beefs Up Hotmail Security



On Monday, Microsoft announced that it had improved Hotmail security, in large measure to help stop attackers from hijacking Hotmail accounts. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

Former teacher charged


Ferguson is arraigned on nine counts of identity theft



MARTINSBURG - A former Berkeley County teacher, charged earlier this month with six counts of felony child abuse for allegedly beating her six children over the course of several years, was arraigned Tuesday on nine additional felony counts charging her with identity theft. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

World of Warcraft phishing scams



Blizzard's MMORPG World of Warcraft is one of the most popular games out there, and its players are among the most targeted by online scammers. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

DA: Los Altos man charged with San Bruno blast scam



REDWOOD CITY -- A Los Altos man has become the fifth person to be charged with stealing aid that was destined for the victims of the natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, a prosecutor said. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

East Grand Forks man accused of stealing more than 50 identities



Police suspect an East Grand Forks man of stealing the identities of more than 50 people — mostly area residents — and applying for credit cards in their names. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

Millions lost as Zeus Trojan leads e-crime unit overseas



Police believe the arrest of 19 people on Tuesday may be just the first attack on an international computer crime gang that has stolen millions of pounds from British bank account holders. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

D.C. man pleads guilty in card-skimming scheme



Prosecutors said the leader of a card-skimming ring that scammed diners at Washington restaurants out of more than $100,000 has pleaded guilty. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

Bangor woman accused in thefts



A Bangor woman released from a neighboring county jail in June after being accused of burglarizing a Sparta home for a purse now is suspected of identical behavior in La Crosse County. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

Woman Convicted of Stealing Dead Sister's Identity



OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) -- A jury has convicted a western Kentucky woman of stealing her dead sister's identity to avoid being arrested. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

Details Emerge on IE 8 Data-Stealing Bug



Security researcher Chris Evans has released details of the data-stealing bug in Internet Explorer 8 that he publicized earlier this month, saying that the CSS flaw can be used to force victims to post messages on Twitter and that the bug appears to be no closer to being fixed. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

Wire-transfer fraud poses a growing problem



Identity theft takes many forms, but Lenny Vigliotti never imagined it would show up as somebody wiring $12,000 from his South Florida saving account through multiple banks to end up in the Ukraine. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

McKernan enters guilty plea for stealing from clients, LG Little League



Former Whitpain Township Supervisor William McKernan III pleaded guilty to third-degree felony theft charges in Montgomery County Court Sept. 22. ...read full article
September 29, 2010

Ex-bank employee faces larceny charge



GOSHEN — Prosecutors say a bank employee used account information to steal nearly $40,000 from customers. ...read full article
September 28, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Pedophiles Find a Home for Social Networking -- on Facebook



The world’s largest pro-pedophilia advocacy group uses Facebook to connect with its members throughout the world; to find and exchange photos of children; to hone its members' predatory behavior; and to identify, target and reel in child victims, an investigation by FoxNews.com reveals. ...read full article
September 28, 2010

Scammer arrested by Romanian authorities for eBay phishing



Romanian authorities have arrested a phishing scammer who broke into eBay systems and accessed confidential files, including data of eBay customers and their transactions. ...read full article
September 28, 2010

Leesburg Police Warn Of E-mail Scam



According to the Leesburg Police Department, there has been an increase in online fraud scams hitting victims in town. Residents should be on alert for these attacks. ...read full article
September 28, 2010

Fresh ACS:Law file-sharing lists expose thousands more



The personal details of a further 8,000 people alleged to have shared music or films illegally have appeared online. ...read full article
September 28, 2010

After attacks, Microsoft to rush out fix for ASP.net bug



IDG News Service - Microsoft is rushing out a fix for a Windows Web server flaw that is starting to be exploited by online attackers. ...read full article
September 28, 2010

Hackers hit Twitter again



IDG News Service - Twitter has put a stop to a worm that posted obscene messages to victims' Twitter feeds. It's the second worm attack the site has suffered in a week. ...read full article
September 28, 2010

FBI agents cheated on computerized exam, IG says



FBI Director Robert Mueller said today the bureau may discipline at least 22 FBI agents who were found to have cheated on a computerized “Virtual Academy” exam in an investigation by the FBI's Office of Inspector General. ...read full article
September 27, 2010

Government worker's laptop stolen



WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The county department that has helped more than 60,000 families in need in New Hanover County, now needs the help of the Sheriff's Office. ...read full article
September 27, 2010

New wave of fraud cases prompts fresh phishing warnings



Customers using online banking have once again been warned to be wary of phishing following a series of online frauds. ...read full article
September 27, 2010

ACS:Law Email Database Leaked onto The Pirate Bay



There appears to have been a serious data security breach on ACS:Law's website today, as the website's root directory was temporarily exposed for several hours. One of the files may have been a backup file of the website, which possibly included the firm's email correspondence of solicitor Andrew Crossley. ...read full article
September 27, 2010

French police bust network of mobile phone hackers



French police have busted a network of mobile phone hackers, a fraud worth millions of euros, and arrested nine people, including employees of cellular phone companies, investigators said Sunday. ...read full article
September 27, 2010

Hospital Notifies Patients After Laptop Stolen



INDIANAPOLIS -- St. Vincent Hospital has notified 1,200 patients their personal information was on a laptop stolen from an employee's home. ...read full article
September 27, 2010

ZeuS attacks mobiles in bank SMS bypass scam



Security researchers have warned that cybercrooks might be able to compromise online bank accounts even in cases where banks use SMS messages to authorise transactions. ...read full article
September 27, 2010

Anti-piracy lawyers' email database leaked after hack



Hackers have uploaded a leaked database of emails from anti-piracy law firm ACS:Law onto P2P networks and websites. ...read full article
September 27, 2010

Extradited Hacker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Masterminding First-ever Hack into Internet Phone Networks



NEWARK, N.J. – The first individual ever charged with hacking into the networks ofVoice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers and reselling hacked VoIP services for a profit wassentenced today to 120 months in prison, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

Three plead guilty to using Franklin County Court website as part of ID theft conspiracy



COLUMBUS – Three Columbus residents have pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal credit accounts belonging to people whose identities they stole from a government website in 2006. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

Eau Claire Police investigating attempted ATM fraud



Eau Claire (Press Release) - Eau Claire Police are investigating an attempted identity theft case that occurred on Saturday, 9/18/2010. On that date an electronic card scanning device was found attached to the US Bank ATM on Golf Rd. near Oakwood Mall. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

Fined for illegal e-mail access



FORMER SPH MediaBoxOffice (SPHMBO) chief executive Steven Choo Luke Kuo had a secret e-mail account in the company's e-mail system so that he could monitor the e-mail going through the system. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

Gangs behind credit card fraud held



CHENNAI: Fifteen persons have been arrested for indulging in credit card fraud by obtaining card details of customers from some petrol bunks in the city. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

Aussie cards prime target for skimming



Outdated banking technology has made Australia a prime target for international ATM skimming gangs, according to police. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

LA patient data breach compromises 33K patient records



The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) has announced a privacy breach comprising more than 33,000 patient records housed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (MLK MACC) in South Los Angeles, and the arrest of a suspect charged with one count of felony commercial burglary. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

College Students Increasingly Victims Of ID Theft



COLUMBUS, Ohio — Credit experts are warning college students and young adults to monitor their credit information and prevent identity theft. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

FTC Testifies on Data Security Legislation



The Federal Trade Commission today told a Senate Subcommittee that it supports proposed legislation that would require many companies to use reasonable data security policies and procedures and require those companies to notify consumers when there is a security breach. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

Church gets $84,000 back in stolen funds



Federal authorities continue to investigate a "cyber theft" of $121,000 from a prominent Catholic church in Brookfield that has all the markings of a sophisticated Internet crime operation. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

Personal Information Left In Trash



FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. -- Piles of people’s personal information from a local accounting firm has been tossed into a garbage can for anyone to find. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

Five appear in court over card skimming



TWO foreign nationals and three South African women appeared briefly in the East London Magistrate’s Court yesterday to make a formal bail application after they were arrested for alleged credit card skimming. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

Man held for duping people at ATMs



JAIPUR: Sindhi Camp police have arrested the supervisor of a security company --- which provides guards to the banks on charges of duping many people by tampering ATMs. The accused duped several people who used ATMs. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

NYC, Istanbul Police Bust Latest Bulgarian-bred ATM Scams



Two Bulgarian brothers have been charged with scamming more than USD 1 M by installing electronic skimmers and hidden cameras on Chase and Citibank ATMs. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

ATM-scam bust



Two brothers have been charged with scamming more than $1 million by installing electronic skimmers and hidden cameras on Chase and Citibank ATMs. ...read full article
September 24, 2010

Spear phisher targeted eBay employees



Romanian authorities said they have detained a man suspected of absconding with more than $3m through a series of computer crimes that included phishing attacks that targeted eBay employees. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Identity theft becomes issue in Fla. race



Florida House candidate Allen West (R) signed up for LifeLock after Democrats circulated his Social Security number in a campaign mailer. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Corporate ID thieves mining the store



Dozens of businesses in Colorado, and probably thousands more nationally, are victims of a new and frighteningly easy breed of identity theft in which corporate information is hijacked and millions of dollars in phony credit purchases are made. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Woman on Salem's most-wanted list arrested



Salem Police arrested three suspects on outstanding warrants Tuesday night including a woman on Salem's 10 most wanted list for charges ranging from identity theft to possession of a controlled substance. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Former dispatcher arrested again



The former San Carlos police dispatcher convicted of using friends’ stolen credit cards on a spending spree of spa treatments and room service is now accused of forging a judge’s signature on a restraining order against the father of her twins. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Police: 'Heiress' accused of fraud



A woman who posed as a rich socialite purchased more than $1 million in New Hope property and more than $150,000 in jewelry with worthless checks, officials said. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

3 plead guilty in ID-theft scheme



Three Columbus residents have pleaded guilty in federal court to their roles in stealing identities from the Franklin County Municipal Court website. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

McKernan enters guilty plea



Former Whitpain Township Supervisor William McKernan III pleaded guilty to third-degree felony theft charges in Montgomery County Court Sept. 22. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Man jailed for selling fake transit passes


A Burnaby man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail



A Burnaby man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail for selling fake transit passes that could have cost Trans-Link $250,000 in lost revenue, TransLink police said Wednesday. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Identity Theft Victim Arrested



Most victims of identity theft lose money, but Lakeshua Jackson lost her freedom. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Roseville Arrest May Not Lead To Credit Card Hacker Arrest



Roseville — Roseville Police say they've arrested a man who was trying to use a credit card number stolen by a computer hacker several weeks ago. It was a routine arrest by security officers at a Roseville Department store. Police say 22 year old Vinh Thien Huynh of Stockton was trying to use a phony credit card to make a purchase. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Victims of Data Breach Cannot Sue for Damages



Maine's Supreme Court has ruled that victims of the Hannaford Supermarket chain's massive data breach cannot sue for damages if they didn't suffer financial losses, physical harm or identity theft. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

San Ramon police search Union City location in connection with mail theft cases



UNION CITY -- San Ramon police served a search warrant in Union City this morning,looking for evidence in connection with identity and mail theft in San Ramon. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

"Catch Me If You Can" subject speaks in Columbia about identity theft



COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - He is the man behind many of the security features you see on your checks and even your money. Frank Abagnale is the authority on white collar crimes, and if that name sounds familiar, it's because his life was re-created in the 2003 film "Catch Me If You Can." ...read full article
September 23, 2010

FTC settles privacy violation claims with online data broker



Online data broker US Search sold a service that claimed to lock down private records so no one else in the world could see them. The Federal Trade Commission said any such privacy claims were false and deceptive. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Data breach victims get $19.05 payout



An administrator working for the US Federal Trade Commission has been given the task of mailing 14,023 cheques for US$18.17 ($19.05) to victims of the massive 2005 ChoicePoint data breach. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Possible Security Breach Endangers Four A's Data


The HIV status of thousands of Alaskans could be in the hands of a thief.



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September 23, 2010

Security breached as former prostitute pilfers Einfeld police transcript



It took a former prostitute just a few days to pilfer sensitive computer files and find what she wanted: the nine-page police interview of the disgraced former judge Marcus Einfeld. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Judge's laptop stolen from court



An Additional Sessions Judge became the victim of a theft when an unidentified crook escaped with his laptop from his cabin inside the Saket Court premises. The incident has raised security concerns as the perpetrator managed to escape from the judge's cabin even though CCTV cameras are installed in the vicinity. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Thousands Of Personal Documents Dumped On O'Fallon Lawn



Thousands of abandoned documents, full of people's personal information, were in an O'Fallon, Missouri, driveway Tuesday, along with a mess that included a recliner, an old bedroom set, TV, and dinner table. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Court Halts Deceptive Envelope-Stuffing Operation


Consumers Misled to Believe They Could Earn Substantial Income, FTC Alleges



At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has temporarily halted an envelope-stuffing operation that allegedly scammed cash-strapped consumers by falsely promising they could make substantial income working from home. ...read full article
September 23, 2010

Victims of ChoicePoint Data Breach to Receive Redress Checks



An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission is mailing checks to 14,023 consumers who were victims of ChoicePoint’s alleged failure to implement a comprehensive information security program to protect consumers’ personal information, as required by a previous court order. As a result, in the spring of 2008, an unauthorized person accessed its database and conducted unauthorized searches. ...read full article
September 22, 2010

Man Facing 27 Charges for Allegedly Spying on ATM to Steal ID's



MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Racine County man is accused of spying on ATM customers with binoculars, and then using ID numbers to grab money from their bank accounts. ...read full article
September 22, 2010

Over 23,000 patients notified in three breaches reported to HHS



The Kent Center in Rhode Island reported that paper records of 1,361 patients were stolen in July. ...read full article
September 22, 2010

Australian 17-year-old takes blame for Twitter chaos



A 17-year-old Australian schoolboy said on Wednesday he unwittingly caused a massive hacker attack on Twitter which sent users to Japanese porn sites and took out the White House press secretary's feed. ...read full article
September 22, 2010

Junior doctor loses patient records on train



Yet another NHS Trust has been found wanting with its data protection policies after an unencrypted USB device containing sensitive patient records was lost on a train by a junior doctor. ...read full article
September 22, 2010

FTC and International Privacy Enforcement Authorities Launch Global Privacy Cooperation Network and Website



The Federal Trade Commission and privacy enforcement authorities from 11 countries around the world recently launched the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), a new network that promotes information sharing and international assistance in enforcement of privacy laws. ...read full article
September 22, 2010

4chan invades Tea Party website



A website run by the conservative Tea Party movement was overrun by the denizens of 4chan on Tuesday. ...read full article
September 22, 2010

Hackers Find New Ways To Assume Identities



Brent Sweitzer was stuck in London, robbed of his money, phone and passport, his friends were informed in e-mails. The Atlanta man urgently needed their financial assistance, they were told. ...read full article
September 22, 2010

Identity fraud costs billions a year, conference told



Fraud experts say one in five Australians have fallen victim to identity theft and it is costing Australia around $3 billion a year. ...read full article
September 22, 2010

Orlando-area business uncovers global identity-theft scheme



Steven Miguel was puzzled when people across the country started calling his Winter Garden company about the help-wanted ads on the business' website. Miguel wasn't hiring, and the site had no such ads. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Belarusian extradited to US for one-stop ID theft site



US prosecutors have extradited a Belarusian national accused of running a website that helped thousands of criminals exploit stolen financial information. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Students targeted by internet fraudsters



The Student Loans Company warned of a rise in the number of scams aimed at university students as hundreds of thousands of undergraduates prepared to start the new academic year. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Man Sentenced In $1.3 Million Bank Fraud Scam



One man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for participating in a scheme with three others that defrauded banks of more than $1.3 million, according to the U.S. Justice Department. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Indictment Alleges HIPAA Violations



A Pennsylvania man has been indicted for alleged HIPAA privacy violations stemming from accessing patient information that was then used to file false tax returns. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Officials: 13,800 credit cards ‘skimmed’ in alleged scheme



Federal charges have been filed against a Las Vegas man in connection with the production and use of counterfeit credit and debit cards that allegedly were encoded with information skimmed from gas pumps in Las Vegas and elsewhere. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Suspended Bangalore techie allegedly stole company data



Bangalore: A techie in Bangalore, who was suspended for poor performance last month, has gone missing after allegedly stealing the company's confidential data worth crores. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Hacker attacks Florida Family Policy Council website



ORLANDO (FBW)-Florida Family Policy Council, an organization associated with Focus on the Family, is the apparent victim of an attack by a radical Muslim, according to the organization’s president, attorney John Stemberger. He said the organization’s website was hacked Sept. 10 and rendered useless. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Grocery chain responds to debit thefts



Discount grocery chain Aldi Inc. reports that it is taking steps to improve security after dozens of customers in the Buffalo Grove area had their debit cards used elsewhere for unauthorized purchases. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Medical records breached at MLK Ambulatory Care Center



County health officials said Friday that medical records of patients at Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center were breached this summer. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Data breaches remain high



The number of reported data breaches have skyrocketed since numerous states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, adopted new data breach notification laws in 2005 and 2006. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

23% of university students have hacked into an IT system



Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of university students have successfully hacked into IT systems, says Tufin Technologies. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Authorities investigate elaborate counterfeit, ID theft ring



Authorities are investigating an elaborate counterfeiting operation involving stolen mail from throughout Marin County, credit card numbers of more than 200 people, counterfeit cash, fake checks, printers and laptop computers. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Thieves jam key-fob lock signals in mystery car thefts



Surrey police are exploring the theory that a gang of car thieves are jamming central locking systems to make it easier to steal goods from cars. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

Man allegedly bilked clients of $600,000 with securities fraud



A Fort Wayne, Ind., man is facing seven counts of securities fraud and one count of corrupt business influences for allegedly selling fraudulent, unregistered securities. ...read full article
September 21, 2010

New Jersey investment advisor charged in $100 million Ponzi scheme



A New Jersey investment advisor paid for gambling and trips all over the world with the nearly $11 million she allegedly obtained fraudulently from 100 investors, according to federal authorities. ...read full article
September 20, 2010

Interpol chief admits Facebook ID theft



Interpol chief Ronald Noble has admitted that criminals have stolen his identity by setting up two Facebook accounts in his name. ...read full article
September 20, 2010

Orlando-area business uncovers global identity-theft scheme



Steven Miguel was puzzled when people across the country started calling his Winter Garden company about the help-wanted ads on the business' website. Miguel wasn't hiring, and the site had no such ads. ...read full article
September 20, 2010

IRS Urged To Do More To Protect Taxpayers' Data



According to an audit report released by the United States Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made some progress in the protection of social security numbers (SSNs) but has not chosen a date by which to eliminate or reduce their use on outgoing correspondence. ...read full article
September 20, 2010

Google confirms dismissal of engineer for breaching privacy rules



Google has confirmed that it has dismissed a systems engineer after he accessed private details from the Gmail, Google Voice and IM accounts of four teenagers. ...read full article
September 20, 2010

eNom pressured into acting against bogus online pharmacies



eNom, the world's second-largest seller of website addresses, is to begin screening applicants to block bogus online pharmacies. ...read full article
September 20, 2010

Intel investigates how anti-piracy HDCP protocol was exposed



Intel is investigating how a master key for its High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) anti-piracy protocol was published online. ...read full article
September 20, 2010

ZoneAlarm slammed for scarewarey marketing



ZoneAlarm has run into criticism from its customers for using scary pop-up warnings as a marketing tactic designed to persuade users to purchase the paid-for version of its personal firewall. ...read full article
September 17, 2010

Indianola board president arrested for identity theft



INDIANOLA – The Vermilion County sheriff's department arrested William D. "Donnie" Turner, president of the Indianola Village Board, on a preliminary charge of identity theft on Sept. 8. ...read full article
September 17, 2010

ID theft, false credit, loan scams alleged in fraud ring bust



A Palisades Park-based bank-fraud ring that catered to Korean clients made millions of dollars through a variety of sophisticated bank, credit card and government fraud schemes by exploiting loopholes in the security surrounding identification documents, authorities say. ...read full article
September 17, 2010

Tredyffrin man fleeced in international scam; woman charged



TREDYFFRIN — When police contacted Maryland resident Sheila Otela Myers about the alleged scam she pulled on an 81-year-old man, she placed the blame on Tom Hanks. ...read full article
September 17, 2010

Elmira man facing charges of idenity theft, forgery



TOWANDA — A 21-year old Elmira man is accused stealing and using bank checks of grandparents of a former girlfriend, Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda reported. ...read full article
September 17, 2010

AG Six Warns Storm-Affected Kansans Of Fraudulent Contractors



Attorney General Steve Six today warned Kansans to be wary as they begin the clean-up and rebuilding process following the recent severe weather that damaged South Central Kansas communities. In the coming days, the Attorney General’s office expects an unwelcome increase in the number of transient roofers and contractors attempting to scam Kansans by taking money out of their wallets and out of their insurance claims. ...read full article
September 17, 2010

Puerto Rico issuing new birth IDs to avert fraud



SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Rican officials are working to issue millions of new birth certificates after a rash of fraud and identity theft cases, some involving stolen documents from school children later sold to illegal immigrants in the United States. ...read full article
September 17, 2010

Authorities say bank-fraud, identity-theft network was 'sophisticated operation'



The alleged criminal web stretched from storefronts in Bergen County to islands in the South Pacific, trading in stolen identities, ill-gotten credit cards and aged whiskey. ...read full article
September 17, 2010

US asks EU to up cyber security



The US has urged the EU to make cyber security a larger priority as Washington begins to up the ante on its own defences. ...read full article
September 17, 2010

Manitowoc woman convicted of identity theft



MANITOWOC — A 36-year-old woman facing 12 identity theft-related charges was convicted Thursday of four felonies during a plea hearing in Manitowoc County Circuit Court. ...read full article
September 15, 2010

Former Delco chiropractor charged with theft



The Delaware County District Attorney announces the surrender of Hania T. McCracken nee: Danko, age 30, who has no known address. ...read full article
September 15, 2010

What every taxpayer should know about identity theft



Taxpayers need to be careful to protect their personal information. Identity thieves use many methods to steal personal information and then they use the information to file a tax return and get a refund. ...read full article
September 15, 2010

Feds have charged 1,360 with hurricane fraud



NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Justice Department says more than 1,300 people have been charged in federal fraud cases related to the 2005 hurricanes in the five years since the storms struck the Gulf Coast. ...read full article
September 15, 2010

Identity Theft Victim Becomes His Own Investigator



CEDAR RAPIDS – An identity theft victim takes police detective work into his own hands. Now Cedar Rapids Police need your help to find two people who stole much more property. ...read full article
September 15, 2010

Siemens: Stuxnet worm hit industrial systems



IDG News Service - A sophisticated worm designed to steal industrial secrets and disrupt operations has infected at least 14 plants, according to Siemens. ...read full article
September 15, 2010

Act MP admits obtaining false passport



Act MP David Garrett today admitted in Parliament that 26 years ago he obtained a false passport using the birth certificate of a dead child. ...read full article
September 15, 2010

'Insurance' Called $85 Million RICO Scheme



MANHATTAN (CN) - Two business groups claim a "nationwide criminal enterprise" bilked them of $85 million by selling "nonexistent" health insurance. The federal RICO complaint claims that defendants William M. Worthy II, David L. Clark, and their Real Benefits Association have been in cahoots and defrauding customers for years. ...read full article
September 15, 2010

Disbarred Attorney Gets Nearly 11 Years for Role in Ponzi Scheme



A judge has sentenced a disbarred attorney to nearly 11 years in prison for money laundering conspiracy in the $3.7 billion Ponzi scheme allegedly run by Minnesota businessman Tom Petters. ...read full article
September 15, 2010

Elaborate e-mail fraud case goes to trial


Son of scholar accused of defaming father's rival through detailed Internet impersonation



The dispute was about ancient history. But the tactics someone used to cast aspersions on a prominent Judaic studies scholar couldn't have been more modern. ...read full article
September 14, 2010

ID thief hits state coffers for $200,000



A mobile blood-testing company is believed to be the source of 500,000 California identities used to create fake drivers licenses and checks, investigators said. ...read full article
September 14, 2010

Global botnet offering DDoS services



Damballa discovered a botnet that offers pay-for-delivery DDoS attacks. The IMDDOS botnet, named after the commercial name on the botnet website, has grown to be one of the largest active global botnets in less than four months from initial testing. ...read full article
September 14, 2010

IRS e-mail snoop's wiretap conviction upheld



Here's a cautionary tale for anyone tempted to engage in intra-office espionage. ...read full article
September 14, 2010

Man sought on identity theft charges



Rocky Mount police are asking the public for help finding a man wanted for identity theft and financial card fraud. ...read full article
September 14, 2010

The stolen packages kept coming and coming



It started out as a routine case of credit card fraud. ...read full article
September 14, 2010

Mail fraud case sees 1st guilty plea



A San Antonio woman pleaded guilty Monday to charges that she helped a former employee of a company that processes child-support payments divert thousands of dollars from the intended recipients. ...read full article
September 13, 2010

MV Sun Sea migrants’ information stolen from Tamil group’s office



Canada’s most prominent Tamil organization is concerned about the safety of some families in Sri Lanka after sensitive information about their boat-migrant relatives was stolen from the group’s Toronto offices. ...read full article
September 13, 2010

Cybercrims target SMB bank accounts



Cybercriminals have ramped up attacks on the bank accounts of small to medium businesses (SMBs), and tailor-made trojans are the weapon of choice, according to a report by Trustwave's SpiderLabs. ...read full article
September 13, 2010

UK firms bombarding customers with spam



Businesses in the UK are contributing to the deluge of junk email clogging up inboxes, according to research by Spam Ratings. ...read full article
September 13, 2010

Employee charged with hacking computer with porn



It happened one day last year, as more than a dozen board members of a Baltimore substance abuse center had gathered around a conference room. The CEO was giving a PowerPoint presentation on his accomplishments. ...read full article
September 13, 2010

Westchester Police Arrest Bronx Man for Credit Card Fraud



Westchester County Police along with the U.S. Secret Service have arrested a Bronx man and charged him with stealing credit card information and then using it to buy more than $100,000 worth of consumer electronics. ...read full article
September 13, 2010

Mom's suit dumps on HS



A Manhattan mom and her daughter are suing the city and the Department of Education after an East 25th Street high school dumped hundreds of confidential student records onto the street last year. ...read full article
September 13, 2010

Corona-Norco Unified pulls private personnel files off website



The names, social security numbers and teaching certifications of 83 Corona-Norco Unified School District teachers were inadvertently posted on the district’s website, a news release from a national privacy organization said. ...read full article
September 13, 2010

Email containing employee Social Security numbers inadvertently sent to 144 ASU addresses



During the regular course of business on August 26, 2010, a report containing the social security numbers of employees authorized to operate State of Arkansas vehicles was inadvertently sent via email to 144 ASU email addresses. ...read full article
September 13, 2010

Wikileaks will soon post biggest military leak ever



Wikileaks is just weeks away from posting a huge cache of classified documents related to the US war in Iraq in what one journalist says will be history's biggest military leak. ...read full article
September 13, 2010

McAfee warns of new porny worm



The old "social engineering" methods used by hackers to get people to download toxic payloads are still the most effective. ...read full article
September 13, 2010

Anti-US hacker takes credit for 'Here you have' worm



A hacker who claims he was behind a fast-spreading e-mail worm that crippled corporate networks last week said that the worm was designed, in part, as a propaganda tool. ...read full article
September 10, 2010

Hotel operator warns of data breach



Attacks on point of sale systems at several upscale hotel and resort properties may have exposed card data on 3,400 customers ...read full article
September 10, 2010

Facebook, Twitter imposters may be outlaws in Calif.



Computerworld - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature on a bill passed by state legislators last month would make it illegal to impersonate someone on Facebook or Twitter there. ...read full article
September 10, 2010

“Here you Have” mass e-mail worm hits in-boxes



A new mass-mailing worm with the subject line "Here you Have" and "Just For you" is hitting thousands of in-boxes around the world. ...read full article
September 10, 2010

Vet sentenced for wearing unearned medals



HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — An Army veteran accused of wearing military medals he didn't earn has been sentenced to two years in prison for misrepresenting himself in order to get an Army contract and fraud. ...read full article
September 10, 2010

Do Identity-Theft Protection Services Work?



Identity-theft protection services are a hot topic in security circles. Do these services work? Should you use them? Here's what should you know about them before you decide to sign up. ...read full article
September 10, 2010

Koran-burning 'pastor' loses website



Red-nosed pastor Terry Jones, who plans to burn copies of the Koran and Jewish text the Talmud at the weekend, has either had his website hacked or his ISP has pulled the plug. ...read full article
September 10, 2010

Hospital Fined $250,000 For Not Reporting Data Breach



Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University has been fined $250,000 by California health officials for failing to report a patient records breach as of April 23, apparently linked to the theft of a hospital computer. ...read full article
September 10, 2010

Rogue employees sell passport data of World Cup fans



Reports are coming in that the Information Commissioner's Office has started investigating FIFA, the world football governing body, over allegations that details of thousands of World Cup fans' - including their passport data - were accessed by one or more members of staff and then sold on the black market. ...read full article
September 9, 2010

Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign 'Chelsea's Law' on Thursday



The parents of a California teen who was raped and murdered by a sex offender this year will join Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday as he signs into law a bill that increases penalties for certain sex offenses. ...read full article
September 9, 2010

New Zealand business owners dealing with data loss after earthquake



Companies and other agencies in Christchurch, New Zealand have been forced to deal with data loss as a result of the massive earthquake that struck the region last week. The earthquake, which was measured at higher than a 7 on the Richter scale caused damage to countless buildings, but the resulting data loss may also put some of them out of business permanently. ...read full article
September 9, 2010

Council sorry for data protection gaffe



EAST Lothian Council has apologised over a “serious” staff error which saw the personal details and previous convictions of taxi licence applicants published on the local authority’s website for two hours. ...read full article
September 9, 2010

Va. court: Police can use GPS to track suspect, 1st Ld-Writethru, VA t



RICHMOND, Va. (AP)The same GPS technology that motorists use to get directions can be used by police without a warrant to track the movements of criminal suspects on public streets, the Virginia Court of Appeals said Tuesday. ...read full article
September 9, 2010

Google Instant a potential bonanza for search scams



Security watchers are concerned that scareware scammers may quickly adapt to the introduction of real-time search technology from Google to develop even more potent search engine poisoning attacks. ...read full article
September 9, 2010

1 in 4 Internet users gives fake name online



A survey has found that people are nearly as likely to be web criminals as to be victims of them, with a large amount of dishonesty coming from the respondents themselves. ...read full article
September 9, 2010

Hackers exploit new PDF zero-day bug, warns Adobe



Adobe today warned users that attacks have begun exploiting an unpatched bug in its popular Reader and Acrobat PDF viewing and creation software. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

3rd Circuit: Probable Cause May Be Needed for Cell Phone Location Data



In the first appellate ruling on a cutting-edge privacy issue, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declared that cell phone location data may trigger Fourth Amendment concerns and that prosecutors demanding access to such records may be required at times to satisfy a probable cause standard. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Microsoft warns of new browser-specific scareware



Microsoft is warning of a new type of scareware that uses bogus virus scans to scare people into buying fake anti-virus software. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Gmail spam bug traced to routing system update



IDG News Service - A bug introduced during a routing system update caused Gmail to turn some users into unintentional spammers by resending some messages multiple times to increasingly annoyed recipients including company bosses, clients, prospective employers and friends. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Spammers exploit second Facebook bug in a week


Facebook says it fixed flaw that let app-based worm automatically post scam messages



Computerworld - Facebook today said it has fixed the bug that allowed a spamming worm to automatically post messages to users' walls earlier this week. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

SAS A2010 conference: Data explosion teases information away from analysts



Data analytics used to be a job for data miners, statisticians and forecasters who made information accessible to all business users. Now data analytics specialist SAS's strategy aims to bring analytics to the masses. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Microsoft investigates public report of IE8 zero-day vulnerability



Microsoft is investigating a public report of a data-stealing vulnerability in its Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) web browser. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Five arrested in St. Louis for nationwide identity theft ring



(KMOV) – Five people have been arrested in St. Louis for a nationwide identity theft ring. Police say the gang depended on car break-ins to get drivers licenses, checkbooks and credit cards. The ring started in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but the five thieves ended up ripping people off in Clayton, Maryland Heights and Webster Groves. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Bogus Debt Collectors Impersonating Bank Regulators



They've impersonated lawyers, police officers, private investigators and agents for a number of different payday lenders. Now these scammers try to convince their victims they work for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Identity thieves get bolder, go high tech



Identity theft is a serious crime and a trend that is growing daily. In a busy day, you might write a check for groceries, rent a car with your credit card, use your debit card to buy gas and buy tickets online for an upcoming baseball game. You probably don’t think twice about any of those transactions. But an identity thief does. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

The Silent Epidemic: Cybercrime Strikes More Than Two-Thirds of Internet Users


New Norton Study of 7,000 Web Users Is First to Gauge Emotional Impact of Cybercrime; Victims Feel Ripped Off



MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 8 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The next time you surf the Internet, consider this: You might be just one click away from becoming the next cybercrime victim. A new study released today from security software maker Norton reveals the staggering prevalence of cybercrime: Two-thirds (65 percent) of Internet users globally, and almost three-quarters (73 percent) of U.S. Web surfers have fallen victim to cybercrimes, including computer viruses, online credit card fraud and identity theft. As the most victimized nations, America ranks third, after China (83 percent) and Brazil and India (tie 76 percent). ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Data leak exposes pensioners’ personal information



Dover, Del. —Last week some 22,000 retired Delaware governmental employees opened innocuous looking letters informing them, in boldface type, that their Social Security numbers were posted on the Internet for four days, viewable to anyone in the world including those who would use the information to commit fraud. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

UK hacker fined for personnel database mischief



A court has ordered a UK hacker to pay compensation after he used a purloined laptop to hack into his ex-employer's personnel database. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Airport ‘Naked Image’ Scanners in U.S. May Get Privacy Upgrades



Holli Powell, a Phoenix medical- software consultant who flies every week, says she avoids getting into airport security lines that end at what she calls a humiliating full-body scanner. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

E-mail remains the top source of data loss, survey finds



The potential threat to organizations’ data via employees’ use of social media is on the rise, but the most common vehicle for data loss is still old-fashioned e-mail. Proofpoint, an e-mail security and data loss prevention company, recently released its seventh annual security survey, conducted by Osterman Reasearch during June and July. The results were gathered from 261 responses from companies with 1,000 or more employees. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

As smart grid approaches, security concerns follow



A final set of guidelines for a smart-grid security architecture has been released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, outlining how security requirements will be incorporated into the design of the nation’s next-generation power distribution system. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Mozilla fixes Firefox's DLL load hijacking bug



Mozilla on Tuesday patched 15 vulnerabilities in Firefox, 11 of them labeled critical. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Symantec: Most hacking victims blame themselves



Just under two-thirds of all Internet users have been hit by some sort of cybercrime, and while most of them are angry about it, a surprisingly large percentage feel guilt too, according to a survey commissioned by Symantec. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

Estate agents risk legal action for not following data rules, warns ICO



Some UK letting and estate agents are failing to notify the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that they are handling people's personal information. ...read full article
September 8, 2010

SEC Busts Hedge Fund Manager



(CN) - The SEC charged Colorado investment adviser with defrauding his elderly clients by pushing his own companies' risky, ill-funded hedge funds, and taking millions of dollars in fees along the way. Neal Greenberg, 54, of Boulder, pushed his Agile hedge funds in the fraud, the SEC says. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Can a Relative or Roommate Spy on Me?



A lot of that depends on if you're using your own computer or the roommate's. Using their PC inevitably involves compromises. For instance, they'd have every right to object if you try to install software. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Computer stolen with students' information



NEW YORK (WABC) -- This school year is getting off to a bit of a rough start for thousands of CUNY students. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Bungling West Midlands medics lose 12,000 private patient records



BUNGLING Midland medics have lost the personal records of nearly 12,000 NHS patients in just eight months, the Sunday Mercury can reveal. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Hostile nations trying to steal India's defence secrets



NEW DELHI: Even as Chinese and Pakistani online espionage agents continue their attempts to hack into Indian computer systems, hostile intelligence agencies are also trying to steal defence secrets through use of computer storage media (CSM) devices like pen drives, removable hard disks, CDs, VCDs and the like. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Kirstie Allsopp's Twitter account hacked by iPad spammers



Plummy-voiced property crumpet Kirstie Allsopp has fallen foul of hackers on Twitter, who posted messages pointing to free iPad scams this weekend from her account. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Exposed student data leaves prying eyes wide open



An online MCTC directory left sensitive student data and internal documents accessible to the prying eyes of anyone with an Internet connection since at least the summer of 2006, according to an investigation by City College News. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

First persons charged under Cyber Crimes Act



TWO men have became the first persons in Jamaica to be arrested and charged under the Cyber Crimes Act. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Eastern Michigan University investigating computer security breach, employee banking information may be compromised



An Eastern Michigan University computer server was hacked into late Friday, potentially exposing employees' direct deposit banking information, some university passwords and personal identification numbers, according to an e-mail sent to the EMU community tonight. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Spammers exploit another Facebook flaw



Spammers have taken advantage of a vulnerability in Facebook to spread auto-replicating links, a trick that makes it possible to spread crud without using social engineering. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

TechCrunch purges Zeus malware attack



TechCrunch Europe has cleaned up its website following the discovery of malicious code that left visiting surfers exposed to infection by a variant of the infamous Zeus banking Trojan. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Browser security warning lookalike pushes malware



Scareware peddlers have developed a new ruse that relies on mimicking browser warning pages. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Former Paint Manufacturing Chemist Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets Valued up to $20 Million



A former chemist for a northwest suburban paint manufacturing company pleaded guilty today to theft of trade secrets, admitting that he stole numerous formulas and other proprietary information valued up to $20 million as he prepared to go to work for an overseas competitor. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Web Impostors May Face Prison in California



California Web impostors beware: You may soon be breaking the law, even if you aren't one of the perpetrators targeted by the state's "e-personation" bill. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Fifa in spotlight over passport identity theft claims



An investigation is under way into allegations that the passport details of thousands of football fans were sold on the black market by an official linked to Fifa. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Advice: Leave Cards With ID At Home



(NewsCore) - Maybe you’re old enough to remember actor Karl Malden’s faux-cop warning -- “don’t leave home without” your American Express Card, the Times Herald-Record suggested Saturday. ...read full article
September 7, 2010

Microsoft investigates two-year-old IE bug



Microsoft last Friday said it was looking into a long-known vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) that could be used to access users' data and Web-based accounts. ...read full article
September 6, 2010

US Department of Defense plans insider threat detection system



A US Department of Defense (DoD) agency is to develop a system that can identify and stop insiders from stealing information from its networks. ...read full article
September 6, 2010

Facebook becomes second most targeted phishing site



Facebook has pushed eBay off its second place position in the list of organisations most often attacked by phishers, according to security firm Kaspersky Lab. ...read full article
September 6, 2010

Nigerian advance-fee scammer gets 12 years



IDG News Service - A Nigerian man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for sending out fraudulent e-mails offering victims big bucks in exchange for moving cash to the United States. ...read full article
September 6, 2010

Lawyer Accused of Impersonating Client's Dead Wife



In what could be a first, an Arizona attorney may face disciplinary action after an investigation found that she told a client she was channeling his dead wife, then lied about it during an unrelated disciplinary proceeding. ...read full article
September 6, 2010

Facebook glitch let spammer post to walls



IDG News Service - A clever spammer found a glitch in Facebook's photo upload system and used it to post thousands of unwanted Wall messages this week. ...read full article
September 6, 2010

Investigators find famous DJ's credit card details for sale



IDG News Service - Armin Van Buuren is one of the world's most well-known trance music DJs. He also apparently has had his credit card details stolen. ...read full article
September 6, 2010

US NIST publishes guide to smart grid cybersecurity



The US has released a 537-page guide on how to protect the country's electrical power grid from cyber attack. ...read full article
September 6, 2010

Car computers potentially vulnerable to wireless attack, US reseach shows



Modern cars could be vulnerable to wireless hacking, research by the University of California San Diego and the University of Washington has revealed. ...read full article
September 6, 2010

FAKE FUNERALS, EMPTY CASKETS



It’s a morbid tale involving phony death certificates, staged funerals with paid actors, and coffins buried with no bodies, but in the end, it’s just a financial fraud scheme like thousands of others we investigate every year. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Cape recruiter faces possible reprimand for throwing away sensitive info



The U.S. Air Force is investigating the circumstances surrounding a Cape Girardeau recruiter who allegedly discarded sensitive documents belonging to potential recruits, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards and high school diplomas. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

American university sees $1 million stolen after banking malware intercepts controller's credentials



Attackers have managed to steal around $1 million from The University of Virginia. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Rescue of Chilean miners used as new lure by banker Trojan, reports PandaLabs



PandaLabs, Panda Security’s anti-malware laboratory, has uncovered a new malicious code, Banbra.GUC, which lures users with a video about the rescue of the trapped Chilean miners. This is a new variant of the infamous Banbra family of banker Trojans, which first emerged in 2003. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

News of the World faces fresh phone hacking charge



The government tonight came under pressure to set up a judicial inquiry into the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World after the paper confirmed that it has suspended a journalist while it investigates new allegations of the unlawful interception of voicemail. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Australian wanted in US over web scam



An Australian man accused of pulling off an elaborate internet scam involving $US25,000 ($27,500), a convertible Mercedes-Benz sports car and a fake Google website is being hunted by US authorities. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

KCI working to contain employee data breach



San Antonio-based Kinetic Concepts Inc. was offering credit monitoring and other identity-theft prevention services to its U.S. employees Thursday after an inadvertent e-mail containing an attachment listing employees' vital information was sent internally Wednesday, a KCI spokesman said Thursday. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Confiscated blacklist leaked back into market



The files, which contain details of the trade union activity of 3,213 construction workers, were taken out of circulation in March 2009 when the ICO seized them from the Consulting Association. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Faculty, staff ID threatened



At 8:55 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26 an e-mail containing the Social Security number, driver’s license number, and first and last name of 2,484 full and part-time ASU employees was sent to 144 ASU e-mail addresses. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Putnam County Woman Sentenced for Identity Theft



Tina Holsopple, 44, of Culloden, West Virginia, was sentenced to 14 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $146,494.91 for identity theft. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

United States Attorney Charges Nine Former Cell Phone Company Employees with Stealing Customer Information in $15 Million Cell Phone Cloning Scheme



The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York issued the following news release: PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and BRIAN PARR, the Special Agentin-Charge of the New York Field Office of the United States Secret Service ("USSS"), announced today the unsealing of a Complaint charging nine defendants - all former employees of a national cell phone service provider - with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft for their alleged roles in a $15 million cell phone cloning scheme. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Card security breached in Qtown



A spate of credit card scams has hit Queenstown. The biggest scam was centred at the Man St parking building, but it was not the only scam to breach cardholder security in the resort this week. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Symantec Snoop Dogg rap contest site rickrolled



Symantec's attempts to link up with Snoop Dogg to launch a cybercrime rap contest have descended into farce after it emerged that vulnerabilities with a dedicated site can be easily rickrolled. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Spammers latch onto Ping to pump iPhone survey scams



Spammers have been quick off the mark in exploiting Apple's new iTunes social network to punt survey scams. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Miami Man Pleads Guilty to Purchasing, Selling and Using Stolen Credit Card Information



U.S. Secret Service Agents Found More than 26,000 Credit Card Numbers Stored on Defendant’s Computer ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Stolen Burnaby hospital laptop contained patients’ private information



The private information of several patients may have been breached after the theft of a laptop computer from a hospital in Burnaby, B.C. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Laptop theft results in data breach for P.K. Yonge employees, students



GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The personal information of more than 8,300 current and former students and employees of P.K. Yonge Development Research School was on a laptop computer stolen last month. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Scammers and spammers attack Apple’s new Ping social network



Scammers and spammers are flooding Apple's newly-launched Ping music-related social network with fraudulent messages, says security firm Sophos. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Women did well on Defcon social engineering test



IDG News Service - Of the 135 people Fortune 500 employees targeted by social engineering hackers in a recent contest only five of them refused to give up any corporate information whatsoever. And guess what? All five were women. ...read full article
September 3, 2010

Facebook stalker continues to harass 12-year-old girl



Hot on the heels of a woman who's suing Facebook after the world's largest social network bounced her account (for reasons that remain unclear), comes a story from Australia about a mother who can't get Facebook to shut down a stalker using the site to harass her 12-year-old daughter and her friends. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

AON leaks 22,000 ID records



The human capital consulting arm of global risk management company AON Corporation has admitted to accidentally leaking identity details of 22,000 former employees of the US State of Delaware. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

White hat hackers damage huge Pushdo spam botnet



A botnet responsible for a significant amount of spam has been crippled but may reconstitute itself in a matter of weeks, according to vendor M86 Security. The Pushdo or Cutwail network of hacked computers ranked in the top five or so botnets for spam, responsible for as much as 10 percent of all spam, said Ed Rowley, product manager for M86 Security. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Scam member to be deported



U.S. District Court in Charleston Tuesday handed down a three-year prison sentence to Angella Muthoni Chegge-Kraszeski, 34, of Raleigh, NC. Having already served time behind bars Chegge-Kraszeski will spend the next 20 months in the federal prison after which she will be deported back to Kenya. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Taoist temple blog falls victim to hacker



GEORGE TOWN: The blog of a 120-year-old Taoist temple here has become a victim of a cyber attack by a person claiming to be an Indonesian hacker. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Facebook coming under increasing attack from phishers



Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces the publication of its monthly report on spam activity for July 2010, as well as the top malicious malware detected in August 2010. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

UK consumers face 1 in 63 chance of attack online



A new survey by antivirus vendor AVG has found that the chances of a UK internet user having the security of their computers compromised by malware or other hacking techniques are one in 64, which is significantly higher than the global average. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Spying and sabotage: Rivalry between Nazareth's Arabic media heats up



Israel police investigators on Wednesday brought the general manager of the newspaper Kul Al Arab in for questioning on suspicion that his paper spied on rival newspaper A-Sonara and sabotaged its computers and its website. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Global spam hits all-time high



Spam hit an all-time high this year, with more unwanted messages pouring in from a smorgasbord of countries, thanks in part to globalization. Such are the findings of a recent and comprehensive report on all things security-related from IBM X-Force. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

ATM cloning FIR: Bank says 11 lost money



CHANDIGARH: UT cops registered an FIR against unidentified persons at Sector-17 police station for forgery and cheating in connection with money being withdrawn from accounts of State Bank of India (SBI) customers through cloning of automated teller machine (ATM) cards. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Metro restaurant workers indicted in credit card scam



Three Twin Cities restaurant workers and four alleged accomplices are facing federal bank fraud charges of capturing the credit card information of local diners and using it to make at least $150,000 in purchases for themselves. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Union pension mailer reveals recepient's Social Security numbers



A local union pension fund sent mailers that included Social Security numbers of the recipients printed on the outside of the envelopes, according to members of the Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity who received the letter. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Implementation of Red Flags Rule delayed until appeals court rules on lawsuit



Implementation of the Red Flags Rule by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which would require doctors and other businesses to take specific steps to minimize identity theft, has been delayed until a federal appeals court rules on a lawsuit by the American Bar Association (ABA). ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Two indicted in N.J. for alleged role in insurance fraud scheme



Two Hudson County, N.J., men were indicted for their alleged role in an insurance fraud and identity theft scheme. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Pa. agent can’t duck 114 false insurance claims filed with AFLAC



An insurance agent from Secane, Pa., had his insurance license revoked after state regulators determined he submitting 114 false insurance applications. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Iowa City Woman Convicted of Accessing President’s Student Loan Records



Davenport, IA - On August 25, 2010, a federal jury found Sandra Teague, a.k.a., SandraTeague-Garvis, 54, of Iowa City, IA, guilty of exceeding authorized computer access, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Cyber-jihadists deface home of teddy bears' picnic



Geographically mixed-up Algerian hackers made themselves look rather silly by defacing the website of an English stately home instead of Belvoir Fortress in Israel, their intended target. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Feds crack phone clone scam that cost Sprint $15m



Federal prosecutors have uncovered a scam that used tens of thousands of cloned cellphones to defraud Sprint out of $15m in lost long distance revenue. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Russian cops cuff 10 ransomware Trojan suspects



Russian police have arrested 10 suspected members of a ransomware gang who allegedly made millions via a locked computer malware scam. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Miami man pleads guilty in ID theft case



A Miami man has pleaded guilty to two identity-theft related charges after federal agents found more than 26,000 credit card numbers stored on his computer, the U.S. Department of Justice said. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Seattle tech star indicted; years-long fraud alleged



Five months after arresting the high-tech millionaire, federal prosecutors have filed a five-count indictment against former-startup star Mark Phillips, alleging he tried to bluff his way into $11 million of company money. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

Botnet takedown may yield valuable data



Researchers are hoping to get a better insight on botnets after taking down part of Pushdo, one of the top five networks of hacked computers responsible for most of the world's spam. ...read full article
September 2, 2010

DARPA launches insider threat detection effort for military



The Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a project for detecting and responding to insider threats on Department of Defense networks. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

Shark Bite Victim Says Hospital Intruded



HONOLULU (CN) - A shark-bite victim claims a Honolulu hospital violated his privacy by photographing and posting on the Internet a picture of his "gaping leg wound," without his consent, "while he was completely helpless, undraped, and in a life-threatening and traumatic shock condition." Todd Murashige claims The Queen's Medical Center violated HIPAA protections and caused him "severe emotional shock and mental anguish." ...read full article
September 1, 2010

Lawrence County deputies say woman used children's identity for credit



LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - On Monday, August 30, Lawrence County Sheriff's Investigators, along with the Alabama Bureau of Investigations, arrested Kayla Miranda Latham on four counts of Identity Theft. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

State retiree data breached



DOVER -- In a data breach that one security expert said could be worth millions of dollars to scam artists, Aon Consulting, the state's benefits consultant, inadvertently posted personal information of about 22,000 state retirees on the Web, potentially exposing them to identity theft for the rest of their lives. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

Judge Rejects Gov't Request For Cell Tower Data, Noting Recent 4th Amendment Rulings



We recently wrote about a somewhat surprising ruling by the appeals court in the DC circuit saying that long-term use of a GPS to track someone without a warrant violated the 4th Amendment. What was surprising about this is that, while state courts had ruled similarly, the federal courts had almost universally ruled that such tracking was legal. While that case will almost certainly be appealed and seems to have a decent likelihood of ending up before the Supreme Court, it's apparently already impacting some rulings elsewhere. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

Police Bust Hacker Gang Who Made $30 Million in One Month



Russian police have detained ten people who managed to get one billion roubles, approximately $30 million, through a clever scheme involving a computer virus, blackmail and SMS billing. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

Facebook founder fights to keep life private



Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says a lawsuit by a man who claims to own a huge chunk of the popular social networking website is seeking to uncover needless details about his private life. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

City of Utica warns of fake codes inspectors



UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Facebook - it's more than just a social networking site. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

Officials: Mom used kids’ IDs for thefts



MOULTON - Lawrence County officials say a Decatur woman stole her children’s identities to obtain credit. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

MO man gets 12-plus years in mortgage fraud case



KANSAS CITY, KS (AP) - A Missouri man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for mortgage fraud. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

Buffalo woman sentenced for identity theft



A Buffalo woman convicted of aggravated identity theft last Sept. 16 has been sentenced to two years in prison, one year of supervised release and ordered to pay $16,194.43 in restitution. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

8 charged with identity theft in Chambersburg



Chambersburg Police are tracking down the details of what is so far eight cases of identity theft between two unrelated families using other people's Social Security numbers and false identification to portray themselves as American citizens. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

Retirees vent fury over leak of data



Angry state pensioners swamped Aon Consulting's phone lines Tuesday after opening their mailboxes and finding letters informing them that the benefits consultant had inadvertently posted their Social Security numbers and other personal information on the Web. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

White Paper: When Legitimate Sites Threaten Your Network



The Internet has matured from a network of connected dial-up modems into a valuable platform for information exchange, global commerce, and workplace productivity. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

Russian cops cuff 10 ransomware Trojan suspects


Cybercrime gang allegedly raked in $16m



Russian police have arrested 10 suspected members of a ransomware gang who allegedly made millions via a locked computer malware scam. ...read full article
September 1, 2010

CarderPlanet founder charged in $9.4m RBS WorldPay hack



A man accused of being one of the most prolific sellers of credit-card data has been charged with participating in the brazen hack of RBS WorldPay in 2008 that funneled about $9.4m out of the payment processor in just 12 hours. ...read full article
August 31, 2010

Identity Theft Leaves A Trail Of Victims



St. Louis, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) - He's accused of stealing identifies and leaving a trail of victims across the St. Louis area over the past two years; from parking garages during Cardinals games and the Komen Race for the Cure in Downtown St. Louis, to events at Shaw Park, Creve Coeur Park, in St. Louis County. It took a major collaboration of several police departments to finally take the suspect down. ...read full article
August 31, 2010

Two West New York men indicted on identity theft and fraud charges



TRENTON - Two West New York men were indicted Friday for alleged identity theft and insurance fraud, state Attorney General Paula Dow announced yesterday. ...read full article
August 31, 2010

Safeway Employees Help Bust ID Theft Ring



Federal authorities are searching for three Northern California suspects in connection with an international identity theft ring after employees at a local supermarket helped agents crack the case. ...read full article
August 31, 2010

Crooks said swiped church funds were for sex crime victims



Scammers who made off with $600,000 after breaking into the bank account of a Catholic diocese claim the funds have been earmarked for the victims of paedophile priests. ...read full article
August 31, 2010

Misconfigured networks main cause of breaches



Responses to a survey from attendees of the DEFCON 18 conference revealed that 73% came across a misconfigured network more than three quarters of the time – which, according to 76% of the sample, was the easiest IT resource to exploit. ...read full article
August 31, 2010

Tax 'Adviser' Cost U.S. $30 Million, Feds Say



LOS ANGELES (CN) - A man who runs retirement plan "services" cost Uncle Sam $30 million by setting up sham pension plans, welfare benefit plans and other tax frauds for clients, federal prosecutors say. Prosecutors say $30 million is "a conservative estimate" of the damage done by William Alexander, 60, and his companies, Retirement Plan Services and Lyons Pensions. ...read full article
August 31, 2010

Scam preys on required TweetDeck update



IDG News Service - Scammers are trying to take advantage of the fact that many users will soon have to update their version of the TweetDeck Twitter software. ...read full article
August 31, 2010

HP agrees to pay $55M to settle fraud charges



IDG News Service - Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $55 million to settle allegations that it defrauded the U.S. General Service Administration and other agencies by paying kickbacks to systems integrators in exchange for recommendations that agencies purchase HP products, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

RMC patient info might have been compromised



The Regional Medical Center has offered identity theft coverage to about 200 patients after discovering a possible breach of its computer system. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

Identity Theft Expert: 5 Ways To Stop Business Data Theft



Cyber criminals, social engineers and identity thieves are crafty about hijacking data from businesses. Identity theft expert John Sileo shares inexpensive tips for protecting your organization, and your identity. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

Condo Residents Victims Of Identity Theft


Thieves Are Using Fraudulent Checks; Management Uncertain How Information Got Out



SALINE, Mich. -- Residents living at a local apartment complex find themselves the victims of a nationwide identity theft scam. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

Social Security Today: Don't be fooled by confidence games



Victims of scams or identity theft call or come into the Rutland Social Security office on an infrequent but regular basis. They are reminders that even in Vermont we need to be cautious of scams — Internet, mail, and even phone scams — which can damage credit scores and clean out checkbooks. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

BBB warns of mystery charges



Mysterious charges of about $65 to $68 from iEarn LLC are turning up on credit card and bank accounts across the United States, according to recent complaints to the Better Business Bureau. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

ACCESS TO RECORDS AT STAKE



MANATEE COUNTY - Getting information from Florida courthouses remains a quaint, old-fashioned experience compared with how the Internet has transformed communication and data gathering in other areas of life. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

Consumers beware of ‘replacement’ credit numbers



Hundreds of Internet companies are lurking in cyberspace, waiting for people with bad credit to come calling. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

Pentagon confirms attack breached classified network



The Pentagon has opened the kimono on what it described as the “most significant breach of US military computers ever,” in which a flash drive in 2008 was used to infect large numbers of computers, including those used by the Central Command overseeing combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

Fake Survey Seeking Opinions on Social Networking Features



Symantec has observed a new spam tactic being used in which fake surveys are seeking users' opinions or views on features provided by their social networking site. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

Too many disclose sensitive information on social networks



Social networking users should be careful when accepting friend requests and to be conscious of the data they share. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

Indian e-voting researcher released on bail



IDG News Service - An Indian security researcher who was arrested on Aug. 21 for the alleged theft of an electronic voting machine (EVM), was released on bail on Saturday by a magistrate in Mumbai. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

Mariposa Botnet Operators Didn't Bite In 'Cookie-Stuffing' Offer


Ecommerce fraud technique steals commission, referral fees from website affiliates



The Slovenian man recently arrested for allegedly writing the malware used to build the now-infamous Mariposa botnet also sold an additional feature for his bot software, a form of cookie fraud known as "cookie-stuffing." ...read full article
August 30, 2010

25 Percent of New Worms in 2010 Are Designed to Spread Through USB Devices, According to PandaLabs


48 percent of SMBs worldwide are infected every year; one third of these infections are caused by worms that spread on USB devices



ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, Panda Security's antimalware laboratory, has discovered that in 2010, 25 percent of new worms have been specifically designed to spread through USB storage devices connected to computers. These types of threats can copy themselves to any device capable of storing information such as cell phones, external hard drives, DVDs, flash memories and MP3/4 players. ...read full article
August 30, 2010

Report: British Ministry Of Defense Lost More Than 1,000 Storage Devices In Two Years



Nearly 600 data storage devices have been lost or stolen from the U.K.'s Ministry of Defense (MoD) in the past two years, according to figures released last week. ...read full article
August 25, 2010

Confidential files found in City Hall East sales items



The Atlanta Police Department has launched an investigation into how documents containing sensitive material were left in furniture sold during a liquidation sale of merchandise at City Hall East. ...read full article
August 25, 2010

Fine for Edinburgh data snooping policeman


A police officer who admitted snooping through the force computer and obtaining personal data about people has been fined £4,800.



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August 25, 2010

Floods in Pakistan: FTC Warns Consumers to Give Wisely



In the wake of the devastation caused by flooding in Pakistan and along the border between China and North Korea, the Federal Trade Commission warns consumers to choose carefully when considering urgent appeals for aid in the news, online, and at social networking sites. ...read full article
August 25, 2010

£2.28 million fine for Zurich Insurance's data loss



Zurich Insurance's UK branch has been fined £2.27 million by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as punishment for losing the details of 46,000 customers. Zurich lost an unencrypted backup tape which contained the data while it was being transferred to a South African data storage centre in 2008. ...read full article
August 25, 2010

Kolkata gets its first cyber crime police station


The police station has been set up in the detective department building at the headquarters and people can directly lodge complaints of cyber crime here instead of going to local police stations



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August 25, 2010

DDoS botnet family discovered targeting scores of sites



A new family of bots is responsible for nearly 200 distributed denial-of-service attacks targeting websites in China, the United States, South Korea and Germany, according to researchers at security firm Arbor Networks ...read full article
August 25, 2010

Brad Pitt falls victim to celebrity death spam



A huge increase in potentially dangerous celebrity death spam has prompted security firm Symantec to warn users not to open morbid messages. ...read full article
August 25, 2010

Hackers bait Zeus botnet trap with dead celeb tales



Massive 'die-off' of celebrities in plane and car crashes tries to trick users into infecting themselves with malware ...read full article
August 25, 2010

Man conned by fake Delhi Government e-mail


Hackers used Education Department ID to dupe victim of lakhs of rupees



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August 25, 2010

SEC Accuses Two of Inside Trading



CHICAGO (CN) - The SEC obtained an emergency order freezing the assets of two Spanish men who allegedly made $1.1 million by trading on inside information about last week's multibillion-dollar offer for the Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan. One of the men is the head of a research department at Banco Santander, which advised BHP Billiton on its bid, the SEC said. ...read full article
August 25, 2010

Lottery Winner Sues Texas for Privacy



AUSTIN (CN) - A Texas lottery winner sued the state to keep his identity private, for the privacy and safety of his family. After the Lottery Commission claimed that it had received a freedom of information request about the winner, Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled that information about John Doe should be released without redactions. ...read full article
August 25, 2010

Truro police seek ATM skimmer



TRURO - The Truro Police Service is looking for the public's help in identifying a man believed to have used electronic equipment on a banking automated teller machine (ATM) in order to steal banking information from unsuspecting individuals. ...read full article
August 25, 2010

Two Individuals Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Traffic in Counterfeit Slot Machines and Computer Programs



Rodolfo Rodriguez Cabrera, 43, a Cuban national, and Henry Mantilla, 35, of Cape Coral, Fla., were sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Philip M. Pro in Las Vegas to two years in prison each for conspiring to produce and sell counterfeit International Game Technology (IGT) video gaming machines, commonly known as slot machines, and counterfeit IGT computer programs. ...read full article
August 25, 2010

Is 'Private' Data on Social Networks Discoverable?


Calif. federal court ruling holds that messages and comments on social networks visible to a restricted set of users are protected



On May 26, a federal court issued an opinion in a discovery dispute that applies outmoded federal electronic privacy laws from the 1980s to Facebook and MySpace. The ruling could permanently change the way "social networking" sites are viewed by businesses and those involved in litigation. The decision also appears to offer the first in-depth analysis on the effect of "privacy settings" found on many social networking sites and whether information is protected from discovery by federal privacy laws. ...read full article
August 25, 2010

'Porn mode' browsing not really that private



"Private Browsing." "Incognito." "Porn mode." Since 2005, every web browser has added a feature that automatically erases any record of visited websites, cookies or images. For the most part, these modes do effectively hide user Internet habits from other people using the same computer. But new evidence shows that dedicated attacks can retrieve the information. ...read full article
August 25, 2010

Ohio Sex Offender Arrested in Rochester



Rochester, N.Y. -- Police arrested a 66-year-old Ohio man in Rochester early Tuesday morning after a 2-year search. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Iowa hospitals crack down on employee snooping



Clark Kauffman of the Des Moines Register has a round-up of area hospitals that have fired employees for snooping in patient files ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Ill. trucker rebuilding life after identity theft



CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Trucker Earl Robert Hood didn't know his identity had been stolen until his commercial driver's license was suspended in 2008 for four DUIs he never committed. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Hacker’s Arrest Offers Glimpse Into Crime in Russia



MOSCOW — On the Internet, he was known as BadB, a disembodied criminal flitting from one server to another selling stolen credit card numbers despite being pursued by the United States Secret Service. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Fairbanks woman who stole identities ordered to pay $18,000 in restitution



FAIRBANKS — A convicted con artist from Fairbanks must pay back about $18,000 in wages she earned while lying about her professional nursing credentials. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

ABA Urges D.C. Circuit to Reject FTC Position in 'Red Flag' Case



The Federal Trade Commission has no authority to lump lawyers in with creditors in the enforcement of regulations that govern the prevention of identity theft, attorneys for the American Bar Association said in court papers filed in a federal appeals court in Washington. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Judge OKs Countrywide data breach settlement



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal judge yesterday granted final approval to a settlement between Countrywide Financial Corp. and millions of customers left at high risk for identity theft because of a security breach. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Newest E-mail Scams: Could They Fool You?



Think only the pathetically credulous and the uneducated fall victim to outrageous e-mail scams? Don't believe it. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

UK: Royal Wolverhampton breached Data Protection Act – ICO



the Information Commissioner’s Office has found that Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust breached the Data Protection Act (DPA) after the loss of 112 patient records from the Intensive Care Unit of New Cross Hospital’s Heart and Lung Unit. The unencrypted patient records were on a CD that was discovered at a bus stop near the hospital. There was no password protection on the CD, either. Previous reports had suggested that the CD contained data on over 800 patients. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Apple exec stashed $150K in shoe boxes



IDG News Service - SAN JOSE -- Federal agents found more than $150,000 in cash when they searched the house of Apple manager Paul Devine earlier this month, prosecutors said in court Monday. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

The dangers of insider threat



Whilst the media seems pre-occupied with the problems of cybercriminals causing problems for organizations from outside their network, a survey just published shows that 23 per cent of UK employees will take customer lists and other sensitive data when they leave their employer. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

DEFCON survey reveals vast scale of cloud hacking



An in-depth survey carried out amongst 100 of those attending this year's DEFCON conference in Las Vegas recently has revealed that an overwhelming 96 percent of the respondents said they believed the cloud would open up more hacking opportunities for them. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Why Vulnerability Research Matters



It seems that any time there's a high-profile incident in which a vulnerability is disclosed without a patch being available, there is an immediate and loud call from some corners to abolish the practice of vulnerability research. If researchers weren't spending their days poking holes in software, the bad guys wouldn't have so many flaws to exploit and we'd all be safer, this argument goes. But the plain fact is that all of us--users and vendors alike--are far better off because of the work researchers do. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Bank of America Settles Data Theft Claims



Bank of America Corp (BAC) will offer free services and reimbursement for losses to as many as 17 million consumers to settle allegations of data theft related to its Countrywide Financial mortgage unit. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

New government ID cards easily hacked



Public broadcaster ARD’s show “Plusminus” teamed up with the hacker organisation the Chaos Computer Club to find out how secure the controversial new radio-frequency (RIHD) chips were. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Russian government email servers hacked



On Monday it turned out that the Federal Service of Protection (FSO) is not that good at protecting its own privacy. Yesterday internet forums were bubbling with information about a hack into the FSO internal email system. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Hacker hits Ballarat City Council files



BALLARAT City Council's online network was in meltdown yesterday after it was discovered somebody had broken into the system. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

Eastmoreland Surgical Clinic Burglarized



The Eastmoreland Surgical Clinic, Dr. William Graham's office was burglarized on or about July 5, 2010. Three password-protected desktop computers, one password-protect laptop computer and a backup drive were stolen. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

PayPal Accounts Being Compromised Through iTunes



If you have a PayPal account connected to your iTunes login, now might be the time to decouple the two for a bit. At least one group of scammers has managed to find a security hole allowing them to charge thousands of dollars to users' iTunes accounts via PayPal. ...read full article
August 24, 2010

PayPal Accounts Being Compromised Through iTunes



If you have a PayPal account connected to your iTunes login, now might be the time to decouple the two for a bit. At least one group of scammers has managed to find a security hole allowing them to charge thousands of dollars to users' iTunes accounts via PayPal. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Hospital bosses told to improve security



Hospital bosses in Wolverhampton have been told to tighten up security in areas where patients’ charts are stored after a computer disk containing almost 800 confidential patient files was found at a city bus stop. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

West Frankfort woman arrested for stealing from mail boxes



WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A West Frankfort woman has been arrested after police say she stole mail from a rural Williamson County mail box. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

University Of KY Issues Identity Theft Alert



The University of Kentucky hospital has issued an identity theft alert after medical records for more than 2,000 people were stolen. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Insurance agent accused of enrolling nursing home patients without consent pleads not guilty



MOBILE, Ala. -- An insurance agent pleaded not guilty in Mobile’s federal court last week to allegations that she enrolled four patients at a Citronelle nursing home without their knowledge in order to obtain commissions from her employer. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Trojan-ridden warning system implicated in Spanair crash



Malware may have been a contributory cause of a fatal Spanair crash that killed 154 people two years ago. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Yemeni assassin hits York man with spam death threat



A software engineer form York has been left nonplussed after a group of hired guns from the Yemen Arab Republic claimed to have been contracted to "terminate" him with extreme prejudice. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Calif. breach notification bill going back to the governor



A California proposed bill that would update the state's pioneering data breach notification law is heading back to the governor's desk. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Canadian teen charged in New York cyber attack



DENARE BEACH, SASK.—A teen from a remote Saskatchewan community faces computer crime charges over a cyber attack that crashed a commercial website in New York City. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Security study says data breaches often caused by configuration errors



IDG News Service - Hackers are increasingly exploiting configuration errors and faulty application code -- not the kind of software holes that get vendor patches -- to steal information from computer systems, according to a new study by Verizon Communications Inc. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Government scraps plans for citizen data sharing system



The government has scrapped plans for a central data-sharing system through which the personal records of everyone in the country were to be shared with all government departments. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Hackers prompt Miss Vietnam World to drop audience-choice award



Organizers of the Miss Vietnam World contest cancelled the audience choice award Thursday, following the discovery of weaknesses in its e-election system. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Three sentenced on charges of scamming IT vendors



IDG News Service - Three people were sentenced to prison terms Thursday for their roles in a multimillion-dollar scheme targeting payments to IT and consulting services vendors from four state governments, the U.S. Department of Justice said. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Full CAO website service restored after cyber attack



The Central Applications Office (CAO) website has resumed full service after a cyber attack this morning that restricted access for thousands of Leaving Cert students checking the first round of course offers. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Identity Theft Hits Customers of Mid-South Deli



Some customers who have recently purchased items at Jason's Deli found suspicious activity on their credit or debit accounts, some of which is occurring out of state. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Four sentenced in ID theft


Detroit group had possible ties with Russian mob



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Four Detroit men with possible ties to the Russian Mob have been sentenced for their crimes. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

FDLE: State prisoner scammed Orlando hotel guests


The inmate called hotel guests and tricked them into giving out their credit-card numbers.



A state prison inmate orchestrated an identity-theft scheme that tricked hotel employees and guests into helping him obtain credit-card numbers and personal information, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Friday. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

$9 Here, 20 Cents There and a Credit-Card Lawsuit



IT’S easier to steal a million dollars a dollar at a time than a million dollars once. So goes an old saying. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Man indicted for destroying data with computer virus



(Kyodo)—A 27-year-old man in Osaka Prefecture was indicted Monday on a charge of destroying stored data by using a computer virus, which replaces victims' files with octopus or squid pictures. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Conmen take control of home computers



A NEW scam where hi-tech fraudsters take control of your home PC has hit Edinburgh. ...read full article
August 23, 2010

Expert: China among biggest victims of Internet attacks



China is one of the biggest victims of Internet network attacks in the world and has faced serious network security problems in recent years, said Du Yuejin, head of the National Network Information Institute for Security Technology, on Aug. 21. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

SEC Charges New Jersey With Securities Fraud



WASHINGTON (CN) - The SEC today charged the State of New Jersey with securities fraud: misrepresenting and failing to disclose that it underfunded the state's two largest pension plans in selling $26 billion in municipal bonds. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

Scareware tries to trick marks into dropping defences



Virus authors have developed a strain of malware that attempts to con users into uninstalling legitimate security packages. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

Gillibrand bill helps seniors fight fraud



Maria Esther Romero simply answered the phone last April in her Corona home. The man on the other end said he was a federal official and that Romero had to update her personal information for her Social Security benefits. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

Anderson man pleads guilty to identity theft



An Anderson man who stole unattended purses and wallets in hospitals, schools and office buildings was sentenced Wednesday for identity theft. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

Mortgage fraud thrives in good and bad times



CHICAGO — The house on the 53rd block of South Wood Street in Chicago's Back of the Yards doesn't look like a $355,000 home. There is no front door and most of the windows are boarded up. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

Simple Mailing Mistakes Could Now Be HIPAA Violations Under New HHS Fundraising Rules



Covered entities would be wise to become familiar with the new July 14 proposed rules for fundraising, which could turn an accidental mailing into a costly mistake. One expert says the proposed fundraising rules are straightforward overall but that it is more revealing to look at the areas where HHS is seeking comments. The final rule, she says, is likely to tighten some fundraising restrictions while loosening others. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

Panel drafts privacy recommendations for health data exchanges


Recommendations developed in response to specific privacy-related questions



Computerworld - A "tiger team" that advises the federally chartered Health IT Policy Committee will submit a list of recommendations on Thursday for ensuring the privacy and security of personally identifiable health information in health data exchanges. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

Facebook Places could spark new privacy fire


Having to opt out instead of opting in makes some unhappy about Facebook's new location-based service



Computerworld - With its new location-based Places feature, Facebook may have just lit the match that will ignite another round of privacy controversy. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

Justin Bieber offering free tickets on Facebook? It's a scam



Bieber fans have been targeted by the latest Facebook scam - agree to let the application post messages on your wall and subscribe for a £4.50 per week premium rate service, and you will get free tickets to a concert of the young star. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

Sex Offenders still slip through cracks



MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif- The Megan's Law website shows you where registered sex offenders live but there's another website in Monterey County called offender watch. You can look up the same detailed information except it also shows unincorporated areas. Even with these websites, some sexual predators still slip through the cracks. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

Auditor: 35% of Polk County Sex Offenders Not Registering, Sheriff says Statistics Inaccurate



Missouri Auditor Susan Montee says one out of three sex offenders are not registering in Polk County. The county ranked the highest in non-compliance in an audit released Wednesday. The Polk County sheriff says the number of non-compliant offenders in his county is not as high as the audit reveals. He says it’s time to take a look at streamlining the sex-offender system. ...read full article
August 20, 2010

Sex Offenders Get Tracked Down



If you look on the Megan's Law Website, you'll likely see you're surrounded by sex offenders. Those that are on parole, are tracked with GPS bracelets, but some have figured out a way to get them off. Now the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is catching up with them by email. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Beauty salon owner accused of cheating celebs



LOS ANGELES — Authorities say the owner of a Beverly Hills beauty salon is accused of fraud after she used credit card information from celebrity clients such as Liv Tyler to ring up hundreds of thousands of dollars in bogus charges. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Heartland Self-Inflicts More Data Breach Injuries



Heartland Payment Systems again finds itself in the glaring light of a data breach probe, but this time, the injuries are almost entirely self-inflicted. The incident in question is the Austin, Texas, data breach of several hundred payment cards from a four-location Greek cafeteria—which one Austin detective said crafts a terrific baklava—that happens to use Heartland as its processor. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Attorney General Announces Investigation Into Yale Security Breach



Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced today that his office is investigating a data breach after Yale Medical School reported the theft of a laptop containing personal health information involving as many as 1,000 individuals. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

BBB Alert: College-Age Students are Slower Detecting Fraud



Over the next few weeks, schools around eastern North Carolina will welcome thousands of students back to campus. As these young adults begin, or continue, their college journey, Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina reminds them of the importance of protecting their identity. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Petri Bill Would Enlist IRS Against Identity Theft



It's called "identity theft" when someone pretends to be you in order to obtain credit and other benefits in your name. Victims can spend years demonstrating they have been defrauded, getting free of debts they did not incur, and restoring their credit. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Myrtle Beach man charged in Ponzi scheme



A Myrtle Beach man and two California residents have been arrested on charges of operating a $26 million Ponzi scheme that victimized hundreds of investors nationwide. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Hackers target state computers



Secretary of State Mary Herrera said Tuesday that her personal laptop computer and several office computers have been targets of computer virus attacks since April. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Phishing attacks drop, but threats still exist



Phishing attacks were down 10 percent from April to June 2010 compared to the second quarter of 2009, according to Internet Identity. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Employees admit they would steal data when leaving a job



Employees openly admit they would take company data, including customer data and product plans, when leaving a job, according to Harris Interactive. The online survey probed 1,594 full- and part-time employees and contractors in the United States and Great Britain about their attitudes toward accessing and viewing of company-owned data. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Baton Rouge man pleads guilty to ID theft



BATON ROUGE — A man alleged to have stolen $150,000 while using the credit information of at least 30 current or retired Baton Rouge police officers has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

FIFA Ticketing Partner in Security Breach



(WFI) FIFA is liaising with its official ticketing partner Match after a massive security breach compromised the details of 80,000 of its customers, including Sweden’s former Prime Minister and the head of Norway’s national bank. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Data breach demonstrates need for access control policies



A big thanks to Quest's Jackson Shaw for pointing us to a story in the Vancouver (BC) Sun at the end of July. Under the headline "Tax collector accessed private files for gain," the newspaper reported that "A tax collector in B.C. [British Columbia, Canada] used the Canada Revenue Agency's computers to look up the private tax files of hundreds of high-income individuals, apparently in the hopes of hitting them up for a business she ran on the side, according to internal government documents." ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Capitol Heights Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing the Pay of U.S. Servicemen



Greenbelt, Maryland - Andre Everton Grant, age 27, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to fraudulently accessing a computer containing the payroll accounts of specific U.S. servicemen; using the personal information of other individuals, without their knowledge, to fraudulently obtain and use credit and debit cards; and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

School Spies Had No 'Criminal Intent,' Say Feds



Federal prosecutors have decided not to press criminal charges against school officials who surreptitiously used a webcam on a school-issued laptop to monitor a student's activities in his home. That decision could send the wrong signal to other school districts regarding permissible encroachments on the privacy of students and their families, suggested Jonathan Handel, an attorney with TroyGould. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Pa. man accused of filing $1.39 million claim for bogus storm damage



A Pottstown, Pa., man was accused of fabricating and submitting a false $1.39 million insurance claim for storm damage to a series of modular townhomes that he owned and allegedly hid in protective wrapping for nearly a year. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Woman charged with fraudulently cashing mothers $1,132 insurance check



A Raleigh, N.C., woman was charged with insurance fraud for allegedly cashing an insurance claim check sent to her mother. ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Cameron Diaz tops list of riskiest celeb searches



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- If you're looking for Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts or Jessica Biel online, look out! ...read full article
August 19, 2010

Intel to buy McAfee for $7.68 billion



NEW YORK — In a move signaling the growing importance of online security, Intel Corp. said Thursday it is buying computer-security software maker McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion as the chip maker adds to its arsenal of tools to serve an increasing array of Internet-connected devices, including mobile phones. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

Spotting and preventing Medical Identity Theft



Medical identity theft occurs when a person uses someone else's identity to obtain medical services or medications. The problem is widespread, with the Federal Trade Commission estimating that 10 million Americans have their identities stolen each year, with 3 to 5 percent of these thefts involving theft for medical purposes. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

Young adults slowest to respond to theft of personal financial data



Many young adults only learn how to handle their finances once they begin paying bills accumulated in college, however they often do not learn about preventing or discovering identity theft until they become victims. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

Police: AZ man stole identity of deployed GI



MESA, Ariz. — Police have arrested a man and accused him of assuming the identity of a soldier deployed to Iraq. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

Two women charged in forgery case



HARLINGEN — Two Harlingen women have been arrested on forgery charges, according to a press release from the Cameron County Precinct 7 Constable Cesar Rene Diaz. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

Caseworker arrested



A former caseworker at Central Montgomery Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center in Norristown was arrested for allegedly stealing credit cards at Montgomery County Community College. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

Man Pleads Guilty to ID Theft



BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A man alleged to have stolen $150,000 while using the credit information of at least 30 current or retired Baton Rouge police officers has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

New Firefox iFrame Bug Bypasses URL Protections



UPDATED--There is a bug in Mozilla's flagship Firefox browser related to the way the browser handles obfuscated URLs in iFrames. However, a Mozilla official said the bug poses "very low" risk to users. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

Employees admit they would steal data when leaving a job



Employees openly admit they would take company data, including customer data and product plans, when leaving a job, according to Harris Interactive. The online survey probed 1,594 full- and part-time employees and contractors in the United States and Great Britain about their attitudes toward accessing and viewing of company-owned data. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

Facebook clickjacking scam tries to rip off users



If you happen to see a post on your friends' Facebook pages about "Top 10 Funny T-Shirt Fails ROFL", don't fall for it. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

DOJ Abandons Challenge of Sex Offender's Desire to Renounce Citizenship



For years, James Kaufman has wanted to renounce his citizenship. He may finally get his wish. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

Bratz-Barbie Fight Gets Ugly, With RICO, IP Theft Claims



In an explosive counterclaim filed in federal district court late Monday night, MGA Entertainment Inc. fired off a new round in the Barbie vs. Bratz doll war, accusing Mattel Inc. of carrying out an elaborate corporate espionage scheme in which Mattel employees lied about their identities in order to gain access to confidential information about MGA products and those of dozens of other toy industry rivals. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

Wiretap Act Violations Require Criminal Intent



(CN) - A son who used his iPhone to record a kitchen-table conversation about his dying mother's will did not violate the federal Wiretap Act, the 2nd Circuit ruled, because he had no criminal intent. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

Update: Android gaming app hides Trojan, security vendors warn


Tap Snake could be used by attackers to monitor movements of an Android system via GPS tracking; Google downplays risk



Computerworld - Security vendors Symantec and F-Secure have issued warnings that Tap Snake, a free gaming application for Google's Android OS, can be used to track and monitor a user's location. ...read full article
August 18, 2010

DOJ won't file charges in school Webcam spying case



IDG News Service - The U.S. Department of Justice won't file criminal charges against a Pennsylvania school district accused of spying on students via webcams in their computers. ...read full article
August 17, 2010

Data Security Breach Bill Calls for Strict Notification Requirements



A data breach bill filed August 5 requires entities that hold consumers' sensitive information to create a robust data compliance protection plan and holds them to strict breach notification requirements. ...read full article
August 17, 2010

Tacoma Dental Office Burglarized


Computer server stolen with patient data; Patients offered identity theft protection



TACOMA, Wash., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The dental office of Dr. Ward Morris of Tacoma was burglarized on or about July 16, 2010. The thieves broke a window, entered the office and stole a password-protected computer server containing patient information along with a computer monitor. Upon discovery of the theft, a police report was filed with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, and ID Experts®, a data breach solutions company, was retained to assist in notifying affected patients and to mitigate potential misuse of patient information. ...read full article
August 17, 2010

Trio charged with stealing debit, credit cards from Palm Beach County mailboxes



Three people are charged with stealing credit and debit cards from Palm Beach County mailboxes and using them for identity and cash thefts. ...read full article
August 17, 2010

More identity thieves using card skimmers



During a routine maintenance check in late February a 7-Eleven employee in Martinez found something that didn't belong inside one of his gas pumps: a debit and credit card skimmer. ...read full article
August 17, 2010

Hacked Axl Rose Twitter account spreads false tour news



Axl Rose's Twitter account was hacked on Sunday to spread false rumours that Guns N' Roses was cancelling an upcoming European tour. ...read full article
August 17, 2010

3 arrested in identity theft in Banning



Three men were arrested last Thursday by Banning police and Riverside County sheriff’s deputies in connection to an identity theft case. ...read full article
August 17, 2010

Special Report - Flipping, flopping and booming mortgage fraud



CHICAGO (Reuters) - The house on the 53rd block of South Wood Street in Chicago's Back of the Yards doesn't look like a $355,000 (227,200 pounds) home. There is no front door and most of the windows are boarded up. ...read full article
August 17, 2010

Courier service customers targeted by phishing web sites



Customers of well-known courier services are often targeted by cybercriminals. Sometimes they try to make them open malicious files attached in emails with the excuse of needing them to verify transaction details, but lately Symantec has detected a number of phishing sites that spoof website of courier services. ...read full article
August 17, 2010

Who is the typical Russian hacker?



Security analyst Fyodor Yarochkin and a senior researcher from security firm Coseinc that calls himself "Le Grugq" have spent 6 months on various Russian web forums in order to discover just what kind of threat Russian hackers present to the world at large. ...read full article
August 16, 2010

HITRUST: HIPAA Breaches Near $1 Billion



Covered entities and business associates reporting breaches of unsecured personal health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) together could spend nearly $1 billion because of those breaches. ...read full article
August 16, 2010

Patient information leak at Sligo General



Confidential information on patients at Sligo General Hospital was made public due to staff mistakenly faxing the details to the wrong number. ...read full article
August 16, 2010

Announcement for Patients of Aultman HealthCare in Your Home



CANTON, Ohio (Aug. 6, 2010) -- A password-protected laptop maintained by Aultman HealthCare in Your Home was stolen on June 7, 2010. A police report was filed at the time of the incident. The information on the laptop computer included some patient names, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, social security numbers, insurance identification numbers and health information related to home health services. No credit card, debit card, or bank account numbers were in this information. ...read full article
August 16, 2010

Reports: Apple manager arrested over $1M in kickbacks



IDG News Service - An Apple manager with responsibilities for the company's contract manufacturing in Asia was arrested Friday and charged with accepting kickbacks. ...read full article
August 16, 2010

Many antivirus products fail Vista security test



One-third of anti-malware products fail to secure Microsoft's Windows Vista Business Edition, according to security research company Virus Bulletin. ...read full article
August 16, 2010

Graphics card supercomputers render passwords pointless



A team of researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute is investigating whether passwords are now worthless, given the supercomputer-like performance now available to hackers using standard desktop graphics cards. ...read full article
August 16, 2010

Fremont police see increase in identity theft



FREMONT -- Fremont police Sgt. Dean Bliss said the department has seen quite a few cases of people with phony identification lately, which goes along with recent state trends the Ohio Highway Patrol has spotted. ...read full article
August 16, 2010

McKernan to enter guilty plea in theft cases



Former Whitpain Supervisor William McKernan III seems to be headed toward pleading guilty to charges he stole nearly $1.5 million from a private client and more than $50,000 from Lower Gwynedd Little League. ...read full article
August 16, 2010

Cell Phones: Easy ID Theft Targets



(CBS) Cell phones are more powerful than ever, with innovations and features being unveiled constantly. ...read full article
August 16, 2010

Underground credit card clearing house hacked



An underground credit card clearing house has itself been hacked, an investigation by Trend Micro has confirmed. ...read full article
August 16, 2010

Man sentenced for DIY gift-card cloning



A 22-year-old Oregon man has been sentenced to 18 months probation for stealing $6,000 worth of merchandise using gift card–cloning gear he found online. ...read full article
August 13, 2010

Patients’ files left at public dump


4 Mass. hospitals investigating



Four Massachusetts community hospitals are investigating how thousands of patient health records, some containing Social Security numbers and sensitive medical diagnoses, ended up in a pile at a public dump. ...read full article
August 13, 2010

8 indicted in identity theft ring



A group of eight people, including some with ties to Northwest Indiana, were charged Thursday with running an identity theft ring that hit people in at least 21 states and took almost $200,000. ...read full article
August 13, 2010

Man, 30, admits stealing credit-card numbers from gas-station patrons in Union County



ROSELLE — A Union County man faces three years in prison after admitting his role in a scheme to steal other people's identities and engage in credit-card fraud, New Jersey Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced Thursday. ...read full article
August 13, 2010

'Hoax mom' to stay in prison



"Hoax mom" Bonnie Sweeten will stay in prison because she's a flight risk, a federal judge ruled Thursday. ...read full article
August 13, 2010

Heartland denies systems involved in new data breach


Austin police says hackers broke into a network connecting restaurant with payment processor



Computerworld - Heartland Payment Systems, which last year suffered the largest ever data breach involving payment card data, is downplaying reports out of Austin, Texas linking the payment processor to a data breach at a local restaurant chain. ...read full article
August 13, 2010

Wireless Car Sensors Vulnerable to Hackers


Researchers figure out how to hijack sensor communications.



Hackers could "hijack" the wireless pressure sensors built into many cars' tires, researchers have found. Criminals might then track a vehicle or force its electronic control system to malfunction, the University of South Carolina and Rutgers University researchers say. ...read full article
August 13, 2010

Judge Transferred Over Alleged Actions in Visitation Case Involving Sex Offender



Complaint alleges judge joked about child pornography during custody proceeding, misstated the facts of the case and maintained an 'inappropriate' relationship with the father's attorney ...read full article
August 12, 2010

VA Data Breaches Go Live



Today the Veterans Affairs Department started posting online its monthly data breach reports as part of its ongoing transparency thing, VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker told a press briefing this morning. He said the latest report (for July) might not make it to the Web until Thursday. ...read full article
August 12, 2010

7 steps college students should take to protect their identity



Parents, understandably, worry about their children when they send them off to college. While the primary concern may be their safety, parents should also make their college students know to take all necessary precautions to protect their identity. ...read full article
August 12, 2010

Senate Democrats reveal details of data-leak prevention legislation



Senate Democrats Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Mark Pryor of Arkansas recently introduced a bill designed to mandate improvement in data-leak prevention at businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the United States. The measure would require companies to implement a series of new security features to improve the protection of consumer information targeted by cyber criminals. ...read full article
August 12, 2010

Laptop with psychologist's patient data stolen



PORTLAND – A Portland psychologist who has seen thousands of patients over the years put out a warning Tuesday night after his laptop computer was stolen. ...read full article
August 12, 2010

Hippo-vomiting Anaconda scam targets Facebook users



Sophos is warning Facebook users about a virally spreading survey scam. The attack involves a rogue application that automatically posts status updates and wall posts on affected user profiles with the following message ...read full article
August 12, 2010

Botnet attacks SSH servers



According to a number of reports, the dd_ssh bot is currently responsible for an increase in brute force attacks on SSH connections. Botnet herders are apparently injecting the script via a phpMyAdmin vulnerability and using the compromised computers for targeted SSH attacks. The vulnerability is a year old and only affects the outdated phpMyAdmin versions 2.11.x prior to 2.11.9.5 and 3.x prior to 3.1.3.1. ...read full article
August 12, 2010

Verizon DBIR Cryptography Challenge: Here's The First Clue



So, according to a little birdie tweeting in the night, the 2010 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) contains another encryption challenge that leads to actual cash prizes. ...read full article
August 12, 2010

Facebook bug spills name and pic for all 500 million users



Updated A bug in Facebook's login system allows attackers to match unknown email addresses with users' first and last names, even when they've configured their accounts to make that information private. ...read full article
August 12, 2010

Junk mail kingpin held on child abuse charges



Notorious spammer Leo Kuvayev is being held on remand in his native Russia over child sex charges. ...read full article
August 12, 2010

Credit card trafficker cuffed after nine-month manhunt



A Russian accused of being one of the “most prolific” sellers of stolen credit-card data has been arrested in France, following a nine-month manhunt. ...read full article
August 12, 2010

Cybercriminals Target Online Banking Customers



In July 2010, an organized network of cybercriminals launched a complex, multi-level scheme that targeted online customers of a large UK financial institution. Based on information M86 Security Labs found on the malicious Command & Control (C&C) server, we assume that close to £675,000 was stolen from the bank between July 5 and Aug. 4, 2010, and approximately 3,000 customer accounts were compromised. Exact figures are being verified at this time. In this report, we will expose the architecture, business model, tools and methods used by this cybercriminal organization. ...read full article
August 11, 2010

Seven Tips for College Bound Students to Fight Identity Theft



College students have enough to juggle when it comes to school, work and their social life, and fighting consumer fraud often doesn’t make the list of priorities. Because college students are so susceptible to identity theft, Better Business Bureau recommends that they take seven simple steps to protect themselves on campus. ...read full article
August 11, 2010

FTC reminder: Skip cell phone numbers on 'Do Not Call' list


Federal regs already prohibit most telemarketing to mobile phones



Computerworld - Viral e-mails urging cell-phone users to hurry up and register with a government "Do Not Call" list to avoid advertising spam are still circulating five years after federal officials first told consumers they could basically ignore the message. ...read full article
August 11, 2010

N.Y. man is charged with stealing identities from pediatric cancer centers, hospitals



NEWARK — During the last decade, identity thieves have devised countless ways to steal their victims’ personal data and, ultimately, money. They have fished discarded bank statements from Dumpsters, hacked computer systems and duped the elderly. ...read full article
August 11, 2010

Unauthorized access at Littleton Regional Hospital results in firing



For the second time in as many years, Littleton Regional Hospital has reported a problem with employee snooping. On June 29, the hospital’s Chief Administrator Officer notified the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office that on May 21, a hospital employee reported that another employee was improperly accessing patient records. The hospital’s audit of their computer system confirmed that an employee had accessed patient records for purposes not related to their care. The unauthorized access of several patients’ records included their contact information, dates of birth, insurance information, physicians’ names, medical history and allergies, date, type, time, and nature of physician visits, and provider notes for the visit. ...read full article
August 11, 2010

South Korean police raid Google’s Seoul office



South Korean police have raided Google's office in Seoul as part of an investigation into the company's collection of private Wi-Fi data. ...read full article
August 11, 2010

Online Viewer of Child Pornography Ordered to Pay Restitution to the Victim


Courts nationwide have split over requiring restitution for child pornography victims who did not know their pornographers or those who viewed the images



A man caught with pornographic images of a girl being sexually abused by her uncle has been ordered to pay restitution of nearly $50,000 to the victim, even though the defendant was a viewer of illegal images collected from the Internet who has never met the uncle or the girl. ...read full article
August 11, 2010

Local College Students’ Personal Info Ends Up On Google



Personal information — including addresses and social security numbers — of students at Pensacola State College and five other schools was exposed on Google due to an error by a library services company. ...read full article
August 11, 2010

School officials nervous about student identity theft



LEWISTON — A new state law requires schools to ask parents to submit their children's Social Security numbers so schools can track students' progress after they graduate from high school. ...read full article
August 11, 2010

National Survey Finds Online Safety Personal Priority For Americans



Cambridge, MA, United States (AHN) - A majority of Americans believe their online personal actions can help make the online world a safer place for everyone, according to a national survey conducted by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Anti-Phishing Workshop Group. ...read full article
August 10, 2010

FTC halts domain-name registration scam



IDG News Service - A U.S. judge has ordered a halt to a Canadian operation that allegedly posed as a domain-name registrar in an effort to collect fees from thousands of U.S. consumers, small businesses and nonprofits, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said. ...read full article
August 10, 2010

Zeus v3 Trojan draining more than £675,000 from UK bank



A UK financial institution is being targeted by a sophisticated attack using web-based malware to steal money from accounts, says M86 Security. ...read full article
August 10, 2010

Hospital data contained on stolen laptops



LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Jewish Hospital is now working to encrypt all its computers after security breach. The hospital says two laptops were stolen out of the catheterization lab between July 16 and July 19. ...read full article
August 10, 2010

How an ancient printer can spill your most intimate secrets



Researchers have devised a novel way to recover confidential messages processed in doctors' offices and elsewhere by analyzing the sounds made when documents are reproduced on dot-matrix printers. ...read full article
August 10, 2010

Android phones hit by text-based Trojan



Google's Android mobile operating system has been hit by its first text-based Trojan, according to security firm Kaspersky Labs. ...read full article
August 10, 2010

DWP goes old school - loses paper docs, hangs onto e-data



The Department for Work and Pensions has reported data leaks from paper but none from electronic devices over the year. ...read full article
August 10, 2010

Personal info of hundreds of Boise city employees on missing data tape



BOISE -- The Boise mayor's office says the names and personal information of about 300 current and former Boise city employees were on a backup computer tape that went missing in March. ...read full article
August 10, 2010

Thief Stealing From Hocking Co. Mailboxes


Ohio Households Fallen Prey To Mail Thief



LOGAN, Ohio -- Investigators say at least a dozen households in southeast Ohio have fallen prey to a thief stealing from home mailboxes. ...read full article
August 10, 2010

Scam targets Medicare recipients



Jack Boggs has a simple warning for seniors and anyone else contacted by callers wanting personal information: Don’t give it to them. ...read full article
August 9, 2010

Laptop repair fraudster jailed for nine months



A Polish laptop repair engineer who tried to hack in to an undercover reporter's bank account after stealing details from her computer has been jailed for nine months. ...read full article
August 9, 2010

Admitted Ranger faker won’t leave office



CANTON, Ga. — A Cherokee County Commissioner doesn’t plan to resign after he acknowledged fudging his military and education background. ...read full article
August 9, 2010

Fort Worth medical clinic spends $15,000 notifying patients of theft



FORT WORTH -- In June, employees at a Fort Worth allergy clinic discovered that the office door had been kicked in and four computers containing patients' personal information including Social Security numbers and birth dates had been stolen. ...read full article
August 9, 2010

In turnabout, Ohio ex-con gets data on neighbors



Neighbors routinely get a picture and a name when a sex offender moves next door. In a turnabout, an Ohio sex offender has received private information about his neighbors, including their Social Security numbers. ...read full article
August 9, 2010

Hackers offering tech support for malware they installed


Research shows bold move by malware makers



In a bold move some hackers are offering tech support and customer service for removing malware from their victims' computers, according to research by Kaspersky Lab. ...read full article
August 9, 2010

Alleged RBS WorldPay hack ringleader extradited to the U.S.



26-year old Estonian Sergei Tsurikov - one of the 3 alleged alleged masterminds behind the massive RBS WorldPay hack executed in November 2008 - has been extradited to the U.S. ...read full article
August 9, 2010

Feds Say Ponzi Man Targeted Elderly



SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - An Orange County man defrauded investors, many of them elderly, of more than $6.2 million in a Ponzi scheme, federal prosecutors say. Richard H. Nickles, 57, of Irvine, was to be arraigned today (Monday) on four counts of mail fraud and two counts of securities fraud. ...read full article
August 9, 2010

Update: Network admin Terry Childs gets 4-year sentence



A City of San Francisco administrator who refused to hand over administrative passwords to the city's network was sentenced to four years in state prison Friday. ...read full article
August 9, 2010

Stuxnet malware targets utility systems



Computerworld - Last month's disclosure of a sophisticated malware program targeting control system software from Siemens AG has renewed long-standing concerns about whether the U.S. power grid can withstand targeted cyberattacks. ...read full article
August 9, 2010

Senators worry for-profit schools cheat vets



A congressional report about possible abuses of federal financial aid by for-profit colleges and universities has prompted two key senators to ask whether service members and veterans are really getting a quality education when they use GI Bill education benefits and military tuition assistance. ...read full article
August 9, 2010

U.S. Marshal Imposter Indicted for Fooling TSA & Forcing a Woman Out of the Country



SAN DIEGO - A man suspected of posing as a federal marshal to take a woman from her Hemet home and put her on a plane to her native Philippines, claiming he was deporting her, was indicted today, along with his wife, by a federal grand jury in San Diego. ...read full article
August 5, 2010

Billionaire Donald Bren targeted in $1.4-million ID theft



A man who looks nothing like the Orange County real estate magnate allegedly opened accounts in Bren's name and deposited a tax-refund check stolen from Bren, a criminal complaint says. ...read full article
August 5, 2010

Rockland’s paychecks scattered from truck



ROCKLAND — Hundreds of current and former Rockland town employees have been put at risk for identity theft after canceled paychecks being sent to a recycling facility blew out of the truck transporting them. ...read full article
August 5, 2010

Six arrested for compromising 10,000 online bank accounts



Six people have been arrested on suspicion of stealing credit cards, personal information and banking details as part of a suspected online banking fraud. ...read full article
August 5, 2010

Hingham to inform 1,300 employees of compromised personal data



More than two weeks after a Hingham official inadvertently sent dozens of people a document containing the names and Social Security numbers of everyone who worked for the town last year, town officials said they will notify the 1,300 employees of the breach Wednesday afternoon through e-mail and first class mail. ...read full article
August 5, 2010

Study Points To Mobile Data Leak Risk



International IT governance body ISACA has released a study detailing the increasing potential for mobile devices to pose a significant threat to data loss. Pointing to information leakage over wireless and poorly secured wired networks, Securing Mobile Devices is intended as a wake-up call for companies who refuse to close backdoors leading to confidential enterprise information and intellectual property. ...read full article
August 5, 2010

Do We Have To Sneak Audit Site Hosts Now?



For retail IT directors, the end of American Eagle Outfitters’ 8-day E-Commerce collapse just marks the start of a new fear: that they’ll have to begin dispatching staffers to do sneak inspections of outsourcers. Will they need to burn precious staff time in unannounced audits, looking over the shoulders of service providers to make sure those techs are doing their jobs? ...read full article
August 5, 2010

Virus writer charged with destroying property



Japanese police have arrested a suspected virus writer over allegations he created and distributed an old-school virus that targeted freetards and destroyed data. ...read full article
August 4, 2010

Flood Victims' Personal Information Posted Online



Some of Nashville’s flood victims who were applying for property tax relief had their personal information posted on a Metro website. ...read full article
August 4, 2010

Zeus botnet plunders nearly 100,000 UK user credentials



Security firm Trusteer has uncovered a large Zeus version 2 botnet being used for financial fraud in the UK. ...read full article
August 4, 2010

DOE: Common security holes leave energy grid vulnerable



The U.S. is leaving its energy infrastructure open to cyberattacks by not performing basic security measures, such as regular patching and secure coding practices, according to a report prepared by the Department of Energy. ...read full article
August 4, 2010

Smooth-Talking Hackers Fool IT Giants



Hackers attending the Defcon security conference have proved that smooth-talking is the easiest way to obtain sensitive information from employees of some of the world's leading IT companies . ...read full article
August 4, 2010

Beware: Attackers Could Use New iPhone 4 Jailbreak Code to Carry Out Malicious Attacks



It seems like almost everyone I know has an iPhone, or at least wants one. Among iPhone users in the U.S.—where the phone’s operating system is locked and customers are limited to just one carrier—jailbreaking the devices is almost as popular. Jailbreaking Apple devices such as the iPhone essentially unlocks the operating system to allow root access, enabling users to make additional customizations to their phones. ...read full article
August 4, 2010

Hack uses Google Street View data to stalk its victims



A security researcher has devised an attack suitable for stalking and similarly creepy endeavors that uses JavaScript and geo location data from Google to pinpoint a victim's precise location. ...read full article
August 4, 2010

Man who doctored police report, insurance claim gets 30 days in jail



A West Orange, N.J., man, who altered the date of an incident on a police report as part of his filing of a false insurance claim, was sentenced to 30 days in a New Jersey county jail. ...read full article
August 4, 2010

Osaka man arrested for using computer virus to tamper with data



TOKYO — Tokyo police said Wednesday they have arrested a 27-year-old man in Osaka on a charge of using a computer virus to destroy stored data. Masato Nakatsuji is the first person in Japan to be charged with destroying property by tampering with data using a computer virus, they said. ...read full article
August 4, 2010

Blind Utica woman has phone scammer's number



When a customer service representative calls your home, it can be hard to decipher if the voice at the other end is legitimate, or a scam artist at work. ...read full article
August 3, 2010

Missing woman found alive in Kentucky; alleged captor at large



A 19-year-old Kentucky woman missing for two weeks has been found, and police are searching for a registered sex offender believed to be involved in her disappearance, authorities said Monday. ...read full article
August 3, 2010

2 Arrested in 'Massive Scheme'



The Wakulla County, Fla. Sheriff's Office has arrested two men for involvement in what's described as "a massive scheme" to defraud thousands of victims across the United States via identity theft. ...read full article
August 3, 2010

Data Breaches Hit 113 Health Care Organizations, Report Says



Of the 385 organizations hit with data breaches so far this year, 113 were in health care, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center's report for July 28. Just 39 breaches have been reported in banking and finance according to the ITRC. Experts cite a lack of compliance and improper data access by insiders as culprits. ...read full article
August 3, 2010

AP IMPACT: New ID theft targets kids' SS numbers



KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The latest form of identity theft doesn't depend on stealing your Social Security number. Now thieves are targeting your kid's number long before the little one even has a bank account. ...read full article
August 3, 2010

Identity theft, fraud ring hit apartment mailboxes: police



EDMONTON — Tax forms and hunting licences were among documents stolen from Edmonton apartments by an organized mail fraud ring, police allege. ...read full article
August 3, 2010

Cuyahoga County human services worker accused of identity theft



CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services worker is accused of stealing the identities of two co-workers, getting credit cards in their names and charging $13,000 in merchandise. ...read full article
August 3, 2010

Texas Firm Blames Bank for $50,000 Cyber Heist



A business telephone equipment company in Texas is trying to force its bank to settle a liability claim over an attack by organized cyber thieves last year that cost the company $50,000. ...read full article
August 2, 2010

GAO sting shows passport fraud remains a problem



Earlier this year, undercover investigators from the Government Accountability Office applied for and obtained three of seven passports they sought using common identity theft techniques. State Department officials issued five of the seven passports, but retrieved two from the mail before they were delivered -- after employees discovered the GAO sting. ...read full article
August 2, 2010

St. Al's missing data tapes with employees' personal info



BOISE, Idaho – Approximately 1,000 current and former Saint Alphonsus employees are being notified that a computer back-up tape containing their personal information has gone missing. ...read full article
August 2, 2010

Hacker shows cellphone tapping device



LAS VEGAS - A computer security researcher has built a device for just US$1500 that can intercept some kinds of cell phone calls and record everything that's said. ...read full article
August 2, 2010

Tenants can’t get answers on Guttenberg security breach



Residents of Guttenberg’s subsidized public housing projects are afraid their personal information could be misused now that the Guttenberg Housing Authority sent them letters this month saying a computer security breach allowed “an unauthorized individual” access to their personal files, including Social Security and credit card data. ...read full article
August 2, 2010

ID theft feared at Ont. government website



An NDP critic is blasting the Ontario government after it revealed there was a possible case of identity theft linked to its driver's licence address change website. ...read full article
August 2, 2010

Arizona drivers warned about gas-pump credit-card scam



The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures is warning consumers to take extra precautions to protect their identities because of an increase in the use of illicit credit-card readers at gas pumps. ...read full article
August 2, 2010

New laws on ID theft, business start today



Ever worry about having your identity stolen? Ever wondered if a business that claims to have local ties is telling the truth? Or had your vehicle impounded? Or tried to discourage your child from using tobacco? ...read full article
August 2, 2010

Deputies: Bank manager helps foil DeBary check-fraud scam; three arrested



Thanks in part to a vigilant bank manager, three were charged with fraud on Friday in what authorities in Volusia County are calling a "check fraud and identity theft caper." ...read full article
July 30, 2010

FTC Alleges $10 Million Fraud Scheme



The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says it has stopped a $10 million international scheme that was siphoning off small amounts from more than 1 million credit and debit card holders. ...read full article
July 30, 2010

Seven Ways for College Students to Fight Identity Theft



College students have enough to juggle when it comes to school, work and their social life and fighting fraud often doesn’t make the list of priorities. Because college students are so susceptible to identity theft, Better Business Bureau recommends that they take seven simple steps to protect themselves on campus. ...read full article
July 30, 2010

Tax collector may have used confidential files for business leads



VANCOUVER — A tax collector in B.C. used the Canada Revenue Agency's computers to look up the private tax files of hundreds of high-income individuals, apparently in the hopes of hitting them up for a business she ran on the side, according to internal government documents. ...read full article
July 30, 2010

Tesco Bank fraud risk after data lost in post



Tesco Bank has lost the personal details of dozens of customers, leaving them exposed to the risk of fraud, after staff sent unprotected personal data in the post. ...read full article
July 30, 2010

Ex-owner of Smithfield store admits to $1.7M fraud



A Smithfield woman pleaded guilty Thursday to three federal charges, admitting she stole the identities of customers from her farm equipment store to obtain more than 80 loans worth $1.7 million. ...read full article
July 30, 2010

Lax document disposal leaves privacy in shreds



Imagine the anxiety of discovering that the information you divulged to one of the city's leading bankruptcy firms was not kept confidential. ...read full article
July 30, 2010

Hotel guests still most at risk for identity theft



Computer hackers continue to steal hotel guests' credit-card data more than any other industry - and there's little consumers can do to protect themselves, Nicholas Percoco, an Internet expert who investigates corporate data breaches, tells Hotel Check-In. ...read full article
July 30, 2010

Three charged with credit card fraud/ID theft ring at local stores



Three New Yorkers were arrested Thursday as they left a local store and charged with orchestrating a credit card fraud and identity theft ring that struck a series of Westport merchants. ...read full article
July 30, 2010

Hackers probe the edges of secure Internet traffic to craft attacks



Researchers have uncovered new ways that criminals can spy on Internet users even if they're using secure connections to banks, online retailers or other sensitive Web sites. ...read full article
July 30, 2010

Gulfport man accused of identity theft



GULFPORT, Miss. -- Gulfport police say a 29-year-old man has been accused of stealing his girlfriend's identity by obtaining a credit card in her name while she was deployed. ...read full article
July 30, 2010

Computer with patient data stolen from Jefferson



A laptop computer with health and personal information on 21,000 patients was stolen from an office at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia in June. ...read full article
July 30, 2010

Two Charged in Conspiracy to Steal GM Trade Secrets



A federal Indictment was unsealed today in Detroit charging two individuals with conspiracy to possess trade secrets without authorization, unauthorized possession of trade secrets, and wire fraud. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Hospital: Stolen laptop contains info for 21K patients



A day after a missing thumb drive created a possible security breach at Cooper University Hospital, Action News has learned another hospital is facing a breach of their own. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Is The New Facebook Hack of 100 Million Users Really a Big Deal?



Whenever any of the major online sites get hacked it makes news headlines. But when the site hacked is Facebook, one of the biggest social media sites in the world with over 500 million users, people really do stop and take notice. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Most Breaches Caused by Crime Gangs



Organized crime was responsible for 85 percent of all stolen data in 2009. And stolen credentials were the most common way to gain unauthorized access into organizations. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Your child's identity being stolen? It's possible



When getting your kids enrolled in school or sports, you may not think twice before handing over their birth certificate or social security card. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Hackers add new twist to check counterfeiting


A security firm uncovers a scam in which $9 million in fake checks were issued using data stolen online.



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July 29, 2010

Botnet mastermind who infected 12m PCs nabbed : FBI



International authorities have arrested a computer hacker believed responsible for creating the malicious computer code that infected as many as 12 million computers, invading major banks and corporations around the world, FBI officials said. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Cable guy guilty of ID theft



A Time Warner Cable (“TWC”) technician, who illegally installed a spyware program on three of his employers’ computers to enable him to gain unauthorized access to TWC’s customer database and billing system, was convicted on all eight counts against him. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Private information lands in dumpster near Interstate 10



Imagine your most private information falling into the wrong hands. That’s what some people dealt with after nearly 75 legal files were found in a dumpster off Interstate 10 near Boerne. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Fast food customers' identities stolen by worker, say police



Three people are charged in an alleged identity theft ring, skimming credit and debit card information from fast food customers at a Tukwila Wendy's restaurant. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Man who stole credit cards, electronics at UVa avoids prison



A 27-year-old man who stole credit cards and electronics at the University of Virginia will avoid prison time and instead be enrolled in a diversion program in Harrisonburg. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Edmonton bank the target of fraud



A skimming device has been found at a TD Canada Trust branch on Whyte Avenue late Tuesday afternoon. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Undercover Feds Able to Easily Obtain Fraudulent Passports



A decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks brought to light the dangers of fake IDs, federal undercover agents are still able to easily obtain genuine U.S. e-Passports using clearly fraudulent information that should have raised red flags at the State Department. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Police: Tampa a top target for 'Felony Lane' ID theft scheme



The identity theft scheme started with a loosely knit gang of criminals and prostitutes from South Florida and then spread across the country. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Don't Bite at Phish Bait -- Keep Your Data Secure



Whether you're tech savvy or not, simple precautions can protect your data and save you from malware, hacking or identity theft. Avoid spyware by making it a policy not to click on pop-ups or attachments. Don't fall for phishing, and keep security software up to date. Avoid easy-to-guess passwords both on your computer and on the web. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Your phone app is watching you



Your smart phone applications are watching you - much more closely than you might like. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Details of 100 million Facebook users published online



The personal details of 100 million Facebook users have been collected and published online in a downloadable file, meaning they will now be unable to make their publicly available information private. ...read full article
July 29, 2010

Cops Fear Missing Ky. Teen Being Held by Sex Offender



Authorities in Kentucky are searching for Brittney Kustes, a 19-year-old Bullitt County woman who they allege is being held against her will by a registered sex offender with a previous kidnapping conviction. ...read full article
July 28, 2010

Convicted sex offenders not always registering as required



UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Sex offenders are supposed to notify local police if they move-even if it's only next door, or to an upstairs or downstairs apartment - but they don't always obey that law. ...read full article
July 28, 2010

Rite Aid Agrees to Pay $1 Million to Settle HIPAA Privacy Case



Rite Aid Corporation and its 40 affiliated entities (RAC) have agreed to pay $1 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today. In a coordinated action, RAC also signed a consent order with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to settle potential violations of the FTC Act. ...read full article
July 28, 2010

South Shore Hospital records lost for months



WEYMOUTH — A Pennsylvania company hired by South Shore Hospital to dispose of patient records outsourced the work to a second company, contributing to delays announcing the disappearance of 800,000 patients’ files. ...read full article
July 28, 2010

N.Y. Federal Court to Hear Negligence Suit Against Domain Name Service



A provider of internet traffic routing services can be sued for gross negligence for enabling a hacker to gain access to the account of one of its clients, a federal judge has ruled. ...read full article
July 28, 2010

AT&T won't stop Black Hat demo of cell phone eavesdropping



The operator denies rumors it will try to block a hacker's demonstration of cell phone call interception at the Black Hat conference ...read full article
July 28, 2010

Three arrested in connection with Mariposa botnet



IDG News Service - Slovenian police will hold a press conference on Friday to discuss the arrest of three men in connection the massive Mariposa botnet that was disabled late last year. ...read full article
July 28, 2010

Black Hat: Most browsers can be made to give up personal data



Network World - All the most commonly used Internet browsers are vulnerable to exploits that can force them to cough up users' personal information that can be used to hack into bank accounts or set them up for other attacks, the Black Hat 2010 conference will be told this week. ...read full article
July 28, 2010

US Secret Service shows business how to fight cyberthreats



Business needs to be more proactive in its approach to security in the face of increased insider threats and customised malware, says Verizon Business. ...read full article
July 28, 2010

Privacy Advocate Can Post SS Numbers Online



(CN) - A Virginia woman has the right to publish government officials' Social Security numbers online to make the point that those numbers should not be made available to the public, the 4th Circuit ruled Tuesday. ...read full article
July 28, 2010

Massive check-fraud botnet operation tied to Russia



Network World - Check fraud is an old-fashioned kind of crime, but a criminal ring with ties to Russia is using modern cybercrime techniques, including botnets, online databases of financial information and check imaging archives, to run a highly automated, multi-million-dollar counterfeit-check operation. ...read full article
July 28, 2010

Online scams target lonely hearts with troops' photos



Jasonville, Indiana (CNN) -- Last Christmas, Stacey Chapman hung a stocking, anxiously awaiting the homecoming of the all-American soldier she had met online and planned to marry. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Cloud-based phishing kit hacks the hackers



Security firm Imperva has uncovered a new, automated, cloud-based phishing kit. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Identity fraud increases 14%



The number of identity fraud victims jumped in the first six months of 2010 as a consequence of the recession, according to a Cifas report. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Federal investigation ties troops to child porn



WASHINGTON — A major federal investigation has found that dozens of military officials and defense contractors, including some with top-level security clearances, allegedly bought and downloaded child pornography on private or government computers. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Ex-Walter Reed CSM accused of faking his record



A former command sergeant major at Walter Reed Army Medical Center fired for allegedly faking his record and wearing unauthorized awards and decorations faces military discipline for a series of bold deceptions that span several years and multiple commands, according to the charges against him. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

iPhone jailbreaking not illegal, says US government



The US government has given iPhone users the go-ahead to bypass electronic protection on Apple's iPhones to enable them to use any wireless service provider, not just Apple partners. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Iran was prime target of SCADA worm



IDG News Service - Computers in Iran have been hardest hit by a dangerous computer worm that tries to steal information from industrial control systems. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Private Information Found Near Public Street in Bryan



Mattresses, tires and bags of trash are often some of the first images that come to mind when you think of illegal dumping. But what about hundreds of pieces of private information? One Bryan resident says he came home to that and much more, to remnants of days gone by. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Citi confirms critical bug in iPhone mobile banking app


Saved access codes, other info to hidden file on smartphone and synced computers



Computerworld - Citigroup has urged customers conducting mobile banking from their iPhones to immediately upgrade because a security flaw in the older app secreted account information on the smartphone. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Cyber crime costs businesses each $3.8 million per year



Study also finds that cyber crime -- including Web attacks, malicious code, and rogue insiders -- results in about one successful attack each week ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Massachusetts hospital may have lost backup files affecting 800,000 people



A third-party firm contracted out by a Massachusetts hospital to destroy sensitive computer files cannot confirm that it wiped them clean, leaving hundreds of thousands of patients at risk for identity theft, SearchSecurity.com reports. The names, addresses, Social Security numbers, diagnosis and treatment codes and, in some cases, credit card data, of up to 800,000 people may have been lost, according Weymouth, Mass.-based South Shore Hospital. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

PC Virus Endangers OSU Employee Information



Oregon State University (US) is informing some 34,000 existing and erstwhile staff members that a PC virus has recently infected one of its computers containing their private data. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Thomaston watching for ID theft after mistake



THOMASTON -- The town accidentally released old records containing the Social Security numbers of volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers two months ago, but so far no cases of identity theft have been reported. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Deceptive Marketers Banned from Selling Mortgage Relief Services; One Defendant Ordered to Pay $11.5 Million



Eight marketers are banned from selling mortgage modification or foreclosure relief services under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC alleged that the marketers charged homeowners up-front fees and falsely claimed they could get their mortgage loans modified or prevent foreclosure on their homes. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

‘Stranded Traveller’ scammers attack online



Debbie Laramie wasn’t robbed in England. She was hacked in Michigan -- a victim of the "Stranded Traveller" scam that is sweeping cyberspace. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

In the future, everyone may be a cybersecurity professional



The Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency has published its findings on the “Human Capital Crisis in Cybersecurity” and, as earlier reports suggested, it could be the spark for a wholesale change in the way the entire government IT work force is trained and certified. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

WikiLeaks case highlights digital security challenge



The massive release of secret Pentagon documents by WikiLeaks highlights the security challenges of the digital age, when gigabytes of sensitive data can be exposed with a single click, analysts said. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

How hackers snoop on private web browsing



LONDON: Experts have identified how their web browser's 'private mode' setting is also vulnerable to hackers. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Personal Web Sites Are New Hacker Target



Personal web sites are increasingly vulnerable to hackers, experts say, and the number of vulnerable sites is growing with the popularity of companies that offer -- often at low prices -- to host pages with simple directions and only basic technical support. Low-tech customers often lack the know-how to sufficiently protect their web sites. ...read full article
July 27, 2010

Vengeful online sex ads take growing toll



With help from Craigslist, Pam -- whose identity msnbc.com has agreed to protect -- was able to get additional details about the ad, including the poster’s IP address. ...read full article
July 26, 2010

Schools risk theft of SS numbers of children



Schools are putting children at risk of identity fraud by obtaining their Social Security numbers when it is not required by law and often unnecessary, the Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General has concluded. ...read full article
July 26, 2010

More credit card skimmers found at Gainesville gas pumps



More credit card skimming devices were found Friday at a Gainesville gas station near Interstate 75, leading authorities to warn residents against paying at the pump at any area stations. ...read full article
July 26, 2010

Georgia Court: Personal medical records are fair game for government snooping



In a decision with frightening ramifications for the protection of a person’s most intimate medical records, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that a person’s medical records are no longer considered “private papers” and thus are not protected from government search warrants. ...read full article
July 26, 2010

Three police constables make off with ATM, caught on camera



Four men, including three police constables, stole an ATM of Corporation Bank in Shahjahanpur on Saturday night, but within hours the police recovered the machine and arrested two of them with the help of CCTV footage. ...read full article
July 26, 2010

The Coalition for a Secure Driver's License presents Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles with Homeland Security Award



The Coalition for a Secure Driver's License (CSDL), a Washington D.C. based non-profit, presented its Homeland Security Award to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) at the Government Center Auditorium in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 26, 2010. The awards ceremony was streamed live to all 140 license branches to recognize the hardworking motor vehicle personnel across the state. ...read full article
July 26, 2010

Teacher confesses: I stole my students' identities



MIAMI — A former Broward County teacher will spend six months on house arrest for stealing the identities of students. ...read full article
July 24, 2010

Fingerprint mutilation on the rise, but it's practically pointless



(CNN) -- In crime labs across the country, law enforcement officials say more and more suspects are attempting to conceal their identity through fingerprint mutilation -- defacing the skin of their fingertips. ...read full article
July 24, 2010

She is as Dangerous as She Looks



Robin Sage had the look. On her Facebook and Linkedin profile photo, she cast a piercing glance sideways from her dark brown eyes. An enticing smile lingered on her pink lips. And, she had the chops: out of MIT for just three years, she boasted of being in “the computer hacking scene for over ten years” and already had a position in Naval Network Warfare Command. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Three Colombian Nationals Extradited to the United States to Face Alien Smuggling and Visa Fraud Charges



WASHINGTON – Three Colombian nationals have been extradited from Colombia to the United States on charges of conspiracy to smuggle aliens for profit, alien smuggling for profit, and conspiracy to commit visa fraud in connection with their alleged roles in an extensive and sophisticated visa fraud scheme through which they fraudulently procured visas from the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. The extraditions were announced today by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. of the District of Columbia; Eric J. Boswell, Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security and Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, U.S. State Department; and Director John Morton of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Identity theft - the 21st century crime



One of the most insidious crimes of today's information age is identity theft. More and more Americans have fallen victim to the illicit use of their personal information for fraudulent purposes. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Healthcare Breaches Spin Out Of Control



If the past week is any indication (and I'm afraid it is), health care companies are doing an abysmal job at protecting personal health care data. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Baidu lawsuit against domain register approved



Chinese search engine Baidu can proceed with negligence claims against its domain register following a hacking attack, a US judge has ruled. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Grand jury indicts five in identity theft scheme



A federal grand jury has returned a four-count indictment against five people charging them with conspiracy to commit bank fraud in a credit card identity theft scheme, U. S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Thursday. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Card-skimming devices found at H&M stores



Several H&M stores in Sweden have discovered so-called skimming devices on their card readers in Linköping, Täby, Löddeköpinge and Malmö. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Richmond tax preparer sentenced to 3 years, 3 months for ID theft, fraud



RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former employee of a Richmond tax preparation company is going to prison for using clients' personal identifying information to open credit accounts. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Theft compromises Iowa Ag Department program



The Iowa Department of Agriculture has notified the public that a computer stolen from a locked state car a week ago may compromise personal information of more than 3,400 Iowans who are participating in the department’s horse and dog breeding program. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Former credit union employee arrested for identity theft



Mesa police arrested a former credit union employee who they said used a customer's identity and her own address to apply for credit cards, court records state. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Financial info leaks online from area credit card transactions



COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A WTVM viewer tipped us off to a website that had personal data, including credit card information, about him, and 50 other people. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

MoD loses a staggering 340 laptop computers in TWO YEARS...and most of them were not encrypted



The Ministry of Defence has lost or had stolen 340 laptops worth more than £600,000 in the last two years, figures reveal today. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Sex offender faces ID theft charge in Hinds



The arrest of a suspected fraudster in Hinds County led to the discovery that the same man is wanted in a neighboring county for failure to register as a sex offender. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

Phoenix man arrested in $1M credit spree



A Phoenix man has pleaded guilty to credit card fraud totaling $1 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix said Thursday. ...read full article
July 23, 2010

FBI busts Palm Beach County identity theft ring



An identity theft ring based in Palm Beach County took information gathered by computer hackers and used it to print fake driver licenses, birth certificates and social security cards in real people's names, federal agents said. ...read full article
July 22, 2010

Corporate ID theft hits Georgia businesses


Days after Colorado warns of scam, a Georgia official reports the same problem



Computerworld - Just days after Colorado officials warned businesses about scammers who are forging corporate identities to commit financial fraud, an official in Georgia said the same has been happening in that state as well. ...read full article
July 22, 2010

Circuit Won't Reopen Intercepted Email Case



(CN) - The 4th Circuit declined to reopen the case of a former colonel in the North Carolina Army National Guard, who accused his colleagues of intercepting, reading and forwarding his emails while he was deployed in Iraq. ...read full article
July 22, 2010

Defcon social engineering contest stirs concerns


Challenge that requires contests to target companies and obtain information is making some organizations uneasy



A capture-the-flag-style competition slated to take place at Defcon later this month has raised eyebrows at a number of companies who are concerned they will be embarrassed or negatively impacted in some way. CSO first reported the CTF challenge earlier this month in Defcon contest to spotlight social engineering. The challenge asks contestants to collect information about a "target" company, which they are assigned to by contest coordinators at the web site social-engineer.org. ...read full article
July 22, 2010

Trader Stole $2M from Friends, FTC Says



CHICAGO (CN) - The manager of Dawson Trading stole $2.1 million from his family and friends while sending them bogus account statements for an alleged commodity pool, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission claims in Federal Court. ...read full article
July 22, 2010

Memphis cops use predictive analytics to fight crime



IDG News Service - It can sometimes be hard to pinpoint the return on investment in a particular technology, but police officials in Memphis say they are getting major results from using predictive analytics technology to fight crime. ...read full article
July 22, 2010

Fake femme fatale shows social network risks


Researcher Thomas Ryan says fictitious Robin Sage character fooled many holding security, military and intelligence posts



Computerworld - Hundreds of people in the information security, military and intelligence fields recently found themselves with egg on their faces after sharing personal information with a fictitious Navy cyberthreat analyst named "Robin Sage," whose profile on prominent social networking sites was created by a security researcher to illustrate the risks of social networking. ...read full article
July 22, 2010

Half a billion people sign up to Facebook despite privacy risk



Despite the privacy concerns raised by civil rights groups around the world, almost one in 12 people on the planet is signed up to social networking site Facebook. ...read full article
July 22, 2010

Dell admits malware on motherboard replacements



Computer maker Dell has admitted that some replacement motherboards installed in four of its server lines were infected with malicious software. ...read full article
July 22, 2010

Ministry of Defence loses 1,200 pieces of data storage equipment



The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has lost or had stolen more than 1,200 pieces of IT equipment capable of storing potentially sensitive data in the past two years - of which only 274 were encrypted. ...read full article
July 22, 2010

Funny Stuff Alleged at Sheriff's Office



HOUSTON (CN) - A former computer chief for Harris County claims the county fired for him telling the FBI that the Sheriff's Office planned to illegally hack into the county's computer network to perform a "security audit" - for as long as 2 years - an operation that should take no longer than a month. ...read full article
July 22, 2010

FTC Warns Websites That Offer 'Free' Credit Reports: Disclose Federally Mandated Free Reports or Face Prosecution



The Federal Trade Commission is warning 18 Internet websites offering free credit reports that they must clearly disclose that a free report is available under federal law. The FTC’s recently amended Free Credit Reports Rule, which took effect April 2, 2010, requires certain disclosures to help consumers distinguish between ads for free credit reports that often require them to buy credit monitoring or other services, and the federally mandated no-strings-attached credit reports available at AnnualCreditReport.com or 877-322-8228. ...read full article
July 21, 2010

Siemens confirms German customer hit by Stuxnet espionage worm


Security vendor Symantec is now logging about 9,000 infection attempts per day



Siemens has confirmed that one of its customers has been hit by a new worm designed to steal secrets from industrial control systems. ...read full article
July 21, 2010

FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges That U-Haul Invited Its Main Competitor to Fix Truck Rental Prices



Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that U-Haul and its parent company invited its main competitor to fix prices on truck rentals. The settlement order against U-Haul and its parent company AMERCO bars them from colluding or inviting collusion. ...read full article
July 21, 2010

HHS reveals three more breaches



HHS/OCR’s web site reveals three more breaches that were never reported in mainstream media ...read full article
July 21, 2010

Thousands of personal record files dumped in recycling bin



LAND O’ LAKES - On Sunday morning, Karen and Scott Keith made their monthly stop at the Land O' Lakes Recycling center to drop off household recycling items. ...read full article
July 21, 2010

Obama says he can't intervene in British hacker case



IDG News Service - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he can't intervene in the long-running case of a British hacker charged with breaking into U.S. military computers. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

Even lawyers fall for spam scams



Toronto lawyer Gene Colman, who has handled divorce and child-custody cases for 30 years, was immediately intrigued by the e-mail he received out of the blue. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

Man arrested at Gordon faces 7 indictments



AUGUSTA, Ga. — A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted a former guardsman on charges that he impersonated a soldier and convinced military officials to hand him high-tech equipment. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

Cybercriminals combine Java and Flash to thwart security



The latest report from M86 Security, a company specialising in real-time web and e-mail threat protection, has found hackers are using multiple attacks to get around IT security. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

Mozilla yanks password-stealing Firefox add-on



Computerworld - Mozilla on Tuesday warned users that a password-stealing add-on slipped into Firefox's extension gallery more than a month ago had been downloaded nearly 2,000 times before it was detected. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

Senators try again on identity theft bill



Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Bob Bennett (R-Utah) re-introduced a bill Wednesday that would require companies to notify consumers when their personal information has been stolen. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

The Only Kind of Identity Theft That Could Kill



When it comes to identity theft, one of the fastest-growing concerns is the improper use of medical information, according to a recent Ponemon Institute study. Costs for victims can be particularly high, and the crime can take especially long to recognize, the study said. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

Ex-MI6 man admits to Official Secrets breach



Daniel Houghton, an IT graduate who worked for MI6 between 2007 and 2009, was accused of downloading a list of MI6 staff and operatives and attempting to sell the information to a foreign power. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

Missing girl found after almost 7 years



A California girl who had been missing for almost seven years was found Wednesday by police in Phoenix, Arizona, authorities said. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

List of 1,300 Alleged Illegal Immigrants Released in Utah



When discussing immigration and citizenship status in the United States, it’s easy to descend into hyperbole and start invoking metaphors to Hitler, McCarthyism, or some other horrible moment in world history. But a leaked list of 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants that is rife with information ranging from Social Security numbers, addresses, workplaces and phone numbers to expected due dates of pregnant women? That might be worth a doomsday metaphor or two. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

OSU notifying individuals of data security breach ‘out of an abundance of caution’



CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is notifying 34,000 current and former employees that a computer containing some of their personal information was recently infected by a virus, even though the university’s computer experts say it is “highly unlikely” that the virus put any of that information in the hands of unauthorized users, OSU officials say. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

Conn. AG wants teachers board to explain lost data



Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says the state Teachers' Retirement Board owes its members identity theft protection and an explanation after waiting six months to inform them of a lost flash drive containing retirement data. ...read full article
July 15, 2010

Thousands stolen in I.D. theft



HYDE PARK -- Cincinnati police say they are investigating a case of identity theft. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Thousands of sex offenders receive U.S. passports



(CNN) -- Thousands of registered sex offenders have received U.S. passports, including at least 30 federal employees, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by CNN. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Mother faked ID to 'disappear' child from school waiting list


Gmail fake ruse comes unstuck



A devious mother posed as another parent in an attempt to remove a rival child's name from a school waiting list. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

'World's No. 1 hacker' tome rocks security world


Plagiarism, racism, and fake Mitnickism alleged



A recently published e-book penned by the self-proclaimed “world's No. 1 hacker” is rocking the security community with back-and-forth allegations of plagiarism, racism, and even threats against a security podcaster and his family. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Class Claims Internet Firms Use 'Fake News'



KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CN) - An Internet marketer uses "fake news articles and fake blogs" to direct browsers to its page, then bills people's credits cards without permission, a class action claims in Jackson County Court. The class claims that Pacific Web Works is preying upon people hurt by the recession by promising them work-at-home jobs. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Researchers find privacy flaws in Chatroulette



IDG News Service - Perhaps there is finally something to deter Chatroulette.com users from their more offensive behavior: University researchers say that users of the popular video-chat site may not be as anonymous, or as private, as they think. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Cockeyed 'Knob Face' confusion masks real malware threat



Wrong-headed warnings about a worm spreading across Facebook are causing confusion about a real threat. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Medical privacy at risk in Georgia



Doctor-patient confidentiality is something we all rely on. The problem is, it’s not the law in Georgia. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Patient Says Doctor Let Newspaper Peep on Medical Marijuana Exam



REDDING, Calif. (CN) - A patient claims her doctor allowed a newspaper reporter to surreptitiously videotape her while she discussed with the doctor the medical use of marijuana for chronic pain. The patient claims Dr. Cristal Speller and Natural Care for Wellness violated medical privacy and wiretapping laws, and that publication of the story in the Redding Record Searchlight, along with a Web link to video and audio tape, caused her "great embarrassment, obloquy, shame and ridicule." ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Federal Agencies Release Annual Report to Congress on Scholarship Fraud



The Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education have issued their annual report to Congress pursuant to the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act, describing their continued efforts to combat scholarship and financial aid fraud. Each year, millions of students seek help in financing their college education, and some fall prey to scholarship and financial aid scams that “guarantee” money for college in exchange for a fee. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

4 reasons why executives are the easiest social engineering targets



Social engineers know your company's executive team has access to the most important information about the firm, and they also know they are some of the least secure employees ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Quick action by Boca Raton bank teller leads police to fraud arrests



BOCA RATON — Police say a bank teller helped them save a Chase Bank customer several thousand dollars by stopping a man and a woman who stole the customer's identity and were trying to withdraw thousands from a bank account. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

America's Money: Parents Stealing Kids' Identities in Alarming Trend



Most of us know someone who has been a victim of identity theft. Most often, the perpetrators are strangers. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Delray Beach man charged with 'skimming' accounts off ATMs, stealing thousands



A police report lists Mihai Arnautu's occupation as "thief." Authorities say it's been a lucrative one. According to reports, he attached scanners to ATMs across South Florida to compromise scores of accounts and make off with tens of thousands of dollars. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Private Practices Revealed On Patient Breach Website



The names of "private practices" reporting breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals have been revealed. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Car Buyer Scams Spreading on Internet



Online car buyers are becoming big targets for rip-off artists. The Better Business Bureau is out with a warning about fraudulent websites that are tricking consumers into buying used cars at great prices. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

US Extends Spam Lead



Received a spam e-mail lately? No matter where you are in the world, statistically speaking, a report finds that it's most likely to have come from the United States. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

HIPAA Security, Privacy Updates Unveiled



Federal regulators have unveiled major proposed revisions to the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules that were due more than four months ago. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

15,000 victims of fraud in first half of 2010



A report by Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting center, has revealed more than 15,000 people have been the victims of fraud during the first six months of the year. ...read full article
July 14, 2010

Pay-At-The-Pump Skimming on the Rise



At a Shell station in Alachua, FL, last week, a service technician found a skimming device on a pay-at-the-pump terminal when he opened the machine for a routine maintenance check. ...read full article
July 13, 2010

AMR Breach Puts 79,000 Employees at Risk



In one of the largest data breaches in recent months, AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, said it's in the process of notifying more than 79,000 current, former and retired employees that a hard drive containing their most sensitive personal information was stolen from its corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The Associated Press reported the breach earlier this month. ...read full article
July 13, 2010

Missing computer drive contains teacher retirement data



Teachers around the state received a letter last week warning them that a computer flash drive containing retirement fund data is missing. ...read full article
July 13, 2010

Akron man could face 40 years in prison after stealing credit card info from mother's business



A 46-year-old Akron man faces a maximum of 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday in Summit County Common Pleas Court for stealing credit card information from customers at his mother's dry cleaning business and writing bad checks to the state. ...read full article
July 13, 2010

State accidentally exposes personal data of disabled



Personal and sensitive medical information on 200 developmentally disabled Ohioans was accidentally posted twice on a state computer network in the past 10 days. ...read full article
July 13, 2010

UN - Beware of Fraudsters Using United Nations Name, Emblem to Solicit Cash, Personal Information, Public Warned



The United Nations is concerned that fraudulent correspondence using the Organization’s name and emblem is circulating worldwide via websites, e-mails, fax messages and phone calls. ...read full article
July 13, 2010

Facebook for hackers shut down in Pakistan



Five alleged hackers have been arrested by the Pakistani authorities in raids that led to the closure the Pakbugs hacking and carding forum. ...read full article
July 13, 2010

Insurance agency treasurer linked to Renzi embezzled $796,000



The man who took over an insurance agency previously owned by former Arizona Rep. Richard Renzi was found guilty in federal court of embezzling $796,000 in insurance premiums, which he funneled to the former congressman’s account. ...read full article
July 13, 2010

Va. GEICO agent loses Md. license for altering her policy



A former agent of the Government Employees Insurance Co. (GEICO) had her insurance license revoked for providing inaccurate information on her insurance application to obtain more favorable rates, according to the Maryland Insurance Administration. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Sex Offender Sweep Nets 152 Arrests



Denver, CO - On June 30th, U.S. Marshals and 84 state, local and federal law enforcement agencies wrapped up a month-long sex offender sweep called Operation Shepherd 2010, conducting unannounced sex offender compliance checks and searching for fugitive sex offenders throughout the state of Colorado, resulting in 152 arrests and 2,840 compliance checks. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Operation SAFETY NET" Conducted in 33 Counties


U.S. Marshals Join Forces with State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Ensure Compliance of Registered Sex Offenders



Harrisburg, PA – The U.S. Marshals Service led an operation throughout June to ensure more than a thousand convicted and registered sex offenders who live, work, or attend school within the 33 counties comprising the Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA) were in compliance with the law. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Hacker accesses details of four million Pirate Bay users



Three hackers claim to have accessed the database containing the details of more than four million users of the controversial Pirate Bay website. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

College VPs Say Prez Fired Them for Balking at Financial Aid to 'Phantom Students'



KANSAS CITY, Kan. (CN) - Two former vice presidents claim Washburn University fired them for cooperating with an investigation of questionable practices by the university's president - including "skewing enrollment and credit hour calculations by including 'phantom' students." ...read full article
July 12, 2010

iTunes hack could affect thousands, say experts



The 400 iTunes accounts Apple admitted were hacked by a rogue developer to boost his ratings may be just the tip of the iceberg, say experts. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

New phishing attack disguised as a PDF reader update



Malicious e-mail attacks that look like PDF reader updates have been increasing in volume since the middle of June, says Symantec Hosted Services. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Several Banks Have Their Websites Defaced



The websites of at least four Wisconsin banks were defaced this weekend. The hackers claim they were compromised after gaining superuser privileges on the hosting server. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Ukrainian brought to NYC to face cybercrime charge



A Ukrainian man has been brought to New York to face charges of selling stolen credit-card numbers as part of an international cybercrime ring. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Black Market Travel Agents



38 defendants indicted in multi-million dollar fraud; Local investigation exposes nationwide network that used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets ...read full article
July 12, 2010

S.A. has its largest ID-theft case ever



Credit-card numbers from 17,000 guests at the Emily Morgan Hotel were stolen and used in a three-state shopping spree to buy farm and ranch equipment, tires, machinery, all-terrain vehicles and other goods, federal officials say. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Village of Big Bend Employees Have Payroll Info Stolen



Employees of a Waukesha County village are worried about identity theft, after their payroll information was stolen. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Travel offers extraordinary chances for financial fraud



It can happen to anyone. Last month, Lindsey Voet was traveling in Morocco with college classmates when she lost her passport. Or maybe it was stolen. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Smaller bogus bills trickle in to Brevard



Counterfeit cash is appearing in smaller denominations, but despite the down economy, it still remains scarce in Brevard County. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

N.Y. Firm Sued for Advising Clients to Invest in Ponzi Scheme



A Tarrytown, N.Y., law firm has been sued for fraud and breach of contract by a New Jersey woman who claims the firm advised her to place substantial funds with a money manager who was operating a Ponzi scheme that collapsed last year. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Alameda Food Bank hit by mail theft



The Alameda Food Bank has mailed a letter to 8,000 identified and potential donors informing them of an apparent mail theft that has cost the nonprofit organization an unknown amount in contributions and left officials concerned about identity fraud. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Charges: ID thieves bilked mom with Alzheimer's, 16 others



In a widening of an investigation into a Bellevue-based burglary and identity-theft ring, charges have been filed against a pair accused of bilking an Alzheimer's disease-stricken woman and stealing the identities of at least 16 people. ...read full article
July 12, 2010

Court upholds confinement for Ashwaubenon cheerleader mom Wendy Brown



MADISON — An appeals court has upheld three years of confinement in a mental health facility for a 33-year-old woman who enrolled at Ashwaubenon High School and tried out for cheerleading. ...read full article
July 9, 2010

HHS proposes new privacy, security rules



WASHINGTON – Department of Health and Human Services Secretary KathleenSebelius announced Thursday new proposed privacy and security rules and resources. She said they would strengthen the privacy of health information and help all Americans understand their rights and the resources available to safeguard their personal health data. ...read full article
July 9, 2010

Researcher cracks 'secret' code in U.S. Cyber Command logo


MD5 cryptographic hash translates into cyber defense command's mission statement



A security researcher said on Thursday he was the first to crack the code embedded in the seal of the U.S. Cyber Command (Cybercom), the group responsible for protecting the country's military networks from attack. ...read full article
July 9, 2010

iPhone app scam likely fueled by phishing, says security expert


iTunes' permissive downloading rights may have played a part, F-Secure researchers says



Computerworld - It's unlikely that consumers' iTunes accounts were hacked by a Vietnamese iPhone developer, a security researcher said today. ...read full article
July 9, 2010

University Databases In the Bull's Eye



Recent wave of university hacks nationwide exposes vestiges of former practice of using social security number as identifiers ...read full article
July 9, 2010

Advice For Travelers To Avoid Identity Theft When Traveling For Business Or Pleasure


Intersections and ITAC recommend the following safety tips for travelers



CHANTILLY, Va., July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Intersections Inc. (Nasdaq: INTX), a leading provider of consumer and corporate identity theft risk management services, and ITAC, the Identity Theft Assistance Center, a national advocate for recognized identity theft prevention and recovery, advises leisure and business travelers to be aware of their increased exposure on the road and to learn how to protect themselves from becoming the next victim of identity theft. According to the U.S. Travel Association, 2.3 percent more vacation travel is expected this year than in 2009. ...read full article
July 8, 2010

GAO slams White House for failing to lead on cyber security


The lack of a cyber security R&D agenda puts the nation at risk, report says



The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has so far failed to live up to its responsibility to coordinate a national cyber security R&D agenda, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released this week. ...read full article
July 8, 2010

Updates to HHS/OCR Site reveal seven more new breaches



HHS has added some more breach reports to its site. Most of them had not been reported in the mainstream media ...read full article
July 8, 2010

State’s error unveiled Social Security numbers


Data sent on 139,000 investment advisers



The Massachusetts secretary of state’s office, which is charged with enforcing financial rules for investment companies, accidentally released confidential personal information earlier this year on 139,000 investment advisers registered with the state. ...read full article
July 8, 2010

Facebook scam remotely executes actions on your account



You're on Facebook. You notice that one (or several) of your friends "liked" a page named "99% of people can’t watch this video for more than 25 seconds". You're interest is piqued. ...read full article
July 8, 2010

12 months in prison for hacking



A former senior database administrator for GEXA Energy in Houston was sentenced to 12 months in prison for hacking into his former employer's computer network. ...read full article
July 8, 2010

Man Arrested for Failing to Register Change of Address as Sex Offender



Mark Shannon, 44, of Savannah, has been arrested for failing to register his change of address as a sex offender. ...read full article
July 7, 2010

Apple Bans Developer Who Hacked Hundreds of iTunes Accounts



Apple Inc. has booted a developer and his apps from its applications store after hundreds of hijacked user accounts were used to push his titles to best sellers over the weekend. ...read full article
July 7, 2010

53,000 People at Risk of Identity Theft After University of Hawaii Computer Breach



The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Honolulu Police Department are investigating a computer breach of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s (UH) parking office database for records dating between 1998 and 2009. ...read full article
July 7, 2010

Tabnapping Attack On The Increase



This is an interesting new attack, I saw a live demo of it a while back here: Tabnabbing: A New Type of Phishing Attack. All you need to do is let the page load, then browse to another tab for 5 seconds or more and you’ll see the favicon change to Gmail and the page will load a Gmail image. ...read full article
July 7, 2010

Botnet malware targets Symbian smartphones



New botnet malware is attacking Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson smartphones running Symbian operating systems, mobile security firm NetQin has warned. ...read full article
July 7, 2010

Cash machine fraudsters strike again



Sophisticated fraudsters who have already taken more than £10,000 from customers’ accounts across the north-east have struck again in Aberdeen. ...read full article
July 7, 2010

Database Admin Sentenced for Hacking Employer's Network


A former senior database administrator at a Houston electricity provider was sentenced Tuesday to one year in prison for hacking into his former employer's computer network, the U.S. Department of Justice said.



...read full article
July 7, 2010

Atlanta Has Dubious Honor of Highest Malware Infection Rate



New York and Los Angeles are major metropolitan areas with exponentially larger populations than most other US cities, so they lead the way for total volume of malware infections. If you break the infection rate down per capita based on population, though, Atlanta comes out on top (or is it on the bottom?) of the heap with the highest malware infection rate. ...read full article
July 7, 2010

Malware Attack Targets Defense Exporters



A multi-step attack targeting defense exporters was recently reported on Symantec’s security blog. This ploy first invaded one defense contractor’s network where it set up a directory on the system for fake press releases. ...read full article
July 7, 2010

Your biometric passport can be hacked



I'd heard of stories selectively leaked to the media. But I never thought I'd be gifted with one. ...read full article
July 7, 2010

Don't buy fake health insurance



Massive unemployment and a changing health care system is creating a breeding ground for con artists. One of the fastest growing scams is fake health care coverage. ...read full article
July 7, 2010

HSBC Helping Out Mail Thieves By Sending Out Pre-Activated Debit Cards



Legitimate businessmen aren't the only ones who need stimulus packages to get their games rolling again. Dudes who dig through peoples' mail and steal debit cards can also use a little loving. HSBC understands this fact and is helping out by sending out pre-activated debit cards, Knowzy reports. ...read full article
July 7, 2010

25,000 sign up for state credit protection after data lost



More than 25,000 anxious public employees and retirees have signed up for credit protection services after a state contractor last year lost personal data on 77,000 current and former state, municipal and school employees, state officials say. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

FTC Warns of Gulf Oil Spill Job Scams


Publication Provides Resources to Find Legitimate Opportunities



Scammers who prey on people eager for work have turned their attention to the Gulf oil spill. Bogus ads for oil spill clean-up jobs in the Gulf are appearing in newspapers, online, and in e-mail inboxes. Con artists may try to get up-front payment from job seekers, or gain access to their sensitive personal or financial information. Fake job promoters also may claim they have been authorized by BP to hire clean-up crews. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

Many Americans Snared by International Frauds; FTC Publication Tells Consumers How to Steer Clear



Americans report losses of more than a billion dollars a year to international scam artists, according to the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency. Con artists can reach out across the globe to victimize people using the phone, email, postal mail, and the Internet, tricking them into sending their cash or revealing their personal information. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

Google confirms attack on YouTube


Hackers exploit vulnerability to target pages devoted to Justin Bieber, Google says



IDG News Service - Malicious hackers attacked Google's YouTube on Sunday, exploiting a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on the ultra-popular video sharing site, hitting primarily sections where users post comments. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

Angry researchers disclose Windows zero-day bug


Anonymous group claims Microsoft has hostile attitude, backs Google researcher



Computerworld - An anonymous group of security researchers last week published information about an unpatched Windows bug, saying that they were disclosing the vulnerability because of the way Microsoft treated a colleague. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

Pricewaterhouse Accused of Bad 'Blessing'



TULSA, Okla. (CN) - Pricewaterhouse Coopers "blessed" bogus financial statements that helped hide the CEO's raiding of the company's coffers for "self-dealing and speculative trading" that ultimately sunk SemGroup, the bankrupt Oklahoma energy firm's court-appointed trustee claims in Tulsa County Court. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

DefCon contest to spotlight social engineering



This year's Defcon event will feature a contest that asks social engineers to infiltrate target companies. But the challenge is only one part of a large mission to get people thinking about social engineering. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

Risk of cyber threats seriously underestimated



A new study by the Ponemon Institute demonstrates that a vast majority of enterprises of all sizes regularly fall victim to advanced cyber threats, at the same time, more than half of these organizations recognize their defensive technologies, personnel and budget as "inadequate." ...read full article
July 6, 2010

ATM vendors threaten researcher, stop his presentation on ATM flaws



In an unexpected turn of events, a presentation about "The Underground Economy" by Italian white hat hacker and security expert Raoul Chiesa at the Hack In The Box conference held last week in Amsterdam, was replaced at the last minute with a presentation on "Side Channel Analysis on Embedded Systems" by Job de Haas. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

Most cyber attacks target the U.S.



SecureWorks announced the findings of a research study that analyzed where the greatest number of attempted cyber attacks were launching from across the globe at its 2,800 clients. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

Attacking the App Store



Shady App developers are doing their best to mine Apple's App Store, hitting unsuspecting consumers right in the pocketbook. Blogs and some tech sites began reporting the schemes over the holiday weekend and while the number of people being hacked is relatively small when considering overall purchases, the spike of fraud is troubling and could be a sign of more to come. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

FedEx loses 138,000 patient records



New York City Lincoln Hospital has suspended sending CDs via courier after a package containing seven containing detailed patient data was lost en route from its bill processing supplier Siemens Medical Solutions to the hospital. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

Aussies lose US$1.3bn to online identity fraud



Australian internet users have lost almost US$1.3 billion to online identity fraud during the past year, a new survey has found. About US$200 million of that total has yet to be recovered by the victims. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

UF officials notify patients of privacy breach



University of Florida officials have notified 2,047 people that their Social Security or Medicaid identification numbers were included on address labels affixed to letters inviting them to participate in a research study. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

18 arrested as credit card cloning gang broken up in Madrid



A group of 18 men and women from seven countries have been arrested in Madrid by the National Police in connection with a credit card cloning scam. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

State’s error unveiled Social Security numbers



The Massachusetts secretary of state’s office, which is charged with enforcing financial rules for investment companies, accidentally released confidential personal information earlier this year on 139,000 investment advisers registered with the state. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

Mail for Citizens insurance fraudulently diverted



Florida's public insurance carrier says someone fraudulently changed its address through the U.S. Postal Service. ...read full article
July 6, 2010

Maryland pharmacist sentenced for healthcare fraud



A Maryland pharmacist has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison in a case that caused the Food and Drug Administration to issue an alert about suspicious drugs in 2008. Pamela Arrey pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to misbrand pharmaceuticals, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. ...read full article
July 2, 2010

FBI Investigating Possible DSHS Hacker



The FBI is investigating whether a hacker broke into the state’s confidential cancer registry, possibly holding personal information and medical records hostage. ...read full article
July 2, 2010

Blumenthal Investigating Wellpoint Security Breach Of 500,000 Customers



Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating a massive security breach that allegedly compromised private financial and health information on nearly a half million WellPoint consumers, including thousands in Connecticut. ...read full article
July 2, 2010

Facebook credentials phishing scheme



Trying to trick users into giving up their Facebook usernames (i.e. emails) and passwords by making them believe they have won a prize is a well-known tactic employed by online criminals. ...read full article
July 2, 2010

Microsoft: 10,000 PCs hit with new XP zero-day attack


The bug in Windows XP's Help and Support Center was disclosed on June 10 by a Google researcher



Nearly a month after a Google engineer released details of a new Windows XP flaw, criminals have dramatically ramped up online attacks that leverage the bug. ...read full article
July 2, 2010

Hoosiers Can Claim Dumped Medical Records


Hoosiers Can Claim Old Files



INDIANAPOLIS -- Patients in Indiana now have a new way to retrieve sensitive information in medical records that have been dumped illegally. ...read full article
July 2, 2010

Phishing under the name of Wikipedia



A large number of spam emails are currently prompting their recipients to verify an alleged Wikipedia account by clicking on a link that appears to point to the official Wikipedia site. The emails contain such texts as "Someone from the IP address 112.135.3.205 has registered the account 'iamjustsendingthisleter' with this e-mail address on the English Wikipedia", where the IP address corresponds to that of the spamming computer (bot), and the alleged Wikipedia account is the spam recipient's email account. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Wellpoint security glitch exposes applicant data



WellPoint Inc (WLP.N) has warned some 470,000 people who applied for its health insurance that a website security glitch may have exposed their Social Security numbers and other sensitive data to the public. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Patients' privacy put under threat


THE private details of Queensland Health patients are at risk of being lost or stolen and there are inadequate plans to deal with a major security breach.



...read full article
July 1, 2010

Aetna recovers personal information of N.J. policy holders thought to have been discarded



Aetna is alerting nearly 5,000 policy holders in New Jersey and Pennsylvania it has recovered a discarded filing cabinet containing Social Security numbers and other personal information. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Jeffrey Jones Busted: 'Ferris Bueller' Actor Faces Felony Charge For Sex Offense



"Ferris Bueller" actor Jeffrey Jones was charged Wednesday with failing to update his sex offender registration status, authorities said. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

FBI hackers fail to crack TrueCrypt



The FBI has admitted defeat in attempts to break the open source encryption used to secure hard drives seized by Brazilian police during a 2008 investigation. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Legislative website being repaired after hack



Legislative staffers reloaded data into a state website Wednesday after discovering the site was infected by a virus. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

GR man sentenced for ATM fraud scheme



A Grand Rapids man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for a high-tech scheme that netted him close to $40,000 from ATMs. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Card skimming device found



Shoppers are being urged to check their bank accounts after a cashpoint skimming device was found. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

FBI: Russian spies hid codes in online photos



The alleged Russian spies recently arrested by the FBI are accused of encoding messages into otherwise innocuous pictures, marking the first confirmed use of this high-tech form of data concealment in real life, experts say. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Trojan attacks now almost solely from legitimate websites



According to reports, many online users are almost always attacked from the hacked websites of legitimate providers. Previously a majority of surfers used to assume that malware was only found on sex sites and other shady websites, but these days all you need to do is visit your favourite newspaper to come under attack. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Visa Revokes PCI Approval From Ingenico PIN Pads Following Breach



In a move that seems to reflect a very different PCI approach coming from Visa, the world’s largest card brand has ripped the PCI approval from two Ingenico PIN entry devices (PEDs) after a data breach. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Another theft of data from Kentuckiana hospital causing concern



There has been another data breach at a Louisville hospital owned by Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Cuban man sentenced for mail fraud, ID theft



A Cuban man has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for posing as an attorney to represent detainees in immigration court in San Pedro. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Man Pleads Guilty to Scam Using Dewey & LeBoeuf Name



A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding an investor out of up to $1 million in part by creating fake correspondence from Dewey & LeBoeuf. Vlade Stojchevski, 40, pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud in U.S. District Court in New Jersey in connection with the scheme. As part of the scam, he opened a bank account in Dewey's name and created false documents from the law firm to induce further funds from the victim. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Recidivist Runs $16M Ponzi, SEC Says



PHILADELPHIA (CN) - Robert Stinson Jr., a "felon and securities fraud recidivist" is running a Ponzi scam that has taken $16 million through his "purported hedge funds" including three "Life's Good" funds, the SEC says. "Stinson has been stealing money for his own personal use," often prying it out of victims' "self-directed IRAs," according to the federal complaint. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Russian spy ring needed some serious IT help


A 27-word password is left on a piece of paper



Network World - The Russian ring charged this week with spying on the United States faced some of the common security problems that plague many companies -- misconfigured wireless networks, users writing passwords on slips of paper and laptop help desk issues that take months to resolve. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

UK online bank customers under attack



UK users of online banking services are under attack as criminals use malware that is undetected by most anti-virus software. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Feds Seize Domain Names of Movie Piracy Websites



(CN) - Federal officials on Wednesday said they have seized nine domain names of websites that store or distribute pirated movies and TV programs. "If your business model is movie piracy," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, "your story will not have a happy ending." ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Students Say School Took Them for $1.5M



LOS ANGELES (CN) - The husband and wife who run Montecito Fine Arts schools targeted Chinese-Americans to defraud students of $1.5 million for classes and services they never received, dozens of students claim in Superior Court. Students who enrolled in two colleges and a high school run by Montecito Fine Arts sued Arts Edgar Kuckelkorn and his wife, Trisha Ying Zi Zhang. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Ashes To Ashes star Keeley Hawes falls victim to ID theft



Life has sadly imitated art with the news that Spooks and Ashes To Ashes star Keeley Hawes was a victim of identity fraud while filming the new ITV drama Identity, which follows an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Florida seniors a growing target for scam artists



If your parents are 60 or older and live near here, chances are they've been scammed. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Bobby McLeod, James Larson of Green Bay to stand trial for using dead soldiers' identities to pass bad checks



Two Green Bay area men accused of using dead Wisconsin soldiers’ identities to pass bad checks in Woodruff will stand trial in Oneida County, according to broadcast reports. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

Facebook moves to limit application's access to data



Facebook has begun to roll out changes to the site in its efforts to appease critics of its privacy practices. ...read full article
July 1, 2010

California Assembly approves $20 million for Jaycee Dugard



The California Assembly on Thursday passed a bill appropriating $20 million to kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard to settle her claims against the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, according to the chief clerk's office. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

New York hospital loses data on 130,000 via FedEx



New York's Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center is notifying patients that their personal information may have been compromised after seven CDs full of unencrypted data were FedExed by a hospital contractor and then lost in transit. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Confidential cemetery papers found dumped



Residents are fuming after a cardboard box overflowing with personal information, including credit card numbers, was found outside a Hamilton cemetery yesterday. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

UMaine students who sought mental health services' data compromised



The University of Maine police department is investigating a data breach of which has lead to the exposure of personal and medical information of almost 5,000 students between the summer of 2002 and this past week. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Laptop with personal data of 24,000 people is stolen



Training company A4e said the data was held on a personal computer of an employee which was stolen in "an opportunistic domestic burglary". ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Social Security numbers, federal tax numbers released in error by Sparta Board of Education



A local activist’s recent public records request resulted in some extra information — namely, some personal Social Security numbers, and some federal tax identification numbers. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Officials investigate potential information breach



Some personal information from a computer science and engineering class at Cal State San Bernardino may have been disclosed. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

FTC Cracks Down On Online Payment Scam



At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has halted an online scam that used identity theft to place more than $10 million in bogus charges on consumers' credit and debit cards, pending a trial. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

RHS Computer Security Breach



The following is a letter from Ridgefield High School Principal Jeff Jaslow and Superintendent Deborah Low, dated June 21, that was dispersed in the high school's PTSA e-blast on Monday evening. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Elderly couple lose $512,000 to scammers



An elderly Australian couple that had already lost over $440,000 to overseas scammers reportedly ignored warnings by police and lost another $60,000, according to a new report. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Whirlpool DDoS attacks to be reported to police


Site down for second consecutive day.



Australian broadband forum Whirlpool was today hit with a distributed denial of service attack, the second day in a row the popular site was attacked. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Latest Email Attacks Prey on People's Familiarity With the Web



Email security companies and their customers continue to battle the weakest link in email security as the latest email attacks prey on people's trust in popular brands. These new attacks have the look and feel of trusted brands, increasing the likelihood that recipients will respond. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Is Cyberstalking Becoming a Serious Threat?



In the last few weeks, Christina DesMarais has lived in a state of fear. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Scammers Exploit the FTC’s Good Name, Promise Phony Sweepstakes Prizes



Someone who claims to work for the Federal Trade Commission calls to inform you that you have won a lottery or sweepstakes. To receive the prize, all you have to do is pay the taxes and insurance. The caller asks you to wire money or send a check for an amount between $1,000 and $10,000. What should you do? Don’t send money or account information, and immediately report the incident to the real Federal Trade Commission (FTC). ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Whistleblower’s complaint leads to Medicare fraud charges in Georgia



A whistleblower’s accusations led federal prosecutors to issue a civil False Claims Act complaint against an Augusta, Ga.-based Medicare provider and its former owner, alleging they submitted fraudulent claims for more than $690,000. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Government seeks input on cyber security plan



In the murky world of the Internet, how do you ever really know who you're talking to, who you're buying from or if your bank can actually tell it's you when you log in to pay a bill? ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Guard busted in $365k ID-theft scheme



A Georgetown-area security guard was charged in connection with a "a highly sophisticated" identification theft and fraud ring that ripped off more than 200 victims to pay for other people's bills, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Task Force: Valet Busted in Credit Card Skimming Scam



Southern California has long been ground zero for credit card skimmers and identity theft hackers. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Boyfriend of missing Arizona woman held as police seek more clues



(CNN) -- The boyfriend of a missing Arizona woman is being held without bond on fraud and other charges while police seek additional information into his girlfriend's disappearance, Chandler police said Tuesday. ...read full article
June 30, 2010

Destination Hotels card-processing system hacked



IDG News Service - Hackers have broken into the payment processing system of Destination Hotels & Resorts, a high-end chain best known for its resort hotels in destinations such as Vail, Colorado; Lake Tahoe, California; and Maui, Hawaii. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

Supremes Strike Part of Sarbanes-Oxley Law



(CN) The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a challenge to the corporate reform law known as the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley law, finding unconstitutional the way members of an accounting oversight board could be removed. The 2002 law was enacted to prevent fraud after accounting scandals at Enron were exposed. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

EU agrees to share banking data with US



The European Union has reached an agreement with the US to continue sharing European bank data to help fight terrorism, after initially rejecting a proposal to extend information sharing because of privacy concerns. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

Supreme Court's SOX decision may be non-event for IT


Unless Congress creates 2.0 version of Sarbanes-Oxley, analysts say it should be be compliance as usual



Computerworld - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act is unlikely to affect the jobs of IT managers, who have already spent bundles of money on software and staff time to ensure compliance with this 2002 law. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

Ten Alleged Secret Agents Arrested in the United States


Multi-year FBI Investigation Uncovers Network in the United States Tasked with Recruiting Sources and Collecting Information for Russia



Eight individuals were arrested Sunday for allegedly carrying out long-term, "deep-cover" assignments in the United States on behalf of the Russian Federation, the Justice Department announced today. Two additional defendants were also arrested Sunday for allegedly participating in the same Russian intelligence program within the United States. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

Social networks leak your information, study says


Think only your social network knows your location? Well, think again



Computerworld - Do you want everyone to know where you are? Well, your favorite social networking sites might be spilling the beans about your location. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

72-Year-Old Man Gets 9 Years



SAN DIEGO (CN) - A 72-year-old man who lives in the wealthiest enclave in the nation was sentenced on Monday to 9 years in prison for defrauding investors of $25 million. Richard M. Hersch of Rancho Santa Fe promised 2% to 6% weekly returns from his company, All States ATM, which allegedly kept ATM machines on the "back side" of horse-racing tracks - where the public could not see or use them. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

SEC Freezes Assets in $106M Ponzi Case



CHICAGO (CN) - The SEC on Monday froze the assets of a Virgin Islands-based man and charged him with running a $106 million Ponzi scam. Daniel Spitzer, of St. Thomas, claimed his many businesses never lost money and that one year they paid returns of 184.15 percent. But actually, the SEC says, he dished out $72 million as Ponzi payments and spent a lot on himself, including $900,000 in cash at the Wynn Las Vegas Casino. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

Biased State DMV Destroys Naturalization Papers and Other ID, Class Claims



NASHVILLE (CN) - In a federal class action, a naturalized citizen claims the Tennessee DMV confiscated and defaced her naturalization documents when she tried to get a driver's license, because of her ethnicity. Diana Mata Cuellar wants the Tennessee Department of Safety and Hamblen County DMV enjoined from subjecting other people to this. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

WellPoint Security Breach Put At Risk Information For 470,000 Nationwide, Including 5,600 In Connecticut



An online security breach put at risk the personal, financial and medical information of 470,000 WellPoint customers nationwide, including 5,600 in Connecticut, customers are learning this week in notification letters from the company. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

ACLU sues state over police raid on Ketchikan clinic



ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska says there's no excuse for the state to violate medical-records privacy laws. The group filed a lawsuit against the state Monday, claiming it ordered a recent police raid of the A Woman's Place clinic in Ketchikan. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

Hacker Croll Convicted For Infiltrating Obama's Twitter Account



PARIS — A court in central France has convicted a young Frenchman accused of infiltrating Twitter and peeping at the account of President Barack Obama, and given him a five-month suspended prison sentence. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

Elaborate Identity theft scheme targets a million consumers



A federal court has halted an elaborate international scheme that used identity theft to place more than $10 million in bogus charges on consumers’ credit and debit cards, pending a trial. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

NY Attorney General sends more mortgage-related warning letters



NEW YORK (AP) - More than 30 companies that promise help for at-risk homeowners have been added to the growing list of firms getting letters from New York attorney general's office over illegal and deceptive practices. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

Reliance on passwords is biggest security threat, says hacking expert



Passwords are fundamentally insecure and represent the biggest security threat facing organisations, says Jason Hart, senior vice-president for Europe at security firm Cryptocard. ...read full article
June 29, 2010

$2.8 million grant for cybersecurity training initiative at MVCC



UTICA, N.Y. - Mohawk Valley Community College will receive a $2,778,237 Community-Based Job Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to implement the Upstate New York Cybersecurity Training Initiative that will provide training for 2,090 people through a partnership of 5 colleges and local adult education providers, according to Congressman Michael Arcuri. ...read full article
June 28, 2010

Local Man, Woman Accused Of Aggravated ID Theft



A federal grand jury indicts a local man and a local woman on aggravated identity-theft charges Thursday. ...read full article
June 28, 2010

ATMs vulnerable to hackers



A security expert has identified flaws in the design of some automated teller machines that make them vulnerable to hackers, who could make the ubiquitous cash dispensers spit out their cash holdings. ...read full article
June 28, 2010

FBI Investigating Possible DSHS Hacker



The FBI is investigating whether a hacker broke into the state’s confidential cancer registry, possibly holding personal information and medical records hostage. ...read full article
June 28, 2010

Spammers still hot for Michael Jackson



One year after his death, pop star Michael Jackson is still being used as a target for spammers. ...read full article
June 28, 2010

Not even FBI was able to decrypt files of Daniel Dantas



The FBI failed to break the encryption code of hard drives seized by federal police at the apartment of banker Daniel Dantas, in Rio de Janeiro, during Operation Satyagraha. The operation began in July 2008. According to a report published on Friday (25) by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, after a year of unsuccessful attempts, the U.S. federal police returned the equipment to Brazil in April. ...read full article
June 28, 2010

Tax Appraiser's Web site hacked



Those seeking information from the Highlands County Tax Appraiser's Web site may have been unable to access data for the last week due to a hacker. ...read full article
June 28, 2010

Puerto Ricans targeted in massive ID theft schemes



Born in a U.S. territory where he has lived all his life, Jose Marrero Rivera didn't know his name and social security number were racking up thousands of dollars in unpaid charges in Chicago and Miami. ...read full article
June 28, 2010

Sharp Hospitals Try Palm-Scanning ID System



Sharp hospitals across San Diego County are using a new way to identify its patients which is much more accurate than fingerprints. ...read full article
June 28, 2010

Man ordered to repay $3M in Calif employment fraud



A former Marysville resident has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay back $3 million in fraudulently obtained unemployment compensation. ...read full article
June 28, 2010

FTC Says Scammers Stole Millions, Using Virtual Companies



The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has disrupted a long-running online scam that allowed offshore fraudsters to steal millions of dollars from U.S. consumers -- often by taking just pennies at a time. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

Senate committee approves controversial cybersecurity bill



IDG News Service - A U.S. Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the U.S. president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

Spain uses stolen HSBC data for tax probe



Herve Falciani stole account data for around 79,000 clients three years ago and fled to France while under investigation before eventually handing it over to authorities. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

Millions of student loan borrowers' personal info compromised



A suspect is under arrest, as investigators piece together clues in the theft of social security numbers belonging to millions of student loan customers. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

Accused Hacker Who Balked at 2-Year Prison Deal Now Faces Decades



An alleged hacker who declined a 2-year plea deal is facing decades behind bars after federal authorities Thursday added multiple charges, including possession and distribution of child pornography. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

IG: Pilots, Your Private Information Is At Risk



A Transportation Department inspector general (IG) report dated June 18 found "serious security lapses" in systems that the FAA uses to store pilots' personal information, including medical data. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

Twitter Settles FTC Charges That It Failed to Protect User Data



Under consent decree terms, Twitter must establish an information security program, which will be assessed by a third party every other year for 10 years ...read full article
June 25, 2010

In 4 Key Rulings, Supreme Court Limits Fraud Statutes' Reach



On the civil side, justices ruled that securities fraud class actions involving foreign investors or firms cannot be filed in U.S. courts unless shares were bought or sold within the U.S. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

1½ Years, $15M Fine for Brocade's Ex-CEO



SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The former CEO of Brocade Communications was sentenced on Thursday to 18 months in prison and fined $15 million for backdating stock options. A federal jury convicted Gregory Reyes of securities fraud, lying to accountants and keeping false books and records. Reyes was ordered to surrender on Sept. 10. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

SEC Pulls Plug on Securities Cold Callers



(CN) - Top officers in the Advanced Technology Group sold $14.7 million in unregistered securities through "nationwide cold-calling campaigns," the SEC claims in Manhattan Federal Court. It sued ATG, formerly known as Oxford Global and FX3000, its founder and CEO Alexander Stelmak, and its president Abelis Raskas. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

Nigerian man gets 40 months for immigration marriage scam



A Nigerian man has been sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison after falsely claiming on immigration documents and a marriage certificate that he had wedded an American woman — who actually didn't know him at all. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

Feds: Hacker accused of Biden threat targeted Pawlenty, Klobuchar



Authorities added child pornography charges Thursday to allegations against a Blaine man accused of pilfering a neighbor's identity and e-mailing a death threat to Vice President Joe Biden. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

University Hospital to rectify data breach


Offers year of credit monitoring



About 13,000 people will be getting notices from University Hospital of a potential breach in privacy because of a missing data tape, even if it appears unlikely that it was actually taken or that anyone could use the data, an official said Thursday. ...read full article
June 25, 2010

Carder forum hack reveals information that can be used to track down members



It's every forum for itself in the cut-throat market of carder forums, and a security breach affecting one of them means more market share for the rest. It is, therefore, highly likely that this latest hack into the carder.cc forum was perpetrated by or at the behest of some of its competitors. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

Personal data accessed on Blue Cross website



More than 200,000 Anthem Blue Cross customers this week received letters informing them that their personal information might have been accessed during a security breach of the company's Web site. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

Glenville personal data exposed



The town did not protect sensitive personal information when it used employee Social Security numbers on unsecured time sheets and unnecessarily kept credit card information of those who paid traffic fines, according to a state comptroller's audit released Tuesday. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

Scotland Yard cuffs teens for role in cybercrime forum



Two teenagers have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the world's largest English-language cybercrime forum. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

OYS: Business says it accidentally trashed customers' personal information



The loud hum of a giant shredder, filling the warehouse of Augusta Data Storage, is the sound of safety. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

Dozens of credit card numbers stolen from Driskill guests



The credit card numbers of dozens of recent guests at the downtown Driskill Hotel were stolen after thieves hacked into the accounting network for the hotel’s management company, officials said. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

'Prolific' credit card fraudster handed jail term



http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2010/06/23/dozens_of_credit_card_numbers_1.html ...read full article
June 24, 2010

FBI warns on denial-of-service phone scam



The TDoS attacks use automated dialling programs and multiple accounts to overwhelm victims' mobile phones and land lines with thousands of calls. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

Physician Group a Victim of Server Theft



Executives at a Nevada physician group are investigating how many patients were affected when a server was stolen June 11 from an administrative office in Reno, Nev. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

Twitter Settles Charges that it Failed to Protect Consumers' Personal Information; Company Will Establish Independently Audited Information Security Program



Social networking service Twitter has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information, marking the 30th case the FTC has brought targeting faulty data security, and the agency’s first such case against a social networking service. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

Six charged in Edmonton identity theft ring



Six people have been charged with operating a forgery ring that has stolen hundreds of identities. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

How to Practice Safe Online Banking



Online banking is a double-edged sword for small businesses: It's easy and convenient, and yet it makes them vulnerable targets for cybercriminals. There are a lot of small businesses out there, and they don't all have the big budgets for IT resources or a large staff. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

Prisoners, scammers profit on home-buyer tax credit



The Internal Revenue Service doled out more than $27 million in fraudulent claims for the home buyers' tax credit on returns for 2008, including claims by prisoners serving life sentences and people who purchased their home before the credit was in effect, a Treasury Department report said Wednesday. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

Top court sides with ex-Enron CEO Skilling



The Supreme Court has sided with former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling in limiting the use of a federal fraud law that has been a favorite of white-collar crime prosecutors. ...read full article
June 24, 2010

Nantucket Man Arrested and Charged with Operating International Online “Phishing” Scheme to Steal Income Tax Refunds



Mikalai Mardakhayeu, a Belarusian national residing in Nantucket, Mass., was arrested Wednesday night and charged for his alleged participation in an international online "phishing" scheme to steal income tax refunds intended for U.S. taxpayers around the country, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz for the District of Massachusetts. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

University to notify students and faculty regarding unsecure database



College of Education students and faculty members whose names were found in an unsecure database last month are being notified this week that some of their information may have been accessible to the public. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

National Guard laptop stolen from car, sensitive personal information at risk



A federal laptop belonging to the Oregon National Guard has been reported stolen from a Guard member's vehicle, and may contain sensitive personal information concerning military service members. National Guard information technology personnel and Portland Police are investigating the theft. The Guard member was using the computer to conduct work from home. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

Data breaches affect patients in 3 states



More than a million Florida residents lost personal information in one of several security breaches reported in recent weeks. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

Four arrested in credit card scam



Four people are in jail for manufacturing credit cards using stolen information, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

Calif man accused of extortion through hacking



A hacker took over more than 100 computers and used them to extort sexually explicit videos from women and teenage girls by threatening to release their personal data, federal prosecutors charged Tuesday. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

Google's Street View faces multi-state US probe


US state Connecticut will lead a multi-state investigation into Google's collection of wi-fi data.



...read full article
June 23, 2010

How cybercrooks could cash in on your Facebook data



The gargantuan amount of high-quality user data on Facebook is causing everyone--from marketers to hackers--to salivate like dogs gazing at a steak. They all want a piece of you. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

Warning issued over fake bank calls



The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office warns people to be on the lookout for fraudulent automated bank calls on cell phones that try to get bank customers’ debit card and personal identification numbers for identity theft. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

Many Android apps pose privacy threat, says security vendor



As many as 20% of applications on Android Market let third parties access private or sensitive information, according to a report from security vendor SMobile Systems. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

Hackers Aren't Only Threat to Privacy



Sophisticated hackers aren't the only ones gaining access to sensitive data on the Internet. A large amount of personal information is being left exposed or poorly protected by companies and governments. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

UK chip and pin fraudster gang jailed



A gang of UK chip and pin fraudsters have been jailed for a nationwide scam that netted £725,000 in nine months. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

Two London teenagers arrested in cybercrime investigation



The Metropolitan Police's Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) has arrested two teenagers in an international cybercrime investigation. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

Phony Immigration Agents Charged



SAN DIEGO (CN) - Federal prosecutors charged a man and woman with bilking immigrants of more than $100,000 through their bogus California Legal Services company of Pico Rivera. Armando Garcia and Elizabeth Alcocer claimed to be immigration officers and immigration attorneys, and took money to submit fraudulent federal applications, according to the 16-count indictment. ...read full article
June 23, 2010

SEC Settles $28M Ponzi Complaint



MIAMI (CN) - Trade-LLC and its two managing members suckered investors in a $28 million Ponzi scheme, the SEC claims. Philip W. Milton and William Center persuaded three private investment clubs to hand over the money with promises of 8 percent monthly returns, according to the settled federal complaint. ...read full article
June 22, 2010

UK: Credit card fraudster hits 35,000 motorists in petrol station scam



A computer wizard branded 'the most prolific chip and pin fraudster in the UK' was jailed yesterday for four years. ...read full article
June 22, 2010

Spokeo Website Collects Personal Information



The internet has made a lot of things easier. Shopping, paying bills and communicating with friends can now be done at work, on your laptop, even on your phone. But all that convenience comes at a cost. ...read full article
June 22, 2010

ESG: Average cost of medical breach between $30 and $150 per file



Many large healthcare organizations have recently paid heavy fines for security breaches that allowed the unauthorized viewing of patient data. According to Network World, the Enterprise Strategy Group reports each compromised medical file costs a healthcare organization between $30 and $150. ...read full article
June 22, 2010

UK: Kent Police lose confidential data



Kent Police has been found in breach of the Data Protection Act, after confidential data was stolen from a police car sitting outside an officer's house. ...read full article
June 22, 2010

Connecticut AG Investigating Google WiFi Incident



Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said on Monday that his office will helm an investigation into the unauthorized collection of wireless network traffic by Google's Street View cars on behalf of an undisclosed number of states. ...read full article
June 22, 2010

11 Nigerians and 3 local women held over love scam



Impersonating as good-looking Englishmen, 11 Nigerians had courted 111 single women here through Internet social networking sites before cheating them of their money to retrieve "special gifts" from Britain. ...read full article
June 22, 2010

John Menard comments on attempted identity theft



John Menard praises his bank and with good reason. It prevented someone from stealing almost half a million dollars from him. ...read full article
June 22, 2010

Months later, census still a source of concern



Little-known fact: Census 2010 workers are making follow-up calls as the project winds down, but some folks worry that it could be a ploy to steal personal information. ...read full article
June 22, 2010

Pirates harness technology for scams



Exhibs, digital cinema service providers and 3D TV manufacturers aren't the only ones profiting from the technological revolution that is transforming the entertainment industry. ...read full article
June 22, 2010

Peter Hoss: Beware Nigerian Web scams



Some readers may have received e-mails purportedly originating in Nigeria notifying recipients that money is being held for them in a blocked bank account. ...read full article
June 22, 2010

YOU May Be Your Company's Biggest Security Threat



Anytime you're doing business on the road without security in place, you're open for business, but for the wrong customers. You wouldn't take your customers' money and let it hang out of your pockets for anyone to grab would you? By leaving data access points open to hackers, you're essentially doing just that. ...read full article
June 21, 2010

Rogue tax workers snooped on ex-spouses, family members



Dozens of workers at Canada’s tax agency have been caught snooping on their ex-spouses, mothers-in-law, creditors and others by reading confidential tax files. ...read full article
June 21, 2010

Organized Crime Has Globalized and Turned into a Security Threat



"Organized crime has globalized and turned into one of the world's foremost economic and armed powers," said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the launch of a new UNODC report on The Globalization of Crime: A Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment. ...read full article
June 21, 2010

Google's Wi-Fi snoop nabbed passwords and emails



The Wi-Fi traffic collected by Google's world-roving Street View cars included passwords and email, according to a report citing a preliminary study from the French data protection authority. ...read full article
June 21, 2010

Stay of Execution



The FTC is delaying the implementation of its new "red-flag rules" until December 31, giving businesses more time to figure out the rules, which are meant to avert identity theft. ...read full article
June 21, 2010

Sexual predator treatment squeezes budgets



Just off the highway leading to this woodsy Minnesota town, more than 400 men live behind tall fences topped with razor wire. They spend their days shuffling between meals, group therapy sessions and activities such as painting state park signs. ...read full article
June 21, 2010

Fraudulent Telephone Calls Allowing Fraudsters Access to Consumer Financial and Brokerage Accounts



The FBI Newark Division released a warning to consumers concerning a new scheme using telecommunications denial-of-service (TDoS) attacks. ...read full article
June 21, 2010

Card fraud case has ensnared hundreds



A popular Little Rock restaurant was the target of financial fraud that has tripped up “hundreds” of people around Central Arkansas, the Little Rock Police Department said Friday. ...read full article
June 21, 2010

Police nab criminals on Facebook



Police have jumped on the social networking bandwagon to gather intelligence from local communities and help catch criminals. ...read full article
June 21, 2010

Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws Exposed



Senator Charles Schumer introduced a bill that could close loopholes in current federal laws that give sex offenders easy access to children. ...read full article
June 18, 2010

Internet Fraud Alert service to help rescue stolen account credentials



Microsoft, eBay, PayPal, Citizens Bank and several US regulators, consumer organisations and security groups have set up an online fraud alert service. ...read full article
June 18, 2010

Confidential personal information stolen from Kent Police



The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found Kent Police in breach of the Data Protection Act. ...read full article
June 18, 2010

OPERATION STOLEN DREAMS


Hundreds Arrested in Mortgage Fraud Sweep



From industry insiders to straw buyers, nearly 500 people have been arrested in a nationwide mortgage fraud takedown that reflects the coordinated efforts of law enforcement to address the growing problem of crime in the housing industry. ...read full article
June 18, 2010

Court: Search that found child porn OK



RICHMOND, Va. — The search of a Virginia Army private's MP3 player that revealed child pornography was constitutional because searches on military bases don't require probable cause, a three-judge panel of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. ...read full article
June 18, 2010

Roundup Accuses 14 of Mortgage Fraud



LOS ANGELES (CN) - Federal and state officials on Thursday arrested 13 of 14 people charged with raking in $35 million in fraudulent mortgage schemes. The Ventura County residents could face up to life in prison if convicted of all charges; the 14th defendant is believed to be out of the country. ...read full article
June 18, 2010

38 Charged With Mortgage Fraud Across USA



MANHATTAN (CN) - Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged 38 people with defrauding hundreds of homeowners and lenders across the nation. The eight indictments claim the defendants defrauded lenders of $29 million and victimized more than 240 homebuyers. Defendants include three lawyers, seven mortgage brokers, three real estate agents, and two loan officers. ...read full article
June 18, 2010

Boiler Room Took $25 Million, SEC Says



(CN) - Operating from boiler rooms in Thailand and Costa Rica, a Florida man bilked people of $25 million by selling bogus shares in Texas oil wells, the SEC claims in Lubbock Federal Court. Justin Solomon, of Deerfield Beach, also sold shares in the nonexistent Caribbean Stock Exchange, the SEC says. ...read full article
June 18, 2010

Ponzi at IBM, Tech Investor Says



PHILADELPHIA (CN) - Four IBM vice presidents orchestrated a 5-year-long Ponzi scheme, demanding money from investors even after canceling the related development project, according to a federal RICO complaint. Devon IT claims the vice presidents, who worked in IBM's hardware division, the Systems and Technology Group, used part of Devon's $12 million investment to inflate the division's earnings and fund projects with other business partners. ...read full article
June 18, 2010

Microsoft, eBay, Citizens Bank launch online fraud alert service



IDG News Service - Microsoft, eBay and Citizens Bank have launched a new Internet fraud alert service designed to allow them to better share information about compromised accounts with each other in an effort to better fight online fraud. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

iPad hacker arrested on multiple drug charges after FBI search


Once bragged he was on acid while delivering a security conference presentation



Computerworld - One of the hackers in the group that snatched more than 100,000 iPad owner e-mail addresses from AT&T's servers was arrested Tuesday on felony drug charges after the FBI searched his Arkansas home. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

Spammers gear up for Father’s Day



Global spam exploiting Father's Day is increasing rapidly in the run up to the 20 June celebration in 52 countries, according to the Symantec Response team. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

Hackers put sexual content on Tory Twitter



A hacker has posted sexually explicit comments on the Twitter, Facebook and blog accounts of Tory Member of Parliament Therese Coffey. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

New cyber security threats facing the public sector



The US government is investing heavily in cyber security after the recent attacks on Google pushed the issue of targeted internet security breaches up the agenda. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

FBI Says Woman Ran $45M Ponzi Scam



MANHATTAN (CN) - A New Jersey woman was arrested today and charged with running a $45 million real estate Ponzi scam, federal prosecutors said. Antoinette "Dina" Hodgson, 58, of Montclair, allegedly skimmed "tens of millions of dollars" from investors, spent "hundreds of thousands" of it in casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, threw $700,000 into a Dunkin Donuts franchise, and gave "tens of thousands" to friends and family. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

Data Breaches Persist In Health Care



In September 2009, the Obama administration’s Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act went into effect, requiring hospitals and other health care organization to beef up client data protections. Despite this, a recent study found that health care data is still hemorrhaging from peer to peer networks. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

NY ID Thieves Ripped Off Soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan: Cops



More than 20 soldiers from Fort Hood are among 200 of victims ripped off by an identity theft ring in New York, law enforcement officials said. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

Police Arrest 178 in U.S.-Europe Raid on Credit Card ‘Cloning Labs’



Police have arrested 178 people in Europe and the United States suspected of cloning credit and debit cards in an international scam worth over 20 million euro ($24.52 million), according to a report from Reuters and authorities in Spain. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

Massive keylogger cache posted to Pastebin.com



Details for thousands of accounts, from Facebook to PayPal, have surfaced over the weekend on Pastebin.com. The details, which come from keylogging software, appear to have been dumped automatically to the site based on observations from BitDefender, who tipped The Tech Herald off to their existence on Friday. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

Authorities Indict 26 In Connection With City ID Theft Ring



The New York City Police Department has arrested 26 people, mostly natives of Nigeria, who were allegedly in the business of stealing identities and stole at least $5 million. They allegedly affected more than 200 soldiers, including many of whom were unaware of what was happening, since they were serving overseas. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

Interior loses CD with personal data for 7,500 federal employees



A compact disc that contains personally identifiable information for about 7,500 federal employees has been reported lost by the Interior Department’s shared services center. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

Treasurer's site exposes taxpayers' information to hackers



Franklin County property owners paying taxes online before Monday's deadline might have innocently allowed thieves trolling cyberspace to snag checking-account or credit-card numbers. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

The Tie Between ID Theft & Illegal Immigration



Valley identity theft expert said there’s a strong correlation between high rates of ID theft and the numbers of illegal immigrants in a state. ...read full article
June 17, 2010

Judge says alleged hacker can't use Internet, orders computers removed from his home



U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank was in a quandary: In an age where computers are everywhere and even cell phones have Internet access, how do you keep a man accused of hacking into his neighbors' e-mails away from computers? ...read full article
June 17, 2010

FBI Issues 2009 Mortgage Fraud Report



According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2009 Mortgage Fraud Report, released today, mortgage fraud suspicious activity reports referred to law enforcement increased 5 percent to 67,190 during fiscal year (FY) 2009. The total dollar loss attributed to mortgage fraud is unknown. It’s estimated that $14 billion in fraudulent loans originated in 2009. ...read full article
June 16, 2010

Civilian arrested at military base with possible explosives



(CNN) -- Military police at Fort Gordon, near Augusta, Georgia, have arrested a civilian for impersonating a soldier after "possible grenades" were found in his vehicle on base, a base spokesman said early Wednesday. ...read full article
June 16, 2010

Two ID'd in Florida air base incident



MacDill Air Force Base, Florida (CNN) -- The names of two people who tried Monday to enter MacDill Air Force Base with unauthorized weapons were released by officials Tuesday. ...read full article
June 16, 2010

AT&T-iPad security breach may be worse than first thought



Researchers looking into the security of GSM phone networks are suggesting that the recent breach, which saw tens of thousands of e-mail addresses and ICC-IDs inadvertently disclosed by AT&T, could have far more significant implications than a bit of extra spam: attackers can use the information to learn the names and phone numbers of the leaked users, and can even track their position. ...read full article
June 16, 2010

AT&T hit by another data breach



Within days of researchers from Goatse Security finding a flaw in AT&T's website that exposed the e-mail addresses of over 100,000 iPad users, AT&T account information is being leaked. ...read full article
June 16, 2010

Facebook not doing enough to prevent clickjacking attacks, say users



Clickjacking worms are becoming an increasing problem on Facebook, and most people believe the firm is not doing enough to combat the problem, a poll by security firm Sophos has revealed. ...read full article
June 16, 2010

FTC Tries to Shut Down Robocaller



(CN) - The Federal Trade Commission claims Asia Pacific Telecom, Repo B.V. and SBN Peripherals made "tens of millions" of misleading telemarketing calls through a robocaller. A single phone number the companies used in 2009 caused nearly 14,000 Do Not Call complaints to the FTC. The company owners and operators, Johan Hendrik Smit Duyzentkunst and his wife, live in California, the FTC says. ...read full article
June 16, 2010

SEC Suspends Former McKesson General Counsel



A former general counsel for McKesson HBOC Inc. (now McKesson Corp.) has been stripped (pdf) of his right to practice before the Securities and Exchange Commission for five years as part of a civil settlement resolving charges that he participated in financial reporting fraud. ...read full article
June 16, 2010

420,000 scam emails sent every hour



More than 420,000 scam emails are sent every hour in the UK according to a report by CPP which estimates that Brits were targeted by 3.7 billion phishing emails in the last 12 months alone. A quarter of us admit to falling victim to e-fraudsters, with the average victim losing over GBP285 each. ...read full article
June 15, 2010

Police arrest 178 in global credit card scam



Police have arrested 178 people in Europe and the United States suspected of cloning credit cards in an international scam worth over 20 million euros ($24.52 million), Spanish police said on Tuesday. ...read full article
June 15, 2010

DOCUMENTS CONTAINING PERSONAL INFO FROM CITY HALL FOUND IN PUBLIC DUMPSTER



Authorities in Middle Township are investigating how documents from Municipal Hall containing personal information like social security numbers, landed in a public dumpster. The information, which was handed over to officials, could've easily landed in the wrong hands. ...read full article
June 15, 2010

Three people arrested in internet fraud operation



SUSPECTED fraudsters are believed to have stolen the identities of scores of people across Devon in a huge scamming operation. ...read full article
June 15, 2010

Hackers zoom in on Twitter accounts



Next time you are unable to log on to your twitter account and a message pops up asking you to reset your password, beware! It may be one of the new wave of spam emails that try to deceive subscribers into clicking on a password reset instruction and expose computer systems to worm attacks. ...read full article
June 15, 2010

Chico-based credit union victimized in identity theft 'phishing' scam



An identity theft "phishing" scam discovered this morning was set up to appear to come from Chico-based Star Community Credit Union and seemed to target people whose cellular service is provided by AT&T. ...read full article
June 15, 2010

Calif. Hospitals Hit With Stiff Data Security Fines



Five California hospitals were fined a total of $675,000 last week for failing to secure patient data, a development that signals a change in how state and federal governments are starting to hold companies and organizations accountable for their data security practices. ...read full article
June 15, 2010

N.Y. handyman accused of improperly accepting workers’ comp. benefits



A Red Hook, N.Y., handyman is accused of misrepresenting his work status in order to collect more than $20,000 in workers’ compensation benefits. ...read full article
June 15, 2010

Pickpocket ring nabbed in Louisville



Most of them grew up together in public housing complexes in Louisville, and they started out as a strictly local organization, picking pockets in restaurants and at the Kentucky Derby. ...read full article
June 15, 2010

Hacker charged with threatening US VP using neighbour's PC



A hacker tried to frame his neighbour by tapping into his Wi-Fi and sending threatening emails to US vice president Joe Biden, according to search warrant affidavits unsealed last week. ...read full article
June 15, 2010

CardersMarket hacking kingpin jailed for 13 years



Prolific malicious hacker Max Ray Vision was jailed for 13 years over a series of massive credit card scams that cost US banks an estimated $86 million. ...read full article
June 15, 2010

Idaho crackdown on ID theft yields arrests, guilty pleas



Several identity-theft suspects were in Treasure Valley courts last week, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Idaho reports. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES PRIVACY BREACH FINES TO FIVE CALIFORNIA HOSPITALS



The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that five California hospitals have been assessed administrative penalties and fines totaling $675,000 after a determination that the facilities failed to prevent unauthorized access to confidential patient medical information. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Belgian Royal Family, Hey?



MANHATTAN (CN) - Guy Albert de Chimay stole $6 million from clients of Chimay Capital Management by claiming ties with Belgium's royal family, the SEC claims in Federal Court. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Rothstein's Top Assistant Pleads Guilty, Describes Her Role in Ponzi Scheme


Villegas pleads guilty to one count of money laundering



Debra Villegas, Ponzi scheme convict Scott Rothstein's top assistant, said Friday that her boss told her he was tied in with the Mafia and mobsters would kill him if she didn't forge fake settlement agreements in his $1.2 billion scheme. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Jury Convicts Two New York Importers in One of the Largest Counterfeit Goods Prosecutions in U.S. History



Chong Lam, 52, and Siu Yung Chan, aka Joyce Chan, 42, both of New York, were convicted yesterday for their participation in one of the largest counterfeit luxury goods operations in the United States, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Secretary John Morton of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Tech Insight: Working With Law Enforcement After A Breach


FBI-hosted event offers tips on how to interface with the feds, law enforcement



Working with law enforcement in the aftermath of a data breach doesn't have to be scary and one-sided. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

iPad e-mail hackers defend attack as 'ethical'



Computerworld - The hackers who harvested an estimated 114,000 Apple iPad 3G owner e-mail addresses defended their actions Friday as "ethical" and said they did nothing illegal. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Two Maryland Men Convicted in Mortgage Fraud Scheme


Used Straw Purchasers and the Stolen Identifiers of Four Other Individuals to Purchase Six Baltimore Properties; Five Went Quickly Into Default



BALTIMORE—A federal jury has convicted Dema Daiga, age 28, of College Park, Maryland, and Olu Campbell, formerly known as Oluseun Oshosanya, age 29, of Laurel, Maryland, of numerous counts of wire fraud arising from a scheme to defraud a mortgage lending company in connection with six Baltimore properties. Daiga was also convicted of two counts of aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme. The verdict was returned late yesterday. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Sacramento, Folsom, Placer County detectives find credit card skimmers at gas stations



After an investigation has led to the discovery of three identical credit card skimming machines inside gasoline pumps in Placer County, Sacramento and Folsom, authorities are now looking for the people who may have used the machines to collect personal identification information. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

FDA wants safety, accuracy data on consumer genetic tests



The recent mixup that resulted in the genomic testing company 23andMe sending test results to the wrong people may end up being the least of its worries. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Cyber espionage threatens global security (Part 1)



Teenage hackers cracking government and corporate networks for the sheer thrill of breaking into reputedly impenetrable firewalls once made compelling headlines. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

The World Cup Is Expected to Bring Boost in Credit Card Fraud



Hundreds of thousands of football fans are flocking to South Africa for the World Cup, which begins 11 June. But for banks, the world's biggest sporting event won't just offer thrilling goals and hard-fought games. It also brings major worries about credit card fraud. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

World Cup IT Security Follows Swiss Rules


Mahindra Satyam, the soccer tournament's official IT services provider, is responsible for safeguarding 160,000 users, the distribution of 3 million tickets, and 40 terabytes of data.



...read full article
June 14, 2010

In ‘phishing’ scams, your friends get lost



A stolen bag. Lost cash. A missing passport. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Failed cyberattack launched against South Korea



Two South Korean government websites were struck by the second cyberattack in a week, but suffered no major damage, the government said Saturday. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Adult Web sites lure cybercrime victims



Porn surfers are likely to have out-of-date software that can be exploited, making those users an attractive target for cybecriminals, according to a study. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Spammers lose their creative edge



Spammers are now perhaps becoming more desperate and less creative in their attempts to trick email users into opening their messages. A blank email subject line was the most favoured tactic used in May, closely followed by the rather desperate ‘Please Read’ heading, Symantec’s June State of Spam and Phishing report has highlighted. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Survey: Travelers lackadaisical about identity theft



Despite the fact that identity fraud is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the U.S., more than half of Northern New England residents have little or no concern about it happening to them while traveling or visiting retail locations this summer, according to a new survey by AAA Northern New England. ...read full article
June 14, 2010

Malicious Twitter Spam Making Rounds on Internet



Security researchers at the ThreatSeeker Network of Websense Security Labs are warning users of a latest malicious spam message targeting Twitter users. ...read full article
June 11, 2010

FBI to investigate AT&T iPad data breach



The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that it will be examining the circumstances surrounding a security breach of AT&T's network that exposed the email addresses of an estimated 114,000 Apple iPad owners. ...read full article
June 11, 2010

City publishes private info on FOIA website



The city of Springfield put documents online that contained such sensitive information as people’s Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, home and work telephone numbers -- even a bank account number and the name of someone who called the state anonymously to report suspected child abuse. ...read full article
June 11, 2010

Woman pleads guilty to stealing Durham city workers' identities



A Durham woman was sentenced Thursday to prison after pleading guilty to using the personal information of city employees to obtain credit cards and purchase items online and by phone. ...read full article
June 11, 2010

Cashier at Bellmore Payless Store Accused of Identity Theft



A Long Island shoe store employee is accused of stealing security information from customers' credit cards and making duplicate cards.
June 11, 2010

At least 40 Dixie Cafe customers impacted by hackers



Executives with the Dixie Cafe say they just discovered the breach this week, hitting two locations in Little Rock and Hot Springs. ...read full article
June 11, 2010

Everett man who stole IDs of 70 people is sentenced



An Everett man was sentenced to 40 months in prison Wednesday on federal bank-fraud and identity-theft charges that involved fraudulent use of the identities of about 70 people. ...read full article
June 11, 2010

SB hospital fined $325,000 for breach of patient records



Community Hospital of San Bernardino has been fined a total of $325,000 for breaches of more than 200 patient records by two employees in 2009. ...read full article
June 11, 2010

S. Korean gov’t website hit by cyber attacks



South Korea's intelligence service is investigating a major cyber attack on the main government website by hackers traced to China, officials said Thursday. ...read full article
June 11, 2010

Grid Protection and Cybersecurity



The House of Representatives yesterday passed the “Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act” which is intended to bolster that national electric grid against terrorist attacks, cyber threats, electromagnetic pulse weapons and solar storms. ...read full article
June 11, 2010

Lax Password Protection Invites Hackers



Security companies reveal that computer users are doing a woeful job of password-protecting their data, leaving accounts vulnerable to hackers. But the dilemma facing security-conscious computer users is that while you want to use as tough a password as possible, you don't want it to be so obscure that you forget it a minute after you create it. ...read full article
June 11, 2010

Guilty plea by young hacker



An Adelaide man has pleaded guilty to infecting thousands of computers with a virus designed to grab bank account details. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

Apple's Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed



Apple has suffered another embarrassment. A security breach has exposed iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top politicians. They—and every other buyer of the cellular-enabled tablet—could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

Olympus apologises after shipping malware-laced cameras in Japan



Olympus has apologised after it distributed a digital camera in Japan that came with added malware on its internal memory card. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

Mass Web attack hits Wall Street Journal, Jerusalem Post



IDG News Service - Internet users have been hit by a widespread Web attack that has compromised thousands of Web sites, including Web pages belonging to the Wall Street Journal and the Jerusalem Post. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

'Brute force' script snatched iPad e-mail addresses


'No hack, no infiltration, no breach,' say security experts, just sloppy AT&T software



Computerworld - The harvesting of over 100,000 iPad 3G owners' e-mail addresses was not a hack or a classic data breach, but a brute-force attack of a minor feature AT&T offered to Apple customers, experts said Wednesday. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

Execs Convicted of Securities Fraud



(CN) - A federal jury in Manhattan on Tuesday convicted the former CEO and CFO of the Duane Reade pharmacy chain of securities fraud. Former CEO Anthony Cuti and former CFO William Tennant conspired to inflate company income through "fraudulent real estate transactions" with third-party brokers from November 2000 to June 2005, prosecutors said. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

$11 Million Latin American Ponzi Alleged



(CN) - Investors say a Latin American corporation took them for $11 million in a Ponzi scheme, and charged exorbitant commissions on futures trading along the way. The 18 plaintiffs claim that Alaron Trading Corp. charged them "$42 per round turn contract, almost three times the going rate, and shared the grossly inflated commission charges" with a Guatemalan company. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

FTC Urges Consumers to Watch Out for Scams Related to Gulf Oil Spill



As the nation follows news of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so do scammers. The Federal Trade Commission issued an alert urging consumers and businesses to watch out for con artists trying to take advantage of the oil spill in the gulf and to report their experiences to federal and state authorities. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

Vietnam Accused of Cyber Attacking Bloggers



The Vietnamese government is being accused of conducting cyber attacks to bring down the websites of independent bloggers, as well as arresting some of the dissidents. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

Nassau County Woman Arrested for Counterfeit Check Scam



A local woman has been arrested for taking part in an international check fraud scheme, police said. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

FTC Urges Consumers to Watch Out for Scams Related to Gulf Oil Spill



As the nation follows news of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so do scammers. The Federal Trade Commission issued an alert urging consumers and businesses to watch out for con artists trying to take advantage of the oil spill in the gulf and to report their experiences to federal and state authorities. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

Court Puts Brakes on Company That Deceptively Pitched “Extended” Auto Warranties



At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has halted a Florida-based telemarketing operation that the FTC alleged was deceptively promoting so-called “extended auto warranties” to consumers nationwide. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

Identity theft, not viruses, is threat for smartphones



As more people switch from traditional cell phones to smartphones, worries have increased that users will fall prey to the same virus and malware problems that can plague personal computers. ...read full article
June 10, 2010

Amish Man Is Charged With Multiple Sex Crimes



An Amish man from Curryville could face up to 32 years in prison for sexual-based crimes he allegedly perpetrated with at least five underage girls. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Revenge of (fired) nerd



Never sack the tech guy -- he knows your IP address. That's the lesson a Manhattan hospital learned the hard way after a disgruntled computer geek was busted for allegedly hacking into its internal computer network, including patient information and test results. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Cyberattacks still top security priority



USIS released a study that identified key issues facing government and industry security personnel and identified a key issue in terms of security vendor structure and organization. USIS surveyed more than 250 government and industry leaders in the safety, security, and law enforcement market. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Content providers phishing for demographic data via logins



There has been a steady flow of academic studies into the insecurity of the username/password authentication system (a number of which we've covered at Ars) that suggest it's doomed to failure: humans have a limited memory capacity for unique strings of random characters, which is precisely what most experts recommend as a secure password. A pair of academic researchers from Cambridge have analyzed the use of passwords by many prominent online sites, and found that many sites require passwords as a sort of security theater, requiring them in contexts that are superfluous and failing to do their part to secure the information on their end. The end result, they argue, is a tragedy of the commons, with the commons being the finite memory of the average user. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

FTC examines privacy risks of copier hard drives


The FTC is looking into the issue of sensitive documents stored on photocopier hard drives, which could be a treasure trove for identity thieves



The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is urging the photocopier industry to address privacy risks arising from the fact that digital copiers store thousands of documents on their internal hard drives. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Province ponders revealing privacy breaches after leak to Teamsters union



The Saskatchewan Party government said Tuesday it will consider the mandatory disclosure of privacy breaches by government agencies after some recent high-profile incidents. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Cn: College officials suspended in ID-theft probe



TWO college officials in central China's Hubei Province have been suspended from their jobs during a probe into an identification theft from a female student. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

India to check all Chinese telecoms equipment for spyware



India is appointing auditors to check that all telecoms equipment imported from China is free of software designed to monitor data transmissions. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Data Protection Act is out of kilter with EU law, warns privacy lawyer



The single most important change required in UK data protection regulation is to bring the law into line with European legislation, says Stewart Room, partner at law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Mansfield, Texas, Man Pleads Guilty to Commodities Fraud Involving Foreign Currency Trading Ponzi Scheme



WASHINGTON - Ray M. White, 51, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney in Dallas to a criminal information charging him with one count of commodities fraud, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Security breach exposes Tufts alumni records



Thousands of Tufts University alumni have received letters over the past few days warning about a computer security breach that may have left their social security numbers and other personal information exposed. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Ex-LA Social Worker Charged In $1M Tax Return Scam



A former Los Angeles County social services worker has been charged with filing bogus tax returns using indigent clients' identities to obtain $1 million in tax refunds. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Canada targets immigration scams



Canada is considering laws to crack down on crooked "immigration consultants" who defraud unsuspecting immigrants of thousands of dollars, officials say. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Strathclyde Police WebSite Shut Down: Possible Hacking Attack



Last night, Strathclyde Police closed its website following a potential virus attack by Chinese hackers. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Man swipes police website to complain about speed cameras



A Tennessee man found the perfect revenge after he was given a speeding ticket - he bought the local police department's website, and used it to complain. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

Dozens of Coloradoans Charged in Biggest Ever Insurance Fraud Scam



In worst and biggest crime pattern, around dozens of fraudsters were charged in highly organised insurance scam . In latest update according to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers confirmed that his office has obtained an indictment from the Statewide Grand Jury against these insurance scammers. ...read full article
June 9, 2010

$217,000 'Skimmed' From ATMs



"Cloned" debit cards have been used to steal more than $200,000 from Long Island banks between April and the end of May, police said. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

Obama's 'tele-town hall' targets scams against the elderly



Washington (CNN) -- President Obama hosts a "tele-town hall" meeting at a senior center in Maryland on Tuesday that is timed to coincide with the first mailing of rebate checks to elderly Americans. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

Sensitive Medical Paperwork Dumped In Church Lot



Thousands of patient records, surgery information, Social Security numbers and bank information were found dumped behind a Nashville Church. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

NEW HAVEN RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO CHARGES STEMMING FROM LARGE ID THEFT AND CREDIT CARD FRAUD SCHEME



David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS MELENDEZ, also known as “Ramiro Morales-Cruz,” 33, of New Haven, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft stemming from a $780,000 credit card fraud scheme. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

Massive Data Theft Leads to Hackers, Businessman


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Consumer data gathered by e-commerce company Digital River was somehow hacked and stolen and ended up with a 20-year-old New York man who aimed to sell the data to the highest bidder. The man says he has consumer-tracking information from a dozen different companies, including names, e-mail addresses, web sites, and user ID numbers ...read full article
June 8, 2010

NATO Warns May Strike Cyber Attackers



NATO is considering the use of military force against enemies who launch cyber attacks on its member states, The Sunday Times reported. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

Insurance Firm Says It Isn't Liable To Pay Claim In $3.3 Million University Of Utah Data Breach



Lawyers and security professional are watching for a court ruling on what could be a precedent-setting case involving insurance payments following a major data breach. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

15-year-old caught in Richmond with hundreds of skimmed credit cards



A 15-year-old boy was arrested last month at a Richmond gas station for connection to a credit card skimming operation. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

6 Accused In Student Loan Scam Ring



Six Sacramento residents are accused of scamming the federal government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in college financial aid. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

BofA Call Center Worker Pleads Guilty to Data Theft



A Bank of America call center employee has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole sensitive client information and then tried to sell it for cash. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

Appeals court absolves firm that exposed man's SSN



A man whose social security number and other personal data were exposed by a company that processed his job application has no legal claims because no actual damage resulted from the privacy breach, a federal appeals court has ruled. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

Cyberattack at PSU exposes thousands of Social Security numbers



For the third time in six months, a cyberattack at Penn State University exposed thousands of Social Security numbers to identity theft, officials confirmed yesterday. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

Fraudsters out to score some new victims with soccer scam



The 2010 FIFA World Cup is less than a month away and scammers are trying their best to take advantage of consumers. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

N.Y. insurance agent sentenced to prison for $14 million fraud scheme



A New York City-based insurance agent was sentenced June 7 in New Jersey to three years in prison for attempting to defraud two insurance companies in a life insurance scheme. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

Alleged auto-crash scheme bilked insurers for $460,700



A Colorado grand jury indicted 12 people it says were involved in an insurance-fraud scheme involving staged auto accidents in the Denver area and fraudulent claims totaling $460,700. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

Va. couple sentenced for student loan scam



A Virginia couple has been sentenced for a student loan scam that defrauded lending institutions in Colorado, Massachusetts, Florida and New York. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

Financial abuses of deadbeat parents



For parents who've wrecked their own credit rating, cashing in on junior's clean financial history is increasingly tempting. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

6 detained in Phoenix in ID theft case



Six people suspected of ID theft and forgery were detained at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Friday morning. ...read full article
June 8, 2010

Dillard hoops impostor Montimere, friend indicted in Texas



Guerdwich Montimere, the 22-year-old Dillard graduate who posed as teen Jerry Joseph and became a Permian High basketball standout, was indicted Monday on six felony counts that stem from a false birth certificate and a sexual relationship he reportedly had with an underage girl. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

AG arrests sex offender for using dead brother's identity



State officials caught a wanted fugitive in McKinney who had been using his deceased brother's identity for over five years. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

Hackers of Passport Office website held



Local police here have arrested a seven-member gang in Hyderabad for allegedly hacking the website of the Regional Passport Office. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

Credit card fraudsters take aim at World Cup



Jean-Pierre arrived on his South African holiday, withdrew some money from a cash machine, and hours later received a call from his bank to say that 300 euros had suddenly been charged to him. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

Card-skimmer raid on Salisbury Commonwealth Bank ATM


THE second ATM skimming device dicovered in less than a week may be the work of the same offenders, police say.



...read full article
June 7, 2010

Medical practice in Wales loses unsecured USB drive with data on 8,000 people



The Information Commissioner’s Office has found Lampeter Medical Practice to be in reach of the Data Protection Act after it reported an unsecured USB drive getting lost in the post. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

ID theft can create 'evil twin'



Regina Huerta has never worked in Wisconsin, California, Utah, Iowa, Missouri or Arkansas. Her Social Security number says otherwise. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

AvMed Breach Tops 1 Million



A data breach at AvMed Health Plans that previously was thought to have affected 360,000 current and former members now totals 1.22 million, the Miami-based insurer has announced. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

One in ten web users putting personal info at risk



One in ten Internet users browses the web without sufficient safety thereby putting their personal information at risk, a new study has revealed. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

'Scareware' ads proliferate across Internet



Court records show to the penny how much software company Innovative Marketing banked by getting computer users to pay for fake anti-virus programs: $163,167,539.95. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

Adobe warns over unpatched PDF peril



Hackers are exploiting critical, unpatched vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader, Acrobat and Flash Player. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

Hack on e-commerce co. exposes records for 200,000



E-commerce company Digital River exposed data belonging to almost 200,000 individuals after hackers executed a “highly unusual search command” against its secured servers, according to a news report. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

HIPAA violation leads to jail time



Huping Zhou, a licensed cardiothoracic surgeon in China who was working at the UCLA School of Medicine as a researcher in 2003, was sentenced in late April to four months in jail after pleading guilty to charges related to looking at patient medical records he was not authorized to view. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

ID theft threat largely ignored: survey



Most Australian's aren't protecting themselves against identity theft even though more than half those surveyed had lost a wallet or other personal information over the past three years, according to a debt data firm. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

R.I. Superior Court judge sentences Cook for multiple crimes



A Superior Court judge sentenced James E. Cook Friday to what amounts to life plus seven years for the 22 crimes from first-degree sexual assault to identity theft and drug possession to bestiality he was convicted of in March. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

Boyfriend draws interest in woman's disappearance



Chandler police say the boyfriend of a missing woman is a "person of interest" in her disappearance after investigators found him to be in possession of her vehicle and credit cards. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

Disney worker admits stealing resort guests' credit card numbers



Guests of two Walt Disney World resorts got an unpleasant surprise when their credit-card numbers were stolen and used to buy tens of thousands of dollars worth of goods they did not authorize, federal court document show. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

Calif. woman gets 7 years in Miss. ID fraud



A California woman was sentenced today in federal court in Jackson to seven years in prison for identity theft and related fraud. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

FTC examines privacy risks of copier hard drives



The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is urging the photocopier industry to address privacy risks arising from the fact that digital copiers store thousands of documents on their internal hard drives. ...read full article
June 7, 2010

Authorities: ID theft ring paid for woman's 'tummy tuck'



A South Side woman, along with her mother and brother, allegedly ran an identity theft ring using victims' credit cards and debit cards to buy furniture and get the woman a "tummy tuck" surgical procedure, according to police and prosecutors. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

Law Firms Warned About Found Package Hoax



Several law firms have been victimized by a con artist claiming to have found a package addressed to them from the New York State Insurance Fund, the state warned Wednesday. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

860,000 more Armed members may have had IDs stolen



An additional 860,000 Avmed members than originally thought may have had their identity data compromised when thieves stole two company laptops in December, officials said Thursday. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

Visa launches one-time passcode cards in Europe



IDG News Service - Visa has launched a payment card in Europe that contains a keypad and an eight-character display for showing a one-time passcode, an additional defense against potentially fraudulent Internet transactions. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

E-mail data leaks a worry for most IT professionals



Most IT professionals are concerned about the safety of data sent via e-mail, a survey has revealed. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

New Bill Would Make it Easier to Prosecute Identity Theft



A new bill introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) would give law enforcement greater latitude when prosecuting identity theft cases. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

Florida AvMed customers' personal information stolen



The personal information of nearly 1.2 million Floridians who are members of AvMed Health Plans, including their Social Security numbers, were stolen last December, the Florida attorney general said Thursday. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

Cybersecurity moving up on Congress' to-do list, staffer says



Momentum is growing on Capitol Hill for passage of cybersecurity legislation that would update the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and set policy for protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure, a Senate staffer said today. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

DIA anti-spam unit launches scam-alert web page



The Department of Internal Affairs’ Anti-Spam Compliance Unit has developed a Reported Scams web page to notify the public about 'real-time' scam threats. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

USA tops China as source of malicious servers



America has replaced China as the top source of corrupted servers being surreptitiously used by cybercriminals to dish out malicious programs, according to first-quarter findings from Kaspersky Lab. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

10 Bizarre-but-True Ways Your Home Is Susceptible to Hackers



Reality is scarier than fiction -- especially when it comes to what hackers can do. In many bizarre-but-true ways, your home is wide open to hacker attacks. Right now. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

Trio Charged In Skim Scam



A federal grand jury in Connecticut indicted three Queens residents on charges related to alleged participation in an ATM “skimming” scheme. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

Md. insurance brokers, firms allegedly stole $216,000 from N.J. city



Three insurance brokers from Maryland and their two companies face criminal charges for allegedly conspiring to steal $216,495 from a New Jersey city by collecting payments for a non-existent wellness program for city employees. ...read full article
June 4, 2010

Murda Grove Boys: 15 alleged members, associates indicted in Miami Gardens-based gang



Their nicknames include Sugie, E Bone and Boobie. They call their gang the "Murda Grove Boys." And they pack ammunition, drugs and stolen identities, authorities say. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

University of Louisville kidney patient data was available to public



A University of Louisville database of 708 names that included social security numbers and dialysis details was available on the Internet without password protection for nearly 1 ½ years, university officials said Wednesday . ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Privacy Breaches May Expose More Social Security Data At Penn State



As many as 25,572 Social Security numbers once stored on Penn State computer systems may have been exposed during security breaches in recent weeks, the university reported Wednesday. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Medical records found in DMV's dumpster



Who dumped medical records, containing confidential patient information, at the DMV? ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Aetna Documents Found On Side Of Road



A cabinet full of documents with sensitive information was found sitting on the side of the road. Now, Aetna has some questions to answer. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Spyware hidden in Mac software and apps, says security firm



Intego, makers of security and privacy apps for the Mac, warned on Tuesday that some Mac software include a new piece of invasive spyware. Macworld has obtained a preliminary list of the applications with the spyware. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Data loss forces council to shape up



West Berkshire Council has taken remedial action after a USB memory stick was lost that contained sensitive information on children and young people. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

FTC cracks down on spyware seller



IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Florida spyware vendor CyberSpy Software, two years after suing the company for selling "100 percent undetectable" keylogging software. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Facebook 'likejacking' attacks continue with flesh appeal



Network World - Facebook users are falling for yet another clickjacking scam that fools them into "liking" a page. This one lure victims with the message "Paramore n-a-k-ed photo leaked," which claims to point to a Web site containing a naked photo of Hayley Williams, lead singer in the rock band Paramore. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Ex-call center operator pleads guilty to bank fraud



A former bank call center operator pleaded guilty today to stealing customer information and trying to sell it. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

After buggy patch, criminals exploit Windows 2000 flaw



IDG News Service - Online criminals are scanning the Internet and attacking Windows 2000 machines that haven't had a recent Windows Media Service patch installed, Symantec said Wednesday. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Stolen Laptop Breach Affects 61,000



The theft of an unencrypted laptop from an employee's car resulted in a breach affecting more than 61,000 patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Plea deals offered in alleged debit card thefts in Green Bay



Plea deals appear to be in the works for two women accused of preying on intoxicated men in Green Bay to steal money from their checking accounts. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Most wanted man taken by US marshalls



A most-wanted fugitive has been captured in California. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Disney Employee Caught Stealing From Guests



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Disney employee is off the job after being charged with stealing from tourists. Investigators say the woman would help visitors check in to Disney's Saratoga Springs and Old Key West resorts, but guests had no idea she was using a device to steal their credit card information. ...read full article
June 3, 2010

Pair accused of buying pot with senator's credit card surrender



SACRAMENTO, CA - The couple who investigators said used a Virginia state senator's American Express card to buy marijuana at a Sacramento dispensary have surrendered. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

3 charged with stealing identity of soldiers



RHINELANDER, Wis. — Three people have been charged with forging checks in the names of Wisconsin service members killed in Iraq. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

World Cup spam volumes soar



Spam relating to the FIFA 2010 World Cup has soared by about 27% according to security firm, Symantec. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Oregon Says 'Veterans' Charity Is a Scam



SALEM, Ore. (CN) - Oregon claims the founder of a company who promised to spend "every penny" of the $500,000 he raised to help veterans gave a telemarketer 80 percent of the money, and spent most of the rest of it on meals, travel and personal expenses. The state claims the founder of Veterans of Oregon and Members of the Community - a veteran himself - spent "nothing or only token amounts on the programs described in its solicitations." ...read full article
June 2, 2010

States Struggle To Control Sex Offender Costs



Nationwide, more than 700,000 convicted sex offenders have registered their whereabouts with local police. Every state has a sex offender registry of some kind. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

West Berkshire Council found in breach of Data Protection Act



The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found the West Berkshire Council in breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA). ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Millions of internet users risk attack with ageing IE6 browser



Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 browser is still used by more than 25% of internet users, even though it attracts cyber attackers because it lacks up-to-date security features, a study has revealed. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Roanoke City Schools sold computers with employees personal information



We're learning more tonight about the revelation on Tuesday that the Roanoke City School system sold computers with employees personal information still on them. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Credit Union Demands $42 Million, Claims Fannie Mae Bought 'Stolen' Mortgages



NEWARK (CN) - Fannie Mae refuses to return $42 million worth of "stolen" mortgages to Suffolk Federal Credit Union, the credit union claims in Federal Court. The credit union, which says its members are "predominantly blue collar workers from Suffolk County, New York ... including firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, social services workers, and other low to middle income employees," claims Fannie Mae had its head in the sand when it bought the stolen mortgages, and now refuses to return them. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Feds: Man's global Ponzi scheme 'massive,' mocking



A Canadian national who the U.S. government says swindled $70 million from 40,000 investors on six continents carried out the same kind of Ponzi scheme the one-time bank robber mocked on his website, federal investigators allege. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Cyberattacks: Top threat to U.S. power grid



Cyber attacks, pandemics and electromagnetic disturbances are the three top "high impact" risks to the U.S. and Canadian power-generation grids, according to a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Five Indicted in Californian City ACH Fraud Case



Five individuals who played money mule roles in an operation involving the theft of $450,000 from a bank account belonging to the City of Carson, CA, have been indicted. A computer trojan was used to infect the laptop of the city treasurer in order to steal the information necessary to carry out this attack. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Counterfeiting laboratory discovered in Ireland



In a joint operation, Europol and the Garda Police have arrested four men as part of a major investigation into one of the most sophisticated money counterfeiting set-ups uncovered in Europe to date. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Facebook Users Hit with Clickjacking Worm



A worm that uses clickjacking to spread is squirming its way around Facebook. The worm has already affected hundreds of thousands of users, according to security experts at Sophos. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Spyware Seller Settles FTC Charges; Order Bars Marketing of Keylogger Software for Illegal Uses



The Federal Trade Commission has put the brakes on the business practices of an operation that was selling spyware and showing customers how to remotely install it on other people’s computers without their knowledge or consent. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Lawyer May Have Kept ID Theft Charges From Current Firm



Attorney Robert N. Wilkey's employer was surprised to learn Friday that the associate it had hired from the plaintiffs boutique located a few floors up had been charged by Upper Saucon Township police with identity theft less than a week earlier. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Computer engineer charged with stealing from AOL



Gregory Tomlinson, a computer software engineer, in connection with his unauthorized access and duplication of certain computer software files owned by his employer, AOL, Inc. Tomlinson was charged in a 35-count indictment with grand larceny, unlawful duplication of computer related materials, computer tampering, and computer trespass. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

More than 3000 Australians targeted in online scams from Ghana, Nigeria



More than 3000 Australians have been targeted by online fraudsters since January 2010, but victims feel embarrassed to speak about it. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Fake Houston doctor pleads guilty to health care fraud



A Houston man who falsely claimed a doctorate in psychology but who'd purchased a degree online pleaded guilty today to receiving nearly $1 million from Medicare and Medicaid for phony behavioral counseling. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

'Anti-grooming' software that detects paedophiles on the net created



Scientists have developed "anti-grooming" software, which can detect whether kids may be chatting with an adult posing as a child or a teenager on the Internet. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Student loan scams flourish



A college freshman. A group of prison inmates. An elderly grandmother. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

SMEs at Risk of Corporate ID Fraud



More than a fifth of small companies are leaving themselves exposed to corporate identity theft due to lax security procedures, financial insurance firm CPP has warned. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Spyware Seller Settles FTC Charges; Order Bars Marketing of Keylogger Software for Illegal Uses



The Federal Trade Commission has put the brakes on the business practices of an operation that was selling spyware and showing customers how to remotely install it on other people’s computers without their knowledge or consent. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Identity management and the law



In the area of identity management there has been significant work related to the technical exchange of identity information and the actual authentication processes. There has not, however, been a focused look at the legal issues, particularly those that would hold parties responsible for not properly identifying and authenticating users or customers. ...read full article
June 2, 2010

Google Ordered to Turn Over Private Wi-Fi Data



PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - A federal judge has ordered Google to hand over copies of its hard drives in a class action accusing the search giant of collecting private wireless data while gathering information for Google Street View. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

Sex Offender Law Can't Be Applied Retroactively



(CN) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to retroactively apply a 2006 law that makes it a crime for sex offenders to cross state lines and knowingly fail to register or update a registration. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

44 million stolen gaming credentials found



Symantec says it has unearthed a server hosting the credentials of 44 million stolen gaming accounts -- and one of the most surprising aspects of it is that the accounts were being validated by a Trojan distributed to compromised computers. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

Border searches of laptops may go off-site



A federal court in Michigan ruled that if a laptop search could not be performed at the U.S. border, the government has the right to seize and transport the computer to a secondary inspection facility, as long as there is reasonable suspicion. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

FTC Extends Enforcement Deadline for Identity Theft Red Flags Rule



At the request of several Members of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission is further delaying enforcement of the “Red Flags” Rule through December 31, 2010, while Congress considers legislation that would affect the scope of entities covered by the Rule. Today’s announcement and the release of an Enforcement Policy Statement do not affect other federal agencies’ enforcement of the original November 1, 2008 deadline for institutions subject to their oversight to be in compliance. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

Federal Suit Attacks Constitutionality of N.J. Money-Laundering Statute



Two criminal defense lawyers are asking a federal court to declare unconstitutional New Jersey's money-laundering law, which they say uniquely criminalizes the mere possession of U.S. currency. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

CEO of firm that made $100 million selling 'scareware' was a fugitive



IDG News Service - The CEO of a company accused of making more than $100 million selling harmful "scareware" antivirus products was already a fugitive from U.S. authorities, following his arrest in 2008 on criminal counterfeiting charges. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

UK internet users need to be more vigilant as online fraud hits £3.5bn, says VeriSign



Criminals need only three pieces of personal information to steal someone's digital identity to commit fraud, security services firm VeriSign has warned. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

Mandatory reporting of security breaches on the way



Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner has unveiled a new draft Code of Practice that sets out the reporting obligations of organisations in the event of a security breach and how they go about protecting private data. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

Mac spyware infiltrates popular download sites



A spyware application that surreptitiously scans chat logs and hard drives of unsuspecting Mac users has found its way onto three of the more popular download sites, security researchers said Tuesday. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

5 charged in $450,000 e-banking malware swindle



Federal prosecutors have filed charges against five people accused of trying to swipe more than $450,000 from a California city using stolen login credentials associated with its bank account. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

Probe after bank details of firms sent by email to rivals



BANK details relating to a "significant" number of companies who do business with Tralee Town Council have been sent to rival suppliers by email. ...read full article
June 1, 2010

MASS MARKETING FRAUD


Old Scams, New Wineskins



A few decades ago, mass marketing fraud—the kind that exploits mass communication techniques like bulk mail or telemarketing—was relatively low-tech and mostly a regional crime problem targeting victims nearby. ...read full article
May 26, 2010

Loma Linda hospital patients' personal information stolen



A thief has stolen personal information regarding more than 500 surgical patients of Loma Linda University Medical Center, according to hospital officials. ...read full article
May 26, 2010

Facebook to simplify privacy controls Wednesday



Heeding widespread concerns about how much of its users' personal data it shares on the web, Facebook said it will begin implementing simpler privacy settings on Wednesday. ...read full article
May 26, 2010

Bank, customer settle suit over $800,000 cybertheft


PlainsCapital Bank sued Hillary Machinery after the latter's account was depleted by online thieves



Computerworld - An unusual legal dispute between a Texas bank and a business customer over the online theft of more than $800,000 from the latter's account at the bank has been quietly settled. ...read full article
May 26, 2010

Webinar: Ready for Data Breaches under the HITECH Act?



Carrying Out Security Breach Incident Risk Assessments Mandated for Covered Entities ...read full article
May 26, 2010

Lifelock worries after employee data leaked to Web



IDG News Service - It may be OK for identity theft protection vendor Lifelock to publish its CEO's Social Security number, but when it comes to other company employees, that's another story. ...read full article
May 26, 2010

'Sexting' Suit Tests Search of Student's Cell Phone



The key battle in a high school student's case against school officials who found nude photos of her in her cell phone may be over whether "clearly established law" barred them from rummaging through the contents of the device. ...read full article
May 25, 2010

New Phishing Attack Exploits Tabbed Browsing



Aza Raskin of Mozilla demonstrates a new class of phishing attack in which the attacker is able to use malicious code in one browser tab to completely change the content in another tab on a victim's browser. ...read full article
May 25, 2010

Answers sought for how man faked way as NCO



DALLAS — A Colorado congressman wants Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to provide answers on how a Texas man apparently tricked the Army into allowing him to enter the reserves as a noncommissioned officer. ...read full article
May 25, 2010

Google saves, secures Wi-Fi snooping data


But resists more data demands by class-action lawsuit lawyers



Computerworld - Google said that it has secured the data it obtained through its Street View Wi-Fi snooping, but will fight a class-action lawsuit's demand that it turn over more information, court documents showed today. ...read full article
May 25, 2010

Disbarment Urged for Lawyer Who Billed Fake Clients



The New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board is recommending disbarment for a lawyer who manufactured fake billings for nonexistent clients, first at Fox Rothschild and then at Margolis Edelstein. ...read full article
May 25, 2010

Queen's speech: Cuts start with ID cards, but broadband still a priority



The Queen has named high-speed broadband roll out and the abolition of the national ID cards project as priorities for the coalition government in the coming 18 months. ...read full article
May 25, 2010

ID Analytics Secures Identity-Based Fraud Detection Patent


Company Receives Third Patent from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for New Detection System and Method Using Historical Identity Records



SAN DIEGO, CA, May 25, 2010 –ID Analytics, Inc., the leader in on-demand identity intelligence, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the issuance of U.S. Patent Number 7,686,214 for the company’s system and method for fraud detection using multiple historical identity records. This patent recognizes ID Analytics’ innovative technical approach to assembling a consumer identity network and producing highly-predictive insight into a consumer’s behavior over time and across multiple industries. ...read full article
May 25, 2010

BABIES' DNA IN SECRET VAULTS



BLOOD samples from millions of newborn babies are being stored without their parents’ knowledge, it emerged yesterday. ...read full article
May 25, 2010

GOLDEN YEARS TARNISHED WHEN FRAUD, IDENTITY THEFT STRIKES SENIORS



WASHINGTON, DC, May 25, 2010 –ITAC, the Identity Theft Assistance Center, today offered advice for families and caregivers on detecting the signs of fraud and identity theft against older or vulnerable adults. ...read full article
May 24, 2010

Gang called Avalanche blamed for most phishing attacks



IDG News Service - A new report blames a single Eastern European gang for about two-thirds of all phishing attacks conducted in the second half of 2009. ...read full article
May 24, 2010

Why people lie about military service



NEW HAVEN, Conn. — U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal acknowledged he misstated his service in Vietnam, said he made mistakes, regretted them and took responsibility. ...read full article
May 24, 2010

Rogue Facebook apps launch 'beach babes' attack


Second weekend in a row Facebook users have had to fend off major malware attacks



Computerworld - Another attack using rogue Facebook applications hit users' PCs Saturday in a virtual repeat of last weekend's massive assault, security researchers said. ...read full article
May 24, 2010

Hackers can delete Facebook friends, thanks to flaw



IDG News Service - A bug in Facebook's Web site lets hackers delete Facebook friends without permission. ...read full article
May 24, 2010

Facebook fixes bug that allowed friend deletion



IDG News Service - Facebook has fixed a flaw that let hackers delete Facebook friends without permission. ...read full article
May 24, 2010

Duchess of York apologises after paper sting



LONDON (AFP) – The Duchess of York apologised Sunday for a "serious lapse in judgment" after she was caught in a newspaper sting apparently offering access to ex-husband Prince Andrew in exchange for cash. ...read full article
May 24, 2010

Regina recycling company loses confidential medical records



REGINA — Brad Smith was a little surprised to discover several pieces of medical information strewn across a city street during his walk to work through an industrial area Thursday morning. ...read full article
May 24, 2010

Workers concerned over privacy breach



A Saskatoon FedEx worker is concerned about a privacy breach where the addresses of about 25 local employees were leaked from Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) to the union trying to organize the global courier service. ...read full article
May 24, 2010

New Threat For Wireless Networks: Typhoid Adware


Some users could become "carriers," unknowingly passing infections to others, university researchers say



There's a potential threat lurking in your Internet cafe, say University of Calgary computer science researchers: Typhoid adware. ...read full article
May 24, 2010

ID Theft Victims Spending Less In Cleanup Aftermath


New Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) report shows victims spending less time, money to clear their names



Nearly one-third of all identity theft victims say they are unable to completely clear up damaged credit or criminal records in the aftermath of their identities being abused. But the good news is they're spending much less time and money cleaning up the fraud perpetrated against them in their names, according to a newly released report. ...read full article
May 21, 2010

Astute NJ mom outs Census worker as sex offender



CAMDEN, N.J. -- A New Jersey mother who recognized the face of a Census worker from the state's online database of sex offenders called police, leading to charges that the man used a fake name and Social Security number to get the government job. ...read full article
May 21, 2010

Strong notifies patients their bills may have gone to other people



About half of the 2,500 patient bills Strong Memorial Hospital mailed on April 19 went to the wrong patients, and this week the hospital sent letters apologizing to affected people and telling them to be alert to any possible misuse of their information. ...read full article
May 21, 2010

Social networking sites passing on user data to ad agencies



Several social networking sites - including Facebook and MySpace - have apparently been sending users' data to advertising agencies - in spite of all the assurances and promises that this information is not shared with anyone without having previously asked the users for consent and receiving a thumbs-up. ...read full article
May 21, 2010

Texas man faked way into Army as an NCO



FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas man with no military experience managed to trick the Army into letting him enter a reserve unit as a noncommissioned officer earlier this year, putting an untrained soldier in a leadership position in a time of war, an Associated Press investigation has found. ...read full article
May 21, 2010

Five Ways to Keep Online Criminals at Bay



THE Web is a fount of information, a busy marketplace, a thriving social scene — and a den of criminal activity. ...read full article
May 21, 2010

Calif. Lawyer's Name Stolen for Scam



Mohamed Salem knew something was amiss when his fax machine spit out the foreclosure documents from a Sacramento lawyer. ...read full article
May 21, 2010

Former Big Firm Lawyer Suspended for 3 Years Over Fake Resume



Illinois authorities have finally come to a conclusion: A lawyer who worked at three Am Law 100 firms will be suspended from practicing law for three years for leaving crucial information out of his law school application -- including having been kicked out of medical school -- and for altering his transcripts to land a summer associate gig at Sidley Austin. ...read full article
May 20, 2010

3,800 vets affected by latest VA data breaches



More than 3,800 veterans had their personal information compromised last month in two data breaches that have led to renewed criticism of the Veterans Affairs Department’s data security. ...read full article
May 20, 2010

Hacker McKinnon to stay in UK, for now



Self-confessed hacker Gary McKinnon will stay in the UK for the foreseeable future following home secretary Theresa May's decision to adjourn a judicial review of his case due next week. ...read full article
May 20, 2010

Judge permanently shuts down ISP catering to spam, porn



IDG News Service - A federal judge has ordered the permanent closure of an Internet service provider long accused of hosting and distributing spam, spyware, child pornography and other illegal content, at the request of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. ...read full article
May 20, 2010

Microsoft touts Hotmail security adds; users complain of account hacks


Details plans to beef up e-mail service's security; users wish they were in place now



Computerworld - Microsoft will beef up security in the revamped Windows Live Hotmail, including tying a user's account to a specific PC, a company executive said today. ...read full article
May 20, 2010

Microsoft chases 'click laundering'



IDG News Service - Microsoft said it has uncovered a new kind of click fraud, filing two lawsuits against people it says are using the scam. ...read full article
May 20, 2010

Heartland, MasterCard settle over data breach



IDG News Service - Heartland Payment Systems has made a third settlement deal, this time with MasterCard, related to a massive data breach two years ago at the card payments processor. ...read full article
May 20, 2010

LifeLock identity theft service a game changer, insists embattled CEO


Todd Davis defends his company following reports that say he was a victim of ID theft 13 times



Computerworld - As CEO of LifeLock Inc., Todd Davis has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Two months ago, the Federal Trade Commission slammed his company with a $12 million fine for deceptive advertising practices. ...read full article
May 20, 2010

Former Mass. Assistant AG Charged Over Solicitation of Investors for Ponzi Scheme



A former Massachusetts assistant attorney general, his business partner and their company face a purported class action filed in Massachusetts Superior Court for funneling investors to a man charged with running a Ponzi scheme. ...read full article
May 19, 2010

VA breaches more numerous than we knew



Miami VA Healthcare System wasn’t the only VA center that experienced a breach involving paper records containing protected health information on January 19 of this year. According to OCR’s web site, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System also experienced a breach involving paper records ...read full article
May 19, 2010

LifeLock CEO said to be victim of identity theft 13 times


Publicly posting SSN resulted in Todd Davis' identity being misused



Computerworld - A CEO who publicly posted his Social Security number on billboards and TV commercials as part of a campaign to promote his company's credit monitoring services was the victim of identity theft at least 13 times, a news report says. ...read full article
May 19, 2010

60% of Facebook users consider leaving over privacy



Will changes to Facebook's privacy settings be enough to address user concerns? ...read full article
May 19, 2010

Phishing page steals prepaid debit card account information



Many people don't have a regular or a big enough income to receive a debit card, but would still like to have one since it can be really handy when settling bills or shopping online. The answer to this problem? Prepaid debit cards. ...read full article
May 19, 2010

Laptop With Patients’ Information Stolen



OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. -- A laptop containing information on more than 600 patients at an Oconee County physicians’ practice was stolen a week ago -- and now patients are being warned about the theft. ...read full article
May 19, 2010

Students to see photos snapped in Pa. school 'spying' case


Judge lets students view the nearly 58,000 images before parents get their chance



Computerworld - Students in two suburban Philadelphia high schools will be allowed to view photographs taken by their school-issued laptops, and may preview them first before deciding which images their parents may see, according to a court order issued Friday. ...read full article
May 19, 2010

Privacy expert: It's good PR to say no to the government



IDG News Service - A leading privacy researcher is urging companies to say no to government requests for data, arguing that it's good for business. ...read full article
May 19, 2010

Man charged with attack on Web site of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly



Series of DDoS attacks in March 2007 hit conservatives Rudy Giuliani, Anne Coulter and the University of Akron too, prosecutors say ...read full article
May 19, 2010

Facebook fixing embarrassing privacy bug


Facebook worked with Alert Logic to fix the cross-site request forgery bug



IDG News Service - Facebook is fixing a Web programming bug that could have allowed hackers to alter profile pages or make restricted information public. ...read full article
May 19, 2010

Research: 1.3 Million Malicious Ads Viewed Daily



The true extent of the malvertizing scourge became much clearer this week with the release of new research by Dasient which shows that about 1.3 million malicious ads are being viewed online everyday, most pushing drive-by downloads and fake security software. ...read full article
May 18, 2010

P2P networks a treasure trove of leaked health care data, study finds


Eight months after passage of HITECH Act, data leaks still a problem in health care industry



Computerworld - Nearly eight months after new rules were enacted requiring stronger protection of health care information, organizations are still leaking such data on file-sharing networks, a study by Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business has found. ...read full article
May 18, 2010

FTC asked to investigate Google Wi-Fi 'snooping'



IDG News Service - A consumer group has called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google after the search company revealed that it had been collecting people's Internet communications from open wireless networks. ...read full article
May 18, 2010

Huge 'sexiest video ever' attack hits Facebook


'Stunning' attack targeted Internet Explorer users, planted adware on victims' PCs



Computerworld - A huge attack by a rogue Facebook application last weekend infected users' PCs with popup-spewing adware, a security researcher said Monday.