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Identity Theft News



December 19, 2011

Photos lead to identity theft arrest in LA



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say surveillance photographs made public last week led to the arrest of a Southern California woman suspected of assuming other people's identities to steal $14,000 from personal bank accounts. ...read full article
December 19, 2011

Good Samaritans conned into paying for $41K hotel stay



You kind of have to wonder. What's worse? Having your credit card stolen, or being mocked for it on the blogosphere? ...read full article
December 19, 2011

Digital Data on Patients Raises Risk of Breaches



One afternoon last spring, Micky Tripathi received a panicked call from an employee. Someone had broken into his car and stolen his briefcase and company laptop along with it. ...read full article
December 19, 2011

'Barefoot Bandit' pleads to 16 counts



COUPEVILLE - Colton Harris-Moore , the "Barefoot Bandit," has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to dozens of state charges. ...read full article
December 19, 2011

Madison purse snatcher arrested in Indiana, police say



A young woman who allegedly stole the purse of an 87-year-old woman while the victim was loading groceries into her vehicle at a Madison store has been arrested in Indiana, authorities reported. ...read full article
December 19, 2011

Inside Charity 'Scam'



A bunch of hardened gangbangers have gone from hustling on the street corner to hustling Wall Street. ...read full article
December 19, 2011

Sprint Disables Carrier IQ Software on its Devices



Sprint has decided to stop using Carrier IQ’s diagnostic software in light of the ongoing controversy about user privacy, according to reports. ...read full article
December 19, 2011

Japanese game maker to reopen hacked site, says no private data lost


The company said it aims to reopen its "Square Enix Members" site to Japanese and U.S. users by the end of the year.



IDG News Service - Japanese game developer Square Enix said Monday that no private data was stolen when a server for a fan site was hacked last week, and it plans to reopen the site to users by the end of the year. ...read full article
December 16, 2011

Iran tricked U.S. spy drone into landing in country, report says



Computerworld - The U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone that was recently captured and displayed by Iranian authorities may have been tricked into landing in that country after being electronically ambushed. ...read full article
December 16, 2011

Md. man convicted in identity theft, card skimming case



A Laurel man authorities said ran an identity theft and credit card skimming ring that victimized more than 780 people was convicted in federal court this week. ...read full article
December 16, 2011

NYC officer arrested in ID fraud scheme



NEW YORK — Prosecutors say a 23-year-old New York City police officer has been arrested on grand larceny and forgery charges as part of massive identity theft take down earlier this year. ...read full article
December 16, 2011

Consumer Confidential: Firms caught up in identity theft offer little help to victims



Victims of identity theft will tell you: The shock of being defrauded isn't the worst part. What really stings is having to spend days or even weeks undoing all the damage. ...read full article
December 16, 2011

Harrisburg Man Charged with Identity Theft and Mail Fraud in Unemployment Benefits Scheme



WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued the following news release: The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced today the indictment of an individual for identity theft and fraudulently obtaining unemployment compensation benefits from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mark E. Givens, age 45, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was charged in a 36-count indictment handed up by the Grand Jury sitting in Harrisburg yesterday. ...read full article
December 16, 2011

Malcolm X youngest daughter behind bars in identity theft case



NEW YORK (Reuters) - Malikah Shabazz, the youngest daughter of black civil rights leader Malcolm X, is in prison for failing to start paying back money stolen in an identity theft case, law enforcement sources confirmed on Thursday. ...read full article
December 16, 2011

Internet Pioneers, Security Experts Send Letter to Congress Blasting SOPA



Letter for SOPAA group of engineers, networking specialists, security experts and other specialists deeply involved with the Internet's development and growth have sent a letter to lawmakers criticizing the highly controversial SOPA and PIPA bills and imploring them not to pass the legislation, which they say would stifle innovation and "threaten engineers who build Internet systems or offer services that are not readily and automatically compliant with censorship actions by the U.S. government." ...read full article
December 16, 2011

'Self-aware' bank account robbing code unleashed by hacker



A hacker has published code for potent cross-site scripting attacks that he claims go beyond the usual cookie stealing and phishing for users' private details. ...read full article
December 16, 2011

Twitter stalking case dismissed by Md. judge


The Judge said that protections under the First Amendment extend to online speech



IDG News Service - A U.S. judge in Maryland dismissed on Thursday a criminal case against a person who was charged with stalking a religious leader on Twitter, upholding "a tradition of protecting anonymous speech, particularly anonymous political or religious speech" ...read full article
December 16, 2011

BigPond customers targeted by phishers



Telstra’s beleaguered BigPond customers, who suffered a major security breach last week when customer details were leaked to the web, are now subject to a targeted phishing campaign. ...read full article
December 16, 2011

Westbury Mortgage Fraud Kingpin Sentenced


DA: Sweet’s group stole more than $20M from banks individuals and Nassau County government



Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has announced that the kingpin of the largest mortgage fraud and identity theft ring in Nassau County history has been sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for his role in leading an organization that stole more than $20 million from homeowners, banks, and the Nasssau County government. ...read full article
December 16, 2011

Sixteen Persons Charged in International Internet Fraud Scheme



LAS VEGAS—Federal charges have been unsealed against 16 individuals for their involvement in an international Internet scheme that defrauded online purchasers of purported merchandise such as automobiles and other items, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada. ...read full article
December 15, 2011

Casino thief convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud and identity theft



United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Christopher Donte Evans, 27, of Frierson, Louisiana, was convicted today by a federal jury of one count of conspiracy, four counts of wire fraud, and four counts of aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
December 15, 2011

In Push For Data, Schools Expose Students To Identity Theft



"Burdened Beginnings" is a series examining the problem of child identity theft. Other stories in the series can be found here. ...read full article
December 15, 2011

Alaska fishing crewman accused of identity theft



ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say a 30-year-old man from East Wenatchee, Wash., has been arrested in Alaska's Dutch Harbor in an identity theft case. ...read full article
December 15, 2011

UK’s biggest ID fraud hotspots revealed



Londoners are most at risk of identity theft, with the UK's five biggest fraud hotspots all situated in the capital. ...read full article
December 15, 2011

Production house becomes victim of identity theft



Identity theft is certainly not an alien occurrence for many in the industry. But this time around, the unidentified imposters have managed to masquerade as the production house, UTV Motion Pictures. ...read full article
December 15, 2011

FDLE arrests 48 in child computer sex crimes investigation



LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 48 child predators as part of a six-month investigation known as Operation Amalgamate. The investigation began in July after Attorney General Pam Bondi and FDLE merged the FDLE’s Computer Crime Center and the AG’s Child Predator Cybercrime Unit to more effectively investigate online child exploitation. ...read full article
December 15, 2011

Police Want Public's Help in Identity Theft Scheme



Anne Arundel County police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who made two separate wire transfers at SunTrust Bank in Edgewater. ...read full article
December 15, 2011

Woman accused of identity theft



BENTON, La. (AP) - A 48-year-old Haughton woman faces a charge of identity theft for using her neighbor's debit card without permission. ...read full article
December 15, 2011

iBahn, supplier of hotel internet services, denies breach


iBahn said it relentlessly monitors attempted hacks on its network



IDG News Service - iBahn, a provider of internet services to some 3,000 hotels worldwide, denied on Thursday a news report that its network was breached by hackers. ...read full article
December 15, 2011

FBI Likely to Get More Cybercrime Agents



The FBI is one of a handful of U.S. agencies tasked with investigating computer crimes and one of the many roadblocks that has stood in the way of more successful cases and prosecutions is a lack of resources, mostly in the form of trained agents. It looks like the bureau will be getting the money in 2012 to hire more agents for its cybercrime unit, but the 14 new agents included in next year's budget still aren't nearly enough to address the full scope of the problem in the U.S., let alone globally. ...read full article
December 14, 2011

Restaurant Depot Admits They Were Hacked, Customer Data Stolen



A hack has the Restaurant wholesale chain Restaurant Depot in hot water, after thieves compromised the firm's credit card processing systems and made off with customer information, including credit card numbers. One published report claims as many as 100,000 individuals may have been victims of the breach. ...read full article
December 14, 2011

Firms caught up in identity theft offer little help to victims



Being a victim of identity theft is bad enough, but the time and trouble involved in trying to do damage control is often worse. Companies caught up in the wrongdoing should assist consumers. ...read full article
December 14, 2011

Peoples Gas warns customers of identity theft risk



December 13, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Peoples Gas says some customers could be at risk for identity theft. The utility sent a letter to those customers warning them about a security breach. ...read full article
December 14, 2011

Identity Thief Tries to Run



Albuquerque, NM - On Friday December 09, 2011 Officers with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) attempted to arrest federal fugitive Fernando Calleros. Calleros was wanted by the United States District Court for failing to comply with his conditions of pre-trial release. Calleros faces federal charges on Fraud by Wire and Mail Fraud where it is alleged he attempted to steal peoples’ identity. ...read full article
December 14, 2011

Five apps banned from Apple's App Store in 2011


From tethering to DUI checkpoints and radiation detection--five apps shown to the door by Apple



Apple gave the app, Drivers License, the boot this week after concerned politicians claimed it encouraged identity theft. Drivers License joins a short list of apps that Apple gave boot in 2011 because Apple either didn't get the joke, offered too much functionality, or that Apple felt was downright dangerous. ...read full article
December 14, 2011

Man faces sentencing today for 3 Tenafly slayings in 2008



A New York man who admitted stabbing three people to death at their home in Tenafly in 2008 faces up to 75 years in prison when he is sentenced today. ...read full article
December 14, 2011

Twenty Something Asks Facebook For His File And Gets It - All 1,200 Pages



Be careful of what you ask for. That's a lesson that Max Schrems of Vienna, Austria, learned the hard way when he sent a formal request to Facebook citing European law and asking for a copy of every piece of personal information that the world’s largest social network had collected on him. ...read full article
December 13, 2011

Windows Phone bug reportedly disables messaging


The Windows Phone messaging hub is disabled by sending certain a text string, according to the Winrumors blog



IDG News Service - A reported vulnerability in Windows Phone causes its messaging features to be disabled after the device is sent a specific SMS or chat message. ...read full article
December 13, 2011

Homeland Security Warns SCADA Operators Of Internet-Facing Systems



In the wDHSake of the hack of water and sewer infrastructure operated by a Texas community, the Department of Homeland Security is again warning owners and operators of critical infrastructure to take note of SCADA and industrial control systems that may be accessible from the Internet. ...read full article
December 13, 2011

Counties warn of juror-ID theft scam



Officials in Kane and McHenry counties are warning residents to beware of a possible identity theft scam in which people are mailed a bogus juror summons asking a person to mail back a form that includes their Social Security number. ...read full article
December 13, 2011

ID theft suspect who police say bailed on trial arrested again



PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - An identity theft suspect who authorities say skipped out on the last day of his trial last week is back behind bars. ...read full article
December 13, 2011

Cheswick man sentenced to 4 years for bank fraud



A loan closing agent from Cheswick was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for bank fraud, money laundering and identity theft. ...read full article
December 13, 2011

Attacks Against Oil Conglomerates Ramping Up, Execs Claim



Executives for some of the world’s largest oil companies stressed that cyber attacks against their companies are becoming more strategic and happening more frequently at a conference last week, according to a report today from the BBC. ...read full article
December 13, 2011

Malicious apps infiltrate Google's Android Market


Bogus games purged after more than 10,000 downloads



Google security crews have tossed at least a dozen smartphone games out of the Android Market after discovering they contained secret code that caused owners to accrue expensive charges for text messages sent to premium numbers. ...read full article
December 12, 2011

PhD student sentenced in identity theft, fraud case



A gifted college student who masterminded an identity theft and credit card fraud operations was sentenced on Friday to 70 months in prison. ...read full article
December 12, 2011

Developing countries most vulnerable to cyberattacks — UN



Developing countries are at higher risk of being the target of cyberattacks, a United Nations-led forum on cybersecurity said on Friday, where experts discussed ways to mitigate the phenomenon at the national and international levels. ...read full article
December 12, 2011

UPDATE:Credit Card Identity Theft From Russia (And Not With Love)



Federal prosecutors in Virginia alleged that Jonathan Oliveras, 26, managed a credit card fraud operation that operated throughout the East Coast of the United States. That scheme involved the purchases over the Internet of stolen credit card from sellers believed to be located in Russia. Upon obtaining the stolen information, Oliveras purportedly distributed the data to individuals in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. ,who then used the information to make fraudulent purchases. ...read full article
December 12, 2011

FTC Gives Refunds to Rogue Antivirus Victims



The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is sending reimbursement checks to more than 300,000 people victimized by a rogue antivirus scam. ...read full article
December 12, 2011

Court dismisses most breach claims against Heartland by banks


Nine banks want Heartland to pay for damages related to 2008 breach



Computerworld - A U.S. district court in Texas has dismissed all but one of the claims brought by several banks against Heartland Payment Systems over the massive data breach the payment processor disclosed in January 2009 . ...read full article
December 12, 2011

Surveillance tech companies should not sell to despots, EU says


And U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns surveillance companies that their products could be used to breach human rights



IDG News Service - Surveillance technology companies have a moral obligation not to sell to repressive regimes, said Europe's Digital Agenda Commissioner on Friday. Her views were echoed by the U.S. secretary of state who said that companies cannot pretend they don't know what their technology is used for in countries like Syria and Iran. ...read full article
December 12, 2011

Chinese cyberspies stealing key data, U.S. analysts say



As few as 12 different Chinese groups, largely backed or directed by the government there, do the bulk of the China-based cyberattacks stealing critical data from U.S. companies and government agencies, according to U.S. cybersecurity analysts and experts in Washington. ...read full article
December 12, 2011

Cyber crime stretches local police resources



When a woman in Pennsylvania reported that someone was using her credit card to buy pizzas in Forest Lake, police tracked the deliveries to a local apartment. ...read full article
December 12, 2011

Web scam-busting trio thwarted by mystery DDoS rocket


Backhanded compliment for fraud alert sites



A bunch of anti-scam sites were knocked offline last week by fierce and apparently well-organised distributed denial of service attacks. ...read full article
December 12, 2011

Wanted fugitive arrested in Boonville



BOONVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Oneida County Sheriff Office arrested a wanted fugitive on Route 12 in the Town of Boonville after pulling him over for speeding. ...read full article
December 9, 2011

Four Romanian Nationals Charged with Allegedly Participating in Multimillion Dollar Scheme to Hack into and Steal Credit Card Data from U.S. Merchants



WASHINGTON – Four Romanian nationals were charged in an indictment unsealed yesterday in federal court for their alleged participation in an international multimillion dollar scheme to remotely hack into and steal payment card data from hundreds of U.S. merchants’ point of sale computer systems, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas of the District of New Hampshire and Special Agent In Charge Steven Ricciardi of the U.S. Secret Service, Boston Field Office. ...read full article
December 9, 2011

Cnet Apologizes for Nmap Adware Bundling



Officials at Cnet's Download.com site have issued a statement apologizing for bundling the popular open source Nmap security audit application with adware that changed users' search engine and home page to Microsoft properties. Fyodor, the author of Nmap, raised the issue earlier this week, saying that his app was being wrapped in malware on Download.com. ...read full article
December 9, 2011

Six cuffed in £1m student readies phishing probe


That's a lot of beer money nicked from bank accounts



Scotland Yard's cybercrime crackdown squad has cuffed suspected crims accused of masterminding a phishing scam that netted more than £1m in cash from hundreds of unsuspecting students. ...read full article
December 9, 2011

Owner of Miami-Area Mental Health Company Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Orchestrating $205 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme



WASHINGTON – The owner of a fraudulent Miami-area mental health care company, American Therapeutic Corporation (ATC), was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for orchestrating a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme, announced the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ...read full article
December 9, 2011

Google's Schmidt calls Carrier IQ software a keylogger


It actually records keystrokes, he says at a conference in the Netherlands



Computerworld - Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt today distanced his company from Carrier IQ's software, even as he described the technology as a keylogger. Schmidt's comments came at an Internet freedom conference in the Netherlands. ...read full article
December 9, 2011

LI mortgage fraud ringleader sentenced



The kingpin of the largest mortgage fraud and identity theft ring in Nassau County history was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison on Thursday for his role in stealing more than $20 million from homeowners, banks and the county government, according to a statement from Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice. ...read full article
December 9, 2011

Man indicted for identity theft and false claim as U.S. citizen



BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury indicted a Mexican man in the United States illegally for falsely representing himself as a U.S. citizen, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance. ...read full article
December 9, 2011

Two arrested after allegedly using stolen debit card to pay bills, shop



DECATUR - A 28-year-old suspect was arrested on charges of identity theft and obstruction of justice after he allegedly used a debit card that had been dropped by a woman at a gas station to pay his $700 cellphone bill. ...read full article
December 9, 2011

Woman Wanted in Identity Theft Bank Scam



GLENDALE, Calif. -- Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman accused of stealing more than $14,000 from bank accounts throughout Southern California. ...read full article
December 9, 2011

Fed Raid over Alleged Identity Theft Scheme



(Coldwater, MS 12/8/2011) Two people living under assumed names in Tate County face hundreds of years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. ...read full article
December 9, 2011

HP Facing Class Action Suit For Not Disclosing Printer Vulnerability



A class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in California against Hewlett-Packard could have wide ranging implications for software makers, should the court agree with the plaintiff's claim that the company violated the state's consumer protection laws by failing to disclose a serious vulnerability in the software that runs some of its printers. ...read full article
December 9, 2011

Digital certificate authority suspends ops following breach



Websites belonging to a Netherlands-based issuer of digital certificates were unavailable following reports hackers penetrated their security and accessed databases that should have been off limits. ...read full article
December 8, 2011

Yahoo awarded $610M in spam case


The spam campaign promised people prizes from a non-existent Yahoo lottery in an effort to steal their information



IDG News Service - Yahoo has won a lawsuit against spammers, a legal victory that also includes a default judgment of $610 million. ...read full article
December 8, 2011

DeKalb man charged with identity theft gets probation



SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man charged with identity theft and deceptive practices was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months of probation. ...read full article
December 8, 2011

Miami VA Hospital employee charged with identity theft


A Miami VA Hospital employee is charged with selling patient IDs for cash



An employee at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Miami has been charged with selling the personal identities of disabled patients who receive services at the hospital, authorities said Wednesday. ...read full article
December 8, 2011

Botnet Lair in Ukraine Demonstrates Dangers of Infection



A recently discovered server in Ukraine demonstrates the danger -- and volume -- of industrial-level identity theft. The server, located by the United Kingdom-based security firm Prevx, was a storage site for data stolen from 160,000 computers that had been infected by viruses. ...read full article
December 8, 2011

Attackers Using Known Trojan in Exploits on Adobe Zero Day



The newly discovered vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat that the company is planning to patch next week is being used to install a known Trojan that has been used in attacks against other Adobe vulnerabilities in the past. ...read full article
December 8, 2011

Thieves plunder apartment for Facebook booty



São Paulo police are warning of the perils of flashing your wealth on Facebook after a teenager's snaps of his electronic equipment and foreign holidays on the social network prompted thieves to rob his family's apartment. ...read full article
December 8, 2011

Symantec confirms Flash exploits targeted defense companies


November attacks delivered in malicious PDFs attached to messages promising a contract guide for 2012



Computerworld - Security researchers at Symantec today confirmed that exploits of an unpatched Adobe Reader vulnerability targeted defense contractors, among other businesses. ...read full article
December 7, 2011

Banks Rely Too Heavily On Social Security Numbers, Report Finds



Banks can do better at protecting their customers from the risk of identity fraud, a new report from Javelin Strategy & Research finds. ...read full article
December 7, 2011

Major identity theft investigation at UA



TUCSON - A multi-agency investigation into identify theft has more than a hundred UA students facing questions. ...read full article
December 7, 2011

Former Saugus Public Library employee Linda Duffy charged with stealing more than $800,000 from library account



Saugus — The Department of Justice issued the following press release about the indictment of former Saugus Public Library employee Linda Duffy. ...read full article
December 7, 2011

Judge gives CA woman 4 years for bank fraud



BOISE -- A California woman convicted for bank fraud and identity theft has been ordered to serve four years in a federal prison and repay more than $18,000 to her crime's victims. ...read full article
December 7, 2011

Nurse sentenced in patient ID thefts



A nurse who worked at four hospitals in the Denver area has been sentenced for stealing patient records and identity theft. ...read full article
December 7, 2011

Hackers hit supermarket self-checkout lanes, steal money from shoppers



Criminals have tampered with the credit and debit card readers at self-checkout lanes in more than 20 supermarkets operated by a California chain, allowing them to steal money from shoppers who used the compromised machines. The chain, Lucky Supermarkets, which is owned by Save Mart, is now inspecting the rest of its 234 stores in northern California and northern Nevada and urging customers who used self-checkout lanes to close their bank and credit card accounts. ...read full article
December 7, 2011

Convicted Staten Island identity thief caught up in fingerprint scam, cops say



STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A convicted identity thief from West Brighton is at it again, authorities say. ...read full article
December 7, 2011

Personal Information of 3.5 Million Poker Players Spilled Online



Customers of the online poker Website Ultimate Bet (UB) are the victims of a data breach that spilled the private information of up to 3.5 million of its customers online over the weekend. ...read full article
December 7, 2011

Man fights felony hacking charge for accessing wife's email


Gmail showed her having extramarital affair



A Michigan appeals court is trying to decide whether the state's anti hacking law should be invoked against a man who broke into his wife's Gmail account to see if she was having an affair. ...read full article
December 7, 2011

Hackers exploit Adobe Reader zero-day, may be targeting defense contractors


Adobe credits Lockheed Martin, victim of earlier attack, and defense industry cyber-threat group with reporting unpatched bug



Computerworld - Adobe today confirmed that an unpatched, or zero-day, vulnerability in Adobe Reader is being exploited by criminals. ...read full article
December 6, 2011

RSA security lapse led to March hack, says researcher


Exploit targeted Windows XP machines that didn't have DEP switched on



Computerworld - The attack that hacked RSA Security's network earlier this year succeeded because the company failed to take a basic security precaution, a researcher said Monday. ...read full article
December 6, 2011

Anti-Kremlin websites complain of DDoS attacks


Election fraud monitors: 'We were silenced as Russia went to the polls'



Websites publicising doubts about the fairness of the Russian parliamentary election last weekend have become the victim of denial of service attacks. ...read full article
December 6, 2011

Idaho's consumer chief targeted by identity theft



BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The head of Idaho's consumer protection division warns that even he is not immune to identity theft. ...read full article
December 6, 2011

Man Sentenced For Fraud, Identity Theft



NATIONAL CITY, Calif. -- A man who gained unauthorized access to the names and personal identifying information of employees of a San Diego business and their family members, then used the stolen information to open credit cards in the victims' names, was sentenced on Monday to four years in federal prison. ...read full article
December 6, 2011

Text messages lead Paramus police to suspects



A text message sent to a suspect already in custody led to two more arrests on charges of identity theft in Paramus last week. ...read full article
December 6, 2011

Verizon Becomes First Company to Offer Certified Online-ID Protection



Verizon has become the first company certified to offer high-level online-identity protection for federal personnel and visitors to dot-gov websites, officials at the telecommunications firm announced on Monday. ...read full article
December 6, 2011

From Sony's DRM Rootkit to CarrierIQ: Why Commercial Rootkits Make Us So Mad



The half life of the CarrierIQ "rootkit" scandal proved to be a little more than a week. That's about how long it took for Trevor Eckhart, a young, Connecticut-based Android developer to begin raising questions about some stealth software he discovered running on Android phones by HTC and speculation in the media and online to run rampant about what kinds of spying said software might be engaged in. ...read full article
December 6, 2011

Denver cops nail 'Breakroom Bandit'



A man law enforcement accuses of being the "Breakroom Bandit" faces 22 felonies after a string of thefts from employee lockers at Denver area stores. ...read full article
December 5, 2011

Committee approves cybersharing bill despite privacy concerns


The bill would give the NSA access to private information held by U.S. companies, a critic says



IDG News Service - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has approved a recently introduced bill that would allow greater cyberthreat information sharing between U.S. intelligence agencies and private companies even though privacy advocates say it would allow those agencies to spy on U.S. residents. ...read full article
December 5, 2011

Albuquerque identity theft victim almost sent to jail mistakenly



An Albuquerque man learned his identity was stolen when a lawyer called to notify him about a felony charge he didn’t commit. ...read full article
December 5, 2011

Lawmakers propose alternative to Stop Online Piracy Act


Eleven lawmakers call for the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate copyright infringement complaints



IDG News Service - A group of U.S. lawmakers has proposed an alternative to the controversial copyright enforcement legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act, with the draft proposal giving the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) the authority to investigate complaints about copyright infringement on foreign websites. ...read full article
December 5, 2011

Plea bargaining for financial crime set to come into law early next year


Plea bargaining to settle serious financial crimes could be introduced as early as next year according to politicians and leading legal experts.



Research by The Daily Telegraph has shown leading City law firms and Government Ministers are looking at new rules on deferred prosecution agreements to be introduced in the next session of Parliament starting in May. ...read full article
December 5, 2011

Making 'clone' Facebook accounts can fool ANYONE into accepting a fake friend within 24 hours - even security experts



Think your Facebook profile is private? Well think again. A security expert has worked out a way to 'friend' anyone with the use of social media trickery. ...read full article
December 5, 2011

Carrier IQ: How big a threat is it?



The maker of the software that monitors smartphone performance is facing increasing scrutiny, following a security researcher's report on Carrier IQ. ...read full article
December 5, 2011

Should Homeland Security control the electrical grid? Maybe



The electrical grid is commonly cited as a potential security issue for the U.S. And in a wide-ranging study on the matter, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say that the time has come for the U.S. government to focus a single agency's efforts on doing a better job of securing it. ...read full article
December 2, 2011

Forest Grove legal assistant pleads guilty to aggravated identity theft



The legal assistant at Robert Browning's Forest Grove law firm pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to first-degree theft and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
December 2, 2011

Sen. Franken Demands Answers From Carrier IQ on Mobile Tracking



The fallout from the controversy surrounding the presence of Carrier IQ's monitoring software on millions of mobile devices on several different platforms has now reached Washington. Sen. Al Franken on Thursday sent a letter to the company, demanding answers to a series of questions about the software and its capabilities, and saying that the data that Carrier IQ collects "may violate federal privacy laws". ...read full article
December 2, 2011

How to turn off Carrier IQ on your iPhone


Apple says it stopped supporting the monitoring software on 'most' iOS 5 devices



Computerworld - iPhone users can turn off the Carrier IQ software that's raised a ruckus among consumers, bloggers and privacy advocates with just four taps. ...read full article
December 2, 2011

OpRobinHood more likely to stiff punters than bankers


Stealing from the rich, giving grief to the poor



Charities are unlikely to benefit from an Anonymous-led operation attempting to use stolen credit card details to make donations to worthwhile causes. ...read full article
December 2, 2011

Yahoo Messenger flaw enables spamming through other people's status messages


The unpatched vulnerability in Yahoo Messenger allows attackers to change other people's status messages automatically



IDG News Service - An unpatched Yahoo Messenger vulnerability that allows attackers to change people's status messages and possibly perform other unauthorized actions can be exploited to spam malicious links to a large number of users. ...read full article
December 2, 2011

Federal prosecutor in Portland calls release of repeat aggravated identity theft defendant a 'grave mistake'



A month ago, a federal judge warned Andrew J. Clark, who was facing aggravated identity theft charges shortly after having served a stretch in federal prison for the same crime, not to mess up, as he hesitantly released the man pending trial. ...read full article
December 2, 2011

Police Release Suspect Photo In Staten Island Identity Theft



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The NYPD is asking for the public to help uncover a bewildering case of grand larceny involving a Staten Island man. ...read full article
December 2, 2011

Teacher's aide fired, NISD makes changes after alleged ID theft



SAN ANTONIO - Northside Independent School District fired an instructional assistant charged with identity theft, and the district is now making changes within. 25-year-old Jason Miller was let go Thursday, two days after his arrest. ...read full article
December 2, 2011

Florist pleads no contest to identity theft


He and his wife used customers' credit card information for themselves, detectives say.



A Glendale florist and his wife pleaded no contest Thursday to multiple charges of identity theft following accusations that they stole financial information from customers who shopped at their Glenoaks Boulevard shop, officials said. ...read full article
December 2, 2011

Elderly Woman Imprisoned as Leader of People Smuggling Ring



An 85-year-old ring leader of an extensive migrant smuggling operation in southern California has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

Identity Theft Reported by Households Rose 33 Percent From 2005 to 2010



WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 8.6 million households had at least one person age 12 or older who experienced identity theft victimization in 2010, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. This was an increase from the 6.4 million households victimized in 2005. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

2 RI men deny charges they arranged $25M investment fraud by stealing IDs of terminally ill



PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island estate planner and one of his former employees pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges they orchestrated a $25 million swindle of insurance companies and brokerage houses by stealing the identities of terminally ill and elderly people, including some they met by advertising offers for a $2,000 charitable gift in a Catholic newspaper. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

4.9 million retired military members, families have medical information stolen



CORPUS CHRISTI — Personal and protected health information for 4.9 million retired military members and their families or dependents has gotten into the wrong hands, according to Science Applications International Corp., a government contractor that handles health information for the United States Department of Defense Military Health System. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

Duqu hackers scrub evidence from command servers, shut down spying op


Delete all files and logs just days after researchers revealed botnet's existence



Computerworld - The hackers behind the Duqu botnet have shut down their snooping operation, a security researcher said today. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

GAO: Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Intiatives Lack Focus



According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, federal cybersecurity workforce initiatives are in need of better planning and coordination, particularly with regards to human capital. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

Identity theft charges filed against Cartwright



A Chippewa Falls man is accused in separate criminal complaints of identity theft-related crimes. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

Fargo Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft, Possession of Materials Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minors



A Fargo man has pleaded guilty to charges of identity theft and possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

Off-duty Border Patrol agent sentenced to probation for purse theft



BISBEE — An off duty Border Patrol agent who stole a woman’s purse in Douglas in August was sentenced to serve three years of probation Friday in Cochise County Superior Court. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

Northern Ireland's top cops 'hacked by NotW' - new claim



Senior police officers and a Cabinet minister may have been targeted for computer hacking by unscrupulous journalists at News International. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

UN Says Old Server, Old Data Exposed In TeamP0ison Hack



UNIn the wake of a highly visible hack of its network infrastructure, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says that hackers from the group TeamP0ison compromised an unpatched server and that e-mail addresses and account passwords exposed in the attack were outdated. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

Bill would allow U.S. intelligence to share cyber-threat info


The legislation would help protect U.S. businesses against cyberattackers, the sponsors say



IDG News Service - A bill introduced by senior members of the House Intelligence Committee would allow intelligence agencies to share classified cyber-threat information with approved U.S. companies, while encouraging companies to share their own information. ...read full article
December 1, 2011

Inside the shadow world of commercialised spook spyware


'We'll penetrate commsats, undersea cables, Skype ...'



Exclusive Western and Chinese high-tech companies are competing aggressively to sell, install and manage intrusive and dangerous internet surveillance and communications control equipment for the world’s most brutal regimes, a six-month investigation has found. ...read full article
November 30, 2011

Report: Computer Hacking, Theft Of Government Secrets Alleged In News International Probe



A report from The Guardian claims that detectives working for Rupert Murdoch's News International may have siphoned off classified intelligence documents from MI5, Britain's domestic intelligence agency. ...read full article
November 30, 2011

Former Platteville police chief accused of identity theft



PLATTEVILLE, Colo. -- The former police chief of Platteville in northern Colorado faces embezzlement and identity theft charges. ...read full article
November 30, 2011

Key associate in ID theft ring pleads guilty



A Ridgefield woman pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and fraud charges Tuesday, admitting she was the second-in-command of a large-scale identity theft and bank-fraud ring based in Bergen County. ...read full article
November 30, 2011

FTC, Facebook reach privacy agreement



WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Facebook, accused of deceiving its customers, has agreed to take steps to assure their privacy won't be violated in the future, U.S. regulators said Tuesday. ...read full article
November 30, 2011

Foreign hackers targeted Canadian firms



A leading cyber-crime expert says foreign hackers who launched a massive attack on Canadian government computers last fall also broke into the data systems of prominent Bay Street law firms and other companies to get insider information on an attempted $38-billion corporate takeover. ...read full article
November 30, 2011

Hackers target U.N., World Bank personnel



A new hacker group on Tuesday claimed to have leaked the email addresses and passwords of more than 100 individuals at the United Nations. ...read full article
November 30, 2011

Facebook virus alert: Worm hidden in image of two blondes



A new worm is spreading on Facebook: once downloaded, it tempts the user into opening it by masquerading as a screensaver with a thumbnail image of two blonde women. ...read full article
November 30, 2011

Anonymous launches OpRobinHood against banks


'We have come to take the 99%'s money back'



Anonymous and other hacktivists have joined together to launch an attack on banks in response to recent crackdowns against the Occupy protest movement. ...read full article
November 30, 2011

BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps


Researcher says seeing is believing



An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users. ...read full article
November 29, 2011

Ten Arrested In Mail, Identity Theft Case



An investigation into mail and identity theft that began over the summer has resulted in the arrests of ten suspects, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office reports. ...read full article
November 29, 2011

Philadelphia Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Identity Theft Ring



PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Philadelphia man, convicted last June of running an identity theft ring involving 24 other people, was sentenced Monday to more than 15 years in prison. ...read full article
November 29, 2011

Parents Call Dead Son’s Identity Theft “Modern Day Grave Robbing”



SANDWICH (CBS) – Some grieving Cape Cod parents say scam artists are adding to their suffering after the loss of their only son. ...read full article
November 29, 2011

Four charged in New Jersey insider abuse identity theft cases


Defendants sold victims' personal information obtained through their jobs in state government and the tax department



The Mercer County, New Jersey prosecutor's office said it ended a seven-month identity theft investigation by charging four defendants in identity-theft related activities. According to the prosecutor, each defendant used their insider access to obtain the information they purportedly sold. ...read full article
November 29, 2011

KC woman could face 22 years in prison for role in adoption scam



A Kansas City woman on Monday admitted her role in scamming 14 couples across the country in a scheme in which she pretended to be pregnant with twins and willing to let others adopt them. ...read full article
November 29, 2011

13 MILLION gamers in ID theft scare after Nexon breach


Game items offered to punters who change their passwords



An estimated 13 million gamers have been left at greater risk of ID theft following a breach at gaming firm Nexon. ...read full article
November 29, 2011

Facebook Worm Spreading, Installing Zeus Bot



A new worm has popped up on Facebook, using apparently stolen user credentials to log in to victims' accounts and then send out malicious links to their friends. The worm also downloads and installs a variety of malware on users' machines, including a variant of the Zeus bot. ...read full article
November 29, 2011

Feds Take Down 131 Counterfeiting Sites



It’s going to be considerably harder to get that sweet, knock-off Louis Vuitton bag you’ve been eyeing, and you can thank the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) for that. The agency reportedly seized control of some 130 websites last week in advance of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, according to a report from The Register. ...read full article
November 29, 2011

SMS Trojans Spreading to the Rest of the World



SMS Trojans that ride along on supposedly benign mobile apps and then send out messages to high-priced numbers have been a problem in some Asian and Eastern European countries for several years now, most notably in Russia and China. But now the attackers have realized that there's a whole big world of users out there to target and have begun going after people in other countries with new strains of SMS malware. ...read full article
November 28, 2011

Look out for Cyber Monday deals - and scams



(RNN) - The nation's biggest shopping day of the year has come and gone, but that doesn't mean the deals are history. Online retailers are rolling out big savings for those who are logging on and checking out on Cyber Monday. ...read full article
November 28, 2011

AT&T hackers have terrorist connections, say Philippines police



IDG News Service - The FBI and police in the Philippines have jointly busted a ring of four alleged hackers in Manila with connections to a terrorist group in Saudi Arabia, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippines police said last week. ...read full article
November 28, 2011

Scammers steal IRS refunds with ease



Identity-theft crimes have soared in the electronic age, with crooks graduating from everyday credit-card fraud to stealing people’s identities such as Social Security numbers for income tax-return scams. ...read full article
November 28, 2011

Presumed iTunes Gift Certificate Contains Malware



Berlin, November 22, 2011 – The eleven Research Team has issued a warning against e-mails which promise a gift certificate for the popular Apple online music service iTunes. The e-mails have the subject line „iTunes Gift Certificate“ and promise a 50 dollar discount for everyone shopping at the iTunes Store using the code which is allegedly contained in the attachment. This, however, consists of a Zip file which contains executable files that install themselves into two separate Windows folders and which are activated with every Windows start. The malware is most likely a Trojan which opens a connection to a remote server from which it awaits further orders. From there it can download any kind of malware to the infected server. ...read full article
November 28, 2011

Spooks take the wheel in UK's £650m cyber-war operations



Analysis The British government's Cyber Security Strategy is giving the intelligence agencies a greater role than ever in defending business and the public against internet threats. ...read full article
November 28, 2011

Utah professor arrested for allegedly viewing child porn on flight



(CNN) -- A University of Utah professor, arrested over the weekend for allegedly viewing child pornography on his laptop during a flight, will be arraigned on Monday in a Boston court. ...read full article
November 22, 2011

Anonymous Hacks, Leaks E-mails, Voicemails of California Special Agent



Calling it a form of "electronic civil disobedience," hacktivist group Anonymous took aim at a special agent from the California Department of Justice on Friday. The group spilled 38,000 e-mails containing “computer forensics techniques, investigation protocols as well as highly embarrassing personal information,” according to a press release on Pastebin. ...read full article
November 22, 2011

Update: AT&T says attempted hack of customer accounts failed


Of its 100 million wireless customers, less than 1% affected



Computerworld - AT&T on Monday acknowledged an organized attempt to hack information on fewer than 1% of its 100 million wireless customers, but said no accounts were breached. ...read full article
November 22, 2011

Identity theft victim wrongly arrested, calls Help Desk



ATLANTA -- Mashara Williams is a successful architect. She is married, eight months pregnant and has a perfectly clean criminal history. And up until Monday, thanks to identity theft, she also had an arrest record. ...read full article
November 22, 2011

Holocaust survivors info stolen by North Miami Jewish agency worker, feds say



Identity theft may have reached a new low over the weekend when an employee of a Jewish community organization got busted on charges of selling a bunch of Holocaust survivors' identity information for a sum of $1,000. ...read full article
November 22, 2011

Mooresville woman accused of identity theft



MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- A Mooresville woman is accused of stealing someone’s checking account number and using that to pay her electric bills. ...read full article
November 22, 2011

Health care worker sentenced in Scarsdale identity theft



A home health-care worker was sentenced Monday in White Plains to four years in federal prison for stealing the identities of the elderly Scarsdale couple for whom she worked. ...read full article
November 22, 2011

Maine man gets 6 years in tax fraud scheme



PORTLAND, Maine—A former Arundel man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for seeking fraudulent tax refunds totaling nearly $216,000 in other people's names. ...read full article
November 22, 2011

With 4 Million Ghost Click Victims, FBI Hoping A Few Step Forward



The news last month was of the bust up of the biggest cyber crime ring in history, with 4 million victims and $14 million in losses. Now the FBI is hoping a few of those victims step forward to help with the prosecution. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

Report warns of cyberspying by China, Russia



Computerworld - The U.S. can expect more aggressive cyberespionage efforts from China, Russia and other countries looking to collect information in areas such as pharmaceuticals, defense and manufacturing, according to a new government report. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

Hacker Says Texas Town Used Three Character Password To Secure Internet Facing SCADA System



In an e-mail interview with Threatpost, the hacker who compromised software used to manage water infrastructure for South Houston, Texas, said the district had HMI (human machine interface) software used to manage water and sewage infrastructure accessible to the Internet and used a password that was just three characters long to protect the system, making it easy picking for a remote attack. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

New York Theft Ring Recruited Waiters to Steal Information from Customers, Authorities Say



An ambitious and disciplined identity-theft ring recruited waiters at steakhouses and other high-end New York restaurants to steal diners' credit-card information, then used it for luxury shopping sprees, authorities said Friday. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

Man sentenced for fraud, identity theft



A Florida businessman who operated a $200,000 credit-card fraud and identity-theft scheme that was investigated by a task force that includes a Greenwich police detective was sentenced Friday in a New Haven federal court to 61 months in prison. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

Haverford man charged in harassment, stalking CBS anchor



HAVERFORD – Philadelphia police have charged a township man with harassment, identity theft and related offenses. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

Who's been scanning your credit card?



Sometimes an invention can solve a problem. At other times, it can leave you wondering: Was this a problem to begin with? Think of the difference between a TV remote control and a Flowbee. Everyone likes to change the channel without getting out of the Barcolounger, but how many people want to cut hair using a vacuum cleaner? ...read full article
November 21, 2011

Police Search For More Suspects In ID Theft Ring



DENVER (CBS4) – Police are asking for help finding five more people they say were involved in an identity theft ring. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

25 Worst Internet Passwords



If “password” is your password, chances are you’ve been the victim of a hack attack. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

Couple link identity theft to McDonald's drive-through visit



For weeks, Jennifer and Anthony Bossuyt were stumped about a series of liquor store charges that appeared on their debit card. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

Lax Security to Blame for NASDAQ Hack



The cyber attack on the NASDAQ OMX Group late last year was the result of shoddy security, according to a new report via Reuters. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

Apparent cyberattack destroys pump at Ill. water utility


In separate incident, hacker claims access to SCADA system at Houston utility



Computerworld - A pump at a public water utility in Springfield, Ill. was recently destroyed after cyberattackers gained access to a SCADA system controlling the device, according to a security expert who said he obtained an official report about the incident. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

Feds back off on Jan.1 eHealth standards deadline


U.S. health officials delay enforcement until March 31, 2012



Computerworld - The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid said Thursday that it will delay enforcement of a deadline for healthcare providers to roll out a new version of a standard governing how medical transactions are processed. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

FBI To Probe California University Hack That Changed Student’s Grades



More than 60 current and former students at Santa Clara University had their academic records hacked into and grades changed – for the better, according to a letter posted to the school’s site on Monday by university president Michael Engh. ...read full article
November 21, 2011

Stolen Desktop Computer Exposes Data Of Nearly 4 Million Patients


Healthcare organization was in the midst of an encryption rollout when unencrypted machine was stolen



A desktop computer stolen from healthcare organization Sutter Medical Foundation has potentially exposed the personal information of nearly 4 million patients. ...read full article
November 15, 2011

IRS Security Deficiencies May Put Taxpayer Data At Risk



Information security failings are making it impossible for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to get its financial house in order and could be putting taxpayers' sensitive information at risk, according to a financial audit of the agency by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). ...read full article
November 15, 2011

Texas man convicted of trying to sneak out of US to join al-Qaida, faces 20 years in prison



HOUSTON — A Texas man accused of attempting to sneak out of the country with restricted U.S. military documents, money and equipment in order to join al-Qaida was convicted Monday of trying to help the terrorist organization. ...read full article
November 15, 2011

Alleged ‘Felony Lane Gang’ member caught


Secret Service targeting identify-theft ring



The United States Secret Service and the Hampton Police Department are trying to apprehend members of an identity-theft ring. ...read full article
November 15, 2011

Muscatine woman facing charges for using debit card



MUSCATINE, Iowa — A Muscatine woman has been accused of theft, identity theft, and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card. ...read full article
November 15, 2011

Anonymous Finland Wages War on Mining, Leaks 500,000 E-mails



The Finnish arm of the Hacktivist collective Anonymous announced their intent to wage a war against domestic mining company Talvivaara over the weekend, according to a press release posted to the Pastebin file sharing Web site on Saturday. ...read full article
November 15, 2011

Phone hacking victims' QC hit by trojan infection



The opening day of a judicial inquiry into phone hacking and other privacy-invading skullduggery by the British media was briefly interrupted on Monday - by a suspected Trojan horse infection. ...read full article
November 15, 2011

Man charged with identity theft in Columbia County



HUDSON -- New York State Police arrested 27-year-old Sekhou Toure on Thursday in connection with cases of local identity theft. ...read full article
November 15, 2011

Police charge NYC man in connection to Greenport identity theft ring



GREENPORT - A New York City man, already charged in connection with several hundred identity theft cases in the area is facing new charges. ...read full article
November 15, 2011

ID theft suspect back in jail



COLUMBIA COUNTY — The man recently arrested in connection with rampant local identity theft was released from jail Nov. 10, but re-arrested the same day and is back in jail. ...read full article
November 15, 2011

Franconia doctor charged with prescription fraud waives preliminary hearing



A Franconia Township doctor waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday for numerous alleged counts of prescription fraud, prescribing in bad faith, prescribing to a drug-dependent person, identity theft, corrupt organizations and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities. ...read full article
November 15, 2011

Man who posed as plastic surgeon cuts plea deal



PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A 21-year-old man admitted Monday he had pretended to be a doctor at Oregon Health and Science University hospital and committed identity theft and other crimes. ...read full article
November 15, 2011

Muscatine woman facing charges for using debit card



MUSCATINE, Iowa — A Muscatine woman has been accused of theft, identity theft, and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

Guilty pleas for leaders in card-skimming ring



One of the leaders in an identity-theft ring that stole the credit card numbers of hundreds of D.C.-area consumers has pleaded guilty and the other is scheduled to do so on Monday. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

Hackers may have spent years crafting Duqu


Gang customized attack files for each target, says Kaspersky Lab



puterworld - The hacker group behind Duqu may have been working on its attack code for more than four years, new analysis of the Trojan revealed Friday. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

Steam’s 35 Million Users Compromised in Hack



Gamers who use the digital distribution network Steam were warned that their account information may have been exposed to hackers following a compromise of the company's Web page and back end databases. The incident yielded a slew of sensitive customer information, including user’s passwords and encrypted credit card numbers, Steam said. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

Iran wrestles Duqu malware infestation


Son of Stuxnet cyberweapon makes landfall in Tehran



Iran admitted on Sunday that unspecified computer systems in the country had been infected with the Duqu worm, a strain of malware similar to the infamous Stuxnet worm that sabotaged key nuclear plant systems in the country last year. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

Platoon Boosts Lawyers Helping Homeless Vets



U.S. Army veteran Caroline Contreras was living in a homeless shelter, struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, when another problem threatened to push her over the edge: Identity theft. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

Franconia doctor charged with prescription fraud waives preliminary hearing



A Franconia Township doctor waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday for numerous alleged counts of prescription fraud, prescribing in bad faith, prescribing to a drug-dependent person, identity theft, corrupt organizations and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

Cops: Asheville man stole brother's identity



ASHEVILLE — Police say an Asheville man stole his brother’s identity after being arrested for being intoxicated and disruptive. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

Local woman avoids identity theft scam



A Cranbrook woman wants people to know that identity theft and phone scams can very easily happen to just about anyone. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

CI pinpoints 200 millionth piece of cloud-based malware


According to Panda, a third of all the malware in existence was created in the first 10 months of 2010.



CSO - The good news is that Collective Intelligence (CI), the engine for Internet security created in 2006 by Panda Security's malware research laboratory, recently processed its 200 millionth malware file via the cloud. That's also the bad news. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

Man fined after selling unlawfully obtained personal data of online bingo players



A man who made approximately £25,000 from selling unlawfully obtained personal data has been issued with a £1,700 fine and conditional discharge by a UK court. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

Utah mayor apologizes over photo misuse



The mayor of Utah's second-largest city has apologized to a California man for using his photo without permission while the mayor freelanced a series of articles to promote his city under an alias. ...read full article
November 14, 2011

Tour de France winner sentenced for hack of doping lab


Trojan siphoned 1,700 confidential files



Floyd Landis, the disgraced US cyclist who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory for doping, was handed a suspended 12-month prison sentence for his part in a hack of an anti-doping lab computer. ...read full article
November 11, 2011

Justice Department Asks Federal Court to Shut Down South Florida Tax Preparer



WASHINGTON – The United States has sued Kenia Marrero seeking to bar her and her business, Kenia Immigration Services, from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. ...read full article
November 11, 2011

Duqu Attackers Using Word Docs As Attack Vector



As the analysis of the Duqu malware continues to evolve, the picture that's emerging is becoming more and more intriguing. The latest bits of evidence uncovered show that not only do the attackers create custom files for each individual attack, there is evidence indicating that they might have been working on Duqu in some form since 2007. ...read full article
November 11, 2011

U.S. Judge upholds investigators' access to Twitter data


The ruling in the WikiLeaks investigation upheld secrecy in collecting such information



IDG News Service - A District Judge in the U.S. upheld Thursday an earlier order that Twitter must provide certain types of information of account holders to government investigators working on the WikiLeaks case, and declined to unseal records that could provide information on whether the prosecutors had tried to get similar information from other Internet companies. ...read full article
November 11, 2011

Valve admits forum hack exposed gamers' privates



Steam, the online platform of video game firm Valve Corporation, has admitted that customer personal details including encrypted credit card information might have been exposed by a hack attack last weekend. ...read full article
November 11, 2011

Identity Theft Suspects Nabbed At Feather Falls Casino



OROVILLE, Calif. -- Deputies arrested four suspects in an identity theft ring after an incident at Feather Falls Casino. Butte County investigators looked into a report of a fraudulent check last week. They uncovered an identity theft ring involving four suspects and at least 15 victims. ...read full article
November 11, 2011

Malware Writers Use Block Cipher in Latin America



The creators of banking trojan programs in Brazil are using sophisticated block ciphers to encrypt their malware, making detection by anti virus products more difficult. ...read full article
November 11, 2011

Two arrested from Moss Bluff for burglary and identity theft



Lake Charles – On October 12, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives received a report in reference to a theft that occurred a few days before. ...read full article
November 11, 2011

S.F. woman gets 9 months for San Bruno blast scam



A San Francisco woman has been sentenced to nine months in jail for posing as a victim of the San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion to receive free benefits, a prosecutor said Thursday. ...read full article
November 11, 2011

Portland man accused of a second round of credit card fraud after release from federal prison on similar charges



A man released from federal prison in 2009 after serving two years for using stolen credit card numbers to book flights from Eugene to California, reserve luxury hotel rooms and pay for more than a dozen tickets to Disneyland is back in federal custody. ...read full article
November 10, 2011

Feds Bust $14 m Cybercrime Ring That Hijacked iTunes, Netflix Traffic To Rake in Ad Dollars



An indictment filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York charges seven individuals with a a global scheme to commit Internet advertising fraud. The scheme infected more than four million machines in over 100 countries with malware. It is believed to have netted the scammers more than $14 million in commissions from online advertisers. ...read full article
November 10, 2011

Ex-college accounting assistant embezzled $500,000, police say



A former accounting assistant at Antelope Valley College has been arrested and accused of embezzling $500,000. ...read full article
November 10, 2011

Banks fending off brazen hacker raids on business accounts



Network World - Banks are having to fend off ever more attacks from hackers who break into computers of their business customers and try to make fraudulent funds transfers electronically for large amounts. If you doubt how bad this hacker scourge has become, ask Jorge Solis, senior vice president of security at First Midwest Bank. ...read full article
November 10, 2011

City IT manager accused of brazenly stealing mayor's email



A former IT manager for the city of Hoboken, New Jersey, was arrested on Wednesday on charges he intercepted emails sent to and from its sitting mayor and other top city officials, and forwarded them to others. ...read full article
November 10, 2011

Report: Phishing Domain Registrations Way Down



Online criminals registered far fewer Web domains for use in phishing attacks in the first half of 2011, in what may signal a decrease in phishing scams, according to a global phishing survey released this month by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). ...read full article
November 10, 2011

Underground call-centre for identity theft uncovered by security researchers



Researchers from security vendor Trusteer have come across a professional calling service that caters to cybercriminals. The business offers to extract sensitive information needed for bank fraud and identity theft from individuals. ...read full article
November 10, 2011

String of burglaries tied to identity theft ring in Columbia County



While investigating a rash of burglaries in the Warren area, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe they have uncovered a burglary and identity theft ring that has tied three suspects with over a dozen home invasions. ...read full article
November 10, 2011

Victim of hoax call was detained while police investigated threat



BENNINGTON -- A Manchester man was held on $15,000 bail Wednesday after pleading not guilty to accusing another of multiple homicides, causing that man to be detained briefly by police. ...read full article
November 10, 2011

Two people caught in possession of stolen personal information



TEMPLE - Police have caught two suspects associated with both credit card fraud and identity theft. ...read full article
November 10, 2011

Women arrested in string of thefts at schools, hospitals, police say


Ziedra Domine Jenkins, 29, and Tomika Lawanna Johnson, 32, were arrested on Wednesday.



A pair of women suspected in numerous thefts and burglaries at schools and hospitals across Central Florida were arrested on Wednesday in Ocoee, police said. ...read full article
November 10, 2011

Former DC church official sentenced to 8 years



The former chief financial officer of a historic church in Washington has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for embezzling $850,000 from the institution. ...read full article
November 10, 2011

Computershare Says No Customer Data Exposed In Breach



The investor services company told Threatpost that an investigation has determined that data stolen by a rogue employee didn't contain shareholder data. However, the company still hasn't retrieved two USB drives containing company email and documents that outline some of Computershare's closely held business plans. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

What's it like to share your SSN with 50 people? Follow a victim's struggle



Jonathan Barnett is also Jose Cruz. And Jesus Ramirez. And Pilar Terrones, Pilar Sanchez, Esmeralda Gonzalez and dozens of other people, at least according to the nation’s identity system. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

Smart Card Alliance Government Conference Concludes with Updates on Health Security Card and Expanding Uses of PIV for Information Access



Princeton Junction, NJ, November 7, 2011–More than 600 government and technology sector leaders and 40 exhibitors came together at the 10th Annual Smart Card Alliance Government Conference, which took place last week in Washington, D.C. The event brings together a broad spectrum of government users, policy makers, analysts and technologists in a collaborative and informative conference that includes the latest news on a wide range of government smart card programs underway. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

Vishing and Smishing: How ID Thieves are Ruining Lives



Imagine getting a text message from your bank informing you that your credit card has been compromised and that you need to call the number provided. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

Two arrested for their roles in a national identity theft ring



Robert A. Hill, 49 years old, formerly from Emanuel County, along with Robert A. Smith, 46, were taken into custody in Atlanta Wednesday, Nov. 2. for their roles in a national identity theft ring. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

Department of Defense Contractors Replacing Legacy Two-Factor Authentication With YubiKey



PALO ALTO, CA and STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwire -11/09/11)- Yubico, the leading provider of simple, open online identity protection, today announced a rapid increase of YubiKey orders from U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) contractors to replace legacy two-factor authentication tokens. The growing business within the defense sector validates the unique, high security processes provided by Yubico. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

FTC settles privacy complaint against online ad network


ScanScout's description of how consumers could opt out of data collection didn't work, the agency says



IDG News Service - Online video advertising network ScanScout has agreed to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it wrongly claimed that consumers could opt out of receiving targeted ads by changing their computer's browser settings to block cookies. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

Financial Records of Millions At Risk After Computershare Insider Copies Data To USB... Then Loses The USB



Computershare, the investor services firm, has filed suit against a former employee it charges with making off with thousands of pages of proprietary company documents, including information on shareholder names, account numbers and financial holdings. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

DARPA gets serious with Internet security



Network World - WASHINGTON -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) had a big hand in creating the Internet and now its wants to get serious about protecting it. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

Foreign government emails HACKED says TeamP0ison



TeamP0ison has lobbed a file on Pastebin which purports to be a few hundred e-mail accounts complete with passwords. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

Researchers Warn of Prison Hacks, Opening Cell Doors



Remote hackers springing inmates from their jail cells -- it sounds like a plot lifted from an old episode of "24" or "Prison Break." But authorities are concerned by new research that claims such an attack is feasible. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

Attorney requests change of venue for Adam Baker trial



NEWTON, N.C. – Adam Baker's lawyer wants a trial on charges of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses moved from Catawba County due to publicity surrounding the death of his daughter, Zahra. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

Trojans, Anonymous, Android threats dominate landscape



In a new report examining the threat landscape over the third quarter, PandaLabs researchers found that five million new malware samples were created from July through September, including a peak of new trojans. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

Man accused of identity theft for flyer miles



VANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A man accused of using stealing identities for frequent flyer miles perks appeared before a federal judge Monday. ...read full article
November 9, 2011

8 Ways to Create Stronger Passwords



Fallows and his wife, Deb, followed Gmail’s instructions on recovering a compromised account, and eventually regained access, but they were unable to recover her old emails until Google executives got involved. (Before James Fallows called on his own contacts, who happened to be high-level executives in the company, Google had declined to help them further.) ...read full article
November 9, 2011

NYC hotel auditor indicted in guest credit card scam



An auditor for a stylish New York City hotel chain has been indicted for allegedly stealing guests' credit-card information and selling it to a man accused of using it to buy $840,000 worth of airline tickets and other items, the Associated Press reports. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Phony Document Rings Broken Up


Alleged California Ringleader Arrested



It just got a little harder to get a phony driver’s license or Social Security card in the U.S. On November 3, more than 300 law enforcement officers from a variety of federal and local agencies executed dozens of search warrants and arrests involving fraudulent document rings operating in California, Illinois, and Texas that reached into a number of other states and Mexico. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Adidas.com shut down after 'criminal attack'


Adidas has taken several of its websites offline after an attack last week



IDG News Service - Adidas has been forced to take some of its main websites offline after a "sophisticated, criminal cyber-attack" that took place last week, the company said. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Study Finds Online Privacy Tools Fail to Protect Users



Poor design and usability issues make leading online privacy management tools ineffective, according to researchers at CMU's Cylab. The report said the results suggest that the current system of industry-led opt out protections is "fundamentally flawed." ...read full article
November 8, 2011

'Nitro' Cyberespionage Attack Targets Chemical, Defense Firms


But aspects of the attack are 'like 1998 all over again'



Another wave of cyberespionage attacks -- this time targeting chemical and defense companies and traced to a hacker in China -- used an old-school attack method that harkens back to circa 1998. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Anonymous blasts El Salvador offline



The government of El Salvador's websites were taken out on Saturday in what was a weekend of big hacks by the Anonymous collective. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Anonymous won't expose Mexican cartel's "servants"



(Reuters) - Latin American members of the activist hacker group Anonymous called off a planned November 5 plan to expose people associated with the Zetas, Mexico's most violent drug cartel, according to the group's blog. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Anonymous Targets Capital One, Wal-Mart, Viral Video Judge William Adams, and More



It was a busy weekend for the shadowy collective of Internet hackers and activists that calls itself Anonymous, with claims by the group to have launched attacks that took down the Web pages of both government- and private sector Web sites as well as public- and Internet personalities, including Judge William Adams, the subject of a viral video that shows him reportedly beating his daughter with a belt. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

US cyber chief says cloud computing can manage serious cyber threats



Network World - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The security of cloud computing is often debated but such debates seem to be over for the general tasked with running the United States military's cyber command, who sees the technology not only as way to rein in IT costs but a way to more easily protect IT assets. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Report: Security From The Inside Out


New report offers retrospective on recent insider attacks, threats, and defenses



IT and network administrators are increasingly concerned about data leaks and attacks from inside the company, but their user awareness training programs are falling short of the mark. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

CIA monitors up to 5 million tweets daily, report says



Agency's Open Source Center said to use social media to assess reaction to world events ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Internal Fraud On The Rise, Kroll's Annual Global Fraud Report Reveals


Study shows that 60 percent of frauds are committed by insiders, up from 55 percent last year



NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2011 – Fraud remains predominantly an inside job, according to the Kroll Annual Global Fraud Report released today. This year’s study shows that 60 percent of frauds are committed by insiders, up from 55 percent last year. Overall, fraud concerns among executives around the globe rose approximately 15 percent led by information theft and corruption and bribery. The findings are contained in a study commissioned by Kroll with the Economist Intelligence Unit of more than 1,200 senior executives worldwide. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Danwine Dewayne Renard sentenced for role in identity theft scheme



East St. Louis, IL (KSDK) - A former inmate was sentenced to 12 years in prison for participating in an identity theft scheme while incarcerated. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Hoosiers Endure Nightmarish ID Theft Problems


Indiana Reports Increase In ID Theft Complaints



INDIANAPOLIS -- Identity theft is a pervasive problem in Indiana, ensnaring an average of 12 people every day, according to the attorney general's office. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Public's help sought in identifying credit card, identity theft suspect



Washoe County Sheriff's detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying a man suspected of credit card and identity theft. ...read full article
November 8, 2011

Hacks In Sweden Might Affect Personal Data Of 180,000 Users


Attackers penetrate some 58 websites, including popular blogging site Bloggtoppen.se



The personal data of some 180,000 Swedish users might be at risk following a series of hacks that have affected some 58 websites. ...read full article
November 7, 2011

Teens' Murderers Leave Online Trail 1.4 Billion Pages Long



Vanity Fair reports that two British Columbia teens convicted of first degree murder used World of Warcraft to plot the rape and murder of a close friend. The result: a trail of online evidence 1.4 billion pages long. ...read full article
November 7, 2011

KPN stops issuing SSL certificates after possible breach


KPN said it does not appear any fraudulent SSL certificates were issued, though



IDG News Service - The largest telecommunications company in the Netherlands has stopped issuing SSL certificates after finding indications that the website used for purchasing the certificates may have been hacked. ...read full article
November 7, 2011

Notorious eBay hacker gets 3-year suspended sentence


'Vladuz' repeatedly impaled auctioneer's defenses



Vladuz, the Romanian hacker who repeatedly accessed off-limits parts of eBay's website and then publicly taunted company officials over the security lapses, has been handed a suspended three-year sentence, according to news reports. ...read full article
November 7, 2011

Israeli Military, Intelligence Sites Down After Threat by Anonymous



The Websites of Israel’s Mossad and Shinbet intelligence services as well as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) site were knocked offline today following a Nov. 4 threat by Anonymous. However, members of the group may not be to blame. ...read full article
November 7, 2011

Accused Hollywood hacker does about face, pleads not guilty


Previously apologized for invading celeb's privacy



A Florida man has pleaded not guilty to charges he broke into the email accounts of actresses Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, and as many as 50 other celebrities, and made off with nude photos and personal information. ...read full article
November 7, 2011

Major DNS Cache Poisoning Attack Hits Brazilian ISPs



There is a large-scale DNS cache-poisoning attack going on in Brazil at the moment, with potentially millions of users affected by a tactic that is forcing the to install a malicious Java applet before they can reach many popular sites, including Google, Gmail and Hotmail. ...read full article
November 7, 2011

Wi-Fi security do's and don'ts



Network World - Wi-Fi is inherently susceptible to hacking and eavesdropping, but it can be secure if you use the right security measures. Unfortunately, the Web is full of outdated advice and myths. But here are some do's and don'ts of Wi-Fi security, addressing some of these myths. ...read full article
November 7, 2011

Texas man's terrorism trial to start Monday



HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas man accused of trying to sneak out of the country to go on "jihad" and provide al-Qaida with money, GPS receivers and restricted U.S. military documents will be tried Monday on terrorism charges. ...read full article
November 7, 2011

New Mac Malware Variants Found in Trojaned Apps Are Stealing Data



Researchers have discovered a series of variants of the DevilRobber Mac OS X Trojan that have a menu of different capabilities, depending upon the strain, and can not only mine Bitcoins using the infected machine's processing power, but also steals files, installs a Web proxy and may steal the user's Safari browsing history. ...read full article
November 7, 2011

DoJ: Stingray cellphone tracking device falls under Fourth Amendment, but don't ask about it



n 2008, federal authorities arrested David Daniel Rigmaiden on charges of spearheading a massive identity theft ring in Arizona. Rigmaiden allegedly led this operation from January 2005 to April 2008, harvesting some $4 million off of more than 1,900 fraudulent tax returns. He was ultimately nabbed, however, thanks in part to controversial, and somewhat mysterious tool known as a "stingray" -- a device that effectively acts as a fake cell tower, allowing authorities to locate and track a cellphone even when it's not being used to place a call. Since his arrest, the 30-year-old Rigmaiden has been battling the feds in the U.S. District Court of Arizona, on allegations that their tracking tactics constituted an unlawful search and seizure, thereby violating his Fourth Amendment rights. ...read full article
November 7, 2011

Alleged International ID Theft Ring Founder Vladislav Horohorin Set for US Extradition


Attorney Says That US Government is attempting to Try Case in the Media



New York criminal attorney, Arkady Bukh spoke yesterday in regards to the upcoming extradition of alleged hacker, Vladislov Horohorin. “It seems the US Government has decided that it is better to have court in the media than use the appropriate and legal setting for this case,” says the rather frustrated Arkady Bukh. “My client is having a lot of difficulty believing in justice these days.” ...read full article
October 31, 2011

FBI Russian Spy Videos Released



ABC News’ Jason Ryan, Pierre Thomas and Jack Cloherty report: The FBI video is remarkable: Russian spies digging up payoff money in New Jersey, handing off a bag in a New York train station and passing information in furtive meetings and “brush bys.” ...read full article
October 31, 2011

Anonymous threatens to expose Mexican drug cartel


Anonymous said one of its members was kidnapped by the cartel



IDG News Service - Anonymous advised its members to protect their online identities, and not to wear the traditional Anonymous mask in public, or even purchase them online, as a core group decides if it should take on a Mexican drug cartel that is said to have kidnapped a member of the group. ...read full article
October 31, 2011

California man caught with 300,000 identities



A Southern California man was convicted of identity theft after authorities discovered he had obtained more than 300,000 personal profiles. While not the most authorities have seen, it's a large cache of personal information, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Brown. ...read full article
October 31, 2011

Attackers Moving to .CE.MS Domain For Attack Sites



Attackers have been making a mess of some of the smaller country-code top-level domains for a while now, registering random domain names en masse and then using them deliver malware and rogue AV. The most infamous example of this is the .co.cc domain, which had become so infested with malicious domains that Google removed the entire domain from its search results earlier this year. Now the bad guys have moved on to the mountainous West Indies isle of Montserrat. ...read full article
October 31, 2011

Man arrested for allegedly stealing car, mail



Angels Camp police Sunday morning arrested a Tuolumne County man, who was out on bail and already facing multiple criminal charges, for allegedly stealing a car and pilfering mail from dozens of county residents. ...read full article
October 31, 2011

‘Smishing’ targets victims with texts



The Montana Attorney General's Office and the Division of Banking and Financial Institutions issued an alert that warns consumers about people or entities engaged in a new scam involving text messages. ...read full article
October 31, 2011

Teenager's rocky life leads to 3 murders



Sainab Said Osman used to walk a block from her apartment building across busy Franklin Avenue and shop at Seward Market & Halal Meat. ...read full article
October 31, 2011

Bogus Texas college student, 48, gets prison



AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A 48-year-old Dallas man who stole an identity and faked being a college student to get loans has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. ...read full article
October 31, 2011

Mac OS X Trojan Goes Bitcoin Mining, Steals Files



A new Trojan targeting Mac OS X users is not only after data, but Bitcoins as well. The malware is being detected by Sophos as Miner-D, but is also known as DevilRobber. According to Sophos, the Trojan is hiding inside pirated versions of the Mac OS X image editing application GraphicConverter version 7.4, and is being actively distributed on file-sharing networks and torrent sites like Pirate Bay. Once on the system, the Trojan creates a backdoor for remote access and installs a Bitcoin miner that uses up any spare CPU or GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) cycles. ...read full article
October 29, 2011

Scarlett Johansson Hack Suspect Allegedly Stalked Woman for 12 Years



The man accused of hacking email of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera is also reportedly suspected of stalking another woman — apparently not a celebrity — for 12 years. ...read full article
October 28, 2011

Chinese hackers may have attacked U.S. satellites


Upcoming congressional report highlights attacks on two satellites, Bloomberg report says



Computerworld - Suspected Chinese hackers interfered with two U.S. satellites on four separate occasions in 2007 and 2008. ...read full article
October 28, 2011

Asheville woman charged with identity theft



ASHEVILLE — An Asheville woman was charged with two counts of identity theft. ...read full article
October 28, 2011

Ocala Officers Arrested In Identity Theft Scheme



OCALA, Fla. -- An Ocala police officer and several other people were arrested in an elaborate identity theft scheme, police said. ...read full article
October 28, 2011

Critics say Govt.'s Death File puts dead at risk for identity theft



BALTIMORE - It's the one number you go to great lengths to protect, knowing that if someone learns your Social Security number they could try and get a credit card or a mortgage or even file as you on their taxes. You don’t don't give it to just anybody. But the federal government does, once you're dead. ...read full article
October 28, 2011

Public Eye: Identity theft hit 1 million Californians last year



Identity theft hit 1 million Californians last year; caution urged. Identity theft: It can happen anywhere and to anyone. ...read full article
October 28, 2011

Portland police arrest man who claimed to be ID theft victim



PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Identity theft investigators with the Portland Police Bureau say an 18-year-old man who claimed to be the victim of ID theft was nothing more than a con. ...read full article
October 28, 2011

InstantPeopleFinder.com Highlights a Growing Problem: College Identity Theft



Delaware City, DE (PRWEB) October 28, 2011 InstantPeopleFinder.com, a leading provider of online public records and people search, hopes to raise awareness of a new and rapidly growing form of identity theft that targets college students. Today, in addition to worrying about managing their studies and extracurricular activities, students have a new concern – protecting their identity. InstantPeopleFinder.com, hence becomes perfect to enhance personal security and safety via people find, background checks, and more. ...read full article
October 28, 2011

Massive Swedish hacks leak details on 400K user accounts


Users repeatedly using the same password makes matters worse



IDG News Service - The details of more than 400,000 user accounts have leaked onto the Internet in Sweden, following a series of attacks that have affected about 60 websites. ...read full article
October 27, 2011

Social engineering: My career as a professional bank robber


Today's criminals aren't stealing money -- that's so yesterday, according to Jim Stickley. It's sensitive data he's after.



CSO - Jim Stickley got his first computer at age 12, and he was chatting with other computer "nerds" on bulletin board sites by the time he was 16. A wannabe hacker, Stickley said his first foray into playing the system was with free codes -- codes that would exclude his phone and computer time from racking up charges that would incur the wrath of his parents. ...read full article
October 27, 2011

Grand Jury Indicts 6 People in Identity Theft and Real Estate & Welfare Fraud



Fresno County District Attorney Elizabeth A. Egan announced on Wednesday the filing of an indictment alleging 180-count felony real estate fraud case against Fresno residents: 37-year old Justin Dee Linder, 32-year-old Kelly Jo Linder, 37-year-old Gregg Borchardt, 68-year-old Hector Secco, 30-year-old Ryan Leffingwell, and 27-year-old Amy Leffingwell. The indictment included felony counts of grand theft, recording of false documents, false notarizing, identity theft and welfare fraud charges. ...read full article
October 27, 2011

Vernon Housekeeper Swindles Nearly $3,000 From Employer, Police Say



VERNON — A 60-year-old woman previously convicted on charges of identity theft, larceny and forgery was arrested Wednesday amid allegations she swindled nearly $3,000 from an elderly woman who had hired her as a housekeeper, police said. ...read full article
October 27, 2011

Microsoft Releases First Annual Computing Safety Index


Trustworthy Computing Group introduces online tool to help Web users gauge how well they protect their online information



Microsoft is introducing an online tool to help Web surfers gauge how well they are protecting their online content and surfing experience, and it turns out consumers are doing an even better job of protecting info than they know, though work remains to be done. ...read full article
October 27, 2011

The Identity Theft Council Warns Of Increased Risk Of Identity Theft To Small Businesses


National cybersecurity awareness month calls to small businesses to prevent, detect, and remedy identity theft threats



WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), the Identity Theft Council (ITC), an award-winning non-profit grassroots movement dedicated to bringing more effective ways to combat identity theft, is warning small businesses across the country to pay more attention to the very real and costly threats posed by identity theft. A recent Javelin Strategy & Research study found that fraud suffered by Small Business Owners (SMBO) totaled an astonishing $8 billion. Banks, merchants and other providers absorbed at least $5.43 billion of that loss, while the cost to victims was $2.61 billion. ...read full article
October 27, 2011

NSA Director Says U.S. Working to Push Attack Data to ISPs



WASHINGTON--The commander of the U.S. Cyber Command said that the federal government is working on a system now that would allow it to work with ISPs and others to help stop ongoing attacks against government and private networks by pushing intelligence and attack signatures to them. ...read full article
October 26, 2011

Japan foreign offices, parliament hit by virus attack


Some government computers were infected by a virus via email, but Tokyo's top spokesman says no critical data was lost.



IDG News Service - Computers at Japan's diplomatic offices abroad and its House of Representatives were infected by viruses during cyberattacks over the last several months, the country's top spokesman said. ...read full article
October 26, 2011

Mitsubishi Hack May Have Yielded Defense, Nuke Secrets



A report claims the recent hack of Japanese Defense Contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries may have led to the theft of sensitive data related to weapons systems and nuclear reactors. ...read full article
October 26, 2011

VA: Identity theft scam targeting local veterans



GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The Grand Junction VA Medical Center is warning local veterans about an identity theft scam targeting them. ...read full article
October 26, 2011

Identity thief nabbed with over 300,000 victim profiles



A California man was sentenced to eight years in prison for identity theft after federal police GPS-tracked his phone and discovered a hard drive with over 300,000 victim profiles during a raid of his home. ...read full article
October 26, 2011

Wayne County woman charged with identity theft, misuse of food stamps



A Wayne County woman is charged with identity theft, after police say she used another person's food stamp benefits. ...read full article
October 26, 2011

Morris County ID theft charge at issue in court



A Belleville woman is testing New Jersey’s law on identity theft by claiming it doesn’t apply to her alleged creation of a Facebook profile in the name of an ex-boyfriend who is a Parsippany police detective. ...read full article
October 26, 2011

3 Accused Of Identity Theft



BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in identifying and locating three people accused of identity theft, burglary, and unauthorized use of an access card. ...read full article
October 26, 2011

ID theft parolee gets 8 years in federal prison



LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California parolee has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for his second identity theft scheme. ...read full article
October 26, 2011

Report: Hacks From China Shuttered UK Firm, Cost Economy $43 billion



The head of the UK Ministry of Defence's Cyber Security Program says that targeted attacks have already caused the premature demise of a UK wind turbine maker, and has cost the country $43 billion in lost economic growth already. ...read full article
October 25, 2011

Spammers create their own URL shortening services


The strange development may be an attempt to get around filtering software that checks the destination domains



IDG News Service - Spammers have created their own services to shorten URLs (uniform resource locators) in an apparent attempt to circumvent security measures in place at well-known shortening websites, according to Symantec. ...read full article
October 25, 2011

Floyd woman accused of stealing gas cards from former employer



FLOYD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Floyd woman has been charged with grand larceny after State Police say she stole more than $2,000 in gas cards from her former employer. ...read full article
October 25, 2011

ID theft ring tied to Emory patients



DULUTH, Ga. — Channel 2 has learned thousands of potential victims of an alleged identity theft ring have something in common: they're all patients at Emory Healthcare's Orthopedic Clinic. ...read full article
October 25, 2011

Dozens become victims of identity theft in part of the Arklatex


What you can do to protect your personal information



Nearly thirty people in the small Louisiana town of Springhill have had their identities stolen this year. ...read full article
October 25, 2011

Anonymous tipster claims Internet security breach at Pan American Games



Journalists covering the Pan American Games, including about two dozen Canadians, could be at risk of identity theft or fraud. ...read full article
October 25, 2011

Police: Woman Uses Craigslist For Scams



BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community's help in identifying a woman accused of theft by fraud. ...read full article
October 25, 2011

US to seek extradition of man held in Ireland



THE US is to seek the extradition of an Algerian-born man currently in custody in Ireland after he was charged in a Pennsylvania court with conspiring with a woman known as “Jihad Jane” to recruit people online for terrorist plots. ...read full article
October 25, 2011

Inmate slain in Aberdeen had minor record



ABERDEEN, Wash. — The fleeing jail inmate who was shot and killed Friday when he threatened a woman in Aberdeen, Wash., had been jailed in an identity theft case. ...read full article
October 25, 2011

New DOS tool overloads SSL servers with ease


The tool takes advantage of a feature in SSL that can be maliciously exploited



IDG News Service - A newly released denial-of-service (DOS) tool can be used to bring down SSL servers using an average laptop computer and a standard DSL connection. ...read full article
October 24, 2011

Wrongly jailed woman seeks action against Atlanta cops



Atlanta (CNN) -- When Teresa Culpepper called Atlanta police to report her car stolen, the last thing she expected was to land behind bars for 53 days in a case of mistaken identity. ...read full article
October 24, 2011

Obama issues order aimed at preventing federal data leaks



Computerworld - President Obama has issued an executive order aimed at better securing data stored by federal agencies. ...read full article
October 24, 2011

Woman allegedly drained checking account of Gig Harbor couple



Authorities say a 32-year-old woman used a fake identity and phony checks to drain nearly $330,000 from a Gig Harbor couple’s checking account earlier this year. ...read full article
October 24, 2011

Penn Hills woman pleads guilty to identity theft



A Penn Hills woman pleaded guilty last week to one count of identity theft, according to federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh. ...read full article
October 24, 2011

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office falls victim to computer hack



The Sheriff's Office was notified late Friday, October 21, 2011, that the department was part of a broad scheme to hack into law enforcement databases and release publicly the personal information of law enforcement personnel in many areas of the country. ...read full article
October 24, 2011

Homebuyers can protect their credit in many ways


Keep credit card balances below 10%, send mortgage applications in 14-day span



That golden window right before you sign for a mortgage is one of the times when your credit is the most vulnerable. You're submitting applications for loans, putting personal data on forms for real estate agents and mortgage brokers and, if you're also selling a home, inviting in strangers. ...read full article
October 24, 2011

State senator introduces bill to modify Real ID law



TALLAHASSEE -- If you've had to renew your driver's license in the past year, you probably had to bring a pile of papers with you to prove your identity. ...read full article
October 24, 2011

Super IT blunder risked $23m contract



The federal government has been in daily contact with the company responsible for the First State Super security failure and has demanded immediate changes to its systems as the company revealed that three other superannuation funds it administers were also affected. ...read full article
October 24, 2011

SCAMwatch warns travellers of fake flight booking sites


Victims have reported losses of more than $1000 for fake international flight bookings and instances of identity theft.



As the ‘silly season’ approaches fast, SCAMwatch has advised expectant travellers to check the authenticity of flight booking websites before making any reservations for domestic and international travel. ...read full article
October 24, 2011

3 G.I. men face federal charges



One Grand Island man has been charged with providing false information for federal benefits, while two others have been charged with illegally re-entering the country. ...read full article
October 21, 2011

US teen charged in 'Jihad Jane' terror plot



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A high school honors student helped the American terror suspect dubbed "Jihad Jane" plot to kill a Swedish artist and used the Internet to raise money and recruits for overseas terrorists, federal prosecutors charged in an indictment Thursday. ...read full article
October 21, 2011

Broomfield woman pleads guilty to identity theft in check forging case



Josephine Pacheco, the Broomfield woman arrested earlier this year on multiple charges related to a large-scale check forging scam police say she masterminded, on Thursday pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft. In exchange, 12 other felony charges against her in the case were dropped. ...read full article
October 21, 2011

Pair accused of using Internet to aid in terror



(CNN) -- Two foreigners, including one who was a legal resident of the United States, have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists in an indictment from Pennsylvania. ...read full article
October 21, 2011

Abandoned Modesto aluminum plant poses identity theft threat to former workers



MODESTO - The former employees of an abandoned aluminum manufacturing plant fear their personal files may be swiped by scrap scavengers. ...read full article
October 21, 2011

Ex-insurer gets 14 years for fraud



A former insurance agent was sentenced Thursday to 14 months in federal prison after she pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to wire fraud and mail fraud. ...read full article
October 21, 2011

Report: NASDAQ Hackers Spied On Corporate Directors



The hackers who compromised systems belonging to the NASDAQ stock market last year were able to install monitoring software that allowed them to spy on the doings of corporate directors, Reuters is reporting. ...read full article
October 21, 2011

Skype lets hackers track your BitTorrent downloads



Scientists have devised a stealthy and low-cost way to track the internet protocol addresses of tens of thousands of Skype users, and link the information to their online activities such as the sharing of specific files over BitTorrent. ...read full article
October 21, 2011

Drive By Download Sites Using New Tricks To Avoid Detection



Amid an increase in defacements of legitimate websites over the past few weeks, Fraser Howard, a researcher from Sophos, has discovered that the groups behind the attacks are increasingly using sophisticated filtering and dynamic content to avoid detection by search engines and web filtering firms. ...read full article
October 20, 2011

Stuxnet Clone 'Duqu': The Hydrogen Bomb of Cyberwarfare?



If the Stuxnet virus was the atom bomb of cyberwarfare, then the discovery this week of the "Duqu" virus is the hydrogen bomb, security experts are warning. ...read full article
October 20, 2011

Identity Theft Led To Victim's Arrest



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Terria Myrick spent a night in jail when she was accused of shoplifting at a Westside Walmart in a mistaken identity case because of identity theft. ...read full article
October 20, 2011

Eau Claire woman accused of swindling $50,000 from grandma



An Eau Claire woman is accused of spending more than $21,000 from her grandmother's checking account without permission, authorities say. ...read full article
October 20, 2011

Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated ID Theft and Bank, Mail & Credit Card Fraud



United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Matthew Gene Ballard, 32, of Manteca, plead guilty to mail fraud, bank fraud, credit card fraud, and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
October 20, 2011

Man accused in VA benefits fraud



A Harrison County man is accused of using another person's identity to fraudulently receive more than $90,000 in benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. That's according to U.S. District Court records. ...read full article
October 20, 2011

Probe at Edge Hill University after student data breach



AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after personal details of nearly 800 Edge Hill University students were sent out in an email. ...read full article
October 20, 2011

Phishing page hacked, turned into PSA on the dangers of phishing



Here's something you don't see very often. Someone - perhaps the recipient of the below phishing mail while having a Falling Down style day at the office - decided enough was enough and set out to hijack the phishing site they were sent to. ...read full article
October 20, 2011

Identity theft victims dragged into serious trouble with the authorities



KUALA LUMPUR: A 25-year-old gave his MyKad to his boss on his first day of work. Now, he is facing 85 police reports for cheating involving RM180,000 worth of IT goods. ...read full article
October 19, 2011

'Son of Stuxnet' virus could be used to attack critical computers worldwide



A powerful new computer virus that some are calling the "Son of Stuxnet" has been discovered, and researchers are concerned about its potential for attacking critical infrastructure computers around the world. ...read full article
October 19, 2011

8.1 million people were victims of ID theft last year



WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- More than 8 million people fell victim to identity theft last year, according to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. ...read full article
October 19, 2011

Inmate church says identities were stolen



A United Methodist congregation made up of inmates at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville said an Indianola woman and former inmate used its volunteers’ personal information to steal 40 identities ...read full article
October 19, 2011

Immigrant jailed in case of officer's stolen ID



HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Mexican immigrant is accused of using the stolen identity of a Texas police officer for more than a decade. ...read full article
October 19, 2011

Cops: Couple caught with 5 fake IDs, stolen credit cards



STAMFORD -- A man and woman from Queens, N.Y., were arrested Tuesday afternoon when they opened store accounts under fake names and tried to buy $3,300 worth of clothes and gift cards. ...read full article
October 19, 2011

Two men plead guilty to ID theft ring that targeted restaurant patrons



Two Maryland men have pleaded guilty to running an identity theft ring that targeted more than 250 people in the D.C. area. ...read full article
October 19, 2011

Identity Theft Cashing Fake Checks in York County



Carroll Township, York County— Police in York County release a surveilance photo in hopes of catching a theft. Carroll Township Police say a woman has been using the identity of two women that are in their 80's and 90's to cash fraudulent checks totalling $2,500 from the ACNB Bank in Carroll Township back on September 30, 2011 and the ACNB Bank in Gettysburg on the same day. ...read full article
October 19, 2011

Team Swastika group hacks 10,000 global Facebook account details



Security experts are warning web users to ensure they use strong passwords and vary their credentials from site to site after a new hacking group published log-in details of what it claimed to be more than 10,000 Facebook users. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

US companies pushed to disclose cyberattacks


New guidelines from US regulators throw a spotlight on disclosure of cyber-incidents



IDG News Service - Public companies may need to look more closely at their exposure to cyberattacks after new guidelines were released this week by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

Attorney General: Massachusetts Won't Investigate iTunes Fraud



It looks as if Apple iTunes users who have been the victim of identity theft will have to look for a new knight in shining armor to wring answers from the notoriously close-lipped Cupertino technology giant. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

Hacktivists pose growing threat to industrial computing


DHS warns nation about Anonymous



Members of the Anonymous hacking collective are increasingly interested in attacking industrial control systems used to automate machinery used by factories, power stations, water treatment plants, and other facilities critical to national security, the Department of Homeland Security warned last month. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

Defense Dept. hit with $4.9B lawsuit over data breach


Proposed class action suit involves TRICARE, seeks $1,000 per victim



Computerworld - The U.S. Department of Defense has been hit with a $4.9 billion lawsuit over a recently disclosed data breach involving TRICARE, a healthcare system for active and retired military personnel and their families. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

Hackers expose Citibank CEO's privates


Revenge strike against cuffing of Occupy Wall St protesters



Hacktivists have published a dossier of personal information on the head of Citigroup in retaliation for the cuffing of protesters at an Occupy Wall Street demo. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

Inside a Hacker Forum



Hacker forums function as a kind of combination training academy, social network and central bazaar for attackers looking for new tools, methods and techniques. They're also often patrolled by law enforcement agents and security researchers, but it's rare that any of the information that those people gather ever makes it into the hands of the public. One security company is now laying out some of the details of a year-long observation of a large hacker forum. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare in Attack Plan on Libya



WASHINGTON — Just before the American-led strikes against Libya in March, the Obama administration intensely debated whether to open the mission with a new kind of warfare: a cyberoffensive to disrupt and even disable the Qaddafi government’s air-defense system, which threatened allied warplanes. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

Identity Theft Victim Speaks Out



(West Seneca, NY) Buffalo State College student, Madeline Tuft, doesn't know who they were, or how they did it. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

Wine fraud through identity theft on the rise



Some £600,000 of wine has been obtained through identity theft in the UK over the past six months, police have warned. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

New Information In Identity Theft Case



DES MOINES, Iowa -- A group that helps women in prison said they know how a woman charged in dozens of identity theft cases got private information. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

Identity Thieves Are Stealing Social Security Numbers From Dead Children



ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) --- A family whose four-year-old daughter died in January is finding this week that the theft of her social security number by identity thieves is not a rarity. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

Legislation would fight Medicare identity theft



There's a new effort to crackdown on criminals who use Medicare cards to steal identities. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

Woman changes plea to guilty for role in fraud scheme spanning 21 states



An Indianapolis woman accused of working with a national identity theft ring allegedly led by a Gary native changed her plea to guilty Monday. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

100 private documents accidentally published on police website



Privacy breaches by the Metropolitan Police have left more than 100 documents online which contain confidential information. ...read full article
October 18, 2011

Bank gaffe shows info of wealthy customers



A bank blunder has revealed the personal email details of scores of HSBC's high-income customers for the second time in two years. ...read full article
October 17, 2011

Medical identity theft a growing problem



With 1.5 million victims in the U.S., physicians can take a few simple steps to ensure that patients aren't using someone else's name to get care. ...read full article
October 17, 2011

‘Operation Swiper’ takes down largest ID theft ring in U.S. history



It was the largest identity theft takedown in U.S. history. ...read full article
October 17, 2011

Alleged sex offender gets prison on identity theft charge



An alleged sex offender who eluded police for five years after he was granted a new trial in Fond du Lac County has been sentenced to prison. ...read full article
October 17, 2011

SpyEye banking malware continues to plague computers


The tricky trojan hides itself on computers and can be hard to detect



...read full article
October 17, 2011

Britain, America Unite Against Identity Theft Trends



In an attempt to reverse the growing trend of identity fraud in Britain, Experian UK brought identity theft thought leaders from around the world to the 2011 Identity Theft & Fraud Forum. Keynote presenters included American identity theft expert John Sileo. ...read full article
October 17, 2011

College campuses often targets of Internet hackers, officials say



In August, the sensitive information of thousands of patients at Stanford University Hospital in California was illegally posted on the Internet, putting more than 20,000 people at risk of identity theft and misuse. ...read full article
October 17, 2011

Judge decries 'same conduct,' imposes stiffer sentence on repeat offender from Mobile



MOBILE, Alabama -- A Mobile man appeared in court last week for sentencing on his latest federal fraud conviction — his 5th— with a promise that a newfound devotion to Jesus has changed his ways. ...read full article
October 17, 2011

Thousands of Social Security Numbers Leaked Yearly



The Social Security Administration (SSA) puts thousands of Americans at risk of identity theft each year by accidentally leaking their Social Security Numbers, names and dates of birth, according to an investigative report by the Scripps Howard New Service . ...read full article
October 17, 2011

Suspected hacker in Hyundai Capital incident arrested in Philippines



SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Yonhap) -- A suspected hacker wanted on suspicion of stealing customer data earlier this year from Hyundai Capital, an affiliate of South Korea's top automaker, has recently been arrested in the Philippines, police here said Monday. ...read full article
October 17, 2011

US man charged in hacking case ordered to LA



Jacksonville, Florida: A man charged with hacking into email accounts of celebrities including actress Scarlett Johansson was ordered on Friday to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Nov. 1. ...read full article
October 17, 2011

North Vancouver man admits faking currency



A Crown prosecutor is asking a B.C. Supreme Court justice to send a man caught by the North Vancouver RCMP with more than $165,000 in counterfeit money and $50,000-worth of marijuana to jail for five years for his crimes. ...read full article
October 17, 2011

Survey: '4 million' Brits stung by ID theft



Consumers continue to be complacent about identity theft despite growth of the crime, which has claimed four million victims in the UK alone. ...read full article
October 13, 2011

Raytheon's cyberchief describes 'Come to Jesus' moment


A rash of attacks following missile sales to Taiwan prompted a major cybersecurity review



IDG News Service - After Raytheon began selling missiles to Taiwan in 2006, the defense company's computer network came under a torrent of cyberattacks. ...read full article
October 13, 2011

Guy Who Stole Scarlett Johansson's Nude Photos Faces 121 Years in Jail



Following a year-long investigation--codename "Operation Hackerazzi"--the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicted the suspected celebrity email hacker Wednesday afternoon on 26 counts of identity theft, unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping. The suspect, Chris Chaney, is believed to be responsible for breaking into the email accounts of as many as 50 celebrities and leaking information about their private lives, including some nude photos of Scarlett Johansson. Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera, Simone Harouche and Renee Olmstead were also listed along with others identified only by their initials in the court filings, which also lists the email providers of the victims and dates of the hacks. (ScarJo uses Yahoo! mail.) Chaney faces up to 121 years in jail for the charges. ...read full article
October 13, 2011

Identity Theft of Over 2,000 Car Accident Victims At Florida Hospital



Recently, Florida Hospital in Orlando discovered an electronic privacy breach that saw the personal, medical and financial information of 2,252 patients stolen over a 20-month period. What is more tragic is that the criminals involved targeted the ER medical records of car accident victims. These criminals took advantage of people in their most vulnerable state directly after a traumatic incident. ...read full article
October 13, 2011

Woman speaks out as identity theft ring nears 9,000



DULUTH, Ga. — Duluth police tell Channel 2 Action News the number of victims of a local suspected identity theft ring has reached 8,965. ...read full article
October 13, 2011

Lexington Man Sentenced for Fraud, ID Theft at DMV Office



LEXINGTON, N.C. (WGHP)— A Lexington man who operated the North Carolina DMV tag office in Thomasville received three years ans nine months in prison last week for multiple federal counts of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
October 13, 2011

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs hacked, includes access to ‘private’ photos



What could be one of the biggest celebrity hackings to date apparently has zapped entertainment powerhouse Sean “Diddy” Combs. ...read full article
October 13, 2011

Quincy man charged with identity theft



BRAINTREE — A 30-year-old Quincy man faces identity-theft and false-document charges after allegedly using a fake ID to make a purchase, police said. ...read full article
October 13, 2011

Operation “SAFE SCARE”



Van Buren, AR – Operation SAFE SCARE is a joint agency focus to validate the addresses provided by registered sex offenders. Halloween is a time when many children are on the streets going door-to-door trick-or-treating and are vulnerable to sexual predators. The aim of SAFE SCARE is to keep our kids safe so they can enjoy Halloween and being a kid. SAFE SCARE allows law enforcement to validate information provided by sex offenders during the registration and periodic re-registration requirements under Arkansas State Law. Normally, sex offenders’ addresses are verified only during initial registration and on a case by case basis after that. Experience tells us that often times, registered sex offenders will periodically re-register as required, but will use an address where they are not actually residing anymore. ...read full article
October 12, 2011

Feds: Philly Cop Used Prisoner Debit, Credit Cards



Federal authorities say a Philadelphia police officer tasked with protecting the belongings of jailed suspects instead used their debit and credit cards to treat himself to gasoline and other items. ...read full article
October 12, 2011

Cybercriminals Use Facebook, Bitcoin to Steal Digital Currency



Sophisticated cyber criminals are increasingly using malware and smartphones to snatch digital currency from unsuspecting victims, Internet security experts report. “Cyber criminals are looking to use mobile phones to take money from users because if you can get users to transact with you through their mobile phone, then you can extract money from user in this way,” says Tony Anscombe, senior security evangelist for website security company AVG. ...read full article
October 12, 2011

Sony suspends 93,000 online accounts after illicit logins


Sony says unauthorized logins were attempted across several networks but only a small portion were successful.



IDG News Service - Sony suspended 93,000 user accounts on several of its gaming and entertainment networks after unauthorized login attempts on those accounts, it said Wednesday. ...read full article
October 12, 2011

As Kids Go Online, Identity Theft Claims More Victims



Imagine learning that your ten-year-old child owns a home somewhere across the country or that your toddler owes thousands of dollars in income taxes for a job he or she has never held. If those scenarios seem unfathomable, they’re all too real for families whose children are victims of identity theft. ...read full article
October 12, 2011

Carroll County loan officer charged with identity theft



VILLA RICA, Ga. — A popular Carroll County bank employee is scheduled to go before a judge Tuesday. ...read full article
October 12, 2011

Missouri Inmates May Be Committing ID Theft Behind Bars



BOONVILLE - The Missouri Department of Corrections confirmed Tuesday it's investigating several cases of identity theft. ...read full article
October 12, 2011

Many websites 'leaking' personal info to other firms


Websites are sharing usernames and other personal information with advertising partners, a Stanford study says



IDG News Service - Many top websites share their visitors' names, usernames or other personal information with their partners without telling users and, in some cases, without knowing they're doing it, according to a new study from Stanford University. ...read full article
October 11, 2011

Anonymous may have slowed down NYSE site


The slowdown may have been the result of a half-hearted attack by Anonymous



IDG News Service - The website of the New York Stock Exchange slowed down significantly twice on Monday afternoon, the day when the hacker group Anonymous was scheduled to launch a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack on the website, according to an Internet and mobile cloud monitoring company. ...read full article
October 11, 2011

Veteran blames VA for identity theft



HENDRICKS COUNTY (WISH) - A former Marine living in Hendricks County says she’s a victim of identity theft and places the blame on the Department of Veterans Affairs. ...read full article
October 11, 2011

Couple admits to 2 deaths in Northwest crime spree



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man and his girlfriend have admitted to killing the man's father and stepmother in a 5-day crime spree that authorities said ultimately left four dead across the Pacific Northwest. ...read full article
October 11, 2011

LulzSec leader holds onto Sun email


Hacker vows to continue after other members of group were arrested



IDG News Service - The 4GB worth of email stolen by the LulzSec hacking group from The Sun tabloid site earlier this year are sitting on a server in China, according to "Sabu," the outfit's alleged leader. ...read full article
October 11, 2011

Scottsdale police arrest Phoenix man accused in ID theft



A Phoenix man was arrested Sunday morning in Scottsdale on suspicion of identity theft, burglary and drug possession. ...read full article
October 11, 2011

NYPD infiltration of colleges raises privacy fears



NEW YORK (AP) — With its whitewashed bell tower, groomed lawns and Georgian-style buildings, Brooklyn College looks like a slice of 18th Century America dropped into modern-day New York City. But for years New York police have feared this bucolic setting might hide a sinister secret: the beginnings of a Muslim terrorist cell. ...read full article
October 11, 2011

China Bid Blocked Over Spy Worry



Worried about potential spying, the U.S. government has blocked a bid from China’s telecommunications giant Huawei to help build a new national wireless network for first responders such as police, firefighters, and ambulances. ...read full article
October 11, 2011

P2P Version of Zeus Botnet Appears



A new version of the Zeus malware has appeared, and this does not seem to be a minor upgrade, a major custom version of the Trojan, which now sports a P2P capability that does away with the use of the domain-generation algorithm used in earlier versions and instead uses a hardcoded list of IP addresses to provide infected PCs with new software and config files. This is a throwback to the way the malware used to behave, but it comes with a twist: There no longer is a master URL that infected machines contact to get updates, making it much more difficult to track the Trojan's activities. ...read full article
October 10, 2011

N.Y. crackdown uncovers global crime ring, district attorney says



New York (CNN) -- A New York City crackdown on suspects allegedly involved in forged credit cards and identity theft led authorities to a $13 million global crime ring, Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday. ...read full article
October 10, 2011

Second Indian official charged in telecom scam


Dayanidhi Maran is alleged to have helped a foreign acquirer to buy operator Aircel



IDG News Service - India's top investigative agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, said Monday that it has registered a case against former federal minister Dayanidhi Maran, in connection with ongoing investigations into alleged scams in the Ministry of Communications. ...read full article
October 10, 2011

Women lead the way in embezzlement cases



Others said women don't turn to violent crime because they are at a physical disadvantage. And they're not likely to pick up a gun and try to rob a bank. ...read full article
October 10, 2011

German hackers snare wiretap Trojan, accuse gov of writing it...



German hackers have captured and analysed a cyber-sleuth Trojan which they claim may have been used by police to tap Skype calls and IM chats of criminal or terrorist suspects. ...read full article
October 10, 2011

Police asking public to identify suspect accused of stealing credit car



State police are looking for a suspect accused of trying to use a stolen credit card in western Oneida County. ...read full article
October 7, 2011

Stanford Hospital blames contractor for data breach


After patient files $20M lawsuit, health care provider firm says contractor is responsible



Computerworld - Stanford Hospital & Clinics this week blamed a third party billing contractor for a data breach that exposed the personal data of some 20,000 patients. ...read full article
October 7, 2011

Law on foster care identity theft praised in RI



PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island child welfare advocates are praising a new law co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin that aims to protect foster children from identity theft. ...read full article
October 7, 2011

Florida pair indicted in largest alleged BP claim scam



Washington (CNN) -- In the largest alleged BP oil spill-related scam uncovered to date, federal authorities on Thursday charged two Floridians with taking $340,000 in funds intended for victims of last year's environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. ...read full article
October 7, 2011

Android malware downloads instructions from blog


Researchers from Trend Micro say the communication mechanism is a first for mobile malware



IDG News Service - Researchers from Trend Micro have spotted a piece of malicious software for Android that receives instructions from an encrypted blog, a new method of communication for mobile malware, according to the company. ...read full article
October 7, 2011

Steve Jobs' Death Saddens World, Inspires Spammers



It was one of those odd moments where the entire online community was briefly unified in its mourning of the tech visionary, Apple co-founder, and former CEO whose life-work has demanded nearly universal respect. But as with everything else on the Internet, it didn’t last long. The dregs of the Web showed up in short-order to exploit the death of Steve Jobs, who died of cancer last night at the age of 56. ...read full article
October 7, 2011

SpyEye banking trojan: now with SMS hijacking capability



The SpyEye banking trojan has acquired the ability to reroute one-time passwords sent to victims' cellphones, a measure that bypasses protections more and more financial institutions are adopting. ...read full article
October 7, 2011

Debt collectors face state crackdown


Criminals worked at six big firms, Commerce Department says. Some workers stole personal data from consumers.



Minnesota regulators pounced on six debt collection firms Thursday for hiring felons, harassing consumers who owed money and stealing their financial information. ...read full article
October 6, 2011

Drive-by download attack on Facebook used malicious ads


This 'malvertisement' scam does not require any user action, making it much more dangerous



IDG News Service - Antivirus vendor Trend Micro has recently detected a drive-by download attack on Facebook that used malicious advertisements to infect users with malware. ...read full article
October 6, 2011

Identity Theft Suspect Caught At Home Depot


Credit Fraud Bust Leads To Bigger Find



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A credit fraud bust at Home Depot led to an arrest involving multiple charges of identity theft, drug, and weapons charges. ...read full article
October 6, 2011

Death of Ore. teen linked to white supremacists



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The paths of a teenager who called his mother daily and two white supremacists fleeing a murder scene in Washington state crossed in Western Oregon's Willamette Valley less than a week ago. ...read full article
October 6, 2011

Play dead to get deceased's credit frozen?



Dear Debt Adviser, Why do the credit bureaus make it so hard for an executor to report a deceased person or freeze the credit of a dead person? After spending a lot of time in "voice mail jail" and having to pretend I was the dead person, I managed to make it through to a human being and only then learned what address to send documents to. Is there any way bereaved people can avoid all this? ...read full article
October 6, 2011

Laurens man pleads guilty to identity theft



SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) - The U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said that a Laurens man was sentenced in federal court in Spartanburg on Wednesday. ...read full article
October 6, 2011

Former head of Hispanic American Council bound over for trial on embezzlement, identity-theft charges



KALAMAZOO — Ramon Berlanga-Rodriguez, who is charged with four felonies related to his time as the former executive director of the Hispanic American Council, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. ...read full article
October 6, 2011

Two more sentenced to prison for ID theft



GREENVILLE — Women from Rains and Van Zandt counties are the latest defendants to have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to being a member of a widespread identity theft ring operating in Hunt County. ...read full article
October 6, 2011

Fraud experts call for internet security to be taught in schools as children's identities are stolen via social networks



Children are the new targets for organised crime gangs because they share too much about their personal lives on social networking sites. ...read full article
October 5, 2011

Police say 2 are suspects in Washington slaying, Oregon teen’s disappearance



SALEM, Ore. — Federal, state and local police are hunting for a boyfriend-girlfriend duo suspected in the murder of the male suspect’s stepmother as well as the disappearance of his father in Washington state and of a teenager in Oregon days later. ...read full article
October 5, 2011

John Pignotti Gets Nearly 4 Years In Prison For Identity Theft



PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The former president of the Philadelphia String Band Association was sentenced to close to four years in prison Tuesday for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two former employers. ...read full article
October 5, 2011

Police: Theft Suspect Pastes Own Photo On Stolen License



LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Police have charged a Louisville woman with identity theft after they said they found her with another person's driver's license with her own picture pasted on it after a shoplifting arrest. ...read full article
October 5, 2011

Woman disputes bill opened in her name when she was 7



Marcellus (WSYR-TV) -- A Marcellus woman, who says she was the victim of identity theft as a kid, is still haunted by the bills. When Caressa Wenzel tried to open a National Grid account for the first time, the company said she already had an account, opened in 1993 -- when she was 7-years old . ...read full article
October 5, 2011

Waynesboro PD looking for man who used fraudulent credit cards



WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- A man is wanted after buying several gift cards and other items with fraudulent credit cards. ...read full article
October 5, 2011

Defendant in "Bernie's" case misses court date, warrant issued



An arrest warrant for failing to appear in court has been issued for a man accused of driving around Denver with a dead friend, running up a bar tab on his account and using his ATM card at a strip club. ...read full article
October 5, 2011

U.S. lawmakers point to China as cause of cyberattacks


U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers calls on the U.S. and its allies to put pressure on the Chinese government for cyber-espionage



IDG News Service - U.S. government officials need to put more pressure on their Chinese counterparts to stop a "pervasive" cyber-espionage campaign targeting U.S. companies, a U.S. lawmaker said Tuesday. ...read full article
October 5, 2011

Inside the Takedown of the M00p Malware Crew



BARCELONA--As online crime continues to grow in volume and expand in scope, encompassing a massive number of scams and operations around the world, security researchers, lawmakers and others are pushing for better cooperation among law enforcement agencies and the security community in taking down the attackers behind these schemes. There are precious few examples of successful operations that have succeeded in recent years, but one that can be considered a model of how things can work is the investigation into the m00p malware-writing crew that began more than seven years ago. ...read full article
October 4, 2011

Montgomery, Alabama, Woman Pleads Guilty to Using Stolen Identities to Obtain Tax Refunds



WASHINGTON – Melinda Clayton of Montgomery, Ala., pleaded guilty today to charges of conspiring to defraud the United States by filing false claims, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. ...read full article
October 4, 2011

Justice Department Sues to Shut Down New Jersey Tax Preparer


Newark Man Allegedly Claimed Phony Dependents on Customers’ Tax Returns



WASHINGTON - The United States has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Luvander Hollaway from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. The civil injunction complaint alleges that Hollaway of Newark, N.J., fails to comply with due-diligence requirements imposed by federal law on tax preparers who claim the earned income tax credit (EITC) on their customers’ returns. According to the complaint, Hollaway also falsifies reported income and lists fake dependents on his customers’ returns in order to claim the maximum EITC for them. ...read full article
October 4, 2011

'Well organized, sophisticated, fast' cybercriminals scare US banks



Network World - BITS, the U.S. financial industry's IT policy arm, has a new leader: Paul Smocer, an expert in email security and authentication. ...read full article
October 4, 2011

HTC investigates reports of vulnerability in Android phones


On the heels of researchers claiming a massive vulnerability, HTC now says it will investigate



PC World - Revelations by researchers over the weekend that several HTC Android phone models contain a "massive securityvulnerability" are being examined by the mobile handset maker. ...read full article
October 4, 2011

Data Theft: Hackers Attack


Crooks may seek your identity, but "hacktivists" cause the blockbuster breaches



We are constantly warned to protect our passwords, Social Security numbers and other “personal identifying information” to thwart thieves who may steal laptops or perpetrate online fraud. Although such breaches have soared since 2005 (right) as criminals try to commit identity theft, the truly enormous breaches (bottom) have increasingly been carried out by “hacktivists”—individuals or groups who are angry about an organization’s actions. Hackers, for example, exposed data about 77 million Sony customers after the company pursued legal action against other hackers. “More than 107 million people were affected by hacking during the first half of 2011,” says Jake Kouns?, CEO of the Open Security Foundation in Glen Allen, Va., which runs the Data­LossDB project (the data source for graphics on this page). ...read full article
October 4, 2011

Traffic stop sheds light on identity theft ring


The driver, pulled over in western Iowa, is accused of filing improper tax returns



An improper license plate on a western Iowa interstate has given authorities a rare window into a massive Las Vegas-based identity theft ring suspected of stealing at least $2.7 million from the U.S. government via improper federal income tax returns. ...read full article
October 4, 2011

Victim's look-alike jailed for identity theft at bank



An Eau Claire woman will spend at least 60 days in jail for stealing another woman's bank account information and making withdrawals from the account on consecutive days, even after the account was closed following the first day's theft. ...read full article
October 4, 2011

Stealing elderly parents' identities a hidden, common crime



Child ID theft is a scourge of the digital age -- a terrible crime that often sees parents ruining their own kids’ futures by taking out mortgages, car loans and other financial obligations in their names. But a new study shows that another kind of family-based ID theft, which rarely grabs headlines, might be much more prevalent: Stealing the identities of elderly parents. ...read full article
October 4, 2011

ID theft defendant changes plea to guilty



HAMMOND| An Illinois woman accused of partaking in an interstate identity theft ring changed her plea to guilty Monday in Hammond federal court. ...read full article
October 4, 2011

Former Selah man arrested in baby daughter's death



YAKIMA, Wash. — A 28-year-old man was arrested Monday on a manslaughter charge in the death of his baby daughter nearly three years ago in Selah. ...read full article
October 4, 2011

Ex-Stamford School Aide Charged in Identity Theft



STAMFORD, Conn. – A former Stamford teachers aide was arrested Monday and charged with stealing and using the credit card of a teacher she worked with last May, Sgt. Andrew Gallagher said. Charlotte Gore, 22, was taken into custody after meeting with her probation officer, he said. ...read full article
October 3, 2011

Police: Speeder used sister's identity



A traffic stop led Johnson City police Sunday to arrest a city woman on numerous charges after she gave police her sister's name because her own license was suspended, police reported in a news release. ...read full article
October 3, 2011

Rolly: Email hack is an ongoing nightmare for Salt Lake woman



Suzette Holly’s comfortable world turned upside down Tuesday when she learned scammers hacked her email account and targeted all her friends and associates. ...read full article
October 3, 2011

Local residents targeted by fraudulent text messages


They claim to be from Wells Fargo Bank, seek credit card numbers



Local residents say they’ve been getting text messages claiming to be from Wells Fargo Bank and asking them for their credit card numbers. ...read full article
October 3, 2011

Student scam jobs listed on ColumbiaWorks



After expecting to apply for a part-time accounting position at a job fair he was steered to by ColumbiaWorks, Columbia’s student and alumni employment website, Todd Merrill hesitated before he accepted the actual offer: a full-time, governmental campaign office position promising an $80,000-a-year salary—or at least until he would scribble his Social Security number onto a W-4 tax form. ...read full article
October 3, 2011

School vendor let vital data slip out



WILLIAMSBURG — WJC School Board members were unaware the firm hired to do the strategic plan once let the personal information of 18,000 students slip out online, where it was searchable for three months. ...read full article
October 3, 2011

Fifth and final member of identity theft ring sentenced to eight years in prison



A fifth member of an identity theft ring was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison after he and four women stole personal information, used funds to purchase high-end jewelry and then pawned the jewelry for cash. ...read full article
October 3, 2011

Heads Up! Fake iPhone 5 Email Can Infect Your Computer



The new iPhone has not been announced. It is not available for pre-order. It does not have a ridiculous see-through screen. It is not called the "iPhone 5G S" and it's (probably) not going to be available this Friday. So if you get an email with the subject line "iPhone 5G S has been released" that contains what appears to be marketing from Apple, don't fall for it. ...read full article
September 30, 2011

Update: Data breach affects 4.9M active, retired military personnel


Backup disk containing unencrypted personal data is missing



Computerworld - Sensitive data including Social Security Numbers, names, addresses, phone numbers and personal health data belonging to about 4.9 million active and retired U.S. military personnel may have been compromised after backup tapes containing the data went missing recently. ...read full article
September 30, 2011

NC police probe ID theft that targeted soldier



ERWIN, N.C. (AP) — A Harnett County soldier's decision to ask a friend to house-sit during his deployment to Afghanistan led to a massive betrayal of trust that included identity theft, the fraudulent sale of possessions and the friend's death, according to police in Erwin. ...read full article
September 30, 2011

Hundreds of seniors caught in identity scam



ATLANTA -- Fulton County is warning senior citizens about an identity theft scam offering stimulus money for their personal information. Seniors were told to go to an address on Peeple Street in Southwest Atlanta to fill out a form to get $500 in stimulus money. ...read full article
September 30, 2011

Car Thief Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison



A prolific car thief in Fresno has been sentenced to nearly two decades behind bars. ...read full article
September 30, 2011

Police learn about techniques used by identity thieves



Veronica Richardson, an Allegheny County probation officer for 33 years, remembers when the illegal use of another person's credit card required stealing the card itself. ...read full article
September 30, 2011

Jury: Medical equipment company owner defrauded Medicare, Medicaid



McALLEN — An Edinburg man was convicted of healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with his durable medical equipment company. ...read full article
September 30, 2011

Lawyers list 308 witnesses for ID theft trial



An identity theft case involving 13 defendants appears headed for a February trial in federal court in Minneapolis. ...read full article
September 30, 2011

Baltimore lawsuit spotlights obscure identity theft law


County man claims bar receipts violated federal consumer protection act



An obscure provision of a federal law created to prevent identity theft has come under the spotlight in Baltimore, where a man has sued three area bars for violating the law's intent. ...read full article
September 29, 2011

Hosting Provider InMotion Hacked, Thousands of Sites Affected



InMotion, a large hosting provider based in California, was compromised in recent days and the attackers were able to replace the index files of thousands of sites, defacing them and in some cases making it difficult for site owners to recover and reload their sites. ...read full article
September 29, 2011

Ex-officer sentenced in identity theft



A former Montgomery Police Department officer was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison with two years of supervised release Wednesday, according to U.S. Attorney George Beck. ...read full article
September 29, 2011

Man finds unknown violations on driver's license



A 30-year-old Garden City resident who went to the office of the Secretary of State to get his driving privileges reinstated discovered a greater problem when he learned someone had received additional violations in his name. ...read full article
September 29, 2011

Woman Charged With 16 Counts Of Identity Theft



SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -- Sullivan County authorities got some help from a jewelry store on solving a identity theft case. ...read full article
September 29, 2011

Pfizer, pharmacy group warn on counterfeit drugs



Pfizer Inc. and a pharmacy standards group are teaming to warn consumers about the risks of counterfeit prescription medicines, which endanger the public and take money from both pharmacies and legitimate drugmakers. ...read full article
September 29, 2011

Lakemoor man charged with identity theft in Naperville



A Lakemoor man who is being questioned concerning the slaying of his sister now is being held in Will County jail on charges of identity theft. ...read full article
September 29, 2011

As California Fights Prison Overcrowding, Some See a Golden Opportunity



The wooden floor of this dormitory at the state prison in Chino, Calif., is the only indication that inmates once played basketball here. Hoops long since taken down, the gymnasium in the East facility of the California Institution for Men was converted to sleeping quarters over a decade ago and now houses 200 inmates, who mill around their bunk beds in bright orange jumpsuits. Signs painted on the walls advise, CAUTION: NO WARNING SHOT WILL BE GIVEN — a reminder of how seriously the guards treat the riots, fights, beatings and rapes that are common here. "When this place goes off, it's a nightmare," Correctional Sergeant Mike Losorelli says of the facility. "The bunks get used as barricades." ...read full article
September 29, 2011

Typosquatting Hacks: Finger Slips Sink Ships



For nearly as long as DNS as has been around, aggressive advertisers and malicious doers have used a technique called typosquatting to take advantage of the fact that most of us aren't perfect typists: They buy up domains and set up realistic-looking yet malicious websites such as www.livve.com, www.live.cm, and www.liv.ecom to exploit users who incorrectly type live.com. ...read full article
September 29, 2011

Foxy Brown's brother gets prison for NYC ID theft



NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Foxy Brown's brother is headed to prison for using forged credit cards to go on a luxury shopping spree and club jaunt in New York City. ...read full article
September 29, 2011

Round Lake Park woman gets prison for stealing from disabled man



A Round Lake Park woman was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for stealing more than $3,000 from a disabled man who had hired her for home care assistance. ...read full article
September 28, 2011

OnStar reverses course on controversial GPS tracking plans


Customer concerns prompted decision to drop privacy policy change, company says



Computerworld - GM subsidiary OnStar has reversed course on a planned change to its privacy policies that would have let it collect and share GPS tracking and other data from vehicles -- even after their users stopped subscribing to OnStar service. ...read full article
September 28, 2011

Hackers leak data of Goldman Sachs CEO



Hackers today released personal information for Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein. ...read full article
September 28, 2011

Pro-Syrian ‘Electronic Army’ Hacks Harvard University Site



Hackers from the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) vandalized Harvard University’s website Monday morning, presenting visitors to the Ivy League university’s homepage with an image of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad dressed posed in front of the nation’s flag in full army regalia. ...read full article
September 28, 2011

Scammers pretend to be friendly office printers


A new ruse for infecting computers wtih malware has been spotted by researchers at Symantec



IDG News Service - Hackers have found a new hook to trick people into opening malicious attachments: send emails that purport to come from office printers, many of which now have the ability to email scanned documents. ...read full article
September 28, 2011

Microsoft halts another botnet: Kelihos



Microsoft has put a halt to the Kelihos botnet and is accusing a Czech resident of hosting the botnet and using it to deliver spam and steal data, the company said today. ...read full article
September 28, 2011

DHS Thinks Some SCADA Problems Are Too Big To Call "Bug"



The Stuxnet worm may be the most famous piece of malicious software ever written. When it was first detected, a little over a year ago, the worm sounded a warning to nations around the world that critical infrastructure systems were potential targets of attack for foreign governments and cyber criminal organizations alike. But with the anniversary of the Stuxnet worm's discovery just past, the Department of Homeland Security admits that it is now reevaluating whether it makes sense to warn the public about all of the security failings of industrial control system (ICS) and SCADA software. ...read full article
September 28, 2011

USA Today pwned by s'kiddies on Twitter


Who would you like us to hack next today?



A group of mischievous hackers who target the Twitter feeds of news organisations claimed a fresh victim on Sunday when they hijacked the micro-blogging feed of USA Today. ...read full article
September 28, 2011

Nurse faces 51 counts of medical records, ID theft at Boulder



A nurse accused of improperly accessing patient records at numerous hospitals in the Denver metro area faces five counts of identity theft and 46 counts of theft of medical records in connection with his time at Boulder Community Hospital between May 2010 and January 2011. ...read full article
September 28, 2011

Credit Card Thief Assumes Man's Identity, OKs Shopping Spree



It's been another highly entertaining week of credit card crimes, starting off with a chilling step-by-step account of identity theft , and concluding with a credit card statement that could make your grandmother blush. ...read full article
September 28, 2011

Legally dead man in courtoom plea



LAS VEGAS, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A Chicago stockbroker declared legally dead 25 years ago has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in a Las Vegas courtroom. ...read full article
September 27, 2011

Soldier: Fighting Identity Theft Harder Than War Overseas



CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Carols Llanes and Martha Garcia have had a plan since meeting during their deployments in Afghanistan: come home, get married and start a new life together. ...read full article
September 27, 2011

Schumer seeks FTC probe of OnStar privacy policy


OnStar plans to collect data from customers that stop services an 'unheard of' privacy violation, U.S. Senator says



Computerworld - GM subsidiary OnStar's plan to collect and share GPS tracking and other data from vehicles even after their owners stop subscribing to its service has prompted an outcry from some lawmakers. ...read full article
September 27, 2011

Here's The Story Behind One Shocking Case Of Identity Theft



This week at my bank branch we had a major case of Identity Theft. ...read full article
September 27, 2011

Police arrest Wisconsin sex offender on theft charges



A registered sex offender from Wisconsin was arrested on attempted aggravated theft and identity theft charges Saturday night after trying to buy a vehicle with a fake Social Security number, name and address, Medford police said. ...read full article
September 27, 2011

Murdered woman's brother charged with identity theft



The brother of a murdered Naperville woman was booked into the Will County Adult Detention Facility Friday on a charge of identity theft. ...read full article
September 27, 2011

Keep Your Identity: Even children can fall victim to identity theft



Now that the school year has started and our kids and grandchildren are off to tackle the academic challenges in front of them, this might be a good time to look at identity theft that is going on within that age group … or even younger. ...read full article
September 27, 2011

Al-Qaida's Shamukh chat forum under attack, says expert


The forum used by Muslim militants has been rendered inaccessible



IDG News Service - Al-Qaida's top-tier Al-Shamukh chat forum is facing an ongoing electronic attack, that has rendered the forum totally unreachable, according to a terrorism expert. ...read full article
September 27, 2011

5 Dirty Tricks: Social Engineers' Latest Pick-up Lines



You may now be savvy enough to know that when a friend reaches out on Facebook and says they've been mugged in London and are in desperate need of cash, that it's a scam. But social engineers, the criminals that pull off these kinds of ploys by trying to trick you, are one step ahead. ...read full article
September 27, 2011

Hackers published personal data of 25,000 police officials



An Austrian hackers group has published the names and home addresses of 24,938 police officials sparking fears that many could be targeted by criminals. ...read full article
September 27, 2011

Nigerian Scam Becomes Burkina Faso Scam



Email con artists still hope to profit from the naivety of some people, promising millions to those willing to help them. The only difference now is that the newer versions of the Nigerian scam are a bit better documented. ...read full article
September 27, 2011

Felon sentenced on gun, ID-theft charges



A Providence man who barricaded himself in an attic in 2010 when officials arrived to arrest him on gun and identity-theft charges was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 164 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced Monday. ...read full article
September 26, 2011

Facebook's Timeline will be boon for hackers


'Story of your life' display makes it easier for criminals to dig up data for social engineered attacks, says researcher



Computerworld - Facebook's new Timeline will make it even easier for criminals and others to mine the social network for personal information they can use to launch malicious attacks and steal passwords, a researcher said today. ...read full article
September 26, 2011

Army expands warnings on social networking


Soldiers, families: Be wary about giving ID, security info



The Army’s Online and Social Media Division is warning soldiers and their families about the perils of online identity theft and operational security violations in its newest update to the Army Social Media Handbook. ...read full article
September 26, 2011

Slain Naperville woman’s brother extradited



The brother of a Naperville woman whose murder remains unsolved has been extradited from Florida to face identity theft charges, while police say he remains a “person of interest” in his sister’s death. ...read full article
September 26, 2011

USA Today's Twitter account falls victim to hackers



The same group that hacked NBC News' Twitter account on September 9 and sent tweets about a bogus attack on Ground Zero apparently grabbed hold of USA Today's Twitter feed today and fired off a clutch of messages. ...read full article
September 26, 2011

Symantec sounds alarm on threats to mobile devices



MANILA, Philippines - Rarely do I hear people complain about their mobile phones being compromised by malware and other forms of digital intrusion. Rare is good, but the fact that it can happen is no good. ...read full article
September 26, 2011

Romanian national sentenced for involvement in bank fraud scheme



A Romanian national was sentenced Friday in Bridgeport to 15 months in prison for his participation in a multi-state, ATM-skimming scheme that struck Greenwich, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. ...read full article
September 26, 2011

Alleged 'Commander X' Anonymous hacker pleads not guilty



A 47-year-old homeless man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he joined in an Anonymous-organized cyberattack that temporarily shut down Santa Cruz County servers. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

'Lurid' malware hits Russia, CIS countries


Trend Micro says more than 1,400 computers in 61 countries were targeted



IDG News Service - The latest espionage-related hacking campaign detailed by security vendor Trend Micro is most notable for the country it does not implicate: China. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

Alleged LulzSec, Anonymous hackers arrested in Ariz., Calif.



An Arizona man was arrested today for allegedly stealing data from Sony Pictures Entertainment earlier this year, and two others were indicted on charges of participating in a denial-of-service (DoS) attack that temporarily shut down Santa Cruz County servers late last year. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

Microsoft passes Rustock botnet baton to FBI



Microsoft on Thursday wrapped up its civil case against the still-unnamed controllers of the Rustock botnet and handed off the information gleaned during its investigation to the FBI. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

This Is How Fraudsters Get Hold Of Your Credit Card Information



Credit card fraud has been a enormous problem since the credit card was first introduced in the 1950?s. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

Protect yourself from fake antivirus software



It's something you don't want to happen when you're on your computer -- a malicious piece of software hijacking your machine. Believe me, I know. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

War with computer hackers hits the road



The computer industry has battled hackers and destructive software viruses for years. That battle is now spreading to vehicles. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

High-tech hackers hit Seattle businesses



SEATTLE – The first sign of trouble at the small Seattle software company where Alec Fishburne works came when several employees reported that their paychecks hadn’t shown up as usual via direct deposits at their banks. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

Why It’s Not Easy to Freeze Your Child’s Credit File



In her job as an analyst specializing in the retail banking world, Julie McNelley talks to a lot of bank executives. Recently, she says, she has heard concerns about child identity theft involving the use of a minor’s Social Security number to commit financial fraud. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

Craigslist users fight surprise $89 charges from penny auction site



Craigslist bargain hunters around the country are being thrust into the middle of an elaborate scheme involving some of the Internet's darkest corners: Penny auctions, spam, and affiliate marketing. And many are finding their bank accounts are $89 lighter for their troubles. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

Lawyer: News Corp to be sued in US for hacking


Associated Press told that lawyers in US will begin pursuing case within next week



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September 23, 2011

UTSA Honors College informs students of computer security incident



The University of Texas at San Antonio is informing 688 students and prospective students who either enrolled in or applied to courses in the Honors College that an unauthorized user may have gained access to information about them. Those affected have been notified by personal letter. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

Internet Explorer Malware Plugin Also Infects Firefox



Malware that sticks to a web browser is no news to anyone, but now, a new threat has been discovered that after infecting Internet Explorer, it drops a piece of spyware onto your Firefox. ...read full article
September 23, 2011

Cody Kretsinger, Arizona College Student, Charged In Sony Hacking Case



LOS ANGELES -- An Arizona college student was arrested and charged Thursday in a breach of computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment early this summer where more than 37,000 customers had their information stolen. ...read full article
September 22, 2011

Theft of Digital Health Data More Often Inside Job, Report Finds



Sept. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Electronic health data breaches are increasingly carried out by “knowledgeable insiders” bent on identity theft or access to prescription drugs, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. ...read full article
September 22, 2011

Foster Care Identity Theft bill passes



PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- U.S. Rep. James Langevin's office says the legislation, sponsored by Democrat, requires states to run credit checks on foster youth over 16 years old before they age out of the system. It also ensures they get help clearing their records of inaccuracies that are the result of identity theft. ...read full article
September 22, 2011

Man charged in identity theft spanning two decades



When university student Patrick Guest had his wallet stolen at an Ajax gym in 1990, he filed a police report, but didn’t think about it too much. ...read full article
September 22, 2011

Memphis woman admits identity theft, tax scam



A Memphis woman accused of scamming the government of more than $100,000 has pleaded guilty to identity theft and conspiracy to defraud the United States ...read full article
September 22, 2011

Russian citizen convicted of identity theft in RI



PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A federal jury has convicted a Russian man living in Rhode Island of taking out nearly $275,000 in loans using the stolen identity of a U.S. citizen living in Ireland. ...read full article
September 22, 2011

New Identity Theft Scam Targeting Consumers Through Text Messages



A heads up about a new identify theft scam. ...read full article
September 22, 2011

3 indicted in sophisticated Wash. hacking scheme



SEATTLE (AP) — Soon after his office was burglarized — twice — Jeff Eby walked in and found a payroll report sitting on his printer. He hadn't printed it, and as his company's chief financial officer, he's the only person who would have. ...read full article
September 22, 2011

New licenses for victims of ID theft



LAS CRUCES - The Motor Vehicle Division has begun implementing a new program to help victims of identity theft, State Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla announced Wednesday. ...read full article
September 22, 2011

9 members of stolen identity ring sentenced



PHOENIX - A ring of criminals who made a living stealing people’s identities is out of work and facing a total of 107 years in prison according to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. ...read full article
September 22, 2011

Are celebs the newest target for hackers?



(CNN) -- The naked celebrities seem to be everywhere lately. Last week, hackers allegedly stole nude photos from actress Scarlett Johansson and then plastered them all over the Internet. ...read full article
September 22, 2011

Postal carrier pleads guilty in mail theft case



A local U.S. Postal Service letter carrier pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge that he stole mail from three people on his route in Queensbury. ...read full article
September 21, 2011

Two Men Use Dead Friend's Debit Card to Visit Strip Club



With friends like this, who needs enemies? It's a cliché come to life: When Jeffrey Jarret died, his two friends Robert Jeffrey Young and Mark Rubinson toted the corpse around in their trunk and used their buddy's ATM card to visit a strip club. ...read full article
September 21, 2011

'Supercookies' just won't go away



User privacy is the biggest concern surrounding the use of supercookies which secretly collect user data beyond the limitations of common industry practice, noted Jason Pearce, security director of sales engineering at M86 Security Asia-Pacific. ...read full article
September 21, 2011

Woman stole identities of several co-workers, police say



SOUTH WINDSOR — A woman who police said stole the identities of several of her co-workers to open a number of utility accounts at her home was arrested Thursday. ...read full article
September 21, 2011

US wants online users authenticated



The White House has reportedly initiated an online user authentication programme that aims to fight cyberphobia. ...read full article
September 21, 2011

Prosecutor calls poker site 'global Ponzi scheme'


Full Tilt poker accused of defrauding players of $330m



...read full article
September 21, 2011

Android bug lets attackers install malware without warning


Google patch cycle puts users at risk



...read full article
September 21, 2011

Client info stolen from Hana Card



A succession of data leaks are besieging local credit card issuers as the latest version of online security breach has taken place at Hana SK Card. ...read full article
September 21, 2011

Use Skype on the iPhone? Your info could be stolen



Are you using the Skype for iOS app on your iPhone or iPod Touch? Then you need to be aware of how easily your information — particularly your entire address book — could be stolen without your knowledge. All it takes is a single chat message. ...read full article
September 21, 2011

3D Printers Used to Create ATM Skimmers



ATM skimmers were printed with high-tech 3D devices by a group of fraudsters who managed to steal more that $400,000 (€ 280,000) from unsuspecting bank customers. ...read full article
September 21, 2011

Data breaches affect 2m in Mass.



Personal information from nearly one out of three Massachusetts residents, from names and addresses to medical histories, has been compromised through data theft or loss since the beginning of 2010, according to statistics released yesterday by the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley. ...read full article
September 21, 2011

Man accused of helping teen with ID theft arrested in Moorestown



MOUNT HOLLY — A New York City man was arrested in Moorestown and accused of helping a 17-year-old girl commit identity theft. ...read full article
September 20, 2011

Investigation Leads to Financial Forgery Laboratory and Identity Theft Arrest



RENO— Reno Police Department have arrested two suspects for allegedly operating a financial forgery lab. ...read full article
September 20, 2011

Data Breach FUD: Fear, Uncertainty And Dollars



Data breach cost models are like the three bears’ porridge: victim estimates are decried as too low, market estimates are too high, and everyone is searching for the estimate that’s just right ...read full article
September 20, 2011

Cell phone scam: Man accused of adding himself to AT&T customers' account



A man has been arrested in connection with an identity theft scam involving cellular phones. ...read full article
September 20, 2011

6 Ways ID Thieves Steal Your Credit Card Number



One in every 10 American consumers has already been victimized by identity theft. Just earlier this year, a major online portal lost more than 12,000 credit card account numbers. Unfortunately, identity scammers are constantly coming up with novel ways to steal our credit card numbers. ...read full article
September 20, 2011

ID Analytics Study Finds Six Million U.S. Parents and Children Inappropriately Sharing Identity Information



SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly six million parents and children in the U.S. are inappropriately sharing identity information according to new data released today from ID Analytics' ID:A Labs. While the study found that about 500,000 children under the age of 18 have had their identities stolen by a parent, perhaps most shocking is the finding that two to three million elderly parents are likely victims of identity theft initiated by their adult children. ...read full article
September 20, 2011

Schneider: Newest email scam almost laughably fake



The email scam du jour is not particularly believable. Readers have been sending it to me not because they're wondering if it's real, but to mock its fecklessness. ...read full article
September 20, 2011

Feds: Wi-Fi hacking burglars targeted dozens of Seattle-area businesses



A federal grand jury has indicted three Seattle men accused of hacking the wireless networks of more than a dozen businesses to steal money and employees’ personal information. ...read full article
September 20, 2011

NHS loses CD of 1.6 MILLION patients' records



An NHS trust has told patients that it is acting to improve its data handling practices after a rebuke from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for losing a CD containing details on 1.6 million people. ...read full article
September 20, 2011

Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites



Researchers have discovered a serious weakness in virtually all websites protected by the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that's passing between a webserver and an end-user browser. ...read full article
September 20, 2011

Former SEMO Employee Found with Data Files of Personal Information of Students



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.- Hundreds of students received an identity theft warning following a security breach at Southeast Missouri State University. ...read full article
September 20, 2011

Beijing Police Detain Couple for Illegal Personal Information Trading



Beijing police said Monday that they have detained a couple who were found to be illegally trading large amounts of personal information on the Internet. ...read full article
September 19, 2011

Man accused of killing identity theft victims gets 30-year sentence



A man authorities say was part of a Brooklyn husband-and-wife identity theft team has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the deaths of three identity theft victims, prosecutors said Thursday. ...read full article
September 19, 2011

Former soldier living in Spring Lake faces theft, fraud charges



A former soldier who was serving federal probation at his mother's home in Spring Lake was arrested last week on charges that he fraudulently obtained more than $50,000 in federal benefits. ...read full article
September 19, 2011

Firm sends bots into chats to solicit stolen data



Hackers have proved they can crack just about any computer network, from Sony's to Citigroup's. Afterward, they face another challenge: unloading the virtual booty. ...read full article
September 19, 2011

Bank's credit card bills found dumped



AT least 500 credit card bills were found dumped at a recycling station in the Pudong New Area yesterday, raising concerns over a possible leak of bank customers' personal information. ...read full article
September 19, 2011

Intel officials' emails posted after hack of cybersecurity group


Attack comes days after organization warned US urgently needs to improve cyberdefenses



...read full article
September 19, 2011

State Assembly computer system breached



SACRAMENTO -- More than 50 employees of the state Assembly -- including some lawmakers -- have been warned that their personal information might have been obtained by a computer hacker. ...read full article
September 19, 2011

CT tax worker arrested in data breach



A Connecticut tax collector faces felony charges that could land him in jail for as long as six years for allegedly using his work computer to look up tax returns on about 15 taxpayers without a legitimate business need, authorities say ...read full article
September 19, 2011

Blumenthal Bill Bumps Up Fines for Security Breaches



Recently Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a one-hundred page bill, dubbed the Personal Data Protection and Breach Accountability Act of 2011, S.1535, (the “PDPBA Act”), referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, that if ultimately passed would levy significant penalties for identify theft and other “violations of data privacy and security,” criminalize as felonies the installation of software that collects “sensitive personally identifiable information” without clear and conspicuous notice and consent. ...read full article
September 19, 2011

Prison Sentence for Insider Crimes



Insiders often pose the greatest and most costly threat financial institutions face, as a loan fraud case in Maryland demonstrates. ...read full article
September 19, 2011

Tufts laptop with confidential personal information stolen



A Tufts?owned research laptop containing the personal information of 73 applicants to the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) was stolen in April, though there has been no sign of misuse of the information to date. ...read full article
September 19, 2011

FBI Investigates Cyber Fraud That Put Businesses Out of $85 Million



The FBI’s Cyber Division is looking into more than 400 reported cases of corporate account takeovers, Cyber Division Assistant Director Gordon Snow told the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit in Sep. 14 testimony. ...read full article
September 16, 2011

Man stole data from U.S. service members via P2P


Rene Quimby was sentenced to 75 months in prison Thursday on fraud and identity theft charges



IDG News Service - A California man who dug up sensitive information belonging to U.S. service members on peer-to-peer networks, and then used it to order iPods, cameras, and even washing machines from an online store, was sentenced to 75 months in federal prison Thursday. ...read full article
September 16, 2011

Trojan Makes Child-Porn Accusation, Locks Computer, Requests $17



A new ransomware scam locks down its victims' computers, attempting to convince them that child pornography has been found therein, and informs users that their machine will be unlocked only after paying a $17 (500 ruble) fine, according to a BitDefender analysis reported by MalwareCity. ...read full article
September 16, 2011

FBI investigating hacking of celebrities



The FBI office in Los Angeles is investigating a series of hacking incidents targeting high-profile victims. ...read full article
September 16, 2011

Attorney General Coakley warns of robo-calls tied to identity theft scam



Beware of robo-calls claiming your debit card has been "locked." They're part of an identity theft scam trying to coax you to give out personal and financial information, Attorney General Martha Coakley warned. ...read full article
September 16, 2011

Heidi Klum the 'most dangerous' celeb on the Net



Former Victoria's Secret model and current host of "Project Runway," Heidi Klum is the Internet's "most dangerous celebrity," security firm McAfee announced today. According to McAfee, when people type Klum-related queries into a search engine, nearly 10 percent of the results are "malicious." ...read full article
September 16, 2011

FTC plans changes to online child privacy protection rules


Personal information will include geolocation data and tracking cookies



IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has proposed amendments to online privacy rules for children that aim to give parents control over what personal information websites may collect from children under 13. ...read full article
September 16, 2011

Two more City Council members in Aurora, Colo., fall victim to identity theft



Two more City Council members in Aurora, Colo., fall victim to identity theft ...read full article
September 16, 2011

Ice IX: Not Cool At All



My colleague Jorge Mieres recently found a C&C server of a botnet based on a malicious program called Ice IX. As announced on several user forums, Ice IX is a bot created using the source code of ZeuS 2.0.8.9, which became publicly available in May. The author of the new bot says the program includes substantial enhancements, which should be interesting to those cybercriminals who steal money from users with the help of banking Trojans. ...read full article
September 16, 2011

2 accused of running up tab on corpse's ATM card



DENVER (AP) — Two men accused of driving around with a dead friend, using his ATM card and visiting a strip club are charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation. ...read full article
September 16, 2011

Referees Accused of Identity Theft Conspiracy to Evade Taxes



Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Former basketball referees at New York’s Chelsea Piers sports complex were charged with using stolen identities, including names of players on a youth sports team, to evade taxes. ...read full article
September 16, 2011

Bot army being assembled, awaiting orders



Network World - A mammoth army of infected computers is being assembled, but it's unclear yet what purpose they will be put to. ...read full article
September 15, 2011

Montgomery, Ala., Man Pleads Guilty for Role in Two Tax Fraud and Identity Theft Conspiracies



WASHINGTON – Alchico Grant, a resident of Montgomery, Ala., pleaded guilty to his role in two tax fraud and identity theft conspiracies, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. In addition to pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims, Grant pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of government money, property or records, one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
September 15, 2011

How to avoid the nasty fake antivirus scam



It’s one thing to write about the dangers of malicious software. It’s quite another to have it take over your computer. That’s what happened to me a few weeks ago. I was at work doing a routine online search when all of a sudden my computer went nuts. ...read full article
September 15, 2011

Former DC resident sentenced for identity theft



A judge has sentenced a former District of Columbia resident to seven years in prison for obtaining and using the identity of a Maryland woman. ...read full article
September 15, 2011

California woman pleads guilty to Idaho bank fraud



BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A California woman who pleaded guilty to bank fraud and identity theft in Idaho faces more than 30 years in federal prison at her December sentencing. ...read full article
September 15, 2011

Spartanburg woman sentenced to prison on federal tax fraud, identity theft charges



A Spartanburg woman will spend more than three years in federal prison on tax fraud and identify theft charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. ...read full article
September 15, 2011

IDs of Aurora City Council members stolen



AURORA — At least five Aurora City Council members have had their identities stolen over the past few weeks, and police have opened an investigation to determine whether the cases are linked. ...read full article
September 15, 2011

SC tax preparer sentenced for filing false returns



COLUMBIA — A 56-year-old Spartanburg woman has been sentenced to 36 months in prison for preparing hundreds of inflated tax returns for residents in North and South Carolina and pocketing the refunds. ...read full article
September 15, 2011

U.S. needs to be on-guard for a big cyberattack



Network World - A destructive attack from cyberspace "is coming, in my opinion. It is a question of time. What we don't know is how far out it is," and whether it will target commercial infrastructure, government networks or mobile platforms Army Gen. Keith Alexander told attendees of the "Maneuvering in Cyberspace" symposium this week. ...read full article
September 14, 2011

SpyEye hacking kit adds Android infection to bag of tricks


Intercepts text messages bank use as secondary authentication for account access



Computerworld - The SpyEye hacking toolkit has added an Android component that collects the text messages some banks use as an extra security precaution, a researcher said today. ...read full article
September 14, 2011

Macon man accused of identity theft in false income tax filings



A Macon man is accused of identity theft and related crimes in connection with several fraudulent income tax returns. ...read full article
September 14, 2011

Man arrested after OHSU identity theft



PORTLAND -- A man is being held in jail on a fugitive warrant after stealing credit cards at OHSU, according to a hospital spokesperson. ...read full article
September 14, 2011

EPISD Lawyer: District Is Not Legally Liable For The Hacking



EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso Independent School District trustees heard from concerned employees and parents at a Tuesday evening board meeting regarding the hacking situation that put more than 70,000 students and employees at risk for identity theft. ...read full article
September 14, 2011

Two guilty pleas in Tampa hint at scope of income tax fraud scams



TAMPA — Two guilty pleas entered in federal court Tuesday hint at the scope and organization of the recently exposed spate of criminals filing fraudulent tax returns to scam the IRS. ...read full article
September 14, 2011

Stolen Computers Result in PHI Threat for 2,370



Bonney Lake (Wash.) Medical Center has notified 2,370 patients that stolen computer equipment contained protected health information, including Social Security numbers. ...read full article
September 14, 2011

Security helpline gets 174 calls from worried reservists



More than 170 former police officers have contacted an emergency help service set up after an administrative error potentially compromised their security, the Assembly has been told. ...read full article
September 14, 2011

Council blunders put personal data at risk



Personal details of more than 16,000 residents were lost when a council’s computer memory stick went missing. ...read full article
September 14, 2011

POS Breach Spans 2 Years



Little has been reported about POS fraud since the Michaels craft store breach made headlines in May, after point of sale terminals at 90 of Michaels' 964 U.S. stores were reportedly compromised as part of a POS-swap scam waged by an organized crime ring. ...read full article
September 14, 2011

Mobile Banking: The New Risks


User Behavior, Lax Security Make Mobile the New Target



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September 13, 2011

Vending machine company announces major data breach


Up to 40,000 reported may be affected by breach of Vacationland Vendors machines at waterparks in Wisconsin, Tennessee



Computerworld - Vacationland Vendors, a company that supplies vending machines and games to entertainment venues, has disclosed a data breach affecting about 40,000 people who visited waterpark resorts in Wisconsin and Tennessee between December 2008 and May 2011. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

Woman pleads no contest in San Bruno blast scam



A San Francisco woman has been convicted of posing as a victim of the San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion to get free benefits, a prosecutor said today. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

BitCoin Forum Hacked, Injected With Bill Cosby Images



A hacker compromised a digital currency forum, bitcointalk.org, stealing email addresses and hashed passwords, reading messages, and, of all things, peppering the site with images Bill Cosby, according to a report from SC Magazine. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

Certificate hacker probably paid by Iran, say victimized firms


Comodo's CEO sees even stronger links between hacker and Iran in recent attack



Computerworld - The CEO of a certificate-issuing company that was hacked in March is even more certain now that a wave of attacks against similar firms is backed by the Iranian government. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

NATO Looks to Team With India To Fight Cybercrime



The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is looking to enlist the help of India when it comes to contending with cyber threats from China, according to a recent report. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

How 9/11 Changed Data Centers



September 12, 2011— Computerworld— Data centers have always been secure, tightly controlled facilities, but 9/11 brought about changes that pushed security and physical protections to even higher levels. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

Murdoch to reappear before MPs in phone-hack case



MPs are expected to grill James Murdoch for a second time, but no date has been set by the media, culture and sports committee yet. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

Small business identity theft still a problem



Here's a story by Tom Harvey of Scripps Howard News Service on small business identity theft. The problem isn't growing, but it's already substantial. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

Health-Care Fraud Runs Wide And Deep



With health-care insurance fraud on the rise, consumers, insurance providers and physicians are facing bigger headaches. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

New Mexico man pleads guilty in Brunswick-based Medicare fraud scheme



BRUNSWICK - GA. A New Mexico man has admitted to submitting $270,000 in phony Medicare claims in a nationwide fraud scheme that the owner of a Brunswick medical supply business orchestrated. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

Cape police looking into Identity Theft suspect



CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and/or locating a theft suspect. The incident took place at Walmart on Saturday September 10th at 9:15pm. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

Up to 40,000 credit and debit cards exposed in data breach



Credit and debit cards used at Vacationland Vendors arcade games in Wisconsin Dells may be affected by a data breach. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

How phishing sites threaten your online security



Generally, phishing is associated with e-mail messages that mimic, spoof financial institutions such as banks, credit card for example ebay and paypal. These messages appear original to cause victims to reveal vital information. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

'What about my profile?'



When you die, does your Facebook account die with you? Or that online photo album? What about your iTunes playlist, blogs or tweets? ...read full article
September 13, 2011

State-sponsored spies collaborate with crimeware gang



Hackers sponsored by the Chinese government and other nations are collaborating with profit-driven malware gangs to infiltrate corporate networks storing government secrets and other sensitive data, researchers say. ...read full article
September 13, 2011

Senator wants federal law to protect your data


Bill aimed at protecting citizens' personal information from online theft



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September 13, 2011

Phone-hacking scandal's far-reaching tentacles



As the UK parliament's inquiry into News of the World phone-hacking scandal continues, there's a lot of back-and-forth going on with regards to who knew what was happening - and when. ...read full article
September 12, 2011

NASCAR goods, identity theft, Medicare fraud: Your weekly ScamWatch



A Northern California man pleaded guilty to conspiracy and identity theft charges related to an identity theft ring that victimized 29 people, Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said in a news release. ...read full article
September 12, 2011

Avoid getting skimmed by ATM scammers



Seth Rabinowitz recalls the time he used his HSBC ATM card on a Sunday afternoon in São Paulo, Brazil, at an ATM outside a bank that seemed closed, because it was after regular hours. ...read full article
September 12, 2011

Celebrated artist accused of identity theft



Plantation artist Jose Luis Alvarez has earned an international reputation with colorful, modernist paintings that were featured at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, as well as Art Basel in Miami and galleries in New York and San Francisco, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. ...read full article
September 12, 2011

Woman charged with forgery, ID theft at Arlington Heights bank



A Chicago woman faces felony charges of forgery and identity theft after she admitted in writing to using another person’s name and false identification cards to try to withdraw $2,500 from an Arlington Heights bank, authorities said Saturday at a bond hearing at the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows. ...read full article
September 12, 2011

Study: U.S. Must Bolster Security Against Cyberattacks



WASHINGTON – A new study warns that the U.S. must develop cyber intelligence as a new and better coordinated government discipline that can predict computer-related threats and deter them. ...read full article
September 12, 2011

Hackers Send Fake Terror Alerts From NBC's Twitter



NEW YORK – A hacker broke into the Twitter account of NBC News and sent out a handful of false tweets about a suspected hijacking and a plane attack at ground zero just days before the tenth anniversary of 9/11. ...read full article
September 12, 2011

2 women charged with tax fraud



A federal grand jury in the Middle District of Alabama returned indictments charging two Wetumpka women with tax fraud, theft and ID theft. ...read full article
September 12, 2011

Hacker defaces Irish Catholic paper: 'Gotta love false hope'



A security breach has left several sites including the Irish Catholic defaced. ...read full article
September 12, 2011

Security breach at Linux Foundation



The Linux Foundation has mailed users of the Linux.com and LinuxFoundation.org sites informing them that they discovered a security breach on 8 September which "may have compromised your username, password, email address and other information". ...read full article
September 12, 2011

Samsung Card latest in line of data hacks



Samsung Card, one of the nation's leading credit card companies, is under fire for trying to downplay the leak of clients' personal information as concerns mount over the frequent exposure of such data online in the world's most wired country. ...read full article
September 9, 2011

Google contacts Iranian users to secure Gmail accounts


A rogue SSL certificate could have compromised about 300,000 users in Iran, according to a report



IDG News Service - Google is directly contacting users in Iran, who may have been compromised by a rogue SSL certificate, to recommend measures to secure their accounts. ...read full article
September 9, 2011

Identity theft lands elderly driver in jail



A SERIAL offender who gave a false identity to a police officer in Camberley, then lied repeatedly in court about who he was, has been jailed for seven months ...read full article
September 9, 2011

Brother guilty of identity theft



A man accused of stealing his sister’s identity to open a credit card and run up a $1,900 bill pleaded no contest to felony identity theft and faces up to two years in prison. ...read full article
September 9, 2011

Stanford Hospital investigating how patient data ended up on homework help website


Confidential medical data on 20,000 patients potentially compromised



Computerworld - Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. is investigating how a spreadsheet containing personal medical data on 20,000 patients that was being handled by one of its billing contractors ended up publicly available for nearly one year on a homework help site for students. ...read full article
September 9, 2011

Woman allegedly stole identity



Des Moines police call it a blatant case of identity theft. ...read full article
September 9, 2011

RSA spearphish attack may have hit U.S. defense organizations


One of the attack files was created using a Chinese language version of Excel, VirusTotal discovered



IDG News Service - The hackers who broke into EMC's RSA Security division last March used the same attack code to try to break into several other companies, including two U.S. national security organizations, according to data provided by the VirusTotal website. ...read full article
September 9, 2011

Report: Breach leads to online data posting



NEW YORK (AP) — Stanford Hospital in California has confirmed that a privacy breach led to medical information for thousands of emergency room patients to be posted online, according to the New York Times. ...read full article
September 9, 2011

David Landau & Associates, LLC Uncovers Identity Theft, Corporate Impersonation


Firm Acts to Correct Misinformation, Eliminate False Web Content



FAIRFIELD, N.J., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- David Landau & Associates, LLC ("DLA, LLC"), a leading provider of advisory services to private equity, hedge funds, REITs and other public and private real estate and financial services firms, announced that it has uncovered corporate identity theft by a disgruntled former employee and that it has implemented a program to correct misinformation distributed via social networking sites, job boards and other internet sites aimed at disseminating information on corporations. ...read full article
September 9, 2011

Larimer man headed to prison for bank fraud



A Larimer man who masterminded an identity theft ring that stole more than $280,000 from Citizens Bank accounts will spend one year and four months in prison, a federal judge ruled today. ...read full article
September 9, 2011

Cybercrooks prey on 9/11 anniversary



Cybercrooks are gearing up for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a range of malware traps and hacking attempts both on social networks and the wider internet, net security firm BitDefender warns. ...read full article
September 8, 2011

Senators push for changes in cybercrime law


The U.S. law allows criminal prosecutions for violations of terms of service or computer use policies, critics say



IDG News Service - The main U.S. law targeting cybercrime may need to be changed because it has allowed law enforcement agencies to target people who simply violate websites' terms of service or their employers' computer use policies, two senators said Wednesday. ...read full article
September 8, 2011

Suburban woman AWOL for sentencing on life insurance scams



A Bartlett woman who twice killed off the same husband in scams to collect life insurance benefits was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison — but she wasn’t in court to hear her punishment. ...read full article
September 8, 2011

23 years for man who took Clark County patrol car



VANCOUVER, Wash. — A man who tried to take a Clark County sheriff's deputy patrol car was sentenced in Vancouver to 23 years in prison. ...read full article
September 8, 2011

Identity theft: What to do when there's a security breach



Following a slew of corporate data breaches in recent months, you may have received a chagrined letter from a company with which you do business. ...read full article
September 8, 2011

How to sniff out a charity scam



In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene or other natural disasters, donating to a charity can bring much-needed relief to suffering victims. Unfortunately, not every charity is on the up and up. Scammers preying on people's emotions and desire to help are plentiful after a disaster, making it hard to determine what is real and what isn't. ...read full article
September 8, 2011

Colorado Among Worst States For ID Theft



CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- With a simple swipe, Tami Nealy stole all that she needed to copy a credit card. ...read full article
September 8, 2011

Butte embezzler gets three years



A Butte woman was sentenced to three years in federal prison Wednesday on charges of labor union embezzlement, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
September 8, 2011

Hackers flip characters to disguise malware


Infected Windows PCs outsourced to other cyber criminals, who install more attack code



Computerworld - Hackers are using a new trick to cloak malicious files by disguising their Windows file extensions to make them appear safe to download, a Czech security company warned today. ...read full article
September 8, 2011

Hoax mom's sentencing pushed back to November



Bucks County's "Hoax mom" will be sentenced in federal court in November for a fraud scheme, which precipitated her infamous fake kidnapping in Upper Southampton in 2009. ...read full article
September 7, 2011

Ten years after 9/11, cyberattacks pose national threat, committee says


Catastrophic cyberattacks are not 'science fiction,' says the Bipartisan Policy Center



Computerworld - Ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the nation faces a critical threat to its security from cyberattacks, a new report by a bipartisan think tank warns. ...read full article
September 7, 2011

Police: Seniors need to watch out for new telephone scam



The Suffolk County Police Department’s Identity Theft Unit is warning residents of a telephone scam that specifically targets senior citizens. ...read full article
September 7, 2011

Death threat tied to bizarre case


A former jail mate of a man accused of trying to fake his own death pleads guilty to delivering the threat



The bizarre case of a former Thurston KeyBank manager facing federal identity theft charges took another unusual turn Tuesday. ...read full article
September 7, 2011

Identity theft used to scam store clerk



KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) - Kettering police are asking for help solving a crime that involves identity theft and stolen goods. ...read full article
September 7, 2011

Woman sentenced in identity theft, tax crime case



A Tickfaw woman convicted of identity theft and tax crimes has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison. ...read full article
September 7, 2011

DigiNotar certificates are pulled, but not on smartphones


Neither Google nor Apple has announced plans to revoke certificates issued by DigiNotar in their smartphone OSes



IDG News Service - Browser makers have generally been quick to react to the computer compromise at digital certificate issuer DigiNotar, but that hasn't been the case for all mobile phone makers. ...read full article
September 7, 2011

Man Charged With Stealing Father's Financial Information



A Wayne County man is charged with identity theft and related charges after the sheriff's office says he used his father's financial identifying information and also stole checks and debit and credit cards from another man. ...read full article
September 7, 2011

How Hacktivism Affects Us All


Caught up in protests, young social activists are committing online crime.



In December 2010, a group of nearly 3000 activists under the name “Operation Payback” launched online attacks against PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa, briefly knocking the three financial services’ sites offline and preventing consumers from accessing ATMs or online banking services. The activists retaliated against the three companies for severing ties with WikiLeaks, an online repository for whistleblower data that had recently included thousands of secret communications from the U.S. State Department and other world governmental agencies. Nine months later more than a dozen people--most between the ages of 19 and 24--were arrested in connection with these denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, even as new attacks were hitting corporate, military, and government sites worldwide. ...read full article
September 7, 2011

LCSO reports Bonita man arrested for identity theft



On Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 at approximately 7 a.m., Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes Unit arrested a Bonita Springs man for using the identity of another person for employment. Detectives previously made contact with the victim and were informed that the victim's personal information was used to file a tax return. The victim also attempted to collect unemployment compensation benefits after being laid off from his job and was denied, due to the fact someone was working under his social security number and name. ...read full article
September 7, 2011

Six Individuals Indicted for Tax Fraud and Identity Theft Schemes in Alabama



WASHINGTON – Three separate indictments were returned by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Alabama charging six different individuals on a variety of charges stemming from tax fraud and identity theft schemes, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. ...read full article
September 6, 2011

Hackers spied on 300,000 Iranians using fake Google certificate



IDG News Service - About 300,000 Iranians had their Gmail accounts compromised and their messages read by hackers, according to a forensics firm that has investigated the theft of hundreds of digital certificates from a Dutch company. ...read full article
September 6, 2011

PlayStation Scam Makes FBI Warning List



Sony PlayStation users are being warned by the FBI about scams targeting them and other online consumers. ...read full article
September 6, 2011

Suspected mail thieves arrested after chase



Two suspected thieves were caught trying to steal mail by an off-duty police officer who chased them down, police said. ...read full article
September 6, 2011

UK police may be given domain name-suspension powers



A group set up by Nominet, which is the internet registry for .uk domain names, said that a new "expedited process" should be created to allow law enforcement agencies to ask for domains to be suspended if they are associated with serious crime. ...read full article
September 6, 2011

DNS hack causes defacement and redirection on Register, Telegraph and Vodafone websites



A DNS server was hacked last night resulting in a number of major websites being subject to defacement and redirection. ...read full article
September 5, 2011

Hackers steal SSL certificates for CIA, MI6, Mossad



Computerworld - The tally of digital certificates stolen from a Dutch company in July has exploded to more than 500, including ones for intelligence services like the CIA, the U.K.'s MI6 and Israel's Mossad, a Mozilla developer said Sunday. ...read full article
September 5, 2011

2 Men Charged In Connection With Identity Theft Scheme In Montgomery County



PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Federal authorities have charged two men in connection with an identity theft scheme that targeted TD Bank and breached the personal information of dozens of customers at a Montgomery County health benefits company. ...read full article
September 5, 2011

Compliance must not overlook rural branches'



Compliance with data protection legislation has come under the spotlight since the implementation of legislation such as the Consumer Protection Act, the new Companies Act and the coming Protection of Personal Information Bill. ...read full article
September 5, 2011

Beware of debt-collection ruse, Better Business Bureau says



Scam artists have bullied people over the phone into giving up personal information, such as debit card numbers. ...read full article
September 5, 2011

State Police Make Identity Theft Arrest



State Police arrested a Rochester woman for identity theft, after she allegedly used someone else's bank account information to buy things. ...read full article
September 5, 2011

Identity theft ring lands Munhall woman in prison



A federal judge has sentenced a Munhall woman to six months in prison for her role in an identity theft ring that stole more than $280,000 from customers' accounts at Citizens National Bank. ...read full article
September 5, 2011

Ex-employee wiped financial data from bikini bar



IDG News Service - At the Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill in Austin, Texas, you can get burgers and beer served to you by cute waitresses wearing denim shorts and bikini tops. And if you're David Palmer, a recently fired IT worker, you can also break into a U.S. military contractor's computer systems and wipe out payroll files, wreaking havoc at its customers. ...read full article
September 5, 2011

Low blow: Phishers target student loan applicants



Phishers are targeting UK student loan applicants in a new scam campaign. ...read full article
September 5, 2011

DHS warns of planned Anonymous attacks



Computerworld - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today issued a somewhat unusual bulletin warning the security community about the planned activities of hacking collective Anonymous over the next few months. ...read full article
September 5, 2011

Facebook deletes hacked Pages, destroying years of work



Businesses and individuals using Facebook Pages are getting booted off their fanpage with no way back on, and it's costing some of them money. ...read full article
September 2, 2011

UK charges two, arrests two more linked with Anonymous


The UK continues to pursue those allegedly connected with Anonymous and Lulz Security



IDG News Service - The U.K. is continuing to aggressively pursue so-called hacktivists, charging two men and arresting two more Thursday who are allegedly connected with the groups Anonymous and Lulz Security. ...read full article
September 2, 2011

FTC Testifies on Children's Identity Theft



The Federal Trade Commission today told the House Committee on Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security that, “Protecting consumers – especially vulnerable consumers such as children – against identity theft and its consequences is a critical component of the Commission’s consumer protection mission.” ...read full article
September 2, 2011

Teens accused of stealing 14,500 students' data from Birdville school district



HALTOM CITY -- Two students from Birdville schools hacked into a school district network server and downloaded a file with 14,500 student names and Social Security numbers, officials said. ...read full article
September 2, 2011

Authorities: Bay area criminals use fake identities to steal federal tax refunds



TAMPA — Dead people can still get federal tax refunds. ...read full article
September 2, 2011

Anonymous claims hack of Texas police chiefs website



IDG News Service - Anonymous has attacked the website of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, in retaliation for the arrests of alleged members of the hacker group. ...read full article
September 2, 2011

'Anon member' claims credit for WikiLeaks takedown



A Twitter user who claims affiliation to the infamous Anonymous hacktivist collective has claimed responsibility for launching denial of service attacks that floored WikiLeaks on Tuesday night. ...read full article
September 2, 2011

San Antonians are most at risk for Internet security breaches



San Antonio has been ranked the leading U.S. city that is most vulnerable to online threats, according to a new study by AVG Technologies. ...read full article
September 2, 2011

Luis Mijangos gets 6 years for hacking women's computers, blackmailing them for explicit photos



Luis Mijangos found naked photos the women had taken of themselves, and then threatened to post the pictures on the internet unless they delivered more graphic shots or videos. ...read full article
September 2, 2011

FORMER ALAMOGORDO BANK EMPLOYEE ARRAIGNED ON FEDERAL EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES



ALBUQUERQUE – Brisa Ramos, 30, of Newburg, Maryland, was arraigned on a 41¬count indictment charging her with embezzlement and aggravated identity theft this morning in federal court in Las Cruces. Ramos entered a not guilty plea during this morning’s proceedings, and was released on a $10,000 bond and other conditions pending trial. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

Video Games Could Increase Children’s Risk of Identity Theft



Social media and video games dominate much of today’s youths’ time. However, just because they are accessing these sites from the privacy of their home, that doesn't make them safe. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

Dutch Site Claims Mozilla, Yahoo, Wordpress, Tor Project All Targets in DigiNotar Attack



There are more signs that a July compromise of DigiNotar, a certificate authority based in the Netherlands, may have been driven by political motives. A Dutch Web site, nu.nl, reported on Wednesday that digital certificates belonging to Mozilla, Yahoo.com, Wordpress and The Tor Project were among dozens reported stolen from DigiNotar. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

Hackers tap EPISD system: Student, employee information, including Social Security numbers, compromised



The private information of thousands of El Paso Independent School District students, teachers and other employees is at risk after hackers broke into the district's internal computer network. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

Local councils lose personal details of 160,000 people



Local councils have lost data relating to personal details of more than 160,000 people in the last five years, a Bureau investigation can reveal. More than 26,000 individuals have had their personal details lost in the first half of 2011 alone. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

Beijing Court Finds 21 Defendants Guilty of Criminal Privacy Violations



On August 5, 2011, the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court announced its decision in what is reported to be the largest criminal case to date involving the misuse of personal information in Beijing, China. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

State workers allegedly access private data without permission



ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Like all drivers with a Minnesota license, Michelle knows the state has her personal information. She gave it when she got the license ...read full article
September 1, 2011

Yellowstone County investigation finds numerous hacking intrusions



An investigation of intrusions into Yellowstone County's computer servers showed numerous hacking attempts but no theft of personal information in the two attacks that were analyzed. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

Unredacted cables on Net after WikiLeaks breach



More than a quarter of a million unredacted copies of secret U.S. diplomatic cables have shown up on the Internet after a security breach at WikiLeaks. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

Kernel.org Server Rooted and 448 users credentials compromised



The main kernel.org page is currently carrying a notice that the site has suffered a security breach. "Earlier this month, a number of servers in the kernel.org infrastructure were compromised. We discovered this August 28th. While we currently believe that the source code repositories were unaffected, we are in the process of verifying this and taking steps to enhance security across the kernel.org infrastructure." ...read full article
September 1, 2011

Anonymous claims DNS attacks against Symantec, Apple, Microsoft



The Sri Lankan branch of Anonymous claims to have hacked into the DNS servers of Symantec, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and several other large organizations over the past few days. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

Indiana woman pleads guilty to identity theft



SYCAMORE – A woman charged in July with several counts of identity theft pleaded guilty Wednesday. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

3 men face identity theft charges



Three Montrealarea men face theft and identity theft charges in Regina after the stealand-switch of a debit-card machine at the till of a restaurant. The three men were arrested Friday. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

Oakland man sent to federal prison for identity theft



OAKLAND -- An Oakland man was sent to federal prison for eight years Wednesday for making and using fake credit cards as part of a sophisticated identity theft plot, the U.S. District Attorney announced. ...read full article
September 1, 2011

U.S. aims to track 'untraceable' prepaid cash cards



As the federal government tells it, the money men behind the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers would never have been identified had they not been lousy bankers ...read full article
August 31, 2011

Court to hear arguments in warrantless wiretapping cases



Computerworld - The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will begin hearing arguments on Wednesday on two related lawsuits involving the constitutionality and the legality of warrantless wiretaps of phone and email conversations of U.S. citizens by the government. ...read full article
August 31, 2011

Metairie woman pleads guilty to FEMA fraud



NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 39-year-old Metairie woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges of theft of government funds, possession of stolen mail and identity theft. ...read full article
August 31, 2011

How a Special Ops impersonator duped the FBI for a decade



William Hillar fraudulently posed as a US Army Special Forces veteran and terrorism expert for 12 years, winning lucrative contracts and duping, among others, the FBI. ...read full article
August 31, 2011

Saline man who faced 13 identity theft charges and skipped out on bail sentenced to probation, boot camp



A Saline man who fled to New York after being arrested on a number of fraud charges in June was sentenced to 3 years of probation and boot camp on Monday. ...read full article
August 31, 2011

Man arrested in prescription theft



Police say an Arkansas man used the names of identity-theft victims to call in fake prescriptions to Quad-City pharmacies. ...read full article
August 31, 2011

Betty Jefferson to be sentenced Wednesday



NEW ORLEANS -- Convicted former assessor Betty Jefferson is set to learn her prison sentence Wednesday. ...read full article
August 31, 2011

How to prevent elder abuse



There are a number of steps elderly Floridians and those who care about them can take to avoid becoming victims of abuse, scams, identity theft and financial exploitation, according to information from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. ...read full article
August 31, 2011

Cedar Rapids woman imprisoned for fraud, ID theft



CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A 33-year-old Cedar Rapids woman has been given 52 months in federal prison for fraud and identity theft. ...read full article
August 31, 2011

Akamai employee tried to sell secrets to Israel


A staffer in the finance department tried to sell client information, contracts and even an employee list



IDG News Service - A 43-year-old former Akamai employee has pleaded guilty to espionage charges after offering to hand over confidential information about the Web acceleration company to an agent posing as an Israeli consular official in Boston. ...read full article
August 31, 2011

Flood of WikiLeaks cables includes identities of dozens of informants



(CNN) -- A torrent of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks has been published in the last few days, with at least 170 of them naming sources whose identity was meant to be protected, according to an analysis of the documents by CNN. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

No, Gadhafi's wife doesn't really want to give you money



Despite what an email you may have received claims, Safia Gadhafi — the wife of Col. Moammar Gadhafi — does not want to give you several tons of gold (or several million dollars, for that matter). She — or whoever is posing as her — does however want to take some of your hard-earned cash. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

Death & Taxes & Identity Theft



Dealing with the death of your spouse is tough. But when you are attempting to file that final joint return and IRS notifies you that someone else has already filed using your spouse’s name and social security number, it creates a rippling of emotions that are hard to describe. For the second time this year I have had to explain to a client that their electronically filed personal tax return could not be processed by IRS because their deceased spouse’s social security number had been used on an earlier filed return. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

Police look for schemers who stole, cashed checks



NDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Police in half a dozen metro Atlanta communities are investigating an elaborate case of identity fraud that involved people passing more than $60,000 in bad checks. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

Police hunting for Facebook cyberbully



BRIGHTON - A high school employee and her daughter have been the target of explicit and graphic attacks by a cyberbully using a fake Facebook account, 9Wants to Know has learned. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

Mom Says School Supply Deal Has Her Worried



HOUSTON - She thought she was getting an incredible bargain on school supplies. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

Smartphone Users at Risk for Personal Information Theft



Fort Lauderdale, Fla (PRWEB) Smartphone users are at risk of personal information theft as hackers target mobile devices and online banking mobile apps. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services Inc. is warning users to take precautions to prevent identity theft, a threat that can jeopardize the financial stability of their assets. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

Man charged with felony after allegedly using ex-roommate's name in 3 traffic stops



An area man accused of using his ex-roommate's name during three traffic stops now faces a felony charge of identity theft. He was indicted by a Huron County grand jury on Friday. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

Trial begins in alleged estate theft



WEST CHESTER — A Charlestown man who authorities contend ran though his aged mother's estate "like a knife through butter" went on trial Monday in Common Pleas Court on theft and forgery charges. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

Google says Gmail attack focused on Iranian targets



IDG News Service - Google said late Sunday that an attack mounted against its Gmail service targeted users primarily located in Iran, although the company has taken steps to block further interception attempts. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

HTTP DDoS Attacks Still Reign Supreme



Despite the media’s love-affair with Anonymous style cyber-anarchy and vigilante-hacktivism, the vast majority of DDoS attacks are carried out by criminals seeking financial gain, not activists, according to a new research report. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

Fake Facebook spam cannon fires double-shotted malware



Malicious spam messages generated by the infamous Cutwail botnet are targeting Facebook users as potential banking Trojan victims. ...read full article
August 30, 2011

Nokia developer forum hacked, still unavailable



IDG News Service - The community section of Nokia's developer site was hacked, and some member's e-mail addresses have been accessed, the mobile phone maker said. ...read full article
August 29, 2011

DHS warns that Irene could prompt phishing scams



Computerworld - As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the eastern seaboard, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning government agencies and private companies to be on the lookout for storm-related phishing attacks and other malicious cyberactivity. ...read full article
August 29, 2011

‘Something fishy’ tip leads to San Francisco Bayview ID theft operation



An anonymous tipster led Bayview officers last week to a “huge credit fraud and identity theft ring,” San Francisco police said. ...read full article
August 29, 2011

France Introduces Data Security Breach Notification Requirement for Electronic Communication Service Providers



On August 24, 2011, France’s new law concerning electronic communications (Ordonnance n° 2011-1012 du 24 août 2011 relative aux communications électroniques, or the “Ordinance”) came into force. ...read full article
August 29, 2011

Computer breach exposes personal records of Living Health Clinic patients



The names and other confidential information of about 3,000 clients of the Living Healthy Clinic were exposed as a result of a computer security breach In July. ...read full article
August 29, 2011

Dozens of personal files discovered in west-end dumpster



Dozens of personal files have been discovered in a dumpster outside a west-end restaurant. The files included the personal information of past employees. ...read full article
August 29, 2011

Mac Lion blindly accepts any LDAP password



Apple's latest version of Mac OS X is creating serious security risks for businesses that use it to interact with a popular form of centralized networks. ...read full article
August 29, 2011

Oak Park Mall shoplifting case helped spur national fraud inquiry



When Overland Park Detective Byron Pierce busted two women who shoplifted designer jeans at Oak Park Mall, it seemed less than high drama. ...read full article
August 29, 2011

Secret Service joins probe of counterfeit check scheme



Three men charged with passing counterfeit checks at a popular New Hampshire shopping outlet had a stash of hundreds of stolen identities from around the country, authorities said. ...read full article
August 29, 2011

Security breach has campus-wide reach



Over 75,000 individuals associated with UW-Milwaukee have been told to monitor their financial records after officials discovered that a database containing their names and social security numbers may have been accessed during a computer security breach earlier this year. ...read full article
August 26, 2011

Researchers see updated Zeus malware


A combination of the Zeus and SpyEye banking malware programs is taking shape, researchers say



IDG News Service - A dangerous piece of malicious code responsible for stealing money from online bank accounts is being updated with new functions after its source code was leaked earlier this year, according to security researchers. ...read full article
August 26, 2011

2 charged in identity theft involving unemployment claims



A routine traffic stop by a police officer in Georgia led authorities in Maryland to a suspected identity theft scheme in which state unemployment benefits totaling $170,000 were falsely obtained in the names of dozens of unwitting people. ...read full article
August 26, 2011

Coralville man accused of identity theft



A Coralville man is facing a charge of identity theft after authorities say he allegedly used someone else’s Social Security number. ...read full article
August 26, 2011

Thieves Stole IDs, Computers



Police in four North Texas cities busted an identity theft ring that ordered computers online and then stole the shipments off people's front steps. ...read full article
August 26, 2011

Mora-Lopez Sentenced to Three Months in Prison, $10,000 Fine



A man in an unusual case of identity theft was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage Thursday. Rafael Mora-Lopez had lived in Anchorage for more than two decades as Rafael Alberto Espinoza. ...read full article
August 26, 2011

Was this the e-mail that took down RSA?


A spear phishing e-mail that has surfaced in a security database looks like it may have been the one to hit RSA



IDG News Service - "I forward this file to you for review. Please open and view it." ...read full article
August 26, 2011

Insulin pump maker ignores diabetic's hack warnings


Medtronic device susceptible to wireless tampering



The maker of an insulin pump that's susceptible to wireless hacking was identified for the first time on Thursday by a diabetic researcher who said the company repeatedly ignored his warnings. ...read full article
August 26, 2011

UK Charges Another Alleged Anonymous Member



U.K. police said Thursday a 22-year-old student has been charged in connection with participating in distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDOS) with the hacking collective Anonymous. ...read full article
August 26, 2011

9 Tips for Identifying Fake Online Profiles



"She was smoking hot, unbelievably sexy ... super beautiful." This was how Nev Schulman, a 24-year-old photographer, described Megan, a fellow artist who became friendly with him on Facebook in 2007. ...read full article
August 25, 2011

Liberty Man Who Led Police On Chase Pleas To Identity Theft Charge



GREENVILLE, SC -- A man from Liberty pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit identity theft. ...read full article
August 25, 2011

Maine voter registration system breached



The Maine Secretary of State’s Office said Wednesday it is investigating a potential security breach in the computer system that contains records on Maine’s registered voters. ...read full article
August 25, 2011

Clackamas deputies raid home of Gresham sports memorabilia seller



Clackamas County sheriff's detectives on Tuesday raided a home of a man with a long criminal history now suspected of selling fake sports memorabilia, including baseballs signed "Babe Ruth" and "Roger Maris." ...read full article
August 25, 2011

Woman arrested in prescription case



A Topeka woman was arrested Tuesday, accused of prescription fraud and identity theft for allegedly falsely obtaining a prescription painkiller. ...read full article
August 25, 2011

Cyber-Attacker Dumps Log-ins for 20,000 Customers, U.S. Employees



An admirer of Anonymous acted independently to breach an outsourced provider and steal a customer list with log-in credentials. Many on the list were U.S. government employees. ...read full article
August 25, 2011

S.A. woman sentenced to 25-month term in child-support scam



A San Antonio woman was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison for her role in a child-support scam. ...read full article
August 25, 2011

Man charged with identity theft



A search warrant executed by the RCMP at a Mississauga home has resulted in the seizure of a number of counterfeit credit cards and equipment that is used to tamper with ATMs. ...read full article
August 25, 2011

Johnson sheriff wants investigation into missing police records, files



Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said Wednesday that when he took office on Jan. 1, there were a lot of missing records — accident reports, investigative files, even personnel documents. ...read full article
August 25, 2011

Sheriff's raid on Days Inn in Phoenix nets 1 identity theft arrest



The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office raided a Days Inn hotel in Phoenix, trying to arrest 10 employees on suspicion of identity theft and being in the country illegally. ...read full article
August 25, 2011

ID theft epidemic sweeps county



COLUMBIA COUNTY — An “identity theft alert,” was officially announced as of Wednesday afternoon by all county law enforcement agencies. More than 50 local persons have reported money missing due to suspicious charges to their bank and credit card accounts. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

Former O.C. congressional candidate sentenced for identity theft



A onetime congressional candidate was sentenced Tuesday to six years and eight months in state prison for violating parole by committing identity theft when she was in the Orange County jail, authorities said. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

National Cancer Institute Employee Steals Funds for Personal Use



According to a federal criminal Information filed August 11, 2011, Jihan S. Cover, 33, of Arden, N.C., worked as a purchasing agent with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), a subdivision of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), during which time her job was to procure items and services for NIH/NCI using assigned government credit cards or purchase cards. The Information alleges that between June 2009 and December 2010, Cover used NIH/NCI purchase cards to engage in 250 unauthorized personal transactions totaling approximately $114,494. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

Lawsuit accuses comScore of extensive privacy violations


Online tracking firm surreptitiously siphons personal data, changes security settings on computers, suit alleges



Computerworld - A proposed class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday accuses online tracking and analytics firm comScore of surreptitiously collecting Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords and other data from consumer systems. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

China hacking video shows glimpse of Falun Gong attack tool



IDG News Service - The clip shows up without explanation, lasting for about six seconds during a rather mundane documentary about hacking produced by the state-sponsored China Central Television ...read full article
August 24, 2011

Identity Theft Victim, Plagued by Allegedly False and Inaccurate Credit Reporting by FIA Card Services and Bank of America, Fights Back in Los Angeles Courtroom



A Los Angeles consumer plagued by alleged false and inaccurate credit reporting by FIA Card Services and Bank of America is fighting back in a Los Angeles courtroom. FIA Card Services is a credit card subsidiary of Bank of America. FIA has sued a Los Angeles resident named Hugh Coleman for allegedly not paying on two FIA credit cards. In a cross-action filed by Mr. Coleman against FIA and Bank of America, Mr. Coleman, a former FBI agent, states that he investigated the matter thoroughly and repeatedly asked FIA for documentation showing that he was obligated for the accounts, but FIA never provided him with these documents. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

Guilty plea for 'dead' Highland Park broker found in Vegas



LAS VEGAS -- A man arrested in Las Vegas 32 years after vanishing in Illinois and 25 years after being declared dead says he'll plead guilty in Nevada to felony identity fraud and serve up to five years' probation to avoid trial. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

Epson, HSBC Korea, domain registrar hacked: 100,000 domains affected



A series of hacks have hit the South Korean population, in a string of hacking attacks which have caused widespread disruption to the country’s state-run and privately operated firms. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

Symantec Announces August 2011 Symantec Intelligence Report



Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the results of the August 2011 Symantec Intelligence Report, now combining the best research and analysis from the Symantec.cloud MessageLabs Intelligence Report and the Symantec State of Spam & Phishing Report. This month’s analysis reveals that once more spammers are seeking to benefit from fluctuations in the turbulent financial markets, most notably by sending large volumes of spam relating to certain “pink sheets” stocks in an attempt to “pump” the value of these stocks before “dumping” them at a profit. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

Exclusive: Hays Discloses RBS Pay Deals



The recruitment specialist Hays is at the centre of an embarrassing gaffe today after one of its employees distributed an email disclosing the remuneration of thousands of contractors working for the state-backed Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). ...read full article
August 24, 2011

Employee arrested for credit card fraud



DUBAI: An Arab man working for a major electronic company in Dubai was arrested for stealing customers’ credit card information and using it to buy expensive products from the same company. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

South Korean branch of Epson suffers breach of 350,000 people's data following hack



The details of 350,000 South Korean people have been breached following the hacking of the Epson Korea website. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

Man charged with identity theft



A search warrant executed by the RCMP at a Mississauga home has resulted in the seizure of a number of counterfeit credit cards and equipment that is used to tamper with ATMs. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

Secret Service Joins Tilton Counterfeit Check Investigation


Three Men Accused Of Using Fake Checks To Buy Merchandise In Tilton



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August 24, 2011

Romanian man to be deported after Pa. ATM scams



PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say a man who will be deported to Romania after serving a sentence for skimming customer information from automatic teller machines has provided "very useful" information about an overseas crime ring that specializes in identity theft. ...read full article
August 24, 2011

Woman stole mail from southern Illinois mailboxes



Nicole Marie Lance, 30, of Billings, Mont., was sentenced Monday in federal court here on six counts of mail theft, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced. ...read full article
August 23, 2011

Facebook data collection under fire again


A German data protection agency is concerned Facebook is collecting data in violation of E.U. law



IDG News Service - A German privacy protection authority is calling on organizations there to close their Facebook fan pages and remove the social networking site's "Like" button from their websites, arguing that Facebook harvests data in violation of German and European Union law. ...read full article
August 23, 2011

Identity thief loses bid to protect house from feds



Federal prosecutors got their man when Alfred Darnell Ford pleaded guilty to running a sophisticated identity-theft ring that obtained stolen credit cards and then used them to buy building supplies and other items. ...read full article
August 23, 2011

Yale university admits staff and student personal information exposed on Google



Yale University has notified about 43,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni that their names and Social Security numbers were publicly available via Google search for about 10 months. ...read full article
August 23, 2011

Woman has 101 Social Security numbers, 7 dates of birth: Identity thieves are busy in metro-east



There is a man in Belleville who goes by the name of Michael, but he has also been known by three other first names. ...read full article
August 23, 2011

Indictment: Adoption fraud targeted would-be parents for cash, gifts



KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) - Another person has been named in the case of an alleged adoption scam in the metro that made headlines across the country. ...read full article
August 23, 2011

Foxy Brown's Brother Cops to Identity Theft Charges



Foxy Brown isn't the only member of her family to have run-ins with the law, the famed female rapper's brother, Gavin “Pretty Boy” Marchand, was convicted yesterday for identity theft. ...read full article
August 23, 2011

Possible deal for 'dead' Highland Park broker found in Vegas



A lawyer for a man arrested in Las Vegas 32 years after vanishing in Illinois says a plea deal could spare his client a felony identity theft and fraud trial. ...read full article
August 23, 2011

State Police Investigate Identity Theft Case in Burlington



BURLINGTON — The Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad Detectives are conducting a criminal investigating into the theft of the identity of a Burlington Connecticut resident. ...read full article
August 23, 2011

Hong Kong police say they've arrested stock exchange hacker


The August 10 attack forced the exchange to suspend trading on HSBC, Cathay Pacific and others for a half-day.



IDG News Service - Hong Kong police have arrested a local man in connection with an Aug. 10 computer attack on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. ...read full article
August 23, 2011

History Sniffing Case Dismissed Because Defendant Fails to Quantify Losses



A federal court in New York has dismissed a case in which the plaintiff claimed that a third-party advertiser had violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by sniffing her browser history and using flash cookies, ruling that the plaintiff didn't prove that the actions were harmful enough. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

Anonymous breaches another US defense contractor



IDG News Service - The politically oriented hacking group, Anonymous, has released 1GB of what is says are private e-mails and documents from an executive of a U.S. defense company that sells unmanned aerial vehicles to police and the U.S. military. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

Two men arrested in insurance fraud case



A Charlotte man and Shelby man were indicted on charges that they fraudulently tried to make money off unemployment insurance claims, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Charlotte. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

U.S. sprinter Dodson arrested on suspicion of identity theft



BOULDER, Colo. (AP) U.S. sprinter Jeremy Dodson was arrested on suspicion of identity theft just days before leaving for world championships in Daegu, South Korea. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

2 arrested in identity theft operation



FLORENCE - Two employees of a local business were arrested Friday as part of a year-long investigation into an identity theft operation. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

Un-HappyMeal: Complaint Alleges McDonald's WiFi was Platform for Devastating Pharma Hack



Suppose you're a IT professional who has an axe to grind against your employer, and knowledge of the company's network and access necessary to really do some damage. You might consider launching said attack from a free, public Wi-fi hotspot, like the ones offered at chains like McDonald's. That would be a smart idea - from your standpoint - and make it harder for you to get caught. You might _not_ want to use a personal credit card to buy a meal at said establishment, thereby putting you at the location at the exact time of the attack. That would be a _dumb_ idea. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound is notifying its patients of a breach of patient health information


Breach Notice



...read full article
August 22, 2011

Hundreds of police officers caught illegally accessing criminal records computer


More than 200 police officers and support staff in Britain's biggest force have been caught accessing the highly sensitive Police National Computer for their own ends.



...read full article
August 22, 2011

State Police Investigate Identity Theft Case in Burlington



BURLINGTON — The Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad Detectives are conducting a criminal investigating into the theft of the identity of a Burlington Connecticut resident. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

Insulin pump attack prompts call for federal probe



The hack of a commercially available insulin pump that diabetics can control wirelessly has attracted the attention of US lawmakers who oversee the safety of the nation's airwaves. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

9/11 grip on info can still be wacky



NEW YORK -- Take a virtual tour of New York on Google Maps and some blurry images appear. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

Detective on phone-hacking probe team is arrested



police officer working on Scotland Yard's investigation into alleged phone-hacking at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid the News of the World was arrested by cops from the anti-corruption unit of the Metropolitan police late last week. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

State Police Search for Suspect in Identity Theft



The Connecticut State Police are conducting a criminal investigation into the theft of the identity of a Burlington resident. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

Foxy Brown's brother guilty of identity theft



THE BROTHER and former hype man of rapper Foxy Brown faces up to five years in jail after he admitted to identity theft. ...read full article
August 22, 2011

Woman has 101 Social Security numbers, 7 dates of birth: Identity thieves are busy in metro-east



There is a man in Belleville who goes by the name of Michael, but he has also been known by three other first names. ...read full article
August 19, 2011

N.C. police investigate ID theft that targeted soldier



A Harnett County soldier's decision to ask a friend to house-sit during his deployment to Afghanistan led to a massive betrayal of trust that included identity theft, the fraudulent sale of possessions and the friend's death, according to police in Erwin. ...read full article
August 19, 2011

AES crypto compromised by 'groundbreaking' attack



Cryptographers have discovered a way to break the Advanced Encryption Standard used to protect everything from top-secret government documents to online banking transactions. ...read full article
August 19, 2011

Former CU sprinter Dodson charged with ID theft



A former University of Colorado track star was arrested on suspicion of identity theft a week before he was scheduled to represent Team USA in an international competition. ...read full article
August 19, 2011

Panama City Woman Receives 36 Month Sentence For Bank Fraud, Forgery and Identity Theft



Elizabeth Helen Shanks, 29, of Panama City, has been sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for bank fraud, uttering forged securities, and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
August 19, 2011

UK man faces five charges for repeated Facebook hacks



A 25-year-old UK man has been charged with five counts of illegal hacking for repeatedly penetrating the security defenses of Facebook. ...read full article
August 19, 2011

Looting suspect traced on Facebook by stolen laptop's owner



A teenager who allegedly stole a laptop from a west London flat during the riots was traced on Facebook by the computer's owner. ...read full article
August 19, 2011

NY man accused of cashing dead brother's benefits



NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) - An 81-year-old man from suburban New York is accused of collecting nearly $145,000 from his dead brother's retirement benefits. ...read full article
August 18, 2011

Anonymous claims release of BART police officers' data


Hack of 102 officers' data in apparent retaliation for last weeks mobile phone service service cut-off



Computerworld - Hackers claiming to belong to the Anonymous hacking collective this morning publicly posted the names, home addresses, email addresses and passwords of 102 police officers belonging to San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) agency. ...read full article
August 18, 2011

Warrant issued for Bartlett woman in identity theft



A Bartlett woman who tried to collect an insurance payout by falsely claiming her husband was an FBI agent killed in the line of duty has been indicted in Cook County on identity theft charges. ...read full article
August 18, 2011

Ala tax preparer gets 2 years for identity theft



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Birmingham-area tax preparer is going to prison for two years after pleading guilty in a scheme to file false tax returns. ...read full article
August 18, 2011

DoD to expand cyber program with industry



BALTIMORE — The Defense Department is moving forward with a program intended to increase sharing with industry of classified and sensitive data about cyberattacks, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn announced Tuesday. ...read full article
August 18, 2011

Internet Explorer protects best against socially engineered malware



Internet Explorer is better at defending against socially engineered malware than competitors' browsers and the contest isn't even close, according to a worldwide test of browsers bysecurity research firm NSS Labs. ...read full article
August 18, 2011

Eau Claire man suspected in two forgery cases under two names



A 43-year-old Eau Claire man already facing criminal charges in Eau Claire County Court for a forgery case under a different name was arrested Wednesday for forgery, passing forged checks and identity theft. ...read full article
August 18, 2011

Rochester woman gets 3 years for bank fraud



A 33-year-old Rochester woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for bank fraud and identity theft involving counterfeit checks. ...read full article
August 18, 2011

App developer slurped kids' data without consent



A mobile applications developer will be fined $50,000 for allegedly collecting and disclosing children's personal information without parental consent, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said. ...read full article
August 18, 2011

Social Security wrongly declares 14,000 people dead each year



NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- More Americans are being erroneously killed off by the Social Security Administration every day. ...read full article
August 18, 2011

California Approves Data Security Rules for Smart Meters



The state of California has approved new rules to protect the data stored on so-called "smart meters," in an effort to protect customer consumption data as household utilities are wired and connected to an IP-enabled "smart grid." ...read full article
August 18, 2011

Trojaned Dog Fight App Strikes Blow for Animal Rights



Researchers at Symantec discovered that an outdated version of a controversial Android app called ‘Dog Wars’ is infected with a trojan apparently placed by animal rights activists offended by the game's premise. ...read full article
August 17, 2011

Identity Theft Ring Lands 5 Men In Jail



MEMPHIS, TN - Five men from Miami, Florida were arrested in Memphis on Monday, August 15, 2011 after police learned of an identity theft ring that made it to town. ...read full article
August 17, 2011

Area woman accused of fraud, identity theft faces 174-count indictment



A 174-count indictment has been handed down for a Titus County woman accused of committing fraud and identity theft while working at Pioneer Credit Co. in Mount Pleasant, Texas. ...read full article
August 17, 2011

Social Security wrongly declares 14,000 people dead each year



NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- More Americans are being erroneously killed off by the Social Security Administration every day. ...read full article
August 17, 2011

Finance director convicted on charges of stealing more than $500,000 from church



The former chief financial officer of a historic downtown church was convicted of stealing more than $500,000 from the institution over five years. ...read full article
August 17, 2011

Ala tax preparer gets 2 years for identity theft



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Birmingham-area tax preparer is going to prison for two years after pleading guilty in a scheme to file false tax returns. ...read full article
August 17, 2011

Judge unseals I.D. theft case



A federal judge on Tuesday unsealed the case concerning an alleged identity theft scheme in Hattiesburg and Laurel during a detention hearing for one of the 10 arrested in association with the purported racket. ...read full article
August 17, 2011

Mass. travel agent arrested for scamming college students



UPPER SADDLE RIVER – A Massachusetts travel agent has been arrested for credit card fraud, theft and identity theft after scamming a group of college students — including one from the borough — who were sold bogus airline tickets to China. ...read full article
August 17, 2011

Cancer scammer headed back to jail



The Upper Moreland woman who was on probation after serving jail time for pretending to have cancer and bilking sympathizers is back behind bars ...read full article
August 17, 2011

App developer slurped kids' data without consent



A mobile applications developer will be fined $50,000 for allegedly collecting and disclosing children's personal information without parental consent, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said. ...read full article
August 17, 2011

Personal data from mortgage broker found in garbage bin



Construction workers found five boxes of files containing personal information in a garbage Tuesday in Edmonton. ...read full article
August 16, 2011

College Students Interviewed Indicate They Don’t Understand Importance of Identity Theft


14% of data breaches in June 2011 occurred at educational institutions according to IdentityHawk’s Data Breach Report from July 2011



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August 16, 2011

'Mafiaboy' breaks silence, paints 'portrait of a hacker'



(CNN) -- Michael Calce once briefly shut down this site. ...read full article
August 16, 2011

Ex-bank manager admits fake ID scam in $10 million ID theft case



Fawsiyo Hassan Farah, a former Wayzata branch manager for Wells Fargo, convinced a federal judge Monday that she is indeed guilty of bank fraud and identity theft. ...read full article
August 16, 2011

LaSalle Avenue woman, 28, accused in debit card theft



LOCKPORT—City police arrested a Niagara Falls woman Monday and accused her of running up $423 worth of purchases on a stolen debit card. ...read full article
August 16, 2011

Illegal bear hunt, identity theft net Florida man $66,450 in fines



A Florida man who stole a friend's identity to illegally kill a brown bear in Alaska — then complained about the hunt because he wanted a bigger bear — has been sentenced to pay more than $66,000 in penalties. ...read full article
August 16, 2011

Illegal Dominican Republic Alien Gets 3 Years for Fake ID



PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Dominican national, who illegally re-entered the United States, was sentenced to three years in jail followed by three years of supervised release for identity theft and falsely representing his citizenship ...read full article
August 16, 2011

Woman Arrested in Hoboken After Credit Card Theft



A 37-year-old woman from Roselle Park was arrested in Hoboken on Saturday after allegedly spending close to $7,000 on somebody else's credit card, police said. ...read full article
August 16, 2011

Scammers get hundreds of dollars out of local couple



JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- We've known for years that identity theft rings operate in various countries around the world, and that we are vulnerable right here in Mid-Missouri. ...read full article
August 16, 2011

Former Waiter Indicted In Credit Card Skimming Scheme



A former waiter at a TGI Friday's restaurant in Maryland has been indicted on 16 counts of identity theft, theft and conspiracy to commit theft in a credit card skimming scheme that ripped off 73 people. ...read full article
August 16, 2011

Credit-card company uses text messages to fight ID theft



MIAMI - One credit card company is using text messages as the newest tool in fighting identity theft. Text alerts are sent when unusual activity is detected on customers accounts. ...read full article
August 15, 2011

Hacker Group Posts Names of BART Site Subscribers



SAN FRANCISCO – Hackers broke into a website for San Francisco's mass transit system Sunday and posted contact information for more than 2,000 customers, the latest showdown between anarchists angry at perceived attempts to limit free speech and officials trying to control protests that grow out of social networking and have the potential to become violent. ...read full article
August 15, 2011

Many child identity-theft victims from Florida



Florida had 21,581 identity-theft cases last year, more than any other state, according to the Federal Trade Commission. And an increasing number of those cases are thefts of children's identities. ...read full article
August 15, 2011

Scammers sharpen skills with social media



Social media, such as Facebook, is making it easier for scammers to dupe their victims, South Australian Consumer Affairs Minister Gail Gago says. ...read full article
August 15, 2011

Aussies prone to phishing from 'friends'


An email appearing to come from a friend is a good way to get through Australians' defences, a security company claims.



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August 15, 2011

Facebook trojan spreading, says Eset


Users should be cautious about suspicious links sent via Facebook chat.



...read full article
August 15, 2011

Bethesda Forums Hacked; All Passwords Reset



And Lightning Strikes twice. After having their main website hacked back in June, Bethesda have now sent out a new email to all forum users, informing of a security breach. No guilty parties were mentioned this time around, and as of now it doesn’t seem that many out there are confessing either. ...read full article
August 15, 2011

Missing Files From Locked Storage Prompt Alert



HONOLULU -- University of Hawaii officials are warning that confidential financial information of close to 2,000 people is unaccounted for. ...read full article
August 15, 2011

Another Korean data breach - GOMTV.NET spills user account data, including passwords



Another South Korean service provider has reported a large-scale data breach, leaking usernames and passwords for subscribers worldwide. ...read full article
August 12, 2011

Twitter 'Stalker app' just a phishing scam



A "Stalkers app" doing the rounds on Twitter is actually a phishing scam, security watchers warn. ...read full article
August 12, 2011

Credit Card Identity Theft From Russia (And Not With Love)



Federal prosecutors inVirginia alleged that Jonathan Oliveras, 26, managed a credit card fraud operation that operated throughout the East Coast of the United States. That scheme involved the purchases over the Internet of stolen credit card from sellers believed to be located in Russia. Upon obtaining the stolen information, Oliveras purportedly distributed the data to individuals in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. ,who then used the information to make fraudulent purchases. ...read full article
August 12, 2011

Middle Smithfield woman's identity stolen to pay hospital bill



A Middle Smithfield woman became the victim of identity theft when someone used her insurance information to pay for $1,243 worth of hospital treatment at a hospital in Camden, N.J., Pennsylvania State Police said. ...read full article
August 12, 2011

Former Laurel T.G.I. Friday’s employee indicted for identity theft



A grand jury in Prince George’s County indicted an Elkridge man Thursday on 16 counts of identity theft, theft and conspiracy to commit theft after the man allegedly skimmed customers’ credit card information while working as a server at T.G.I. Friday’s in Laurel. ...read full article
August 12, 2011

Identity theft charge puts Muscatine man in jail



MUSCATINE, Iowa— Isaac Hernandez, 29, has been charged with identity theft, a class D felony. ...read full article
August 12, 2011

Fake Doctor Pleads to Fraud and Identity Theft Related to Eldercare



According to federal prosecutors, Patrick Lynch, 54, of Toms River, New Jersey, established Visiting Doctors of New Jersey in order to provide medical care for elderly home-bound patients in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. ...read full article
August 12, 2011

Android respawn horror: Hacker says hackers' phones hacked



Claims that both CDMA and 4G networks were compromised at the recent Defcon security event in Las Vegas have raised little surprise, but the vulnerability of handsets is hotly debated. ...read full article
August 11, 2011

Hack on Hong Kong Stock Exchange disrupts trading



Hackers took down a website belonging to the Hong Kong stock Exchange, prompting Asia's third-largest securities exchange to suspend trading in the shares of London-based HSBC and six other companies. ...read full article
August 11, 2011

University of Wisconsin hacked: 75,000 social security numbers, student names exposed



The University of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee campus has been subject to a malware attack, which has exposed names and social security numbers of students — past and present — and staff alike. ...read full article
August 11, 2011

Prison sentence issued in huge identity theft case.



GREENVILLE — A Quinlan man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to participating in perhaps the largest identity theft case in Hunt County history. ...read full article
August 11, 2011

Woman Wanted In Identity Theft Cases



HOUSTON -- A reward has been offered for information about a woman who is suspected in nearly a dozen identity theft cases. ...read full article
August 11, 2011

Man charged with identity theft



HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Federal agents have arrested a 21-year-old Laurel man and charged him in connection to an alleged identity theft scheme operating in Hattiesburg and Laurel. ...read full article
August 11, 2011

Laurel man charged in identity theft scheme



Federal agents arrested a Laurel man Wednesday and charged him in connection to an alleged identity theft scheme operating in Hattiesburg and Laurel. ...read full article
August 11, 2011

RCMP seek alleged fraudster



North Vancouver RCMP are asking for help in finding a woman accused of attempted identity theft and fraud at a North Vancouver bank. ...read full article
August 11, 2011

Arrest made in I.D. theft scheme



Federal agents arrested nine people Tuesday following the investigation of an alleged identity theft scheme operating in Hattiesburg and Laurel. ...read full article
August 10, 2011

China hit by 480,000 Trojan horse attacks in 2010



IDG News Service - China said it saw close to 480,000 Trojan horse attacks in 2010, with almost half originating from outside the country, according to a government security agency. ...read full article
August 10, 2011

DSHS leaked confidential info in nearly 4,000 cases



SEATTLE -- The state admits it could have put thousands of parents at risk for identity theft or physical or emotional harm after one agency accidentally leaked confidential information. ...read full article
August 10, 2011

Suspect in missing Chandler woman case 'guilty' of 36 charges



PHOENIX - A jury has convicted a Valley man on 36 counts of fraud, identity theft and money laundering in the case of a Chandler woman who went missing last year. ...read full article
August 10, 2011

Deputies: Belle Chasse McDonald's employee stole credit-card numbers



BELLE CHASSE, La. – A McDonald’s employee has been arrested for allegedly stealing the credit card numbers of customers using the drive-thru lane. ...read full article
August 10, 2011

District woman pleads guilty to check fraud



A 43-year-old District woman admitted Monday in Alexandria’s federal court that she used more than 1,000 counterfeit or fraudulent checks to purchase merchandise at Washington-area retailers, court records show. ...read full article
August 10, 2011

Booz Allen CEO downplays effect of Anonymous hack



IDG News Service - A July cyberattack on Booz Allen Hamilton will not materially harm the company's bottom line, its CEO said Tuesday. ...read full article
August 10, 2011

Citigroup hit with another data leak



Citigroup's Japanese credit card unit said personal information for more than 92,000 of its customers was illegally sold to a third party. ...read full article
August 10, 2011

Defcon: VoIP makes a good platform for controlling botnets



Network World - Las Vegas - Botnets and their masters can communicate with each other by calling into the same VoIP conference call and swapping data using touch tones, researchers demonstrated at Defcon. ...read full article
August 10, 2011

Is Anonymous Linked to the Norway Shooter E-mail Hack?



A Norwegian hacker collective that allegedly gained access to the email accounts of Anders Behring Breivik, the confessed perpetrator of killing spree that took the lives of seventy-seven individuals, may have connections to Anonymous, according to a local journalist who has had contact with the group. ...read full article
August 10, 2011

Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Online Identity Theft Involving More Than $700,000 in Reported Fraud



WASHINGTON – A Brooklyn, N.Y., man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., for his role in managing a credit card fraud operation that operated throughout the East Coast of the United States, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia. ...read full article
August 9, 2011

Syrian hackers retaliate, deface Anonymous' social network


Counters Anonymous' earlier sabotage of nation's Ministry of Defense site



Computerworld - After the hacking gang Anonymous took credit for defacing Syria's Ministry of Defense website, a Syrian group today retaliated by posting gruesome photos on Anonymous' embryonic social network. ...read full article
August 9, 2011

Are Hijacked Facebook Accounts Identity Theft?



An interesting Appellate Court opinion was recently issued that, while limited in scope, requires us to acknowledge the expanding realm of our own identity footprints and the need for evolving views of how we define identity theft. The case, PEOPLE v. ROLANDO S., stemmed from a Juvenile Court case in Kings county California. ...read full article
August 9, 2011

Woman pleads to stealing credit card data from Navy base fast-food customers



NORFOLK — A Newport News woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that she stole credit card information from customers at a fast-food restaurant. ...read full article
August 9, 2011

Hacked Wordpress Blogs Used to Poison Google Image Search



A researcher has found evidence of thousands of compromised Wordpress blogs that are being used to insert malicious images into Google search results. ...read full article
August 9, 2011

Fake Firefox update bundles Trojan add-on



Scammers are attempting to trick Firefox users into downloading backdoored software via spam emails that supposedly advertise an "update" to the open-source browser. ...read full article
August 9, 2011

10-year old hacker finds flaw in mobile games



A 10-year-old hacker has won the admiration of her adult peers for finding a previously unknown vulnerability in games on iOS and Android devices. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

Debit card fraud on the rise



On Valentine’s Day Larry Pacilio bought more than $800 worth of diamond jewelry for someone he never met, at a store in Tennessee he never has been to. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

WASP: Drone Plane Becomes Hackers' Tool



The age-old theory in warfare is that the best place to be is the high ground, from which you can see and attack your enemies. Richard Perkins and Mike Tassey decided to apply that idea to cyber warfare as well. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

Poll: Consumers fear loss of personal data from e-health systems



Computerworld - Nearly 80% of U.S. consumers surveyed this year said they're wary of electronic health records because they fear that their personal information might be stolen or lost if it were stored in an EHR system. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

Nyack Hospital data theft shameful



Re "Nyack Hospital workers warned after sensitive data stolen," July 27 article: I am outraged at the lack of security afforded my and my spouse's confidential, personal information that Nyack Hospital failed to safeguard. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

Smartphones a new frontier for hackers



LAS VEGAS: Hackers are out to stymie your smartphone. Security researchers have uncovered yet another strain of malicious software aimed at smartphones that run Google's popular Android operating system. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

AntiSec hackers dump data after hacking police websites



IDG News Service - The war between law enforcement and the Anonymous hacking collective continued this weekend as hackers dumped a 10 gigabyte database that included private e-mails and information sent by confidential informants. Hackers say they stole information during an attack on more than 70 small-town law enforcement agencies. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

Spamking facing 40 year jail sentence



SAN FRANCISCO: A Las Vegas man accused of sending more than 27 million spam messages to Facebook users faces federal fraud and computer tampering charges that could send him to prison for more than 40 years. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

Cybercrooks exploit interest in Harry Potter ebook site



Malware-slingers are tapping into the buzz around a new Harry Potter site to mount a variety of scams designed to either defraud, infect or otherwise con would-be victims. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

'Shady RAT' hacking claims overblown, say security firms



Computerworld - Two security companies are questioning claims that a cyber-espionage campaign uncovered by a rival firm was sophisticated or even extraordinary. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

Police ask for help in identity theft case in WL



Police are looking for a woman who withdrew funds recently at a West Lafayette bank using the identity - and bank account - of a Chicago woman. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

Elementary counselor indicted by federal grand jury



CHADBOURN, NC (WECT) - An elementary school counselor in Columbus County has been indicted by a federal grand jury on numerous counts. ...read full article
August 8, 2011

ID theft ring leader lands in jail



ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The alleged mastermind behind a major identity theft operation spent the night behind bars. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

Profile pics on social media sites pose privacy risk, researcher warns



Computerworld - LAS VEGAS -- Imagine walking down a street and having a total stranger being able to instantly pull up your name, date of birth, Social Security number, your last blog item and other data on their smart phone. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

Russian online payment site linked to MacDefender malware scam



After a raid on Russian payment giant Chronopay's offices, authorities have found evidence linking the company to the MacDefender fake anti-virus scam that targeted Mac users. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

Met Police warns off wannabe hackers, teenage collars in danger of being felt



The Metropolitan Police has issued a statement warning off would-be hacktivists and reminding of them of the law against computer misuse. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

RSA's SecurID Breach Linked to China, Researcher Says



The breach of RSA, the security division of EMC, last spring in which sensitive information related to RSA SecurID tokens was stolen, can be traced back to an attack originating in China, a security researcher strongly believes based on a close look into malware associated with the RSA breach. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

Researchers: Square Mobile Card Reader Provides Straight Line to Illicit Cash?



Security researchers at the Black Hat Briefings demonstrated a method for turning purloined credit card information into cash, this time using Square, a free credit card reader that promises to turn anyone with a mobile device into a merchant capable of accepting credit card payments. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

Researchers Show Off Homemade Spy Drone At Black Hat



A pair of security researchers Wednesday unveiled a remote controlled, unmanned aerial vehicle capable of cracking Wi-Fi passwords, exploiting weak wireless access points and mimicking a GSM tower to intercept cell phone conversations. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

Phishing scam still lures victims



OGDEN, Aug 03, 2011 (Standard-Examiner - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Despite previous warnings, people continue to fall victim to a phishing scam and give out their Social Security, debit card and PIN numbers. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

Over 100 Indian Govt. Websites Defaced Since January



A total of 117 Indian government websites were defaced by hackers from January to June this year, prompting the government to take additional security measures, a federal minister told Parliament. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

Travelodge blames 'vindictive individual' for email database breach


Hacker or disaffected worker mystery remains



Travelodge UK has confirmed that a customer database security breach was behind the recent run of spam emails to its customers. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

Spamford Wallace charged for hacking 500,000 Facebookers



One of the first figures to plaster the internet with millions of spam messages before being driven underground has been criminally charged for hacking some 500,000 Facebook accounts, stealing their personal information, and sending 27 million unwanted advertisements. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

NYPD busts gang of identity thieves, cybercriminals: DA's office



NEW YORK (Reuters)- Six members of a large-scale identity theft and cybercrime gang were indicted on Thursday for stealing over $1 million from at least 80 clients of J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said. ...read full article
August 5, 2011

10 charged with stealing mail, using identities



Investigators say they have broken up an identity-theft ring that used stolen mail to target victims. ...read full article
August 4, 2011

Hershey's website hacked, recipe changed



One would think that some things in life — such as chocolate and chocolate-related recipes — are sacred even in the eyes of hackers, but a recent attack on a website belonging to chocolate manufacturer Hershey's proves otherwise. ...read full article
August 4, 2011

How to unlock a car with a text message



Las Vegas (CNN) -- Don Bailey says he can unlock thousands of cars across the United States simply by sending a few texts from his Android phone. ...read full article
August 4, 2011

Ex-CIA official sounds alarm about hackers' next targets



The former director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center raised concerns Wednesday about an impending "code war" in which hackers will tamper not just with the Internet but with technology that runs real-world infrastructure. ...read full article
August 4, 2011

72 Charged in Probe of Child Sexual Abuse Network



WASHINGTON – Seventy-two people have been charged with participating in an international child pornography network that prosecutors say used an online bulletin board called Dreamboard to trade tens of thousands of images and videos of sexually abused children. ...read full article
August 4, 2011

Insulin Pumps Vulnerable to Hacking



Even the human bloodstream isn't safe from computer hackers. ...read full article
August 4, 2011

Woman charged with identity theft



ENDICOTT — A 28-year-old Endicott woman was charged Wednesday with third-degree identity theft and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office said. ...read full article
August 4, 2011

Websites selling fake IDs a booming business



CHICAGO — Fake IDs for underage drinkers have graduated from being a dorm room enterprise to a China-based Internet business, say authorities who are scrambling to stay a step ahead of the counterfeiters. ...read full article
August 4, 2011

Kaiser employee ID theft suspect pleads no contest



SACRAMENTO, CA - A benefits clerk, who was busted while about to undergo liposuction surgery using fraudulently-obtained credit card information from one of her victims, has pleaded no contest to identity theft. ...read full article
August 4, 2011

Five charged in DuPage credit card scam



Five California residents who used “re-encoded” credit cards to go on an electronics shopping spree in DuPage County are now facing conspiracy and identity theft charges, prosecutors said Wednesday. ...read full article
August 4, 2011

Welfare worker admits stealing nearly $200,000 in tax money



COOK COUNTY, Ill.— A suburban woman in charge of providing welfare checks and running a food pantry has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $200,000 in tax money during her six-year tenure as welfare director for Hanover Township. ...read full article
August 4, 2011

Eugene Man Gets 65 Months in Prison for Insurance Fraud



EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene man was sentenced to 65 months in federal prison for identity theft and wire fraud charges. ...read full article
August 3, 2011

West New York man pleads guilty to identity theft scheme



A West New York man faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to identity theft yesterday following a probe that began when he was pulled over in a stolen BMW, officials said. ...read full article
August 3, 2011

Capitol Alert: Attorney general, FPPC asked to investigate identity theft ads



The state attorney general and California's campaign watchdog agency have been asked to investigate a new labor-backed group telling voters that signing initiative petitions increases risk of identity fraud. ...read full article
August 3, 2011

Death & Taxes & Identity Theft



Dealing with the death of your spouse is tough. But when you are attempting to file that final joint return and IRS notifies you that someone else has already filed using your spouse’s name and social security number, it creates a rippling of emotions that are hard to describe. ...read full article
August 3, 2011

Posing as a different Facebook user can constitute identity theft, US court rules



A California Court of Appeal ruled that a school pupil had committed identity theft under Californian laws when he obtained a schoolmate's email password, used it to gain access to her Facebook account, and posted sexually suggestive messages whilst posing as the girl. ...read full article
August 3, 2011

Janesville woman: Fraud driven by want



JANESVILLE — A woman accused of taking out more than $600,000 in loans in other people’s names told investigators she had “champagne taste on a beer budget,” according to a criminal complaint issued Monday ...read full article
August 3, 2011

Shelton P.D. Assisting in Florida Man's Credit Card Fraud Investigation



The Shelton Police Department has been enlisted by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force to aid investigations in a federal credit card fraud and identity theft offenses case. ...read full article
August 3, 2011

State-sponsored 5-year global cyberattack uncovered



A five-year operation targeting more than 70 global companies, governments and non-profit organisations was probably the work of an intelligence agency, according to McAfee. ...read full article
August 3, 2011

Korean national ID numbers spring up all over Chinese Web



The number of leaked Korean social security numbers available online is likely to skyrocket as a massive social network hacking attack left more than three quarters of the nation exposed. ...read full article
August 3, 2011

Sun admits data stolen amid fresh hack claims



Personal details of thousands of Sun readers have been posted online following a potentially previously undisclosed hack attack on News International. ...read full article
August 3, 2011

Postman jailed over four years of theft



Jewellery, mobile phones, DVDs and greetings card were among Peter Webb’s haul. ...read full article
August 3, 2011

Eight Indicted for Counterfeit Check, Mail Theft, Identity Theft Conspiracy



Scheme allegedly involved stealing mail from businesses in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. ...read full article
August 2, 2011

Airbnb apologizes: 'We have really screwed things up'



(CNN) -- Vacation rental site Airbnb apologized Monday in the wake of recent highly publicized rental horror stories and announced new property protections and safety measures for site users. ...read full article
August 2, 2011

Fake invitations to Google+ can lead to identity theft



TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Google is trying its luck in social media with the search engine's new web site, Google+. Lots of excitement coincides with an exclusive Google+ invitation, but some are forgetting their Internet safety rules as a result. ...read full article
August 2, 2011

Peninsula hospital reports medical records theft



BURLINGAME -- A mailroom employee at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame took home medical documents for roughly 1,500 patients over a nearly yearlong period, the health care system announced Monday ...read full article
August 2, 2011

Man facing charges: stealing checks, identity



A Clinton man has been charged with seven total felony counts for allegedly stealing checks from a relative — and her identity in the process — and cashing them locally, according to Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities. ...read full article
August 2, 2011

Malware and breaches hit Android and the cloud big



Global information security firm Trend Micro Inc. has just released its 2Q 2011 Threat Roundup report. And the company’s top execs would have us know they consider “the most notable trends in the second quarter of 2011” to be “the proliferation of Android malware and cloud-computing-related data breaches at a magnitude never seen before,” and that “social networking scams became even more sophisticated, and cybercriminals continued to instigate a myriad malicious schemes” during the same period. ...read full article
August 2, 2011

Thieves allegedly used Dunkin' Donuts gift cards to steal cash from ATMs



TWO Romanian men were indicted on charges they reprogrammed Dunkin' Donuts gift cards to dispense cash at ATMs, New York City prosecutors said today. ...read full article
August 2, 2011

Man charged with using dead girlfriend's food stamp card



JUNEAU - A 28-year-old Beaver Dam man has been charged with taking his girlfriend's food stamp QUEST card and using it to buy more than $1,000 of groceries the day after her death. ...read full article
August 2, 2011

Former TD Bank worker indicted in fraud scheme that included county branches



A federal grand jury has indicted a former TD Bank employee for her alleged role in a scheme involving fraudulent withdrawals totaling nearly $70,000 from branches in Burlington and Camden counties between October and February. ...read full article
August 2, 2011

'Work from home' spam scam floods Twitter



Cybercrooks are using compromised Twitter accounts to spamvertise work-at-home scams. ...read full article
August 2, 2011

Sun compo entrants' privates exposed in public



Security lapses at News International have exposed the email addresses and other personal information of readers who entered competitions in The Sun, the UK's biggest selling daily newspaper. ...read full article
August 2, 2011

Scareware scammers now phishing for punters



Scareware scammers are targeting credit card users with a new run of spam emails falsely warning recipients that their plastic has been blocked ...read full article
August 1, 2011

American Express Security Hole Still Open After One Year



A Year Ago in August MailCase investigators uncovered a security breach in the credit card activation system used by American Express. MailCase alerted consumers to this security hole and also alerted Amercian Express multiple times. After one year MailCase investigators have found that American Express has not fixed the security hole. ...read full article
August 1, 2011

Report: City Workers The Victims Of ID Theft



PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More than two dozen City of Pittsburgh employees have become the victims of identity theft. ...read full article
August 1, 2011

Tempe ATMs used in card scheme



In a scheme that police say stretched from Bulgaria to Tempe, six defendants are accused of using a device to "skim" financial information from bank cards and using it to withdraw as much as $300,000, authorities said Sunday. ...read full article
August 1, 2011

Online identity fraud doubles to 1 in 10



A recent survey revealing online identity fraud has doubled in 4 years to 10%, demonstrates the need for people to fast track their education on the ways they can be swindled, and what the effects can be should they become victims of identity theft, a national credit repairer says. ...read full article
August 1, 2011

Creative scammer awaits sentence



He may be a thief, but give Timothy Devon Huntley Jr. credit for ingenuity. ...read full article
August 1, 2011

Former restaurant server charged in credit card theft



A Greeley restaurant server is facing a felony identity theft charge for allegations that he made off with a customer’s credit card, using it for large purchases at area stores. ...read full article
August 1, 2011

Investigation continues in arrest of restaurant owner



A coffee shop/restaurant Jeffery Glenn Toohey leased and operated in James City was closed after he was arrested last week for identity theft and failing to register as a sex offender. ...read full article
August 1, 2011

Denver Dumpsters Issues Warning: Could be Primary Source of Identify Theft



Taking a page from the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, the Denver Dumpster rental company warns roll off container customers everywhere in the city and Denver Metro to be careful. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the ar ...read full article
August 1, 2011

Police charge Scottish teen over Soca attack



UK police have charged an 18-year-old with hacking the Serious Organised Crime Agency's (Soca) website as part of an ongoing investigation into the infamous LulzSec and Anonymous hacktivist crews. ...read full article
August 1, 2011

Credit card details hacked at Horsham business



Police at Horsham, in the state's west, say the computer system of a Horsham business has been hacked and people's credit card details stolen. For legal reasons, police are not identifying which business had its computer remotely accessed. ...read full article
August 1, 2011

77 Law Enforcement websites hit in mass attack by #Antisec Anonymous



Because of FBI’s actions against Anonymous and Lulzsec including several arrests, Now AntiSec supporters have targeted 77 law enforcement domains and walked away with everything on them. 77 domains were hosted on the same server. ...read full article
August 1, 2011

Secret Service, Placer County sheriff’s probe reels in big “phisher”



Placer County sheriff’s investigators are being credited with playing a key role in putting a Sacramento man behind bars for what is being considered the most widespread high-tech “phishing” operation the region has experienced. ...read full article
July 29, 2011

Malcolm X's daughter handed probation for identity theft



Malikah Shabazz was accused of defrauding the 70-year-old widow of one of her late father's bodyguards to make more than $55,000 (£34,375) in illegal credit card purchases. ...read full article
July 29, 2011

Manchester travel agent faces fraud, identity theft charges



MANCHESTER — A local travel agent is facing charges of larceny, credit card fraud and identity theft after a number of customers went to Manchester Police to say they had been hit with fraudulent charges on their credit cards. ...read full article
July 29, 2011

Ex-inmate admits behind-bars identity-theft scheme



EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A former Missouri prison inmate may be returning to life behind bars, now that he's admitted running an identity-theft scheme while in the lockup. ...read full article
July 29, 2011

Man wanted for alleged forgery, identity theft



BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Police are looking for a man accused of forgery and identity theft. ...read full article
July 29, 2011

New ID theft charges for tenant



The San Mateo renter already accused of stealing a former tenant’s mail is charged in a new felony identity theft case which allegedly occurred two months after he began pilfering the earlier victim’s personal information to access financial accounts. ...read full article
July 29, 2011

Head of phishing ring gets 12 years in prison for scamming 38K victims



That Tien Truong Nguyen, age 34, was sentenced today for his role in designing websites to mock financial institutions and using those sites to scam over 38,000 victims. He worked with Romanian scammers to help drive people to the sites through email phishing. ...read full article
July 29, 2011

Pemberton Township woman admits to $1.7 million student loan scam



PEMBERTOWN TOWNSHIP — A Burlington County woman admitted she obtained almost $200,000 after applying for more than $1.7 million in fake student loans ...read full article
July 29, 2011

Florida Supreme Court Limits Information in Court Files


In an effort to protect individuals from identity theft, the state court adopted rules on what should be included in court records.



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July 29, 2011

Data stolen from 35 million South Korean social networking users



Hackers have broken into the popular South Korean websites Nate and Cyworld earlier this week, and stolen information about 35 million social networking users. ...read full article
July 29, 2011

Hard drive with students' addresses, grades vanishes



An external hard drive containing personal information on as many as 1,234 Prince William County elementary school students has disappeared, prompting investigations by the school system and the police department. ...read full article
July 29, 2011

Police details stolen from officer's Oldham home



A memory stick containing sensitive information about police operations has been stolen from a Greater Manchester Police officer's home ...read full article
July 29, 2011

Without proper laws governing public disclosure of data security hacks, Canadians remain at risk.



Another day, another hack. Apple, Sony, Citigroup, and Lockheed Martin are just some of the big-name companies afflicted by recent cyber-security breaches. Canada has not been spared. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

Man accused of installing debit card skimming devices charged with identity theft



SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego man accused of placing a debit card skimming device on a bank security door and ATM machines so he could steal the PIN numbers of thousands of customers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 45 charges, including identity theft and burglary. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

Teen hoops imposter pleads guilty, gets 3 years



LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- A former star athlete who posed as a teenager to play high school basketball in West Texas was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after reaching a plea deal, a prosecutor said. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

Man charged with fraudulent chiropractor billing



Tahib Smith Ali had the patients and delivered at least some health-care services, but he wasn't the chiropractor he claimed to be, according to a federal indictment. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

Why an arrest record didn’t deny identity theft suspect a work card



When Arthur Jones, aka Joseph Sandelli, was arrested in Las Vegas last week after living under a false identity for 32 years, many where shocked to learn he had been working as a sports book writer at the Rampart Casino in Summerlin, a job that some think requires a rigorous background check. And it does. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

All Tennessee BlueCross stored data now secure



BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee says it has secured all its stored electronic records and there is no indication any customer information on computer hard drives stolen in October 2009 has been misused. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

Zambia: Local Resident in U.S. Urged to Respect Laws



ZAMBIAN Ambassador to the United States (US) Sheila Siwela has warned all Zambians resident there to respect that country's laws as a way of maintaining the good name Zambia is renowned for. And a 35-year-old Zambian based in the US has pleaded guilty to identity theft. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

Warnings made of polymorphic malware, as variants increase and tactics evolve



July has seen a significant increase in aggressive polymorphic malware. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

Nearly everyone in SOUTH KOREA HACKED IN ONE GO



Personal information on as many as 35 million users of a South Korean social network site may have been exposed as the result of what has been described as the country's biggest ever hack attack. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

LulzSec spokesperson in custody, say UK police



One of the key members and spokesperson of LulzSec, which is allied with the Anonymous group of hackers, was arrested Wednesday. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

Florida woman charged with ID theft, endangering safety



A Florida woman who led Elm Grove police on a high-speed chase after trying to cash a stolen check faces five felony charges in Waukesha County Circuit Court. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

Financial theft hits 100,000 Britons in 2011



More Britons are becoming victims of financial and identity theft. In the first six months of this year, more than 50,000 had their identities stolen and 100,000 were hit by financial fraud - up 10% on the last six months of 2010. ...read full article
July 28, 2011

Five Tax Scams to Avoid This Summer



Hiding income offshore, identity theft and return preparer fraud topped the IRS’s list of tax scams in 2011. The Internal Revenue Service issues an annual list of the top 12 tax scams, known as the “Dirty Dozen.” These scams are illegal and can lead to significant penalties and interest and possible criminal prosecution. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

Patients at risk of identity theft



Starting today, 6,500 patients — including many from Mississauga — will be officially notified that their personal information has been compromised. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

Tualatin police arrest man, 24, on theft and fraud-related charges



A 24-year-old man was arrested Monday on charges stemming from two separate theft and fraud-related incidents, including his stealing a blank prescription pad from a Tualatin doctor's office and writing fraudulent prescriptions in an effort to obtain pain medication, the Tualatin Police Department reported. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

Police: ID Theft Ring Started In Beauty Salon



GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A man police call a key player in an identity theft ring appeared before a judge on Tuesday, accused of orchestrating an operation that stole thousands of checks. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

Employee data missing at Nyack Hospital; computer hard drive stolen during flood



NYACK — Former and current Nyack Hospital employees, as well as their spouses and children, are at risk of identity theft because a computer hard drive containing personal information is missing from the hospital, officials said. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

Man with many aliases facing theft charges



TUALATIN, OR (KPTV) - Police say a man who stole a cell phone and obtained fraudulent prescriptions identifies himself as a Gypsy and has at least five different aliases. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

Missing packages put health info of 12,000 at risk



Beginning Wednesday, 6,500 patients including many in the GTA, are being officially notified that their personal information may have been compromised. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

UNLV reports possible information security breach from 2008



Nearly 2,000 current and former UNLV employees are being notified by the university that their private information, including Social Security numbers, might have been accessed illegally in 2008. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

Fingerprint scans learn to spot chopped-off fingers



What do Gummi Bears and amputated fingers have in common? They’ve both been demonstrated as techniques for defeating fingerprint scanners. Now, a German company called Dermalog Identification Systems is using the way skin changes colour under pressure to block both the soft sweet and the dead hand of the zombie from accessing systems protected by fingerprint scans. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

'Directory traversal' attack becomes premier hack tool



A lesser-known attack called directory traversal is the single most commonly used technique in real-world web application attacks. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

User details stolen from Tas Govt



Hackers claim to have made off with 1800 usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords held by the Tasmanian Government. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

ORF hack attack worse than feared



Hackers nicked significantly more data from a subsidiary of Austrian broadcaster ORF than officials initially admitted, it has emerged. ...read full article
July 27, 2011

Confidential files found in street



An inquiry has been launched after a confidential police file containing the personal details of a teenage rape victim was found in the street. ...read full article
July 26, 2011

Cyberbullying critic target of murder hoax


A security advocate and a local SWAT team fall victim to an elaborate prank by hackers



...read full article
July 26, 2011

Low-tech Internet scams harvest billions of dollars



NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- For decades, Internet scams have been as numerous as they've been easy to spot -- but fraudsters' tools and tricks are now becoming more sophisticated. ...read full article
July 26, 2011

Identity Theft Tied To Illegal Immigration


The two crimes are tried together and it may affect people without a victim being aware of it.



...read full article
July 26, 2011

Prison Term For 2 New Jersey Men Convicted In Tax Fraud Case



TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two New Jersey men have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to file thousands of fraudulent federal income tax returns that caused the Internal Revenue Service to issue more than $3 million in refund checks. ...read full article
July 26, 2011

Cellphones, fraudsters' next big target



With the growing trend of mobile banking and mobile commerce globally, fraudsters are targeting mobile-based attacks based on user behavior profiling, according to RSA expert ...read full article
July 26, 2011

Woman arrested for reportedly tapping into Lynnwood ATM


The woman attached a device, known as a skimmer, to a Lynnwood ATM to steal account information, police say.



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July 26, 2011

Berks couple charged with bilking even more elderly



BOYERTOWN — Already facing several felony theft charges tied to unauthorized credit card use in Montgomery County, a Reading couple stands accused of doing the same in Boyertown, after police discovered they allegedly stole an elderly woman's credit card and used it to go shopping. ...read full article
July 26, 2011

Canadian casinos, banks, police use facial-recognition technology



While the debate rages over how social media companies such as Facebook should use facial detection and recognition tools, the technology has quietly crept into institutional life across Canada, for functions ranging from gambling control to bank fraud and police investigations. ...read full article
July 26, 2011

Cyber criminals exploit tragic stories



CYBER-CRIMINALS are exploiting tragedies like the attacks in Norway and the death of Amy Winehouse to infect computers and spread spam. ...read full article
July 26, 2011

Hacking scandal starts to spread beyond News Corp



Trinity Mirror Group Plc – owner of the Daily Mirror, Daily Record and The People, is opening an internal investigation into ethics and editorial procedures. ...read full article
July 26, 2011

Phishers go after your Google AdWords account



Cybercrooks have launched a "Google AdWords" phishing campaign in an attempt to trick marks into handing over sensitive login credentials to a bogus, newly registered, website. ...read full article
July 26, 2011

Hackers Steal Data From Austria TV Fee Collector



The Austrian authority that collects state television fees from customers says hackers have stolen 214,000 data files from its server, including 96,000 containing sensitive bank account information. ...read full article
July 25, 2011

Chicago Man Missing for 32 Years Found in Las Vegas



Arthur Gerald Jones, also known as Joseph Richard Sandelli, missing from his Chicago home for more than 32 years, turned up alive and well and in plain sight in Las Vegas on Friday. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports Jones, a Chicago commodities trader disappeared from his Chicago neighborhood in 1979. ...read full article
July 25, 2011

Identity theft plagues consumers



It might seem impossible to size up the damage inflicted on consumers by identity thieves and other fraudsters, but the Federal Trade Commission has been attempting to do just that for more than a decade. ...read full article
July 25, 2011

Caregiver charged with stealing from 101-year-old Greeley woman



A Greeley woman admitted using her 101-year-old patient’s credit card for thefts totaling more than $4,000, saying she used it to buy gas for her friends, clothing for herself and some illegal drugs. ...read full article
July 25, 2011

Malware is a Disease; Let's Treat it that Way



Analysis: Were these a human virus, the CDC would be subjecting it to observation and protocols, while someone was racing to invent vaccinations for the world to use. ...read full article
July 25, 2011

Ring of fraud



Saheli Mitra checks out the plethora of scam messages hitting the inboxes of mobile phone subscribers and tells you how to avoid being duped ...read full article
July 25, 2011

Old-fashioned scams find place in high-tech world



If you know the treachery you might confront, you’ll be a lot less likely to become a victim. ...read full article
July 25, 2011

Social Security number theft leads to 15-year headache



For more than 15 years, Clifton Goodenough had to repeatedly convince the Internal Revenue Service that he worked in a veteran’s hospital in Phoenix — not as a bookie in Las Vegas. ...read full article
July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse death video scams hit Facebook



As soon as the news that singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home hit the Internet, the usual reactions began flooding in. There were plenty of touching tributes, a handful of cruel jokes, and a wave of emotional tweets. And now there's the almost obligatory series of Facebook scams which seems to follow a well-publicized death. ...read full article
July 25, 2011

Careless Errors Put Consumers at Risk for Credit Fraud and Identity Theft



Many people assume that they are safe from credit fraud if they shred their old bank statements and credit card statements. What they may not realize is that the careless errors of others may put them at risk for credit fraud and identity theft. Companies and organizations have reported numerous data breaches resulting not from malicious hackers, but simple human error. ...read full article
July 25, 2011

IDENTITY THEFT THREAT TO MILLIONS



PLANS to move sensitive Government computer work offshore could leave millions of Britons open to fraud and identity theft. ...read full article
July 25, 2011

NYU hospital scans palms to track patients without IDs



Forgot your insurance card? Don't worry, your palm will do. ...read full article
July 22, 2011

Identity theft experts:"ATM Skimming" new crime in MT



MISSOULA - Experts say identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission for the last 11 years. ...read full article
July 22, 2011

Your picture, but not your Facebook profile



RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – It's a form of identity theft: someone using your picture, to create someone else's Facebook page. This scary situation could have devastating consequences and could happen to anyone. ...read full article
July 22, 2011

Sony insurer sues to deny data breach coverage



NEW YORK/TOKYO - One of Sony Corp's insurers has asked a court to declare that it does not have to pay to defend the media and electronics conglomerate from mounting legal claims related to a massive data breach earlier this year. ...read full article
July 22, 2011

Judiciary Committee Ok's Goodlatte Bills on Immigration, Identity Theft


Two bills introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte were passed by the Judiciary Committee today.



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July 22, 2011

China-Based Spies Said to Be Behind Hacking of IMF in Investigators’ View



Investigators probing the recent ransacking of International Monetary Fund computers have concluded the attack was carried out by cyber spies connected to China, according to two people close to the investigation. ...read full article
July 22, 2011

2 charged with credit card theft from Frederick Mennonite Home resident



UPPER FREDERICK — A Reading couple has been charged with allegedly stealing the credit card of an elderly Frederick Mennonite Home resident and making 69 unauthorized purchases in the amount of more than $9,000. ...read full article
July 22, 2011

6 people sentenced in Wax House mortgage fraud case


1 defendant gets 11 years, the longest sentence yet in Charlotte-area Operation Wax House investigation.



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July 22, 2011

Pfizer's Facebook page jacked by script kiddies



Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer's Facebook page has been defaced by mischief makers. ...read full article
July 22, 2011

Japanese judge jails serial malware author


VXer riddled P2P with 'squid-octopus' download zapper



...read full article
July 22, 2011

Phishers target frequent flyer schemes in Brazil


Phly-phishing phreebooters pillage air miles



...read full article
July 22, 2011

Stolen credit and debit details emailed across the world



MORE than 1500 credit and debit card details stolen in Britain were emailed to Australia to be placed on blank Crown and Coles Myer cards and used to fleece major banks, a court has heard. ...read full article
July 22, 2011

Hackers reveal personal data of Colombian police officials



Hackers announced Wednesday they had sent spam bombs to some 250 officials of Colombia's national Police and revealed personal data of employees of the National Police inviting the public to harass the officials. ...read full article
July 22, 2011

Sheriff’s detectives find major source of ATM/credit card fraud



The rampant hacking of credit cards and ATM accounts that has hit Amador County is partly the result of “malicious software” installed at a Martell business, according to investigators from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office. ...read full article
July 21, 2011

Hackers claim to breach NATO security


Group posted PDF file on its Twitter page showing what appeared to be a document headed 'NATO Restricted'



...read full article
July 21, 2011

Hacking scandal exposes UK's sleazy private eye underworld


In some cases line between private investigation, organized crime nonexistent, police say



...read full article
July 21, 2011

Phone-hacking probe appears to expand beyond Murdoch papers



London (CNN) -- A British police investigation into illegal phone hacking by journalists appears to have expanded beyond Rupert Murdoch's disgraced News of the World tabloid to many other newspapers. ...read full article
July 21, 2011

Google notifies users of malware infections



NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Google said Wednesday that it has begun to display a malware warning in its search results to a group of users with infected computers. ...read full article
July 21, 2011

DELAWARE: Missing mother found, charged



DOVER — A woman who went missing with her four children has been found and charged with identity theft, the Delaware State Police said today. ...read full article
July 21, 2011

Milton police charge man with identity theft



MILTON — A Seaford man has been charged with identity theft after police linked him to alleged Walmart purchases using a stolen credit card, police said. ...read full article
July 21, 2011

Texas Credit Card Fraud and Theft Crimes Increase Due to New Technology; Houston Defense Lawyer Analyzes Texas Criminal Penalties



Identity theft has steadily increased over recent years due in large part to radio frequency identification, also known as RFID. This new technology gives thieves access to credit card information through devices that can be purchased online. ...read full article
July 21, 2011

Waterloo cross-dresser held for bouncing checks



Waterloo, Ia. — Authorities have arrested a Waterloo man who they say dressed as a woman to carry out his scheme to pass checks that later bounced. ...read full article
July 21, 2011

Former Georgia credit union worker indicted



MACON, Ga. (AP) - A former Robins Federal Credit Union employee has been indicted on charges that she stole identities to apply for loans and credit cards. ...read full article
July 21, 2011

Grand jury indicts Pipkin


Long-time banker indicted for identity theft, stealing



...read full article
July 21, 2011

House panel approves data breach notification bill



A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee has voted to approve a bill that would require companies to notify affected customers about data breaches and would require businesses holding personal information to establish data security programs ...read full article
July 21, 2011

Local lawyer charged with identity theft



WILTON -- A lawyer from Wilton was charged with three felonies last week in connection with identity theft, police records show. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

'Anonymous' arrests tied to PayPal DDoS attacks, FBI says


Fourteen arrested for PayPal attacks, two others for 'related' cybercrimes



Computerworld - The FBI said this afternoon that it had arrested a total of fourteen individuals thought to belong to the Anonymous hacking group for their alleged participation in a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) against PayPal last year. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Indictment Names Reddit Luminary In Theft of Data from MIT



A 24 year-old entrepreneur and star programmer has been indicted by the federal authorities in Boston following and accused of hacking into the network of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and making off with millions of pages of copyrighted documents. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

STUDENTS EXPOSED in university IT blunder



The Information Commissioner's Office has reprimanded the University of York for stuffing up its IT systems so that student records were accessible to anyone. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

NBA star Wade goes after alleged Texas hackers



IDG News Service - His Miami Heat team lost the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks last month and now Dwyane Wade is headed back to a Texas court, but not to play basketball. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Malicious PDF Attack Baiting Defense Industry Victims



Defense industry PDFThere has been a spate of spear-phishing attacks against a number of high-profile targets in the last few months, including RSA and others, and that trend is continuing unabated. Researchers have come across a fresh attack using the familiar malicious PDF attachment that appears to be targeting users in the defense industry. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Missing Harrington woman wanted for identity theft



HARRINGTON — The Harrington Police Department are searching for a 40-year-old woman, who is also wanted for alleged identity theft, state police said. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Jailed Biddeford man faces federal cyber-stalk charges



PORTLAND — A Biddeford man who is serving a 22-month jail sentence for violating a protection-from-abuse order faces as much as five years in federal prison on new charges of stalking and stealing the identity of his ex-girlfriend. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Scam bilks $2,200 from job-seeker, BBB says



The Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana is warning that scammers are lying in wait for people looking for jobs. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

UK premier accused of 'catastrophic error' amid phone-hacking scandal



LONDON — The leader of the U.K.'s opposition party accused prime minister David Cameron of a "deliberate attempt to hide from the facts" about an aide arrested over phone-hacking in a stormy debate in the parliament Wednesday. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Identity theft may have been Israelis' goal - analyst



New Zealand passports are "extremely valuable" and it is most likely four Israelis in Christchurch at the time of the February 22 quake were on an identity-theft mission, a political risk consultant says. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Bill Aims to Limit Identity Theft Using Medicare Cards



Proposed legislation in Congress seeks to reduce identity theft by eliminating distribution of Social Security numbers. Not on the computer, but on a small piece of paper carried by millions of people: the Medicare card. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Once-Celebrated Recklessness Leads to Dykstra’s Financial Fall



LOS ANGELES — Before promoting a single stock or venturing into the perilous world of magazine publishing, Lenny Dykstra lived the good life, essentially risk-free. He signed autographs, shook hands and banked the profits from his car-wash business. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Taking Action Investigation: A Stolen Life - The Tamara Greenhill Story



The recent arrest of Ana Maria Anastacio, 24, has brought closure for one Franklin County woman. Anastacio was recently arrested in Champaign, Illinois on federal charges linking her to the identity theft of 34-year-old Tamara Greenhill. FBI agents say Anastacio was in the country illegally. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Authorities look for missing Del. woman, 4 kids



HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities are looking for a Harrington woman and 4 of her children who have been missing since early July after Division of Family Services officials went to take custody of her kids. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Russia Amends Federal Data Protection Law; Privacy Enforcement on the Rise



Last week, the upper house of Russia's federal legislature approved amendments to the country's federal data protection law. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Yet Another Bank Sued By A Small Business For Fraudulent Hacker Transfers



A new court case brought to bear against Professional Business Bank by Village View Escrow Inc. continued the battle waged over who's to blame for hacking attacks that leave small business accounts drained following online password theft. ...read full article
July 20, 2011

Taliban Denies Reports That Leader Mullah Omar Is Dead



KABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban in Afghanistan insisted Wednesday that their leader Mullah Mohammed Omar was alive, saying a text message and Internet posting announcing his death were fake. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

Anonymous Hacks Murdoch's Sun Web Site



Ever attuned to the headlines, the hacker collective Anonymous have inserted themselves into the ongoing scandal over hacking by Rupert Murdoch's News of the World Tabloid, hacking the Web site of The Sun, another Murdoch publication, and redirecting traffic to that paper's home page to a phony story announcing the media mogul's death. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

Report: FBI raids homes of alleged Anonymous members



The Federal Bureau of Investigation this morning searched three homes of reported Anonymous members, Fox News is reporting. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

Gillibrand pushes bill to remove Social Security numbers from medicare cards



WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday pushed legislation to remove social security numbers from Medicare cards. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

Federal agents arrest woman in identity theft



A Buffalo woman who allegedly used information from prospective tenants to steal their identities and open online bank accounts was arrested by federal agents from the U. S. Secret Service, U. S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Monday. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

Meet the ‘Keyzer Soze’ of Global Phone-Tracking



Chances are you’ve never heard of TruePosition. If you’re an AT&T or T-Mobile customer, though, TruePosition may have heard of you. When you’re in danger, the company can tell the cops where you are, all without you knowing. And now, it’s starting to let governments around the world in on the search. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

Docs filed with FEMA turn up in Mich. storage unit



TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Two men say the contents of an abandoned self-storage unit they bought in northern Michigan included claims filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Texas following 2005's Hurricane Rita, a laptop registered to FEMA and car loan applications. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

New York woman charged with identity theft in Braintree



BRAINTREE — A New York woman was charged with using another person’s identity in an attempt to buy more than $1,000 in merchandise, police said. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

Woman on probation for stealing from elderly client arrested again



LONGMONT -- A 36-year-old woman on felony probation for stealing from an at-risk adult for whom she worked as a caretaker has been arrested again on suspicion of felony theft and identity theft from another of her charges. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

Dumpster Diving To Prevent Identity Theft



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, especially if that man is looking to steal personal information. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

New Credit Report Legislation Under Fire



The national trade group that represents credit reporting agencies is taking its fight against a 2010 New Mexico law to a federal appeals court, claiming the legislation will let consumers load their credit reports with inaccurate information. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

UK operators say voicemail weaknesses fixed



As the phone hacking saga continues to grip the U.K., mobile operators contend that spying on someone's voicemail messages wouldn't be possible today as several weaknesses in the systems have been eliminated. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

Hospital Patients Warned Of Potential Data Breach



Israel Deaconess Medical Center that stored medical record numbers and personal medical information of more than 2,000 patients may have been compromised. ...read full article
July 19, 2011

Popstar hackers snaffle Lady GaGa fans' email addresses



Hackers claim to have broken into the UK fansite of Lady GaGa before extracting the names and email addresses of thousands of her fans. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

Massive botnet 'indestructible,' say researchers



Computerworld - A new and improved botnet that has infected 4.5 million Windows PCs is "practically indestructible," security researchers say. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

Hotmail puts a block on flimsy passwords



Hotmail is banning passwords such as "password", "123456", "ilovecats", and "gogiants", in an attempt to make it harder for spammers to hijack users' e-mail accounts. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

More Allegations Link Murdoch's Media Empire to "Ethical Hackers"



The 'drip drip drip' of reports that link Rupert Murdoch's media empire to incidents of malicious computer programs continues this week, with news of an investigation into News of the World's the use of so-called "ethical hackers" to obtain information from computers owned by targeted individuals. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

US, Romanian authorities target Internet fraud scheme



IDG News Service - Romanian law enforcement officials on Thursday executed 117 searches targeting more than 100 people in an ongoing effort with the U.S. Department of Justice to break up a large Internet auction fraud scheme, the DOJ said. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

After vows, Michigan bride arrested on felony warrant



Jackson — Police say a Michigan bride — still in her wedding dress — was arrested on a felony warrant and briefly jailed after exchanging vows at a Jackson-area church. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

Paternity and drug test details leak online in privacy breach



Update 2:45pm: Medvet says it has now removed all private order information from Google's cached search results. Medvet has clarified that it first became aware of the issue on Friday, not in April as some reports have claimed. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

Wi-Fi hijackers cause download of trouble



THOUSANDS of Sydney households are placing their personal information at risk and inadvertently protecting fraudsters and users of child pornography by not securing their home Wi-Fi networks, a Fairfax investigation has shown. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

New app raises identity theft concerns



NEW YORK - Starbucks has a new iPhone app that has some experts worried about identity theft. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

Coralville man accused of identity theft


Credit cards and loans were applied for online



...read full article
July 18, 2011

Landlords urged to protect themselves from fraud



Landlord Assist is urging landlords to check that their properties are correctly registered with the Land Registry to help protect them from registration fraud and identity theft. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

Three accused in loan-fraud conspiracy face arraignment



LOS ANGELES - Two brothers and a third defendant are due in court today on charges they conned lenders out of more than $5 million by pledging properties they did not own and fabricating paperwork to support their claims. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

Phishers now invading mobile phones



As technologies in cell phones advance day after day, phishers are also seeking various means to exploit vulnerable cell phone users, according to Internet security firm Symantec. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

Ameren warns of increase in scam activity



After scammers hit customers, Ameren Illinois issues a warning: Don’t give out personal information over the phone or to someone at your doorstep. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

Woman arrested for crimes that occurred all over



A Prairieville woman was booked into a Mississippi jail after she was arrested for committing burglaries and thefts in various Louisiana and Mississippi communities, including several car burglaries in St. Tammany Parish. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

Whittier woman accused of defrauding seniors in real estate scam



WHITTIER - A Whittier woman allegedly stole money from five seniors between 2006 and 2009 using her contacts and her knowledge of real estate. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

Tosh admits customer accounts pillaged



Toshiba says that unidentified hackers have stolen customer records belonging to 7,500 of its customers. ...read full article
July 18, 2011

'Unfortunate situation' at Kitchen Place auction


Credit card numbers, personal information found in items sold at auction



...read full article
July 18, 2011

New ACH Fraud Suit Filed



A March 2010 incident of corporate account takeover has led to yet another legal dispute between a commercial customer and its former bank. ...read full article
July 14, 2011

In Kindergarten and in Debt: The Problem of Child Identity Theft



Those of us in the criminal justice community know technology can be a double-edged sword. Even as technological advances create new ways to tackle familiar problems in our communities, they also create new opportunities for crime – increasing our concern for privacy and data security. This is clearly the case with child identity theft – where, more frequently, criminals are using children’s identities to fraudulently take out loans, apply for employment, and open credit card accounts. ...read full article
July 14, 2011

Sega forums still closed a month after mystery hack



Sega's forum remains offline almost a month after its forums and other sites were hit by hacktivists. ...read full article
July 14, 2011

New Report Finds U.S. Hosting Providers Infested With Malware, Botnets



The United States used to be the leading industrial nation in the world, producing the best cars, TVs, clothes and deep-fried Twinkies. Those days are gone, but the U.S. can still claim primacy in one important area: the most malware-infested, phishing-friendly hosting provider. ...read full article
July 14, 2011

Monsanto confirms Anonymous hacking attack



Agricultural biotech giant Monsanto confirmed today that it had been victimized by a hacking attack that the online activist collective Anonymous had announced on Tuesday. ...read full article
July 14, 2011

New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty to Computer Intrusion into Former Employer’s Computer Systems



WASHINGTON - Lawrence R. Marino, a 41-year-old from Goffstown, N.H., pleaded guilty today in federal court to computer intrusion, stemming from his repeated hacks into his former employer’s computer systems, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gunnison for the District of New Hampshire. ...read full article
July 14, 2011

Police tapping iPhone for facial recognition



Some law-enforcement agencies are preparing to deploy a mobile facial-recognition tool, The Wall Street Journal reported today. ...read full article
July 14, 2011

Ala. woman pleads guilty to federal fraud charges



GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - Federal officials say an Etowah County woman has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft charges in a scheme through which she stole more than $900,000 from her former employer. ...read full article
July 13, 2011

Booz Allen confirms its systems were hacked



IDG News Service - Booz Allen Hamilton on Tuesday confirmed that its network was hacked but suggested the break-in was more limited than attackers have described. ...read full article
July 13, 2011

Zeus Banking Trojan Comes to Android Phones



The Zeus banking Trojan has jumped the bridge to the large and growing ecosystem of mobile devices powered by Google's Android operating system, according to security researchers at Fortinet. ...read full article
July 13, 2011

Most SMBs fail to educate staff on security and social networking risks



A quarter of small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) have educated their staff about the risks posed by social networking sites and best practice in avoiding malware. ...read full article
July 13, 2011

New hacktivism group appears, but is met with criticism following its tactics of impacting innocent users



A new online organisation naming itself LulzStorm appeared this week, with its first action to upload a torrent containing the personal information of thousands of Italian university students. ...read full article
July 13, 2011

DHS warns of malware on imported electronic devices



The Homeland Security Department says there is a constant threat of malware on imported electronic devices sold in the U.S, Information Week reports. ...read full article
July 13, 2011

NW Woman Editor Charged With Identity Theft, Cyberstalking



SPOKANE, Wash. -- The editor of Northwest Woman Magazine, published in Spokane, is wrapped up in an identity theft case. The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office is charging Charity Doyl with identity theft, theft and cyberstalking. ...read full article
July 13, 2011

Fake Doctor Pleads to Fraud and Identity Theft Related to Eldercare



According to federal prosecutors, Patrick Lynch, 54, of Toms River, New Jersey, established Visiting Doctors of New Jersey in order to provide medical care for elderly home-bound patients in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. ...read full article
July 13, 2011

NH woman sentenced on ID theft again



HAMPTON, N.H.—A New Hampshire woman who served time for using her nanny's identity to run up $61,000 in charges has been found guilty of committing identity theft again while on federal probation for the previous conviction. ...read full article
July 12, 2011

Hacker Group Says It Stole U.S. Military Email Addresses, Passwords



MCLEAN, Va. – The AntiSec online hacking movement said Monday it had broken into a server run by a U.S. military contractor and pilfered 90,000 military email addresses and passwords, the latest in a string of attacks on corporate and government targets. ...read full article
July 12, 2011

Gordon Brown Says Newspaper Hired ‘Known Criminals’



LONDON — Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown brought new and alarming charges on Tuesday to the broadening scandal enveloping Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in Britain, accusing one of the most prestigious newspapers in the group of employing “known criminals” to gather personal information on his bank account, legal files and tax affairs. ...read full article
July 12, 2011

Grandmother likely victim of identity theft



A jobless 71-year-old woman in Phetchaburi province was more than surprised recently to receive a notice from the Revenue Department ordering her to pay Bt1.7 million tax or face legal action. ...read full article
July 12, 2011

Man sentenced to fed prison in identity-theft case



EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A St. Louis man has been ordered to serve four years and nine months in federal prison for an identity-theft operation authorities say was helped by a worker at a southwestern Illinois restaurant. ...read full article
July 12, 2011

Former Hilltown man sentenced to 12 years in prostitution, identity theft case



Roger Sedlak, 47, formerly of Hilltown, was sentenced July 7 to more than 12 years in jail and a $5,000 fine, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said. ...read full article
July 12, 2011

Ex-SMU student pleads sentenced for passport fraud



DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has given a 22-month prison sentence to a Dallas man who was an international fugitive for nearly a decade before British officials returned him to face charges. ...read full article
July 12, 2011

Nurse Accused Of Illegally Accessing Thousands Of Medical Records



A nurse who worked for Memorial Hospital is accused of accessing 2,500 medical records for personal use. Investigators say Lori Niell was accessing these records without a medical, billing, or operational reason. ...read full article
July 12, 2011

UK court dishes out 13 years' porridge to e-fraudsters



Three fraudsters have been jailed for a combined total of 13 years and six months over their involvement in a sophisticated phishing fraud against UK and international banks. ...read full article
July 12, 2011

'Being cyber-stalked is as bad as being raped, or in a war'



A new survey into the phenomenon of cyber-stalking has made the remarkable claim that many victims of online or other electronic harassment suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in very much the same way as soldiers who have been in combat or people who have been raped. ...read full article
July 12, 2011

German police hacked, suspect tracking data stolen


Usernames, passwords, and coordinates stolen in data haul.



...read full article
July 12, 2011

Lumberton ISD employee's laptop computer stolen



A stolen laptop in Hardin County is causing some concern. ...read full article
July 12, 2011

LCC Customers At Risk After Security Breach


Possible security breach affects participants and family members who were on LCC's dental and vision plan.



...read full article
July 12, 2011

Man gets five years in Alton ID theft case



EAST ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis man has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for his role in a credit card skimming and ID theft scam at an Alton restaurant. ...read full article
July 11, 2011

Zabasearch.com Warns Taxpayers of Bogus IRS Email Scam



Zabasearch.com, a leading online provider of public records and people search services, urges taxpayers to be aware of a new email scheme, where imposters are sending official looking emails claiming to be from the IRS. ...read full article
July 11, 2011

Kenya: Are You Exposed to Phone Hacking?



Nairobi — The world is awash with the news of one of the world's most popular tabloids in Britain shutting down in the wake of a privacy violation scandal. ...read full article
July 11, 2011

Identity Theft Suspect Caught



A woman who is accused of identity theft according to authorities is now behind bars. ...read full article
July 11, 2011

Denison man charged with identity theft, forgery



HARLAN -- A 25-year-old Denison man faces felony identity theft and forgery charges in Shelby County District Court. ...read full article
July 11, 2011

Identity Theft Victim Fights Back



It’s called the “invisible crime.” But an Omaha woman sued the person who stole her identity to open credit cards. ...read full article
July 11, 2011

MS security centre search poisoned with infectious smut



Microsoft has disabled the search results on its Security Centre after malware-spreaders abused the function to promote shady pornographic websites serving Trojans as well as cheap thrills. ...read full article
July 11, 2011

2 held over Baidu personal info leak



SHANGHAI police said yesterday that two suspects have been caught for allegedly revealing online the personal information of more than 1,700 local apartment owners in a residential complex in the Pudong New Area. ...read full article
July 11, 2011

BBB advises consumers on handling debt collectors



Consumers who owe money or are behind on their bills may be legitimately contacted by debt collectors to pay off debts. The BBB warns consumers, however, that phony debt collectors are lurking and even some legitimate debt collectors have been known to employ abusive and illegal tactics. ...read full article
July 11, 2011

Woman arrested for unemployment fraud



GOWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Troopers arrested 44yr old Tammy Williams of Jamestown St in Gowanda after a month long investigation ...read full article
July 11, 2011

Kiplinger Confirms Hacking of its Networks in June



Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc. has confirmed that its computer networks were hacked last month by the hackers, reported Bloomberg. Kiplinger, which publishes Kiplinger Personal Finance, has cautioned its customers about the possible stealing of their account data by the hackers. ...read full article
July 8, 2011

Former Cameron aide arrested in phone hacking scandal



London (CNN) -- Andy Coulson, the prime minister's former press secretary, was arrested Friday in connection with allegations of phone hacking and corruption in a case that promises to be a growing political liability for David Cameron. ...read full article
July 8, 2011

UCLA Medical Center agrees to settle HIPAA violation charges for $865K



Computerworld - After years of being accused of doing little to enforce Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's security and privacy rules, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appears to be finally getting serious about cracking down on offenders. ...read full article
July 8, 2011

Washington Post Hacked, 1.27M IDs and E-mail Addresses Stolen



Over a million user IDs and e-mail addresses of job applicants were taken from the Washington Post’s Web site after being hacked late last week, according to a statement posted on the Post's Web site. ...read full article
July 8, 2011

Feds cuff programmer in alleged trading-ware theft



Chunlai Yang, a 49-year old Chinese-born American, has been charged with stealing proprietary software code. ...read full article
July 8, 2011

Arpaio's office to pay $200,000 in profiling case



The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will pay $200,000 to settle a claim brought by two Hispanic men who accused sheriff's deputies of racial profiling. ...read full article
July 8, 2011

AT&T-iPad hacker indicted, report says



A man accused of hacking into AT&T's servers and stealing the personal information of more than 120,000 iPad customers was reportedly indicted today. ...read full article
July 8, 2011

Defendant to appear in court on charges of defrauding Richmond City



The last of three defendants in a bank fraud scheme involving checks stolen from Richmond City Hall is due in federal court. ...read full article
July 8, 2011

Identity theft leaves AF man searching for answers



When Don Molenda received an inheritance in early 2010 he did what he thought was smart and took it right to the bank. He placed all the money into a secure savings account, was told he'd get a statement quarterly, and he walked away. ...read full article
July 8, 2011

Ga. student pleads guilty to identity theft



A Georgia college student, identified by authorities as the mastermind of a multistate identity theft operation, on Thursday admitted guilt to a federal judge. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Hewlett Packard’s Laptop Lock Takes Only Seconds To Crack



If you leave your notebook computer in an unsecured environment such as a coffee shop, conference center, library, or even your work area at the office, then you may need to protect it and keep it from being easily stolen or removed. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Mailbox break-ins prompt fears of identity theft



FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Fresno neighborhood is concerned about identity theft after thieves broke into several mail boxes over the holiday weekend, potentially exposing personal information belonging to dozens of residents. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Savings Group Reports Possible Identity Theft



A group that oversees College Savings Iowa says a worker stole some very personal information. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Rash of local ID thefts reported



HUNTSVILLE — A rash of reports of identity theft in Huntsville has prompted local authorities to call in the FBI and Secret Service to help track down the thieves. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Ind. AG: WellPoint to pay $100K over data breach



Indianapolis (AP) -- Health insurer WellPoint Inc. will pay $100,000 fine and take other steps after admitting it waited months to notify 32,000 Indiana customers that their Social Security numbers, health records and other personal information might have been exposed online, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Tuesday. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Man charged with using Idaho man's identity for employment in Johnson City



Johnson City police arrested an East Watauga Avenue resident Tuesday on a charge that he used an Idaho man's identity to obtain employment and falsify tax returns. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Social Security No-Match Letters: They’re Back



Time to get ready, once again, to deal with no-match letters. Back in 2007, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) threatened to team up with the Social Security Administration (SSA) in an effort to resolve information on wage reports submitted by employers that didn’t match: The employee’s name was wrong, or it didn’t show that same Social Security number that SSA had on file. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Personal data stolen from hospital



Troy Regional Medical Center is notifying 880 of its former patients that some of their personal information was illegally accessed and removed from the hospital’s records earlier this year. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Skimming Devices On Houston ATM Machines Prompt 4 Arrests



HOUSTON -- Federal fraud charges have been lodged against four Houston men accused of attaching skimming devices to ATM machines all over town, Local 2 Investigates reported Tuesday. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Online Only: Experts, Security Firms Find Gaps in New FFIEC Guidelines



Security experts from credit unions, research firms and technology providers have been quick to point out the shortcomings of the new Internet banking security guidelines issued on June 28 by the Federal Financial Institutions Examinations Council. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Twitter hacker flings poo at PayPal



An angry user hacked into PayPal UK's Twitter account on Tuesday night and changed the e-commerce company's avatar photo to a heap of steaming crap. ...read full article
July 6, 2011

Connexion Email Account Dump Includes Military and Government Accounts



16,959 e-mail accounts have been dumped to MediaFire recently, ZeroPaid has learned. The 1.18MB text file was uploaded by Connexion Hack Team. The file contains government and military e-mail accounts and passwords. ZeroPaid has also learned that many popular e-mail providers are also seen in the list of accounts compromised. ...read full article
July 5, 2011

Mass. data breaches strike 5 million



Reports of computer data breaches in Massachusetts are as common as ants at a picnic. Nearly every day a company notifies the state that it lost sensitive personal data, often through a mishap by an employee or, worse, a malicious attack by a hacker. ...read full article
July 5, 2011

Hotel manager in court for passport fraud



A SOUTH African hotel manager who fraudulently applied for a British passport was entitled to one anyway ...read full article
July 5, 2011

Master conman with 128 IDENTITIES fleeced banks out of £650,000



A master conman thought to be one of Britain's most prolific identity fraudsters is facing jail after admitting an eight-year scam which netted him at least £650,000. ...read full article
July 5, 2011

3 Philly-area men charged with using stolen ID to get loan



LOWER POTTSGROVE — Three men were recently arrested for allegedly conspiring to steal the identity of a New Jersey man to fraudulently obtain a $9,500 loan from a Montgomery County credit union. ...read full article
July 5, 2011

Notorious Bulgarian Crime Boss Sentenced in Las Vegas



Dimitar Dimitrov, the reputed leader of a Bulgarian organized crime ring in Las Vegas has pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from bank ATMs around the valley. ...read full article
July 5, 2011

New credit cards vulnerable to electronic pickpockets



Contactless credit cards have radio frequency chips that let you make a purchase just by waving your card at a terminal. They may be more convenient, but the cards can also give electronic pickpockets easy access to your credit card information. ...read full article
July 5, 2011

NotW accused of hacking Milly Dowler's voicemail



Pressure on the News of the World over phone-hacking allegations intensified still further on Tuesday after allegations surfaced that journalists at the paper intercepted the voicemail messages of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. ...read full article
July 5, 2011

Clark College issues alert after potential security breach



VANCOUVER, Wash. - An alert has been issued because of a potential database security breach at Clark College in Vancouver. ...read full article
July 5, 2011

Hackers hit NSG website



NEW DELHI: In a major security breach, the website of the National Security Guards (NSG) was hacked on Friday by anonymous programmers. ...read full article
July 1, 2011

Cyberattackers grab more info on Arizona agency employees



(CNN) -- A second hacking attack has yielded personal information belonging to nearly a dozen of its employees, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Wednesday. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Arrests made in China over Alibaba fraud case



IDG News Service - Chinese police have arrested 36 suspects for allegedly operating scams that netted $6.6 million from customers from customers of e-commerce platform Alibaba.com and other sites. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Home of Outed Alleged LulzSec Member Raided in Ohio



News reports say the FBI has raided a home in Hamilton, Ohio as part of an investigation of LulzSec, the group responsible for a string of attacks on prominent targets in recent months. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Arizona state police confirm 2nd hack on officers' email



A new computer attack Wednesday on the Department of Public Safety hit only officers’ outside and personal emails and, unlike last week, not the agency’s own computers, DPS Capt. Steve Harrison said. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

West Carthage Woman is Facing Accusations of Identity Theft



A West Carthage woman is facing accusations of identity theft. State Police allege that nineteen year old Elizabeth Childrey used a stolen credit card at the Super Walmart in the Town of LeRay on June 13, forging the complainant's signature to obtain goods from the store. She was arraigned in Village of West Carthage Court and ordered held in the Jefferson County Jail on $1000 cash bail or $6000 bond. She will reappear July 1. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

C’ville charges South Elgin woman with identity theft



Identity theft: Maria G. Santoyo-Torres, 42, of Lakewood Court, South Elgin, was charged with felony identity theft. She is accused of using another woman’s name and Social Security number to obtain employment from 2009 though Tuesday, earning in excess of $10,000. The victim had received an IRS notice demanding payment of $6,752 in back taxes, according to court records. Bail was set at $5,000 and she was given a July 5 court date. There also was an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold placed on Torres. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Dr. Bill Releford, Famed Surgeon Invited to White House, Indicted by FBI for Bank Fraud



Dr. Bill James Releford Jr, the foot surgeon who attained international fame through his practice and the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program and was invited to the White House, has been indicted by the FBI for his alleged involvement in a mass identity-theft ring and defrauding banks of millions. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Philadelphia man convicted in identity theft that used bank data



A Philadelphia man has been convicted of running a multistate identity-theft ring that stole up to $3 million, in part by persuading female financial-services employees to slip him customer-account information. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Husband and wife team sentenced to prison for identity theft and fraud charges



TUCSON - A husband and wife were sentenced to prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft, access device fraud, bank fraud, and mail theft. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

IRS warns of email scams that seek info



The IRS is warning taxpayers of an email scam seeking personal information, which could lead to identity theft. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Worm hits popular Chinese Twitter-like service



IDG News Service - A popular Twitter-like service in China with 140 million users was hit by a worm earlier this week that resembles past attacks that infected Twitter and MySpace, according to a security analyst. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Mosman Municipal Council hacked by Anonymous?


IT manager says hacktivist group may be behind SQL injection attack



Sydney's Mosman Municipal Council website has suffered a security breach that made the details of nine council staff available for download. However, according to a statement on the Council's website no ratepayer information from the internal systems had been accessed. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Fake IRS Spam Campaign Pushing Zeus Bot



There is a large scale spam campaign underway right now in which attackers are using fairly well-crafted emails that appear to come from the IRS to infect victims with the Zeus bot. The attack has been ongoing for a couple of weeks now, and researchers say that although the attackers have taken some precautions to prevent analysis of the sites and malware being used, they also made some key mistakes. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Man charged with using identity theft to steal from Sam's Clubs across the country



DETROIT (WXYZ) - Terrell Dwayne Mason appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit Wednesday, charged with unlawful transfer of identification documents. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

$10,000 reward offered in Monterey Park mailbox theft



MONTEREY PARK - Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to those responsible for the theft of a mail collection box late Tuesday from the Monterey Park Post Office. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Husband and wife team sentenced to prison for identity theft and fraud charges



TUCSON - A husband and wife were sentenced to prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft, access device fraud, bank fraud, and mail theft. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Alabama postal worker indicted for mail theft



A federal grand jury today indicted a U.S. Postal employee for mail violations, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Christopher Nugent, assistant special agent in charge, U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Medical Identity Thief Dies in Hospital and His Family Sues



When a person obtains healthcare under the medical identity of another person should he be allowed to sue for malpractice? ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Man charged with using stolen credit card to purchase cigarettes at local businesses



A Hialeah man is facing theft and fraud charges after deputies say he was using a woman’s credit card to purchase thousands of dollars of cigarettes to ship and sell in New York. ...read full article
June 30, 2011

Justice Department Sues to Stop Orange County, California, Man from Selling Billions in Fake Tax Credits



WASHINGTON – The United States has sued an Orange County, Calif., man to stop him from selling bogus tax credits, the Justice Department announced today. According to the civil injunction complaint filed in a Los Angeles federal court, Lamar Ellis of Brea, Calif., fraudulently claims to have billions of dollars in federal research tax credits that the government supposedly granted him for purported scientific breakthroughs. The complaint states that Ellis claims to be a retired medical doctor, researcher and inventor. ...read full article
June 29, 2011

Can ID theft victims sue imposters for damages? Not yet, it seems



OMAHA, Neb. — On the fourth floor of Douglas County Courthouse, Jaimee Napp opened a new front in the war on identity theft. She did something every ID theft victim has probably dreamed of doing: Napp sued her imposter in civil court for damages. ...read full article
June 29, 2011

Federal agency issues new security rules for financial institutions



Network World - The federal agency that regulates banks today issued new rules for online security for financial institutions, instructing them to use minimal types of "layered security" and fraud monitoring to better protect against cybercrime. ...read full article
June 29, 2011

Audit: Breaches in security in state offices that process tax returns



SPRINGFIELD — Auditor General William Holland Tuesday found breaches in security in state offices that process 3.4 million tax returns and uncovered questionable “irregularities” in the awarding of a controversial $2 billion lottery-management contract. ...read full article
June 29, 2011

Identity theft perpetrator used romance to get account information



A Philadelphia man was found guilty Tuesday of running an identity theft ring aimed at obtaining more than $1 million from local bank accounts ...read full article
June 29, 2011

KC man pleads guilty in hacking scheme at university



Jun 23, 2011 (The Kansas City Star - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A Kansas City man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in an elaborate scheme to hack computers at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. ...read full article
June 29, 2011

Hackers steal info on military, defense personnel


Email address, names snatched from DefenseNews make great fodder for spear phishing attacks, says expert



Computerworld - Email addresses and names of subscribers to DefenseNews, a highly-regarded website that covers national and international military and defense news, were accessed by hackers and presumed stolen, Gannett announced yesterday. ...read full article
June 29, 2011

Police: Red Hook woman arrested while claiming diamond ring



RED HOOK — A 33-year-old woman was arrested today after she attempted to claim jewelry belonging to an Ancram woman at the Red Hook Post Office, according to police. ...read full article
June 29, 2011

Alabaster woman indicted on hospital identity theft charges



An Alabaster woman was indicted by a federal grand jury June 28 on counts of identity theft, possessing stolen mail attempting to commit bank fraud, misusing someone else’s Social Security number and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
June 29, 2011

St. Louis man sentenced to prison for identity theft



ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis man who stole from Washington University and a law firm client's trust account was sentenced Tuesday in federal court here to 27 months in federal prison. ...read full article
June 29, 2011

Natchez, Mississippi, Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft and Fraud



WASHINGTON – Natchez, Miss., Police Department Officer Dewayne Johnson, 33, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit identity theft, credit card fraud and bank fraud by agreeing with his cousin to illegally use credit and debit cards stolen from an arrestee in Johnson’s custody, the Department of Justice announced today. ...read full article
June 28, 2011

L.A. man sentenced for phishing attacks on banks



IDG News Service - A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for managing a phishing operation in conjunction with Egyptian hackers that looted consumer bank accounts. ...read full article
June 28, 2011

What to do if your private information is made public!



(WUSA) -- Thirteen million Americans have had their personal records exposed this year alone. Cyber attacks have been all over the news. So, what can you do if your personal information is made public? ...read full article
June 28, 2011

Massive Phishing Attack in Progress on Tumblr



There is an ongoing phishing attack playing out right now on the Tumblr network and it already has succeeded in stealing the login credentials of several thousand users, according to researchers who have been following the activity. The attack relies on a fake login page and some promises of free adult content, which have proven to be more than enough incentive for thousands of victims to give up their usernames and passwords. ...read full article
June 28, 2011

LulzSec's parting Trojan is a false positive



IDG News Service - The LulzSec hacking group sailed off into the sunset Saturday, leaving behind a treasure trove of stolen data along with what some antivirus programs identified as a nasty surprise for anyone who downloaded the Torrent file: a Trojan horse program. ...read full article
June 28, 2011

Identity Theft Experts Warn Travelers of New, Untraceable Threat Occurring in Airports



ENGLEWOOD, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Airports are an ideal hunting ground for a new breed of tech-savvy thieves who target travelers for electronic pickpocketing, remotely skimming their credit card and passport information without physically touching them, according to recent media reports. ...read full article
June 28, 2011

School ‘fund-raiser’ sentenced for fraud



A Rhode Island man was sentenced yesterday to 4 1/2 years in prison for stealing more than $360,000 from Venerini Academy in Worcester by charging the school for fund-raising services he never performed. ...read full article
June 28, 2011

Woman files lawsuit against Fortuna couple over alleged Ponzi scheme



Martin Glenn Reeves pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of felony theft, identity theft and elder abuse in connection with an alleged Ponzi scheme run by his wife out of her mortgage office. ...read full article
June 28, 2011

Mastercard.com attacked; hacktivists claim credit



The website for Mastercard.com was down on Tuesday amid talk on the Internet that "hacktivists" had taken down the credit card processor's site in retaliation for blocking payments to WikiLeaks last September. ...read full article
June 27, 2011

Anonymous claims LulzSec members, steps up attacks



IDG News Service - The decision by computer hacking group LulzSec on Saturday to fold operations may be helping another online group, Anonymous, which stepped up attacks over the weekend. ...read full article
June 27, 2011

Head of Russian Payment Processor ChronoPay Arrested



Pavel Vrublevsky, the head of a prominent Russian payment-processing company, ChronoPay, was arrested in Russia on suspicion of hiring someone to launch a denial-of-service attack against one of his company's main competitors. The arrest is the latest in a series of high-profile actions against people and groups around the world suspected of being involved in the global cybercrime ecosystem. ...read full article
June 27, 2011

Citigroup hackers made $2.7 million



IDG News Service - Citigroup suffered about $2.7 million in losses after hackers found a way to steal credit card numbers from its website and post fraudulent charges. ...read full article
June 27, 2011

Identity theft usually the object of mail burglaries



When most burglaries happen, it doesn't take long for the victims to realize they have been violated. ...read full article
June 27, 2011

Potential St. Mary's lawsuit complicated by patient's identity theft


Family claims malpractice in death of a patient who lied about his name



Manquis Daniels died after heart surgery at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee. His family, understandably upset, threatened to sue the hospital. ...read full article
June 27, 2011

Travelodge still doesn't know who hacked it



Travelodge is still trying to find out who got into their customer database and snaffled names and email addresses. ...read full article
June 27, 2011

NATO site hacked



NATO is warning subscribers to its e-Bookshop service that hackers have likely stolen its customer database. ...read full article
June 27, 2011

Ryan Cleary, alleged hacker, has Asperger's, lawyer says



Ryan Cleary, the 19-year-old charged in the U.K. on five counts of computer hacking activity, has Asperger's syndrome, his lawyer told a judge at a hearing today. ...read full article
June 27, 2011

EA confirms customer data stolen



Electronic Arts has confirmed that one of its server systems was breached and customer information was stolen and said this week that it's continuing to investigate the intrusion. ...read full article
June 24, 2011

AT&T iPad hacker pleads guilty



IDG News Service - A 26-year-old man who last year helped hackers steal personal information belonging to about 120,000 iPad users pleaded guilty to fraud and hacking charges in a New Jersey court Thursday. ...read full article
June 24, 2011

Hacker group targets Arizona law enforcement



(CNN) -- The hacker group LulzSec has alarmed police in Arizona this week after releasing sensitive information about officers. ...read full article
June 24, 2011

Spam Increased From April to May, Nearly Identical to 2010 Levels



Spam numbers were up by 2.1% in May from the previous month, accounting for 82.9% of global email traffic according to SecureList’s May 2011 spam report. ...read full article
June 24, 2011

Canadian Staples in customer privacy hot water



Canadian Staples stores are failing to fully wipe customer data off returned laptops and storage devices before reselling them, thus violating Canada's privacy laws, the CBC News reports. ...read full article
June 24, 2011

London police charge alleged LulzSec hacker



London's Metropolitan Police announced today that it has charged Ryan Cleary with five counts of violating British law in regard to cyberattacks. ...read full article
June 24, 2011

Latvians arrested for Star Tribune virus-ad scam



Federal officials say they've broken a Latvian hacker organization that had used phony ads on websites, including the Star Tribune's, to distribute fraudulent software and steal credit card numbers. ...read full article
June 24, 2011

Gary woman gets 39 months for fraud, ID theft



HAMMOND | A Gary woman was sentenced to more than three years in prison for fraud and her role in a complex real estate scheme that spanned four states ...read full article
June 24, 2011

Plea deal rejected in ND identity theft case



GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A judge has rejected a plea deal for a Minnesota man in an identity theft case authorities say involved dozens of victims in North Dakota. ...read full article
June 24, 2011

Henning man charged with Identity Theft



Henning, MN (WDAY TV) - The U-S Justice Department has now charged a Henning, Minnesota man with identity theft. It's a story we first brought you Monday on WDAY. ...read full article
June 24, 2011

Denison man charged with identity theft, forger



HARLAN -- A 25-year-old Denison man faces felony identity theft and forgery charges in Shelby County District Court. ...read full article
June 24, 2011

Goldsboro woman charged with identity theft



GOLDSBORO, N.C. - A woman has been charged with identity theft. ...read full article
June 24, 2011

Avoid Identity Theft By Reading Identity Theft Stories


Valuable Information To Protect Consumers From Identity Theft



Chances are you have already been shocked at the stories of identity theft told by people who have fallen victim to this sort of criminal activity. Considering the way things are going nowadays, you may anticipate a lot more to read and see many more of such crimes being exposed. ...read full article
June 23, 2011

Department of Justice Disrupts International Cyber Crime Rings Distributing Scareware



WASHINGTON—Today the Department of Justice and the FBI, along with international law enforcement partners, announced the indictment of two individuals from Latvia and the seizure of more than 40 computers, servers and bank accounts as part of Operation Trident Tribunal, an ongoing, coordinated enforcement action targeting international cyber crime. The operation targeted international cyber crime rings that caused more than $74 million in total losses to more than one million computer users through the sale of fraudulent computer security software known as “scareware.” ...read full article
June 23, 2011

What’s with all these $#@& data breaches?


‘What you’re seeing now is hackers gone wild,’ says former federal prosecutor



...read full article
June 23, 2011

FBI targets two "scareware" rings


Computers, servers and bank accounts associated with the operations were seized



...read full article
June 23, 2011

HealthCare Partners warns patients of potential identity theft after Pasadena burglary



More than 15,700 patients may have had their medical records compromised after 19 computers were stolen from a Torrance-based health care provider. ...read full article
June 23, 2011

Ariz. ranks 2nd in identity theft occurrences



There is no question that identity theft is a problem in Arizona, but there are ways to keep private information out of public hands. ...read full article
June 23, 2011

Jacksonville man sentenced in federal court for identity theft of a dead baby



For 15 years Brock Lynnale Thompson had been living under the assumed identity of C.B., a dead 3-month-old baby from Jacksonville, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. ...read full article
June 23, 2011

Oregon Court of Appeals Limits Identity Theft Prosecution



A recent ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals limiting the type of evidence sufficient to convict someone of identity theft in Oregon has the potential to reduce identity theft prosecutions around the state, says JDL Attorneys. ...read full article
June 23, 2011

Police: Woman possibly linked to Russian crime syndicate stole $25,000 from Enfield man



ENFIELD — A New York City woman who may be linked to a Russian crime syndicate involved in online “phishing” scams has been charged with identity theft and larceny in connection with stealing almost $25,000 from a local man’s bank account, police said. ...read full article
June 23, 2011

FedEx shipping scam X'd out



A Manhattan man was ordered held without bail yesterday for allegedly using stolen FedEx shipping-account numbers from more than 20 companies to start his own "discount" shipping operation. ...read full article
June 23, 2011

Feds nab suspected online conman



The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice filed charges on Thursday against a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man accused of using a Trojan horse program to steal money from another man's brokerage account. ...read full article
June 23, 2011

Vt. Supreme Court to hear police e-privacy case



A Burlington Police investigation into alleged identity theft took prosecutors all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court. And the case is being watched across the country. ...read full article
June 23, 2011

Davidson Co. woman charged with TennCare fraud



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Davidson County woman has been charged with TennCare fraud for attempting to fill fraudulent prescriptions and use the state program to pay for the medication. ...read full article
June 23, 2011

KC man pleads guilty in hacking scheme at University of Central Missouri



A Kansas City man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to his role in an elaborate scheme to hack computers at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. ...read full article
June 23, 2011

OC woman charged with bilking students of $262,000



An Orange County woman has been charged with bilking students out of nearly a quarter of a million dollars in a college loan scheme. ...read full article
June 22, 2011

Despite arrest, Lulzsec sails on



IDG News Service - The hacking group known as LulzSec pledged to continue their online rampage Tuesday, a day after U.K. police arrested a man allegedly affiliated with the group. ...read full article
June 22, 2011

LulzSec attacks Brazilian government sites



Brasil.gov.br and Presidencia.gov.br, two sites belonging to the government of Brazil, were the latest victims of anti-security hacker group LulzSec on Tuesday. ...read full article
June 22, 2011

Hoax mom to plead guilty to fraud charges



?Bucks County’s infamous “Hoax mom” is expected to plead guilty next week instead of standing trial on charges she stole $700,000 from a Lower Southampton law firm and other people, according to a filing in federal court Wednesday. ...read full article
June 22, 2011

Lead prosecutor in Zahra Baker case charged with DWI at NC beach



CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Officials confirm the Chief Assistant District Attorney for District 25 -- who is a key figure in the Zahra Baker case -- was charged with a DWI Tuesday morning at a North Carolina beach. ...read full article
June 22, 2011

Northrop Grumman Constantly Under Attack By Cyber-Gangs



About a dozen separate legions of organized hackers have been diligently attempting for years to break into aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman to steal sensitive information, the company's chief information security officer (CISO) said at a Gartner security conference. ...read full article
June 22, 2011

Ponemon study: Cyber attacks more frequent, severe



Cyber attacks are becoming more frequent and severe, and the vast majority of businesses have suffered at least one data breach in the past year, a Ponemon Institute survey says. ...read full article
June 22, 2011

Hundreds report fraudulent bank withdrawals



Federal authorities investigating a major data breach at craft retailer Michaels are fast becoming aware of its impact on debit card holders in Oregon. ...read full article
June 22, 2011

Hack attack kills thousands of Aussie websites



Thousands of Australian websites have irretrievably lost their data and email files following a malicious security hack on Australian domain registrar and web host Distribute.IT. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

Dropbox left document storage accounts open for four hours



IDG News Service - Online storage service Dropbox accidentally turned off password authentication for its 25 million users for four hours on Monday -- although "much less than 1%" of those accounts were accessed during the period, the company said. It is still investigating whether any of those accounts were improperly accessed. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

LulzSec launches anti-government crusade, takes down U.K. police site


Attacks flourish because organizations haven't done security due diligence, says analyst



Computerworld - A day after a pair of hacker groups promised to step up their attacks against government Web sites, one of them claimed to have knocked the U.K.'s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) offline. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

Sega Says More Than One Million Affected By Sega Pass Breach



Sega has responded to the attack on its Sega Pass gaming network, saying that data belonging to more than a million of its customers was stolen. The attack on Sega, which came to light last week, is the latest in a string of such compromises of gaming and media companies. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

Couple charged in 'massive' NYC software project scam



IDG News Service - U.S. federal officials on Monday announced the indictments of a New Jersey couple for "a massive and elaborate scheme" to defraud New York in connection with the city's CityTime software project. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

UK Police Arrest Teen From Lulz Security for DDOS Attack



U.K. police arrested a 19-year-old on Monday for allegedly attacking a police website earlier in the day, in what is the first arrest connected with the rogue hacking group Lulz Security. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

Researchers: Amazon cloud users leave security holes



IDG News Service - Researchers in Germany have found abundant security problems within Amazon's cloud-computing services due to its customers either ignoring or forgetting published security tips. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

Web authentication authority suffers security breach


Counterfeit certificates sought for high-profile sites



Yet another web authentication authority has been attacked by hackers intent on minting counterfeit certificates that would allow them to spoof the authenticated pages of high-profile sites. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

Hacker wrists slapped for stealing Lady Gaga songs


Trojan attack nets racy Kesha photos



Two German hackers have been convicted of stealing unpublished songs from some of the most popular recording stars, including Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey and Justin Timberlake, and selling them for a tidy profit. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

Emissions testers suspected of identity theft



Two emissions testers have been taking more than pollution readings, Loveland police said today. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

Former Cablevision employee is charged with using Wyckoff bank account number to pay personal bills



WYCKOFF — A former Cablevision employee has been charged with using a Wyckoff Township bank account and routing number to pay personal bills, according to a report on NorthJersey.com. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

Palisades Park man pleads guilty to ID theft, wire fraud charges



A Palisades Park man pleaded guilty Monday to identity theft and wire fraud charges after he admitted to stealing nearly $700,000 in a series of fraudulent credit card transactions as a member of a large scale Bergen County-based identity theft ring, authorities said. ...read full article
June 21, 2011

Woman charged with ID theft



A woman who authorities said is in the country illegally is being returned to Alabama after her arrest on federal charges linking her to the identity theft of a Franklin County resident. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

I-Team: Child Identity Theft Surges



Children playing at the beach or on the local playground may seem a world away from high tech cybercrime. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

5 signs fraudsters have targeted you after a disaster



After a spring and summer of natural disasters, many homeowners are scrambling to find good contractors to make home repairs. But the increased demand is also likely to bring out con artists who only want to separate you from your home insurance claims money. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Man suspected of using fake identity to land flight attendant job



Federal and local authorities are investigating an apparent airline security breach after an American Eagle Airlines employee allegedly used another man's identity to get a job as a flight attendant. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Vermont Supreme Court to hear search case



When prosecutors argue before the state Supreme Court this week that Burlington police should be able to execute a search warrant with few restrictions, the American Civil Liberties Union will be among those arguing against it. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Stolen checks, debit card traced back to Oswego woman



OSWEGO — An Oswego woman is facing nine felony charges after reportedly using a stolen debit card and checks to make in excess of $3,000 of purchases in four municipalities across Oswego County. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Michigan City woman charged in mail theft case



Over 400 pieces of mail, addressed to more than 100 LaPorte, Porter, Elkhart, Marshall and Kosciusko counties residents and businesses were stolen from multiple, authorized mail receptacles sometime between June 2010 and January 2011. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Monroe Police charge four as identity thieves in three separate cases



Monroe - Monroe Village Police have charged four people in recent but unrelated cases as identity thieves. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Is Your IRS Data At Risk?



Identity theft is on the rise. Many of your most intimate financial secrets are housed with the IRS. These days you’re most likely dealing with the IRS primarily via electronic means. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Many small businesses lack basic information security practices



Many US small businesses do not regularly review information security processes, conduct security audits, or train employees on information security practices, according to a survey sponsored by document destruction services company Shred-it. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Al Franken pitches bill to protect smartphone users' location privacy



More than half of Americans are concerned about the location data smartphone carriers and apps collect about them, according to a Nielsen Study that showed 52 percent of men and 59 percent of women fret over location privacy. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Sega’s saggy security



The latest victim of a large scale attack is Sega Corp, which has admitted that security of its Sega Pass website database in Europe had been compromised. The personal information on all of its 1,290,755 registered users has been stolen. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Centaur website reveals guests' personal info



BANGALORE: The Centaur Hotels' website, centaurhotels.com, appears to have compromised personal information of its hotel guests, in what seems to be a case of poor internet security protocols implemented by the site. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Hackers steal data from NParks portal



HACKERS attacked the website of the National Parks Board (NParks) on Sunday and stole some data belonging to users. ...read full article
June 20, 2011

Canadian fugitive wanted on murder charges caught in Florida



(CNN) -- A Canadian fugitive is in police custody, nabbed 14 years after and more than 1,600 miles from where authorities say he gunned down a man in cold blood. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Fraud starts after LulzSec group releases email, passwords



IDG News Service - Debbie Crowell never ordered the iPhone, but thanks to a hacking group known as LulzSec, she spent a good part of her Thursday morning trying to get $712.00 in charges reversed after someone broke into her Amazon account and ordered it. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

8 years for ID thief who funded 'tummy tuck'



A woman accused of stealing the identity of a 94-year-old woman to finance a "tummy tuck" was sentenced to 8 years in prison today after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft at a Skokie courthouse. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Man charged with passing counterfeit checks, identity theft



CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 46-year-old Charleston man has been charged with passing counterfeit business checks, identity theft and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Identity Theft Suspect Uses Stolen Credit Card


Surveillance Pictures Show Woman At Area Wal-Mart



COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is asking for help to identify a woman wanted for identity theft. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Identity theft suspect wanted after purchasing 65" 3-D T.V.



(KMOV.com) -- St. Louis County police detectives are asking for the public's help to catch a suspected identity thief who, they say, used a victim's credit card to buy a large 3-D television. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Microsoft rings alarm bell on fake Windows support calls


Not a new scam, but Microsoft claims 22% of people polled have gotten calls from phony support technicians



Computerworld - Microsoft today warned that scammers have taken to the phone lines to dupe Windows users into putting malware on their machines or paying for worthless help. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

IRS identity theft keeps innocent taxpayers waiting months to receive their refund



CLEVELAND - The IRS said there's been a five fold increase in identity theft from 2008 to 2010. While the IRS said the breach is not happening at their offices, they are stuck finding a solution to this costly problem that leaves legitimate taxpayers waiting months for their refund check. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Raid nets 4 Texans in identity theft case



Four Texans are accused of identity theft and forgery after allegedly being caught with stolen credit cards and thousands of dollars' worth of fraudulently purchased gift cards, Polk County sheriff's officials announced Thursday. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Identity theft begins in the home



The quality of printing and design software available to the consumer is now so high that criminals are using the technology to start up their own document forging businesses, a parliamentary joint committee on Law Enforcement has heard. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Identity Theft Suspect Used Own Body For Medical Research


Earned $8,702 using someone else's name



An Omaha woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing someone else's identity to earn money by subjecting her body to medical research. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Japan to jail computer virus creators



JAPAN will punish people who create or wilfully spread computer viruses with fines and prison terms of up to three years under a new law. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Hacked logins used to buy condoms and hijack PayPal, Facebook accounts e



Australians are being advised by the government to change and vary their passwords after miscreants began using the logins of thousands of people leaked on to the web to break into Facebook and PayPal accounts. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

San Jose federal grand jury indicts alleged computer hacker



A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted an alleged computer hacker who is accused of trying to extort $1 million from a Redwood City-based online company by stealing its private data and threatening to release it publicly. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

PasteHTML.com Increasingly Abused by Phisherss



Security researchers warn that phishers are increasingly abusing the free PasteHTML.com service in order to create and host phishing pages. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Man wanted for mail theft arrested at Va. Beach courthouse



Dominique A. Hankins, 19, is accused of shooting out the window of the mail truck on March 31 and then grabbing the mail that was closest to the window. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Flat Rock mail carrier charged in prescription drug thefts



A Flat Rock postal carrier is facing federal mail theft charges after being accused of stealing Vicodin for years from people who received prescription drugs in the mail from the Veterans Administration, according to records filed Wednesday in U.S. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Spear phishers sharpen skills, craft 'incredible' attacks, say experts



Recent break-ins at high-profile targets like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) demonstrate just how proficient hackers have become at "spear phishing," researchers said today. ...read full article
June 17, 2011

Identity Theft: Children At Risk



Hundreds of online businesses are finding inactive Social Security numbers –most of which are assigned to children under the age of 18 - and selling them under different names to help people establish fake credit. ...read full article
June 16, 2011

Montgomery, Alabama, Woman Pleads Guilty for Role in Tax Fraud and Identity Theft Conspiracy



WASHINGTON – Laquanta Grant, a resident of Montgomery, Ala., has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to file false claims for refunds, the Justice Department announced today. ...read full article
June 16, 2011

Citi: Many more accounts were hacked



NEW YORK/HONG KONG — Citigroup Inc said a cyber attack in May affected almost twice as many accounts as the bank's figures had initially suggested, as major U.S. lenders come under growing pressure from lawmakers to improve account security. ...read full article
June 16, 2011

Hacking group LulzSec says it takes out CIA website



Hacking collective LulzSec has struck its biggest target yet — the Central Intelligence Agency. ...read full article
June 16, 2011

Twist on identity theft hurts brother



ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Jason Griego recently discovered he’s been charged with possession of methamphetamine. ...read full article
June 16, 2011

Identity Theft Suspect Uses Stolen Credit Card


Surveillance Pictures Show Woman At Area Wal-Mart



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June 16, 2011

Denver-Area Nurse Arrested On Identity Theft



A nurse who worked at four hospitals in the Denver area is now charged with stealing patient records and identity theft. ...read full article
June 16, 2011

Three plead not guilty in scam



Three defendants in an alleged multistate identity theft scheme allegedly masterminded by a Georgia graduate student have pleaded not guilty. ...read full article
June 16, 2011

Identity theft suspects caught on tape


Police search for two men accused identity theft



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June 16, 2011

Plea deal set for Bonnie Sweeten, who stole $1M, faked kidnap



A Bucks County woman who federal prosecutors say bilked a law firm and its clients and an individual retirement account of almost $1 million and then staged her own abduction in 2009, has decided to plead guilty next Tuesday in federal district court. ...read full article
June 16, 2011

Ala. woman pleads guilty to tax fraud scheme



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Montgomery woman has been sentenced in a tax fraud and identity theft scheme that led to her receiving $100,000 in refunds, which the woman shared with scheme conspirators. ...read full article
June 16, 2011

Cyber thief steals $450,000 worth of experimental virtual currency



An internet-goer who put his faith in a risky new currency recently saw over $450,000 worth of Bitcoins — a digital form of money supported solely by its own users — disappear from his computer. A Bitcoin devotee with the somewhat appropriate web handle "Allinvain" has become the poster child for why the new form of money may never catch on. ...read full article
June 16, 2011

Patients warned of data theft after burglary at Mill Valley doctor's office



Patients at a Mill Valley medical office have been warned that credit card numbers and other personal information may have been compromised after a computer was stolen in a recent burglary. ...read full article
June 16, 2011

Hacker gets two years for stealing $275K from Digital River unit



A Texas man was sentenced to two years in prison for hacking into networks at NASA and a subsidiary of Digital River Inc. ...read full article
June 15, 2011

Anonymous vows to attack Federal Reserve


Blames bankers for impoverishing millions



Infamous hacktivist collective Anonymous has served notice that it intends to attack the websites of the Federal Reserve. ...read full article
June 15, 2011

26 accused in child cybercrime crackdown



New York (CNN) -- Twenty-six people have been arrested for possession and trading of images of child sexual assault using the Internet, the Manhattan district attorney announced Tuesday. ...read full article
June 15, 2011

Exclusive: Hacking blitz drives cyberinsurance demand



NEW YORK (Reuters) – The recent string of sensational hacker attacks is driving companies to seek "cyberinsurance" worth hundreds of millions of dollars, even though many policies can still leave them exposed to claims. ...read full article
June 15, 2011

LulzSec hacks EVE Online as rampage goes on



Updated Prolific hacker pranksters LulzSec took out sci-fi game EVE Online on Tuesday as part of a run of attacks apparently perpetrated purely for the lulz. ...read full article
June 15, 2011

Nurse accused of stealing identities of hospital patients



DENVER - A nurse who worked at five or more hospitals in the Denver area faces 90 felony charges in a wide-ranging identity theft investigation, 9Wants to Know investigators have learned. ...read full article
June 15, 2011

Insurance agent guilty of fraud



A local insurance agent pleaded guilty in federal court this week, admitting to defrauding one of her clients out of a life insurance payout. ...read full article
June 15, 2011

Marijuana Call Leads Police To ID Theft Operation



SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A call about marijuana unearthed an elaborate identity theft ring, Sandy Springs police said. ...read full article
June 15, 2011

Sheriff: Man Stole Half Brother's Identity For Traffic Tickets



Alamance County, NC -- A man from Haw River was arrested Monday after investigators linked him to identity theft cases. ...read full article
June 15, 2011

Government to create market for personal identity data



The government is preparing to create a marketplace for citizens' personal data to be used for accessing online public services, according to documents that were issued to industry in preparation for the coalition's next-generation identity scheme. ...read full article
June 15, 2011

Secret Service helped UM police apprehend two wanted for identity theft



UPPER MERION — The U.S. Secret Service was instrumental in leading the charge on the arrests of two individuals Monday in the Glen Rose neighborhood of the township. ...read full article
June 14, 2011

Senate confirms website hack


Hacker group Lulz Security said they broke into the Senate's website on Monday



WASHINGTON — The U.S. Sergeant at Arms Office confirmed Monday that the Senate's website had been hacked this past weekend and that it has ordered a review of all Senate computer sites. ...read full article
June 14, 2011

Spear phishers sharpen skills, craft 'incredible' attacks, say experts



Computerworld - Recent break-ins at high-profile targets like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) demonstrate just how proficient hackers have become at "spear phishing," researchers said today. ...read full article
June 14, 2011

Lenny Dykstra pleads not guilty to embezzlement charges



LOS ANGELES — Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded not guilty today in a federal case where he's accused of embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate. ...read full article
June 14, 2011

Ex-radio show investment host in Texas gets prison



DALLAS — DALLAS (AP) - A North Texas man who hosted a radio show and seminars on real estate investing but later confessed to fraud is going to prison and must repay $4.6 million. ...read full article
June 14, 2011

The 3 types of insider threat



While the motivations are usually the same, there are three distinct, but different, types of insiders that can pose a threat to your organization's security. Jeffrey Jones and Ryan Averbeck detail what to look for to avoid unpleasant surprises ...read full article
June 14, 2011

Reporting Identity Theft Can Pay Dividends



TEMPE, Ariz., June 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- You can help protect yourself and the rest of the country from identity theft, an insidious crime that has silently crept up on unwitting consumers, government entities and privately owned businesses. ...read full article
June 14, 2011

Denison man cited with identity theft



HARLAN -- A 31-year-old Denison man has been charged with identity theft following an investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. ...read full article
June 14, 2011

You can refuse to give out Social Security number



The claim: You don't have to give out your Social Security number as often as it's requested. ...read full article
June 14, 2011

Police: Man arrested for ATM skimming has crime-ring ties



A Seattle man has been charged with four counts of identity theft after police say he used information skimmed from Chase bank ATM machines, and prosecutors say the suspect has ties to organized crime rings operating in Washington and other states. ...read full article
June 14, 2011

Thieves found Citigroup site an easy entry



'If you think financially motivated breaches are huge now, just wait another year,' investigator warns ...read full article
June 13, 2011

IMF hit by 'sophisticated cyberattack,' says report



IDG News Service - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reportedly been hit with a "large and sophisticated cyberattack" that potentially puts sensitive, confidential data about national economies at risk of exposure. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

Turkey Arrests 32 Anonymous Hackers for DDOS Attacks



Turkey responded to the hacking group Anonymous with 32 arrests following attacks on government websites, according to the country's state-run news agency. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

Acer says names, emails hacked in Europe



IDG News Service - Taiwanese PC maker Acer is investigating a hacker attack that stole customer data from its Packard Bell unit in Europe, the company said. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

Only test data exposed in 1pengguna breach, says ministry



KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism has denied today that personal information was hacked from the 1pengguna.com website, saying that only test data was exposed. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

Police Identify Mark Lewis, Brother of Slain Naperville Woman, as “Person of Interest”



Naperville, Ill. - The brother of a Naperville woman found beaten to death Wednesday night in her home has been identified by police as a “person of interest” in that crime. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

Father, daughter, charged with prescription drug forgery



VERNON — A father and daughter turned themselves in to police after learning of warrants for their arrests on charges that they forged documents to illegally obtain narcotic prescription pills, police said. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

Siemens fixes industrial flaws found by hacker



IDG News Service - Siemens has fixed bugs in its Simatic S7 industrial computer systems, used to control machines on factory floors, power stations and chemical plants. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

F.B.I. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds



WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

Computer expert at centre of credit card scam is jailed



A crooked IT expert at the centre of a major credit card scam kitted out a shop with his ill-gotten gains. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

Ireland to extradite "Boards.ie hacker"?



Continuing our series of "interesting stories lost behind the Sunday Times paywall", John Mooney and Mark Tighe reveal that the DPP has directed the extradition of a Latvian man suspected of involvement in the January 2010 hacking of Boards.ie [subscription only]. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

Possible Data Breach Discovered and Contained



Long Beach, CA, June 11, 2011—Southern California Medical-Legal Consultants, Inc. (SCMLC) announced that electronic files containing names and social security numbers of approximately 300,000 individuals who have applied for California workers’ compensation benefits had been exposed to unauthorized access. SCMLC is a California company that represents medical providers in the recovery of billing from workers’ compensation insurance carriers. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

Epic Games Gets Hacked



It seems like everyone these days is getting their sites hacked and their data compromised. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

Security breach reaches former students



Thousands of faculty, staff and former students at Penn State Altoona are examining their bank accounts and credit reports this week after receiving a letter that their personal information could be at risk after a security breach in the university's database. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

100 victims suspected in credit fraud


Westport’s Lafrance Hospitality Corporation security system breached



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June 13, 2011

Data breach may affect 4,900 state workers



The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services has begun notifying 4,900 current and former employees that a security breach may have exposed their personal information. ...read full article
June 13, 2011

IMF 'suspended' World Bank links following hack attack



The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reportedly become the target of a concerted hack attack. ...read full article
June 10, 2011

Malcolm X's Daughter Pleads Guilty to Theft


Malikah Shabazz stole her friend's identity and more than $55,000.



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June 10, 2011

Man faces fraud and identity theft charges in alleged student loan scheme



A man is facing federal charges of wire fraud, student assistance program fraud, and identity theft for allegedly taking tens of thousands of dollars in federal student aid. ...read full article
June 10, 2011

France 24 files complaint over its own Syria story



Paris (CNN) -- A French television network said Thursday it has filed a complaint with the Paris public prosecutor alleging identity theft and impersonation related to an interview it broadcast Tuesday with a woman the network identified as Ambassador Lamia Shakkour, Syria's ambassador to France ...read full article
June 10, 2011

Woman guilty in ID theft ring targeting VA workers



An Oakland woman has pleaded guilty for her role in an identity theft ring that targeted Veterans Administration and hospital employees and used the victims' credit cards to go shopping. ...read full article
June 10, 2011

The Public Eye: Phishing mimics Netflix, snares Lincoln Hills man



It's called "phishing": a classic online scam in which phony emails - supposedly from legitimate companies, banks or even agencies like the IRS - are sent to trick you into handing over personal information. ...read full article
June 10, 2011

Global Cyber-Crime Summit Fails to Address Current Threats



LONDON--(Marketwire - 06/10/11) - IronKey, the leader in securing data and online access, has today urged IT security professionals to take immediate action to address rapidly increasing cyber-crime attacks. This call to the industry follows last week's Global Cyber-Crime Summit in London, where leading firms failed to deliver concrete solutions to current threats. ...read full article
June 10, 2011

1pengguna site hit by security breach, 2,000 accounts exposed



KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — The government’s brand new price check portal has been hit by a security breach, allowing hackers to obtain details such as email addresses and contact information of over 2,000 registered users which security experts say can be used to steal financial data in a roundabout way. ...read full article
June 10, 2011

A model of discretion



‘The housing sector needs to wake up.’ As the government’s information commissioner, Christopher Graham is the man who, for the past two years has policed data protection in the UK and punishes those who get it wrong. And right now he’s looking your way. ...read full article
June 10, 2011

Three Arrested For Mail Fraud



Santa Maria, CA -- Three Santa Maria residents were arrested last Friday in connection with a mail and identity theft ring started last month. The three stole from more than 150 people in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Police raided a Santa Maria home on the 500 block East Cook Street Friday. ...read full article
June 10, 2011

Codemasters pulls website after hackers pwn customer database



Games developer Codemasters has taken its website offline and advised users to change their passwords in the aftermath of a hack attack last week. ...read full article
June 10, 2011

Spanish police cuff three Anonymous hack suspects



Spanish national police have arrested three suspected members of the infamous Anonymous hacking crew. ...read full article
June 10, 2011

PC with 66,000 records at Australian Institute of Company Directors stolen



THE information of 66,000 Australian Institute of Company Directors members and clients has been stolen following the theft of a single computer. ...read full article
June 10, 2011

Former NSA Senior Executive Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Access of Government Computer



WASHINGTON - Former National Security Agency (NSA) senior executive Thomas A. Drake pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to a one-count criminal information charging him with unauthorized access of an NSA computer, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. ...read full article
June 9, 2011

Thousands of Citi customers at risk after hacker attack



Citigroup Inc said computer hackers breached the bank's network and accessed the data of about 200,000 bank card holders in North America, the latest of a string of cyber attacks on high-profile companies. ...read full article
June 9, 2011

Identity-theft claims raise questions about existence of gay Syrian-American blogger



BEIRUT — The existence of a blogger who claimed to be a Syrian-American lesbian came into question on Wednesday after a woman in Britain said photographs circulating on the Internet were of her, not the blogger supposedly in Damascus. ...read full article
June 9, 2011

Rami Saba found guilty times 11 in fraud, mystery



GRAND RAPIDS — Rami Saba sat still and hung his head as the word “guilty” was read 11 times in federal court Wednesday after a jury convicted the biologist and insurance salesman of kidnapping and bank fraud involving former Saranac resident Donald Dietz. ...read full article
June 9, 2011

U.S. urges code of conduct for Internet commerce



WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Companies using the Internet to do business should adhere to a code of conduct to reduce hacking and online theft, the Commerce Department said in a report issued on Wednesday. ...read full article
June 9, 2011

Alarm over passport thefts in Glen Eira



IDENTITY theft could be behind recent passport thefts in Glen Eira, police fear. ...read full article
June 9, 2011

Ohioans warned about tax identity theft



Ohioans are being warned after dozens of residents have been the target of tax identity theft. ...read full article
June 9, 2011

Three arrested in identity theft ring that stole from 150 people, authorities say



Three Santa Maria residents were arrested Friday in connection with a mail and identity theft ring that's affected more than 150 people in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties since May, authorities said ...read full article
June 9, 2011

Lending Company Security Breach May Be Inside Job



PHOENIX -- Investigators now believe the security breach at major Phoenix mortgage company could be an inside job. ...read full article
June 9, 2011

Police department warns of SAT scam



CHICO — Police said a Chico resident who thought he was helping his child prepare for college is out $142 after scammers posing as representatives from CollegeBoard, a legitimate company, called him and sold him "SAT preparation services." ...read full article
June 9, 2011

HealthCare Partners Notifies Patients of Breach of Unsecured Personal Information



HealthCare Partners notified 15,727 patients of a breach of unsecured personal patient protected health information after discovering, on Monday, April 18, 2011, the theft of nineteen new computers from the medical group’s offices at 675 Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena and at 2600 Redondo Avenue in Long Beach. HealthCare Partners immediately notified the local police departments at both locations. ...read full article
June 9, 2011

Stolen court documents traded for drugs, sheriff says



CONNELLY SPRINGS -- Investigators on Wednesday recovered a cache of illegally obtained court documents that they believe were traded for drugs. ...read full article
June 9, 2011

Kate Middleton and Tony Blair latest targets in phone hacking scandal



SCOTLAND Yard could widen its investigation into hacking amid claims Kate Middleton and the Tony Blair have been victims. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Judge rules against trial in lawsuit by victim of $588K cyber heist


Patco alleged that Ocean Bank did not do enough to stop illegal transfers from its account



Computerworld - A Maine judge's ruling in a case involving a business that sued its bank after losing $345,000 in a cyber heist could set a precedent about how diligent companies must be in protecting their assets online. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

One in four US hackers 'is an FBI informer'



The FBI and US secret service have used the threat of prison to create an army of informers among online criminals ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Lockheed-Martin Attack Signals New Era of Cyber Espionage



The network of defense contractor Lockheed-Martin was attacked using counterfeit electronic keys. Since the RSA Security network was hacked and the keys to its SecurID tokens were compromised a few months ago, the world has been waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop. Well, it dropped. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Woman gets 3 years in prison for identity theft



A woman at the center of an alleged extortion ring at the Pueblo County jail was sentenced to three years in prison on unrelated theft charges. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Indiana man helps bust Mesa identity theft suspect



Mesa police arrested a man on suspicion of identity theft Monday after an Indiana resident received a letter from the IRS stating he owed back taxes, court documents say. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Arlington Heights police charge women in ID theft case



Two Chicago women accused of using stolen identities to make dozens of fraudulent store purchases face felony charges including identity theft. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Teen held over cyber attacks targeting US government



ATHENS, Greece — An 18-year-old has been arrested and accused of hacking into websites of the U.S. government and the international crime fighting agency Interpol, Greek police said Wednesday. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Prisoners, the dead got 2009 car tax break, report shows



WASHINGTON — A tax break that spurred car buying in 2009 was erroneously allowed in some cases, including claims made in the names of people who were in prison, dead or underage, said a U.S. report on Wednesday. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Check Point and Ponemon Survey Reveals 77% of Businesses Experienced Data Loss Last Year



Global Survey Shows Businesses Face Rising Challenges With Managing Data Security, Compliance and Lack of User Awareness ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Police: NY man charged $13K to dead father's cards



WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - State police say a northern New York man used his dead father's credit cards to ring up more than $13,000 in credit debt. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Sony Hacked Once More, Deja Vu All Over Again



Sony suffered another security breach, adding to its problems as the company struggles to restore consumer confidence after a string of hacker attacks. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Burnsville Man Charged with Selling Credit-Card Numbers Online



A Burnsville man is facing charges of credit-card fraud after authorities say he used and shared other people’s credit card numbers in an online chat room. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Woman Charged with Stealing Lakeville Woman's Identity



A St. Paul woman has been charged with identity theft after authorities found items belonging to at least 15 different people—including a Lakeville woman—during a traffic stop. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Two Arrested for Defrauding National Grid



Two men were arrested Tuesday and charged with defrauding National Grid in an elaborate rebate scam involving at least one Melville business, Suffolk County Police said. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Mail Carrier Accused Of Stealing Customers' Mail



PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- A Palm Springs mail carrier is being investigated for allegedly stealing customers' mail, an agent with the U.S Postal Service's Office of Inspector General confirmed today. ...read full article
June 8, 2011

Health Net’s, IBM’s negligence compromised medical data, suit says



June 7 (Westlaw Journals) - Health Net Inc. and IBM face a class-action lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages over the loss of computer storage devices that held the medical histories, financial data and Social Security numbers of 2 million people. ...read full article
June 7, 2011

Four indicted in ATM-hacking scheme in Chicago, Miami, New York



Four people were indicted on conspiracy and identity-theft charges, as the U.S. Justice Department accused them of stealing personal bank account information using recording technology on ATMs and other devices at some of the country's biggest financial institutions. ...read full article
June 7, 2011

Lenny Dykstra hit with drug, grand theft auto charges



The New Yorker magazine once touted former New York Mets star Lenny Dykstra as "baseball's most improbable post-career success story." He transformed himself into a financial guru and ace stock picker, drove a Maybach and bought Wayne Gretzky's palatial estate near the Sherwood Country Club. ...read full article
June 7, 2011

Furor as NYPD squeezes clubs for ID scanners



The NYPD is pressuring Manhattan club owners to buy ID scanners that collect the personal information of every patron carded at the door, sources said. ...read full article
June 7, 2011

Ravena business burglarized, warning of ID theft to customers



When Fran Curley, owner of Curley Income Tax Service, returned to work after Memorial Day, she found the lock broken and the door kicked in. Inside, two computers full of clients' personal information, were missing. ...read full article
June 7, 2011

3 suspects wanted in Kona identity theft case



KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police are seeking the public's assistance in locating three suspects wanted in a Kona identity theft case. ...read full article
June 7, 2011

Don't blame e-file for identity theft, IRS says



Tax refund fraud committed by inputting other taxpayers' personal information into the Internal Revenue Service's popular e-file system isn't responsible for the growing rate of tax fraud, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified at a House panel last week, according to Next Gov. ...read full article
June 7, 2011

Gas station linked to credit card fraud



SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A hot spot for gas could be a hot bed of criminal activity. Suffolk police say 16 victims who used a debit card at Murphy USA gas station in the 1200 block of Main Street have come forward since May 27th. All of the victims report that money was stolen from their bank accounts, with some transactions made from as far away as California. ...read full article
June 7, 2011

Scotiabank loses CDs with customer bank accounts, social insurance numbers



TORONTO - Scotiabank says it will use digital locks on data discs after three CDs containing unencrypted information, such as customer social insurance and account numbers, were lost in its internal mail system. ...read full article
June 7, 2011

Stolen RSA data used to hack defense contractor



Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has confirmed that a recent attack on its network was aided by the theft of confidential data relating to RSA SecurID tokens employees use to access sensitive corporate and government computer systems. ...read full article
June 7, 2011

FBI affiliates hacked by LulzSec



Mischief-making hacking group LulzSec hacked into the systems of an FBI-affiliated public-private partnership organisation, defacing its website and leaking its email database in the process. ...read full article
June 7, 2011

Analysis: The hidden cost of cybercrime



(CNN) -- A few years ago a disgruntled employee for a large multinational automotive firm left the company -- but when he walked out the door, he also walked out with plans for a new car model under development on a cheap USB drive. ...read full article
June 6, 2011

Bill to force social networks to tighten privacy controls dies



SACRAMENTO, California — In a victory for websites such as Facebook, eHarmony and Google, a bill that would have forced the online social networks to revamp their privacy controls died in the California Senate last week. ...read full article
June 6, 2011

Identity theft victim gets rose, thank you note from thief



MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. -- A rose by any other name might smell as sweet. But the rose that came to the York family household Thursday morning had the distinct stench of fraud. ...read full article
June 6, 2011

LulzSec claims it hacked FBI linked organization



IDG News Service - Hacking group Lulz Security claimed it had hacked and defaced the web site of the Atlanta chapter of InfraGard, an organization affiliated to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, and leaked its user base. ...read full article
June 6, 2011

Police: Man stole nude photos from hacked e-mail accounts



IDG News Service - A 24-year-old Florida man was arrested Thursday on charges that he broke into women's Web mail accounts, looking for explicit photos to post online. ...read full article
June 6, 2011

Former Engineer Who Sued Cisco Now Faces Hacking Charges



A one-time Cisco engineer who had sued his former employer, alleging it monopolized the business of servicing and maintaining Cisco equipment, has been charged by U.S. authorities with hacking. ...read full article
June 6, 2011

U.K. Man Arrested on Facebook Hacking Charges



A 26-year-old U.K. man was arrested Thursday on charges that he tried to hack into the Facebook social-networking site. ...read full article
June 6, 2011

Ex-retirement community staffer sentenced for ID theft



A former staff member at a South Lebanon Township retirement community has been sentenced to Lebanon County prison for stealing from one of its residents. ...read full article
June 6, 2011

Identity theft on tax returns soars



Identity theft involving tax returns rose fivefold between 2008 and 2010, a new study shows. Taxpayer identity theft typically involves stealing Social Security numbers and filing for refunds early. ...read full article
June 6, 2011

Lenny Dykstra -- Indicted for 2 Dozen Alleged Crimes



Sources connected with the criminal probe tell TMZ ... Dykstra got a heads up this weekend, informing him the Los Angeles County Grand Jury has indicted him. Dykstra was told he'll be arraigned later today. Sources tell TMZ the charges include auto theft, identity theft, and drug allegations. ...read full article
June 6, 2011

Debit and credit cards not created equal in case of fraud



Q. Is there any difference between using a debit card and a credit card with respect to a fraudulent purchase? ...read full article
June 6, 2011

Four charged for ID thefts at Willow Grove Park mall



Four New York City residents were arrested May 13 and charged with forgery and identity theft after they made unauthorized transactions with store credit cards at Willow Grove Park mall, according to the Abington Police Department. ...read full article
June 6, 2011

Appeals court upholds identity theft by man’s son



ALBANY – The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has upheld the April 2010 conviction of an Ulster County man, who stole his father’s identity by applying for a credit card in his father’s name. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

IRS Chief Warns Lawmakers on Identity Theft



More details emerged Thursday on the large and growing problem of identity theft among federal taxpayers. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

Exceptional sentence: Man, 31, pleaded guilty in Thurston’s biggest such case



OLYMPIA – A judge sentenced an Olympia-area man to 15 years in prison Thursday in connection with what law enforcement has called Thurston County’s largest identity-theft case. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

Taxpayer identity theft is soaring, GAO finds; prosecution is lagging



WASHINGTON — Imagine filing your tax return and learning that someone else got your refund. With your name and Social Security number, no less. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

IRS: Top 10 things every taxpayer should know about identity theft



As part of a look at the impact of identity theft and the Internal Revenue Service, watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office issued the IRS' top 10 list of identity theft information everyone should be aware of. Some of the information is obvious, perhaps, but overall even the basics of security were followed in many cases the impact of identity theft could be reduced. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

4,500 patient records stolen from Trinity Medical Center



BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A woman was charged Thursday with stealing 4,500 patients' medical records from Trinity Medical Center, possibly with the intent of using them for identity theft. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

Hotmail and Yahoo users also victims of targeted attacks



IDG News Service - Web mail users at Yahoo and Hotmail have been hit with the same kind of targeted attacks that were disclosed earlier this week by Google, according to security software vendor Trend Micro. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

Sony Pictures falls victim to major data breach



Hacking group LulzSec claims it has accessed personal data on more than 1 million people ...read full article
June 3, 2011

Gmail Hackers Phished Victims for Months



An independent security researcher who was among the first to investigate a large scale phishing attack aimed at U.S. government and military personnel says that attackers controlled victim accounts for months and repeatedly phished victims during that time. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

Report: L3 Warns Employees Of Attacks Using Compromised SecurID Tokens



Executives at U.S. defense contractor L-3 Communications warned employees in April about an attempt by unknown assailants to compromise the company's network using forged SECURID tokens from RSA. The report, if accurate would be the second attack on a leading defense contractor with links back to a high-profile hack at RSA Security, the security division of EMC Corp. in March. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

Researcher Creates Database of 35 Million Identifiable Google Profiles



A Dutch researcher has discovered that he could convert most of the data within Google Profiles into a single SQL statement and expose, among other data, the usernames and Gmail addresses of some 35,000,000 people. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

SF utilities agency warns of potential breach



The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is warning its customers that their personal data may have been exposed in a recent breach, an SFPUC spokesman told CNET today. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

Man gets 15 years in county's largest ID-theft case



OLYMPIA OLYMPIA – A judge sentenced an Olympia-area man to 15 years in prison Thursday in connection with what law enforcement has called Thurston County’s largest identity-theft case. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

Survey scammers target Doctor Who fans



Surfers following up supposed online excerpts from the eagerly-awaited mid-season finale of Doctor Who will only find themselves stuck in the middle of survey scams, security researchers warn. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

Former postal officer jailed for mail theft



SINGAPORE : An ex-postal officer who stole eleven envelopes with credit cards inside to buy Rolex watches was sentenced on Thursday to 33 months' jail. ...read full article
June 3, 2011

UK spies hack al Qaeda, replace bomb info with cupcake recipes



LONDON (Reuters Life!) - British spies hacked into an al Qaeda website to replace instructions on how to build a bomb with recipes for making cupcakes, newspapers reported on Friday. ...read full article
June 2, 2011

Taxpayer identity theft is soaring



WASHINGTON — Imagine filing your tax return and learning that someone else got your refund. With your name and Social Security number, no less. ...read full article
June 2, 2011

Man indicted after getting fake passport in Ingham Co.



GRAND RAPIDS — A Sturgis man has been indicted on federal passport fraud and aggravated identity theft charges after authorities say he illegally obtained a passport in Ingham County. ...read full article
June 2, 2011

Michigan fugitive arrested in Burma, to be tried on federal charges of identity theft



CENTREVILLE — A Sturgis man who had been charged with a number of crimes in St. Joseph County has been arrested in Burma, authorities said. ...read full article
June 2, 2011

Abington police arrest four from New York for ID theft at Willow Grove Park mall



Four New York City residents were arrested May 13 and charged with forgery and identity theft after they made unauthorized transactions with store credit cards at Willow Grove Park mall, according to the Abington Police Department. ...read full article
June 2, 2011

Saint Nick Riewold leads pack in cyber identity theft



ST KILDA captain Nick Riewoldt has had a mixed start to the season, but he is the competition benchmark when it comes to one statistic - most popular AFL target for online identity theft. ...read full article
June 2, 2011

Stolen laptop recovered with help of software that takes pictures of user



OAKLAND -- Security software and a computer owner's diligence led to the recovery Tuesday night of a stolen laptop computer and the arrest of the man who had it, police said. ...read full article
June 2, 2011

Chinese Hackers Blamed Of Stealing Gmail Login Data Of Senior Officials



(RTTNews) - In what could be seen to snowball into a cyber war, Chinese hackers have stolen login details of hundreds of senior US and South Korean government officials as well as Chinese political activists from Google, Inc.'s (GOOG: News ) email site Gmail. Google revealed this in a blog posted on its official blog site on Wednesday by Eric Grosse, Engineering Director, Google Security Team. ...read full article
June 2, 2011

NATO members warned over Anonymous threat



NATO leaders have been warned that the Anonymous "hacktivist" collective might have the capability to threaten member states' security. ...read full article
June 2, 2011

Wake Forest Baptist medical records found in rental home owned by employee



Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said Wednesday that it has fired an employee who had boxes of medical records and documents in a home she owns. ...read full article
June 2, 2011

Private documents stolen during Sooner Tea Party break in



All of the party members were notified about the theft, letting them know copies of checks they wrote may have been taken and to keep an eye on their bank accounts. ...read full article
June 2, 2011

Commission reports 350% rise in data security breaches



There was a 350% increase in data security breaches last year, according to the Office of Data Protection. ...read full article
June 1, 2011

US arms makers said to be bleeding secrets to cyber foes



WASHINGTON — Top Pentagon contractors have been bleeding secrets for years as a result of penetrations of their computer networks, current and former national security officials say. ...read full article
June 1, 2011

Twiggs County Woman Arrested on 43 Counts of Felony



Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum announced the arrest of a woman who has been charged with 43 counts of felony. ...read full article
June 1, 2011

Nelson investigates tax identity theft



Washington, D.C. - -- A tax fraud issue affecting dozens of Bay area taxpayers is getting attention in Washington. ...read full article
June 1, 2011

Jeffersonville woman arrested on charges of identity theft, tax return fraud



A Jeffersonville woman faces more than 40 felony charges in connection with an alleged identity-theft and tax-return fraud case that dates back to 2009. ...read full article
June 1, 2011

Former Alaska police officer accused of ID theft set to plead guilty to federal charges



ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A former Anchorage police officer accused of identity theft and of being an illegal immigrant is expected to plead guilty to federal charges. ...read full article
June 1, 2011

Woman accused in scam



Prosecutors have charged a 28-year-old woman with being a leader of a fraud ring that is thought to have bilked military exchanges, Tacoma Public Utilities and other businesses out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise and services. ...read full article
June 1, 2011

Important Documents Left In Dumpster



EL PASO - After learning his personal and business documents containing social security numbers and bank account information were thrown away in a public dumpster, two businessmen in the borderland feel shocked, disappointed, and even disgusted. ...read full article
June 1, 2011

Woman Pleads To Bank Fraud Charge



The U.S. Attorney’s office says a 33 year old Rochester woman has pleaded guilty to bank fraud. ...read full article
June 1, 2011

Twiggs Woman Charged With Fraud, ID Theft



The Twiggs County Sheriff's Office says a woman was stealing people's identities while filing their taxes. ...read full article
May 31, 2011

Pentagon: Cyber Attacks Can Count as Act of War



WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force. ...read full article
May 31, 2011

Hackers pwn PBS in revenge for WikiLeaks doco



Hackers aligned with WikiLeaks broke into and defaced the website of US broadcaster PBS over the weekend shortly after it had aired a less than flattering documentary about the whistle-blowing site. ...read full article
May 31, 2011

Aussie banks cancel 10,000 credit cards



The Australian banking system has been rocked by a mystery security breach which caused the immediate cancellation of over 10,000 cards on Friday. The Commonwealth Bank and the St George Bank initiated the alert via SMS to customers notifying them that their cards would be cancelled as part of precautionary measures. ...read full article
May 31, 2011

Two men arrested in Simi Valley on suspicion of identity theft



Two Burbank men were arrested Sunday night in Simi Valley on suspicion of identity theft, police said Monday. ...read full article
May 31, 2011

Lockheed Martin Acknowledges 'Significant' Cyberattack



Lockheed Martin Saturday night acknowledged that it its information systems network had been the target of a "significant and tenacious attack," but said that its security team detected the intrusion "almost immediately and took aggressive actions to protect all systems and data." ...read full article
May 31, 2011

Police officers disciplined over private snooping



More than 50 police officers in the West Midlands have been disciplined for using police computer systems to check up on people for personal reasons. ...read full article
May 31, 2011

DMASA database 'leaked'



Around 39 000 South Africans who signed up on the Direct Marketing Association of SA's (DMASA's) “do not contact” database are at risk of identity theft, because the list has been leaked to companies that aren't DMA members. ...read full article
May 31, 2011

Mountie docked pay for snooping in database


Shared info with wife, who has connection to gang member



OTTAWA -- A disgraced Mountie has been docked eight days pay after an internal investigation revealed the constable had made numerous unauthorized checks on the force's national crime data bank and shared some of the information with his wife, an associate and former business partner of a Hells Angel. ...read full article
May 31, 2011

Asperger's charity loses children's data in laptop theft



Personal information relating to 80 children with Asperger’s syndrome has been stolen from a Sheffield charity. ...read full article
May 27, 2011

Identity Theft Involving IRS Is Mushrooming



Dealing with the IRS is stressful enough. So is dealing with identity theft. ...read full article
May 27, 2011

PSN Users Get Identity Theft Protection



It took a few weeks, but Sony is making good on its promise of free identity protection to Playstation Network users. ...read full article
May 27, 2011

Divorce & Identity Theft



We are often told to shred our sensitive documents, keep close tabs on our credit card accounts, and watch out for our social security number; but, one public document could be even more dangerous. ...read full article
May 27, 2011

Driver's data may be used to check workers' status



WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is about to add more personal information to E-Verify, an immigration enforcement tool that is vulnerable to fake, stolen or borrowed documents. ...read full article
May 27, 2011

Web users risk identity theft



THOUSANDS of Ipswich internet users are leaving themselves open to having their identity and bank accounts stolen because they have failed to secure their wireless networks. ...read full article
May 27, 2011

Cybersecurity Tips for Travelers



The summer travel season is almost here, and with it comes an increased risk of hacking. ...read full article
May 27, 2011

Honda Canada warns customers of data breach



Honda Canada has issued a warning that a data breach exposed the personal data of an unspecified number of customers. ...read full article
May 27, 2011

N.Y. man admits 'skimming' ATMs in northern N.J. for nearly $300K



A Bulgarian native has admitted scanning personal information from ATM machines in northern New Jersey and stealing nearly $300,000. ...read full article
May 27, 2011

Personal data compromised for 4,000 at San Juan school district



If you had Googled the name Darlene Geist in the last six months, you might have been able to find her Social Security number online. ...read full article
May 27, 2011

Lost data tape had details of 62,000 customers



Phoenix Ireland has confirmed that it has lost a data tape containing the personal and bank account details of 62,000 customers and potential customers. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

IRS Struggles to Control Taxpayer Identity Theft



The Internal Revenue Service found over 245,000 identity theft incidents last year, according to a new government report that assessed the IRS’s efforts to stem the growing problem, as victims testified before the Senate. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

Identity theft victims beg Senate panel for help


South Floridians lost tax refunds to fraud rings, Washington leaders told



WASHINGTON— Criminals who commit tax fraud using stolen Social Security numbers — many of them based in South Florida — have victimized nearly half a million taxpayers since 2008 and collected millions of dollars of refunds, witnesses told a Senate panel on Wednesday. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

Multi-State Identity Theft Suspect Arrested In Seattle



On May 12th officers began investigating a complicated fraud/identity theft/criminal impersonation situation in which a female suspect had attempted to lease a residence using a false name and then managed to occupy it without making any payment. The residence in question is located in the 2700 block of 5th Avenue West. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

Mounties bust two for fraud, identity theft in Maple Ridge



METRO VANCOUVER -- Two people have been arrested for fraud, counterfeiting and identity theft in Maple Ridge, police said today. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

DA Announces Bust of Brooklyn-Based Identity Theft, Check Forgery Ring



Authorities announced the bust of a Brooklyn-based identity theft ring that stole personal information of customers at various banks, using it to create and cash fake checks. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

Bank of America takes $10 million loss from insider data theft



A Bank of America insider who sold customer data to criminals cost the bank at least $10 million (£6 million) in losses. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

Toronto Police arrest six in identity theft operation



Peel, Gr Toronto, Canada -- Peel police say they've cracked a crime network that allegedly used the faces of real people to make fake identity cards used to open phony bank and credit accounts. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

Bean Station woman charged with TennCare fraud, identity theft



BEAN STATION (WATE) - A Bean Station woman is charged with trying to use another person's identity to get medical services through TennCare. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

Fort Collins man sentenced to 6 years for identity theft



On Monday, a judge sentenced Todd James Kraft, 27, of Fort Collins, to six years in the Colorado Department of Corrections after Kraft pleaded guilty to identity theft. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

28 con artists, including bank worker, indicted for identity theft



They're the Gang That Couldn't Loot Straight. Authorities on Wednesday revealed the indictments of 28 con artists - including a bank worker - who used the personal information of their victims to forge $150,000 in checks. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

35m Google Profiles dumped into private database



Proving that information posted online is indelible and trivial to mine, an academic researcher has dumped names, email addresses and biographical information made available in 35 million Google Profiles into a massive database that took just one month to assemble. ...read full article
May 26, 2011

Charges mount in Asheville credit card fraud case



ASHEVILLE — Police working in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service have filed additional charges against a Florida man who police say is involved in a multistate crime operation involving the theft of credit card information. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

Alleged leader of identity theft ring indicted on 78 counts



An Oahu grand jury indicted yesterday the alleged leader of an identity theft ring that is accused of using personal information of 145 Oahu residents to generate fraudulent credit cards and steal $195,000. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

Verizon Wireless customers targeted in nearly invisible Trojan horse scam



Verizon Wireless customers who tried to pay their bills online last week may have been hit by an ingenious, almost undetectable hacker attack aimed at stealing their identities. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

Irvington man charged with identity theft, stealing $7,000



IRVINGTON — A 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he stole his neighbor's credit card information and purchased $7,000 worth of items, police said. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

Vallejo man indicted on bank fraud, ID theft charges



SACRAMENTO -- A Vallejo man indicted last week on bank fraud and identity theft charges has pleaded not guilty in federal court, it was announced Wednesday. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

Scam targets ethnic eateries



GREAT BARRINGTON -- Town officials warn that an identity theft scam is targeting ethnic restaurants in town. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

Six arrested in suspected ID theft ring



OLYMPIA – Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies arrested six people Wednesday on suspicion of operating an identity theft ring out of a room at The Olympian Inn downtown. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

Cedar Rapids woman faces identity theft, other charges for hospital stay



Rosa L. Ayala, 35, of Cedar Rapids faces felony charges of identity theft, first degree theft and fraudulent practice after a hospital stay last year in Iowa City. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

Watch For Scams, Fraud Following Storms



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Survivors recovering from the severe storms in April are urged to beware of scam artists that prey on others’ misfortunes, cautioned state and federal officials. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

U.S. Seeks ‘Fugitive’ Who Posed as Diplomat to Export Porsches to Russia



There are those inside the United States who end up in trouble for trying to avoid detection as an agent of the Russian government. And then there are those who end up in trouble for openly proclaiming such connections. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

Back behind bars: Pervert nurse who tried to create false ID to get new job



A convicted sex offender struck off from nursing turned to identity fraud in a bid to get a new job. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

Hacker steals customer data from small brokerage



SEOUL, May 19 (Yonhap) -- An unidentified hacker has broken into the computer system of a small South Korean brokerage house to steal the firm's customer data, the financial regulator said Thursday, adding concerns over financial firms' computer security maintenance. ...read full article
May 19, 2011

Email exposed 4,000 Securities and Exchange Commission employees



The Securities and Exchange Commission is having some security problems. ...read full article
May 16, 2011

Identity theft not taken seriously: victim



IT was no joke when Welsh writer and comedian Bennett Arron fell victim to identity theft more than a decade ago - he owed thousands of pounds to mobile phone companies, home shopping firms and department stores. ...read full article
May 16, 2011

ID theft charges derail Madison woman's Miss USA bid



A Madison woman who would have competed in Las Vegas next month for the crown of Miss USA may instead be resolving identity theft charges. ...read full article
May 16, 2011

Latest Scam Highlights Risks for Debit-Card Users



For the roughly 185 million U.S. consumers with debit cards, the recent security breach at arts-and-crafts retailer Michaels Stores offers yet another cause for concern. The reports allege that the thieves did more than simply steal debit-card information from stores in 20 states they used it to take money from customers' bank accounts. ...read full article
May 16, 2011

Canton man charged with assault, ID theft



ASHEVILLE — A Canton man is facing charges of assaulting another man and identity theft. ...read full article
May 16, 2011

Property title fraud costs Land Registry £26m in compensation



The Land Registry, the government department that logs land and property ownership in England and Wales, has paid out more than £26m since 2006 compensating victims of a recurring property fraud. ...read full article
May 16, 2011

Three arrested after counterfeit operation found in Camarillo hotel



The Ventura County Sheriff's Department uncovered a counterfeiting and identity theft operation in a Camarillo hotel room Thursday afternoon. ...read full article
May 16, 2011

Square Enix confirms data lifted in website raids



Japanese video game developer Square Enix has confirmed that email address and resumes of job seekers have been exposed following a website hack. ...read full article
May 16, 2011

Deputies: Man Used DMV Database In ID Theft



PORTLAND, Ore. -- Personal information belonging to more than a million Oregonians could be in the hands of criminals, deputies say. ...read full article
May 16, 2011

CIPR alerts members to data security loss



The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has admitted that personal information regarding a number of its members has been ‘misplaced’. ...read full article
May 16, 2011

Are Player Details Being Sold?



Bingo Affiliates in the Uk are being offered player data for sale. A particular bingo website which is a major brand in the UK is on the list displaying name, address, email, amount deposited along with the player usernames and passwords. ...read full article
May 16, 2011

How security chief's bank details leaked



Security firm Symantec's Australian chief has revealed how his personal credit card details were leaked by a Melbourne restaurant, which he said highlighted the need for mandatory privacy breach notification laws. ...read full article
May 13, 2011

Immigration crackdown raises identity-theft risk



HEMET, Calif (Reuters) – In 2008, California tax authorities sent Miguel Chavez a letter saying he failed to file a return on income earned at Ashley Furniture Industries. But Chavez never worked there. ...read full article
May 13, 2011

Man is indicted on identity theft & burglary charges


Another eastern Kentucky man is indicted on identity theft and several burglary charges.



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May 13, 2011

Two plead guilty in child-support scam



Two of 14 people charged in a scheme to divert money meant for Texas child-support recipients each were sentenced Thursday to two years in prison. ...read full article
May 13, 2011

ID theft suspect steals $20,000 worth of goods



HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Officials want the public's help to identify a suspect wanted for identity theft and credit card abuse at several stores. It is believed that the suspect has stolen more than $20,000. ...read full article
May 13, 2011

Identity theft leads to sex calls



OMAHA (AP) — An Omaha woman says someone stole her identity to post an ad online inviting people to come to her house for sex. ...read full article
May 13, 2011

Cybercrooks set up shop in Canada



Canada is on its way to becoming an unlikely hotbed of cybercrime. ...read full article
May 13, 2011

Anonymous Splinter Group Implicated in Game Company Hack



The Web sites for computer game giant Eidos Interactive and one of its biggest titles — Deus Ex– were defaced and plundered on Wednesday in what appears to have been an attack from a splinter cell of the hacktivist group Anonymous. ...read full article
May 13, 2011

Database of Fox Employees’ Passwords and Emails Leaked



Fox Broadcasting employees might want to change their passwords: A database of about 300 employees and associates' email addresses and passwords, apparently stolen from a Fox.com database, have been leaked by a hacking group that previously stole thousands of X Factor contestants' personal information. ...read full article
May 13, 2011

Laptop with financial information stolen from the home of state Auditor's Office employee



FINDLAY, Ohio -- A state-owned laptop containing some financial audits of public offices in northwest Ohio was stolen this week during a burglary at a house in Findlay. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Student charged with posting counterfeit coupons to 4chan



IDG News Service - A computer security student at New York's Rochester Institute of Technology has been arrested on charges that he posted counterfeit Internet coupons to the 4chan and Zoklet websites. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Newly emerged banking Trojan challenges ZeuS-SpyEye duopoly



A new banking Trojan with infection rates similar to SpyEye and Zeus in some regions has emerged. ...read full article
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Google Chrome hacked with sophisticated exploit



Security researchers from the French pen-testing firm VUPEN have successfully hacked Google’s Chrome browser with what is being described as a sophisticated exploit that bypasses all security features including ASLR/DEP and Chrome’s heralded sandbox feature.
May 12, 2011

Facebook denies privacy breach allegations by Symantec


No personal data could have been passed to third parties, company says



Computerworld - Facebook today denied that it may have accidentally exposed personal user data to advertisers and other third parties for several years, as claimed this week by two security researchers at Symantec Corp. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Facebook spam prevention scam spreading like wildfire



The growing prevalence of junk messages on Facebook is been used to bait a new scam doing the rounds on the social network. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware



Multiple vendors are reporting on a currently ongoing spamvertised scareware-serving campaign, that’s brand-jacking the FBI. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Microsoft stops ID-ing phones in jab at Google



Microsoft will stop identifying specific mobile devices that use its location-tracking services, a change that differentiates its Windows Phone 7 from Google's competing Android operating system. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Teacher victim of Twitter identity theft



PANAMA CITY — In an unusual case of identity theft, someone impersonating a Bay District Schools middle school teacher set up a fraudulent Twitter account and posted derogatory comments about autistic students, Superintendent Bill Husfelt said Wednesday. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

PEMCO Poll: Younger Residents are More Vulnerable to Identity Theft



SEATTLE, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new poll from PEMCO Insurance reveals that young people, despite a common perception of their technological acumen, leave themselves more vulnerable to the threat of identity theft than their older counterparts. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Most Wanted: Ridgeland identity theft case



RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - You may remember this identity theft case. Two females and a male found a credit card. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Stop ID thieves from stealing your kid's credit



Parents struggling to keep track of their kids' vaccinations, homework, dance classes and veggie intake have precious little time for other worries, but a serious new threat is demanding their attention: Identity thieves are increasingly targeting children, in some cases stealing their identities even before they are born. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Employee accused of identity theft, forgery



The 80-year-old victim was visiting her husband in a nursing home when her financial cards and a check were taken, state police said. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Frozen credit report: For your 'ice' only?



I have a freeze on my credit report with all three credit reporting agencies. Recently, I tried to get a copy of my credit report and was denied. I was told that I could not get my credit report or have access to it because of the freeze that I have in place. Is this accurate? If so, please advise me on how to approach this situation. I really don't want to remove the freeze from my credit reports. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Medical practice temp worker charged with prescription drug fraud, identity theft



Johnson City police charged a former medical practice employee Tuesday with fraud and identity theft after some forged prescriptions were passed at local pharmacies. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Woman Charged With Stealing From Gym Lockers



A 35-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing from as many as a dozen gym lockers in Manhattan and Queens. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Stealing from a baby: Thieves grab kids' Social Security data to get loans



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May 12, 2011

Employee accused of identity theft, forgery



York, PA - An employee of a nursing home took a credit card, a debit card and a check from the purse of an 80-year-old woman visiting her husband and then spent more than $2,600, state police said. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Medical practice temp worker charged with prescription drug fraud, identity theft



Johnson City police charged a former medical practice employee Tuesday with fraud and identity theft after some forged prescriptions were passed at local pharmacies. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

22 people charged with trafficking oxycodone across N.J.



TRENTON — Federal prosecutors have charged 22 people with trafficking millions of dollars worth of painkillers around the state, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced yesterday. Among them were two doctors, he said, one in New Jersey and another in New York, who allegedly supplied thousands of fraudulent prescriptions in exchange for money. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Employee social security cards, licenses and more found in dumpster


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Fox59 News found everything needed to steal someone's identity, out in the open in the middle of a busy grocery store parking lot. We looked into the threat of identity theft after a woman looking for discarded coupons made the disturbing discovery in a Fishers dumpster ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Seattle men charged in Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland burglaries, could also face charges in Sony Online Entertainment server theft



An investigation into identity theft and fraud has led to two Seattle men being charged in multiple Eastside burglaries for stealing more than $750,000 in computer and music equipment. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Del. AG: Arrest Made in Home Improvement Scam



GEORGETOWN, Del.– Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced Thursday that an investigation by his office into a home improvement scam involving a fake religious missionary group has led to criminal charges against a Millsboro woman. ...read full article
May 12, 2011

Protect Your Data From the Breach Epidemic



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May 11, 2011

Some fear Kentucky's loose laws could lead to identity theft



FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - WAVE 3 investigates a viewer's concerns that existing state law could lead to identity theft. He got his birth certificate without any proof of identification and could get other people's, which is legal under Kentucky law. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Cybercrime: Have you been affected?



Cybercriminals are increasingly exploiting servers and computers in Canada to host malicious websites, an IT security company reports. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Beware of electronic identity theft



(WPRI) - Eyewitness News has learned more than 100-million new credit cards, known as "smart cards" may be at risk. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Getzville man facing bank fraud charges



A Getzville man faces 30 years in prison and a$1 million fine after being charged with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, U. S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Monday. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

ID scammer gets jail term in Montco



An Ohio man will be calling a Pennsylvania prison cell "home" for the next several years for an identity theft scam-on-wheels that was foiled by Upper Moreland police last year. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

1.4G sneaker sneak runs out of luck



A woman used a phony credit card to try to buy a $1,400 pair of sneakers from a Meatpacking District clothing store, authorities said yesterday. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Women Who Stole IDs To File Fake Tax Returns Sentenced



HAMMOND, Ind. (STMW) – A federal judge said he wouldn’t be surprised if two women were responsible for the loss of more than $1 million in their tax return fraud scheme but decided to sentence them to 41 months each because of their cooperation. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Police: Stolen Credit Cards Fuel Spending Spree



PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland police are asking the public to identify a woman suspected of going on a Mother’s Day shopping spree with stolen credit cards. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Police: Suspect Who Stole From Disabled Vet Identified



PHLADELPHIA (CBS) – Tips from the public helped police to identify the man who stole a disability check from a disabled Philadelphia marine veteran. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Woman charged with theft from inmate boyfriend's account



A woman who allegedly helped herself to more than $100,000 from her boyfriend's bank accounts while he was in prison was charged Tuesday with several counts of theft. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Facebook caught exposing millions of user credentials



Facebook has leaked access to millions of users' photographs, profiles and other personal information because of a years-old bug that overrides individual privacy settings, researchers from Symantec said. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Apple and Google wriggle on US Senate hot seat



When questioned by US senators at a hearing on digital privacy, Apple and Google execs spent most of their time successfully bobbing and weaving, but were thrown off-balance when asked about location-grabbing patents and drunk-driving apps. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Breach at Michaels Stores Extends Nationwide



Earlier this month, arts & crafts chain Michaels Stores disclosed that crooks had tampered with some point-of-sale devices at store registers in the Chicago area in a scheme to steal credit and debit card numbers and associated PINs. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Former teacher held for data theft at AIMS



CHENNAI: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the city police on Monday arrested engineer K V Sriram (41), an alumnus of Anna University, and his accomplice Lokesh Kumar (24) on charges of stealing data about the students and teaching faculty at Avon Institute of Modern Sciences (AIMS), a coaching and career guidance centre at Teynampet. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Finnish Police Arrest 17 in Online Banking Scam



Finnish law enforcement officials arrested seventeen individuals in connection with an attack against Nordea Finland’s online banking services that took place in early 2010, according to a report from Softpedia. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

Anonymous To Sony PSN Users: It Wasn't Us!



Anonymous PSNIn the midst of an apparent civil war, the online hacking collective, Anonymous, has issued yet another public statement denying responsibility for a damaging hack of Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) and claiming that Sony is trying to shift blame for "internal problems" onto Anonymous. ...read full article
May 11, 2011

OpenID Warns of Serious Bug in Some Implementations



The OpenID Foundation is warning users about a weakness in the software that could enable an attacker to change some of the data that's exchanged between parties that use OpenID. The group is telling sites that implement OpenID to update to a new version in order to fix the problem. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Beaumont woman guilty of identity theft



BEAUMONT — A 35-year-old Beaumont woman has pleaded guilty to identity theft in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on Monday. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Woodburn man charged with identity theft, making false claims to IRS



A Woodburn man, who has been indicted on multiple charges of tax fraud and identity theft, has entered a plea of not guilty. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Antiguan facing deportation for identity theft



PORTLAND — A Portland man faces as much as 15 years in prison and deportation back to his native Antigua on charges that he stole another man's identity, then obtained $250,000 in government housing, medical, food and education benefits reserved for U.S. citizens. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Feds: 187 illegal immigrants paid up to $3,000 for driver's licenses



(CNN) -- After being accused of taking thousands from illegal immigrants in exchange for driver's licenses, a Nevada state employee might be forced to pay a hefty price after being nabbed in a multi-agency inquiry. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

6 charged in LA with ID theft, $3m bank fraud



LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged six people with an identity theft fraud that cost banks more than $3 million. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

How Do We Deal With Data Breaches?



The Sony Playstation hack that exposed details for up to 77 million accounts, coming on the heels of the Epsilon hack, has the country talking about what to do about data breaches. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

A dozen arrested in massive credit-card, diesel-fuel fraud



A bogus east Orange County trucking company was a front for an illegal business that stole credit-card numbers and diesel fuel that yielded an estimated daily profit of $10,000, the Sheriff's Office said Monday. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Assurant mistakenly sent people’s personal data to client



Assurant Employee Benefits said Monday that 1,007 customers in the Kansas City area were notified that their personal information inadvertently was made available to another business client administrator. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Computer with private Reid Hospital information taken in home burglary



A computer stolen from the home office of a Reid Hospital employee in early April may have contained files with personally identifiable information on approximately 20,000 Reid patients. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Finnish police close in on phishing Trojan gang



Finnish police are investigating a gang of 17 people suspected of involvement in a banking Trojan scam used to siphon off hundreds of thousands of euros held in accounts with Nordea Bank. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Man sentenced to 3 years for ATM hack scheme



A North Carolina man has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he planned to pocket as much as $200,000 by hacking into automatic teller machines. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Feds raid home of teen fingered in DDoS on Gene Simmons



Federal authorities have raided the home of a suburban Washington family after tracing a crippling attack on the website of Kiss frontman and anti-piracy crusader Gene Simmons to an internet connection there. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Woman pleads guilty to stealing mail in four metro-east cities



An unemployed Montana woman pleaded guilty Monday to stealing mail from residential mailboxes in four metro-east cities, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Man pleads guilty to mail theft



BEAUMONT, Texas – From U.S. Attorney's Office - A 59-year-old Beaumont man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

Internet Crime Complaint Center's (IC3) Scam Alerts



IC3 issued a report, which is based upon information from law enforcement and complaints submitted to the IC3 that details recent cyber crime trends and new twists to previously-existing cyber scams. ...read full article
May 10, 2011

ID ANALYTICS INTRODUCES CONSUMER NOTIFICATION SERVICE



SAN DIEGO, CA – May 10, 2011 – ID Analytics, Inc., a leader in consumer risk management, today announced the availability of its Consumer Notification Service that benefits both businesses and consumers by alerting consumers in real-time when their identity is used, potentially without their permission. With ID Analytics’ industry-first patent-pending Not Me™ Notification System, consumers and businesses now have the power to work together to stop identity fraud in its tracks. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

Identity theft a motive in mail carrier's murder, feds say



The growing crime of identity theft involves a complex web of fraudsters from crooked tax preparers and document forgers to Internet scam artists, and in one particularly violent case, may have led to the murder of a Pembroke Pines mail carrier. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

An army of techies waging war on spam



It's a vast, invisible battle, going on all the time - and, unbeknownst to you, your computer may be one of the battlegrounds. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

Crime Groups Hitting the Dating Scene



The Mounties are warning men and women about the risks of identity theft through online dating. Organized crime groups consider identity theft an attractive crime because they see it as a relatively low risk and high reward offence ...read full article
May 9, 2011

IRS Pays Refunds To 5,000 Dead People In Post-Mortem Identity Theft Scam



Over the course of a year, the Internal Revenue Service processed and paid out $12.1 million in fraudulent tax refund claims submitted using the stolen names and Social Security numbers of 5,108 dead people. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

Radio producer gets 24-hour ultimatum



Johannesburg - The department of home affairs may be slapped with a lawsuit after what was supposed to be a routine passport renewal resulted in a dramatic 24-hour ultimatum to a South African resident. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

Sony hit by third cyber attack against Playstation network



Sony has fallen victim to a third cyber attack against its Playstation network, while the Japanese IT giant's chief executive officer has confirmed that a date for the restoration of the network is yet to be set. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

Woman Accused of Bank Fraud and Identity Theft



A woman from California is accused of defrauding the Bank of America including a branch in Rochester. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

Fake certificate attack targets Facebook users in Syria



A man-in-the-middle attack is being run against users of the secure version of Facebook in Syria, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warns. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

Huntington bank sues ex-workers



A lawsuit filed by Huntington National Bank claims six former employees stole more than 2,000 customer records before they quit to go work for the competition. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

COCC Hackers May Have Compromised Student Information



Central Oregon Community College officials have identified some information on the COCC web site that may have been exposed as part of the recent unauthorized intrusion. COCC has taken down the web site while it works with law enforcement officials and industry security experts. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

Sensitive Patient Records Found in Winter Haven City Recycling Dump.



Records containing more than 60 Social Security numbers and sensitive medical histories were found this week by a woman diving for coupons in a large recycling bin. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

Chief: Software provider says data safe after laptop theft



NEWINGTON — The person who stole a laptop computer from a new town police cruiser has very little chance of accessing stored data, said Police Chief Jon Tretter. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

Identity fraud case has broader scope than first thought



She appeared to live modestly, at least to outsiders. Yet Annette Ford was stockpiling designer bags, hiring tutors for her children and buying top-of-the-line computers in a lifestyle that did not seem to fit her means. ...read full article
May 9, 2011

6 held over theft of personal info



SIX people have been detained in connection with stealing, selling and publishing online the personal details of 3,600 local residents, police said yesterday. ...read full article
May 6, 2011

Sony Apologizes, Offers $1 Million Insurance After Hacking



Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer apologized and offered U.S. customers of PlayStation Network and Qriocity online entertainment services a year of free identity- theft protection after the system was crippled by hackers. ...read full article
May 6, 2011

Identity theft, e-fraud top Australian security concerns



Financial fraud, identity theft and environmental disasters lean more heavily on Australians’ minds than national security threats, according to a Unisys report. ...read full article
May 6, 2011

Exclusive: Third attack against Sony planned



A group of hackers says it is planning another wave of cyberattacks against Sony in retaliation for its handling of the PlayStation Network breach. ...read full article
May 6, 2011

Far West Madison Neighbors Fall Victim To Identity Theft



A 35-year-old Madison man said he is the victim of identity theft after someone used his social security number and driver's license to apply for numerous credit cards in the Chicago area. ...read full article
May 6, 2011

BBB Alert: Online scams after death of bin Laden



In the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden this past weekend, Better Business Bureaus across the country are learning of Internet scams that can cause serious problems to their computers or even result in identity theft ...read full article
May 6, 2011

2 arrested for suspected identity theft in Meridian Township



MERIDIAN TWP. - Police arrested two suspects for identity theft after being tipped off by a bank employee. ...read full article
May 6, 2011

College security guard gets home detention in ID-theft scheme



A former security guard at Howard University was sentenced to 180 days of home detention for her role in an identity theft ring. ...read full article
May 6, 2011

Former campaign staffer for Rep. David Wu charged with stealing more than $10,000 from Wu campaign



Portland Police arrested last night a former campaign staffer for Rep. David Wu on charges that the aide stole and forged checks from the campaign. ...read full article
May 6, 2011

Jackson man gets 15 years for ID theft



Shawn Atkins, 32, of Jackson was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for identity theft, District Attorney Michael Guest announced. ...read full article
May 6, 2011

Chiropractor Charged With Identity Fraud



According to the Paulding County Sheriff’s office, Dr. Christopher Lockerman, of Lockerman Family Chiropractic, in Hiram was arrested Wednesday and charged with 8 counts of financial identity fraud and one count of theft by deception in a case that involves over $264,000.00 of identity theft. ...read full article
May 5, 2011

Identity theft affecting millions



TYLER - Officials say Playstation owners, and smart-phone users could be some of the newest victims of identity theft. ...read full article
May 5, 2011

Identity theft ring investigation growing



GREENVILLE — What is already one of the largest identity theft investigations in Hunt County history continues to expand. ...read full article
May 5, 2011

Attorney general warns of identity theft



Attorney General Luther Strange urges citizens to be vigilant for identity theft that could happen as confidential information may be scattered in the debris of damage from last week's catastrophic tornadoes. ...read full article
May 5, 2011

Craft stores in 3 counties may be tied to ID thefts



May 5, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Authorities in three area counties are warning shoppers about identity theft. Victims reported problems after using a debit or credit card at some Michael's craft stores. ...read full article
May 5, 2011

Woodbridge man convicted of identity theft, attempting to defraud finance company of $30K



LINDEN — A Woodbridge man has been convicted of trying to defraud a finance company of $30,000 by billing for services he never performed, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said today. ...read full article
May 5, 2011

Osama Bin Laden 'death film' goes viral



Online spammers using fake videos and photos of Osama Bin Laden's death have seen their phishing scam go viral. ...read full article
May 5, 2011

State will offer driver's licenses with "verified identity"



The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles will start a new program in the fall to offer verified identity protection to people renewing driver licenses and DMV-issued identification cards. ...read full article
May 5, 2011

Joshua man charged with identity theft, possession



A 45-year-old Joshua man was in the Johnson County Law Enforcement Center on Monday on identity theft-related charges. ...read full article
May 5, 2011

Bay area taxpayers say they are victims of identity theft



Dozens of Tampa Bay taxpayers had problems filing their tax returns this year because someone apparently beat them to it. ...read full article
May 5, 2011

Concerns raised about paperwork spilled in San Rafael Highway 101 mishap



When Kim and Rob Kunkel arrived home to Novato on Saturday evening they noticed a sheet of paper stuck to the grille of their car. It appeared to be a medical insurance document, with the names of patients and types of claims spelled out. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

FBI warns that fake bin Laden video is a virus



IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned computer users Tuesday that messages claiming to include photos and videos of Osama bin Laden's death actually contain a virus that could steal personal information. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

Sony says data for 25 million more customers stolen



Sony warned that personally identifiable information for an additional 25 million customers was exposed after discovering a massive security breach extended to its online computer games service. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

Popular Sports Site Goal.com Serves Malware



GoalcomGoal.com, a popular football (aka "soccer" for all us Yanks) news site was hacked and found serving malware via drive-by-downloads between April 27 and 28, according to a post by Web security firm Armorize. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

Police Searching for Two Men Wanted for Identity Theft



Police are trying to identify two men wanted for an identity theft case in the Scranton area. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

Fallon woman sentenced to 20 years for ID theft



A 51-year-old Fallon woman was sentenced up to 20 years in prison on Tuesday in District Court for identity theft. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

Southern storms scatter personal items among strangers



BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Chad Hall spotted a small bag as he led power crews onto rural coal mining property a day after storms that killed more than 200 people in Alabama last week. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

House Subcommittee Discusses Data Theft After Cyber Attack on Sony



A House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade has scheduled a May 4 hearing to discuss data theft issues in the wake of recent breaches including the cyber attack on Sony. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

TennCare Fraud Investigation Leads to 10 Indictments



MEMPHIS, TN – 10 Shelby County residents have been indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on numerous TennCare fraud charges ranging from identity theft to prescription drug fraud. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

Former UVM student sentenced in fraud case



A former University of Vermont student accused of scamming friends and strangers with identity theft is being ordered to pay restitution and spend two years on supervised release. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

Sherwood police urge residents to exercise discretion with online purchases after arresting suspect in used car scam



The Sherwood Police Department is urging residents to be wary when purchasing items online, after officers arrested a man in a used car sales scam. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

X Factor Contestants Had Private Info Hacked



Simon Cowell just can't catch a break. His bid to launch The X Factor this fall in the U.S. has had a shaky start — the judges picked have been both underwhelming and elusive, while American Idol and The Voice have come on strong — and now, he can add potential identity theft to the show's bad-luck streak. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

BPO employee arrested for online card fraud



HYDERABAD: A BPO employee at Visakhapatnam was today arrested for online credit card fraud running into lakhs of rupees. ...read full article
May 4, 2011

Police shut down identity theft operation at clinic



Chicago police have located the hub of an identity theft operation and have arrested the two women coordinating the scheme. ...read full article
May 3, 2011

Sony cuts off Sony Online Entertainment service after hack



IDG News Service - The widely publicized hack of Sony's computer networks is worse than previously thought, also affecting 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment network accounts. ...read full article
May 3, 2011

North Korea blamed for bank hack



South Korean prosecutors have accused North Korea of a recent hack attack on a bank which caused a three-day systems outage and deleted details of some customers' credit cards. ...read full article
May 3, 2011

Man who liveblogged Bin Laden raid was hacked



IDG News Service - The Pakistani programmer who dubbed himself "the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing about it" is also the guy who got his website hacked without knowing about it. ...read full article
May 3, 2011

Report: Vishing Attack Targets Skype Users



Skype users are being targeted in an ongoing voice-phishing, or "vishing," attack, according to a report by ZDNet's Zero Day blog. ...read full article
May 3, 2011

'You've got a postcard' emails lead to exploits and scareware



Security researchers from WebSense have intercepted a currently ongoing malware campaign, relying on spamvertised links to a bogus Greeting Postcard Service, the campaign aims to trick ends users into clicking on the link. ...read full article
May 3, 2011

CEOP accused of misleading public over site security fail



The person who discovered that the child abuse reporting mechanism on the website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre was insecure has reacted with anger to suggestions from the agency that the flaw had only affected surfers visiting the site from either Facebook or Google. ...read full article
May 3, 2011

CSI bin Laden: Commandos Use Thumb, Eye Scans to Track Terrorists



The U.S. forces who killed Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound were more than expert marksmen. Some of them were forensics experts as well, using sophisticated tools to ensure that they got the right man. ...read full article
May 3, 2011

Senate sends identity theft bill to Sandoval



CARSON CITY -- The state Senate on Monday unanimously approved a bill designed to give law enforcement officials more time to locate and prosecute criminals who steal the identities of unsuspecting children. ...read full article
May 3, 2011

Brothers commit credit card fraud through identity theft



Grisha Stpanov opened a credit card, charged up $20,000, but never paid it back. ...read full article
May 2, 2011

Special Report Tonight: Wireless ID Theft



The newest threat of electronic identity theft and scams is no longer just your computer, email and software program! It's your phone and your wireless tablet! ...read full article
May 2, 2011

Crime International identity theft ring leader sentenced



A woman who was at the center of an international identity theft ring that struck in Saginaw and Bay counties has been sentenced to federal prison time. ...read full article
May 2, 2011

Customers stay despite high-profile data breaches



SAN FRANCISCO – Week after week, thieves break into corporate computer systems to steal customer lists, email addresses and credit card numbers. Large data breaches get overshadowed by even larger ones. ...read full article
May 2, 2011

Daphne police searching for two women wanted for identity theft



DAPHNE, Ala.—The Daphne Police Department is seeking two white females who allegedly stole a wallet and fraudulently used the credit cards on March 11 around 5 p.m., according to a news release. ...read full article
May 2, 2011

Web, E-mail and Facebook Exploit Osama bin Laden's Death



Spammers have jumped on Sunday's news of the death of Osama bin Laden, lacing new spam e-mail runs and search engine optimized Web pages with news of the Al Qaeda chief's demise at the hands of U.S. special forces. ...read full article
April 29, 2011

Sony sued over PlayStation ID theft



Japan's electronics giant Sony is being sued in the US for negligence over the hacking of its PlayStation network, which could lead to the identity theft of millions of users. ...read full article
April 29, 2011

Cops: Orlando Woman Stole IDs For Years



ORLANDO, Fla. -- Detectives want to know if you've been a victim of identity theft. They just arrested an Orlando woman who, they say, has been stealing identities in Orange County for years. ...read full article
April 29, 2011

Man might face 12 or more years in prison



A Fort Collins man charged with multiple counts of identity theft, theft and forgery in Northern Colorado and Wyoming could face 12 or more years in prison after accepting a plea deal Thursday. ...read full article
April 29, 2011

Duluth Police Flooded With Calls After Identity Theft Ring Bust


Local Woman Believes She Is Among Victims



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April 29, 2011

Costa Mesa woman gets three years for identity theft ring



A Costa Mesa woman has been sentenced to three years in state prison for her involvement in an identity theft ring that charged thousands of dollars in merchandise at Best Buy stores throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. ...read full article
April 29, 2011

Andover man indicted for identity theft



ANDOVER — Michael R. Figler, 30, of Andover, was charged with second degree theft by deception, second degree identity theft and fourth degree forgery in connection with alleged crimes committed with a mortgage fraud ring operating out of Marlboro. ...read full article
April 29, 2011

Beware Your Digital Footprint


What you Post On-line Now May Come Back to Haunt You Later



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April 29, 2011

'Largest single case State Police has investigated regarding poaching'



SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Nine people face a charge of racketeering and over 100 counts of identity theft, fraud and hunting crimes after prosecutors took the results of a 15-month investigation to a grand jury. ...read full article
April 29, 2011

Nebraska mom accused of using son's Social Security number to get clean criminal background



LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska woman who worked as a Medicaid biller for a child mental health center in Lincoln is suspected of using her 6-year-old son's Social Security number to allegedly get a clean criminal background report. ...read full article
April 29, 2011

Deputies: Silverdale ID theft suspect had at least 30 local residents' personal information



SILVERDALE — A Silverdale man has been charged with second-degree identity theft as part of a scheme in which investigators claim he stole thousands of dollars, according to documents filed in Kitsap County District Court. ...read full article
April 28, 2011

Wi-Fi security flaw for smartphones puts your credit cards at risk


BT Openzone and other hotspots can be easily mimicked leaving consumers vulnerable, Guardian investigation finds



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April 28, 2011

Sen. Nelson asks for investigation of tax fraud by identity thieves


New laws may be needed to combat deception



U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is calling for a federal investigation into an explosion of tax fraud by identity thieves that is holding up legitimate refunds for thousands of taxpayers. ...read full article
April 28, 2011

Wisconsin locksmith who posted phony Craigslist ads gets probation for identity theft



Joshua Burlin, who placed phony ads on Craigslist and phony reviews on the Internet to interrupt competitors' locksmith businesses, then lied about it to investigators, was sentenced Tuesday to two years probation by Dane County Circuit Judge Nicholas McNamara. ...read full article
April 28, 2011

Conn. implementing program that will require more extensive IDs at DMV



WETHERSFIELD — About half the states have rejected the Real ID program, but Connecticut is forging ahead with drivers required to bring extensive documentation to get their licenses renewed starting in October. ...read full article
April 28, 2011

'Steal everything' era of hacking



The devastating attack on the PlayStation Network (PSN) is yet another illustration of how technology-savvy criminals are determined to get their hands on our personal information. ...read full article
April 28, 2011

Tax fraud nets woman 8 years in prison



BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 34-year-old Baton Rouge woman has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison after admitting she used the names of nursing home patients to defraud the Internal Revenue Service of $76,762. ...read full article
April 28, 2011

Allianz temp worker accused of identity theft



A 30-year-old Minneapolis woman has been accused of using her job as a temporary employee of Allianz Life Insurance Co. to steal identities of five people in a scheme that resulted in losses of more than $50,000. ...read full article
April 28, 2011

State hunt applicants driver’s license numbers posted by mistake



FAIRBANKS — Thousands of people who applied for hunting permits with the Department of Fish and Game had their birthdays and driver’s license numbers posted on a state website by mistake. ...read full article
April 28, 2011

Yankees Accidentally Leak Personal Info Of 20,000 Season Ticket Holders



Yankees Accidentally Leak Personal Info Of 20,000 Season Ticket HoldersThe New York Yankees accidentally distributed a file containing information on more than 20,000 season ticket accounts. The spreadsheet contains account numbers, names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses, and was mistakenly sent to thousands of current clients. ...read full article
April 28, 2011

GM workers in Lansing victimized by out-of-state credit-card fraud



EATON COUNTY -- Police say 50 workers at the General Motors assembly plant near Lansing have reported fraudulent use of their credit and debit cards. ...read full article
April 27, 2011

Hackers stole personal data from PlayStation Network



Sony has admitted that hackers have stolen the personal information of customers who use the company's online PlayStation Network. ...read full article
April 27, 2011

Cops: Fake tourists caught with meth in shoes



WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Ten Malaysians posing as an organized tour group were caught entering New Zealand with up to a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine in each of their shoes, an official said Wednesday. ...read full article
April 27, 2011

Chicago Police Crack ID Fraud At Doctor’s Office



CHICAGO (CBS) — Investigators have unraveled an elaborate identity theft ring that has cost dozens of people thousands of dollars. ...read full article
April 27, 2011

ID thief pleads guilty to 85 counts



OLYMPIA – An Olympia-area man who was arrested in January in the largest identity theft case in Thurston County history pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of first-degree identity theft and 82 counts of second-degree identity theft. ...read full article
April 27, 2011

Bracken man indicted for identity theft



BROOKSVILLE -- A Bracken County man has been indicted by a Bracken County grand jury for allegedly stealing the identity of another man and using personal information to get credit cards and forge checks. ...read full article
April 27, 2011

Drastic rise in cyber crimes



KUALA LUMPUR: Cyber crimes have drastically increased over the last two years, with more than 3,500 incidents reported in the first quarter of this year, almost the same figure for the entire 2009. ...read full article
April 27, 2011

NOTL woman charged in alleged mortgage scam


Police allege $294,000 home bought fraudulently



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April 27, 2011

Woman who stole sister’s identity to receive dental care avoids prison time



A 28-year-old Midvale woman apologized Tuesday in federal court for stealing her sister’s identity to receive dental care. ...read full article
April 27, 2011

Free and subdomain hosting lets phishing sites live longer



A growing numbers of phishers are using free domains and subdomain to register net fraud sites, a move that seem to have allowed phishing sites to stay online longer. ...read full article
April 27, 2011

Feds finger China in wire fraud



The FBI has issued an alert warning that money obtained by phishing is being transferred to trade companies in China. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Prosecutors: Fake fraud investigator may have bilked 100+ victims



A Renton woman accused of presenting herself as a bank fraud investigator and stealing $3,000 from a 90-year-old woman has been charged with identity theft. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Ariz. deputies rapped in immigration raid case


Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies singled out men because they are Hispanic, lawyers claim



PHOENIX — A federal judge ruled Monday that deputies violated the rights of two men who were detained during one of the workplace raids the Phoenix area's controversial sheriff uses to enforce immigration laws. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Wadsworth business owner faces federal charges



CLEVELAND — The owner of Fortress Computers, a Wadsworth company, is facing federal charges that allege she used the business to defraud the U.S. Postal Service and commit credit card fraud. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Woman arrested for fraud, identity theft



A Watsonville woman was arrested Friday night on several felony charges after she was allegedly found in a hotel room with information about the identities of six people. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Former cop, disbarred attorney charged in identity theft financial scheme



WHITE PLAINS – A South Salem man has been charged in a 31 count indictment in an alleged scheme to defraud approximately 10 people ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Lawmakers quiz Apple, Google about location tracking



IDG News Service - Minnesota Senator Al Franken and the attorney general of Illinois have separately pressed Apple and Google to provide more information about the location data they collect about their end users. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Sony unsure if PlayStation Network user data was stolen



Sony has yet to determine if customers' personal information and credit card details have been stolen as part of an external intrusion into its system that has left its PlayStation network inaccessible for five days. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Microsoft collects locations of Windows phone users



Like Apple and Google, Microsoft collects records of the physical locations of customers who use its mobile operating system. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Local mom allegedly steals her own children's identity in order to get credit cards



A local mother is facing felony identity theft charges after allegedly stealing the identities of her two children. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Phishing: E-Mail Needs Authentication



In the wake of the Epsilon breach, organizations have taken the lead to notify consumers, telling them their e-mail addresses have been exposed and linked to information that could subject them to phishing attacks. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Sony unsure if PlayStation Network user data was stolen



Sony has yet to determine if customers' personal information and credit card details have been stolen as part of an external intrusion into its system that has left its PlayStation network inaccessible for five days. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Alleged identity theft ring busted in Philadelphia



Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia said 16 people were indicted last week in connection with an identity theft ring involving two bank tellers and an insurance company employee. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Salina woman charged with computer crime, ID theft



A Salina is accused of applying for a credit card online under the name of an acquaintance. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Wrong woman arrested, charged after identity theft



After jailing the wrong woman for two weeks, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office continues to try to track down the person that smuggled drugs into the Delaware County jail earlier this year. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

Widow's ID-theft nightmare nears end



An elderly Queens widow whose house was stolen by scam artists may have finally won her three-year David-and-Goliath struggle against the bank that tried to seize her home. ...read full article
April 26, 2011

50-Month Sentence In Identity Fraud Case



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Chinese man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for crimes including stealing mail and creating false identities to steal from four Connecticut banks. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

By the numbers: San Diego mortgage and bank fraud



More than 1 million consumers in the U.S. last year reported complaints tied to identity theft, mortgage fraud, unscrupulous lenders and other scams -- according to the Federal Trade Commission, an agency that looks out for consumers, in its spring wrap-up of last year's numbers. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Police: Tommy Lee Jones, Tim Burton Targeted in Identity Theft



GLENDALE (KTLA) -- Police said a couple, who allegedly had more than 200 blank access cards and fraudulent credit account paperwork for celebrities, such as Tim Burton and Tommy Lee Jones are scheduled to be arraigned, Monday. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Woman charged with identity theft



A 27-year-old Honduran woman in this country illegally was arrested for identity theft and related charges after she appeared in court using another woman’s name, police said today. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Brocton woman linked to loan identity theft



BROCTON—A Brocton woman faces a charge of felony first-degree identity theft after she filed for a loan in 2008 using a relative’s name and then forged the victim’s signature on the loan application, Chautauqua County sheriff’s officials reported. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Zahra Baker's Dad Faces Felony Charge May 4



The Catawba County Courthouse will be busier than usual May 4, 2011. Adam Troy Baker, father of Zahra Baker, is scheduled for the morning session of district court in courtroom 4 on one felony charge of identity theft. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Kansas law requiring proof of citizenship may be costly in more ways than one



Topeka — Voting rights advocates say that Kansas’ new law that requires a photo ID to cast a ballot is bad enough, but what’s worse is its requirement that to register to vote a person, must prove U.S. citizenship. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Fake text messages latest ploy in scams



If it wasn’t bad enough getting duped by a false e-mail purporting to be from your bank, now consumers have to beware of fake text messages. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Obama Proposes Cybersecurity Strategy to Replace Passwords



A new cybersecurity strategy will do away with traditional passwords and replace them with an “Identity Ecosystem.” ...read full article
April 25, 2011

'Most wanted' cyber criminal stole millions through fraud



A man on the FBI's most-wanted list for cyber crimes has been indicted in a Washington-area fraud scheme that was detected when he tried to swindle $280,000 from a former senator's chief of staff. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Old scam returns to Tri-Cities



KENNEWICK -- An old scam seeking personal information from bank and credit union customers has returned to the Tri-Cities. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Minn. man accused of hacking Facebook, taking IDs



Minneapolis (AP) — About a year ago, an 18-year-old woman was checking out Facebook and instant messaging with someone she thought was her friend, when she unwittingly revealed security questions that would lead to passwords for her computer accounts. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Anatomy Of A Credit Score


More companies are looking at ratings -- so managing them is crucial



During a shopping spree a few months ago, I opened several retail credit-card accounts to take advantage of an immediate 10% discount on that day's purchases. Surely this familiar offer was risk-free as long as I paid my bills on time, right? It wasn't until I reported this story that I found out my credit score could have been negatively affected by the spate of new accounts I opened in such a short time. I had no idea. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Identity theft suspects nabbed



GLENDALE — A couple are scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges that they had more than 200 blank access cards and fraudulent credit account paperwork for celebrities such as Tim Burton and Tommy Lee Jones, police said. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Thieves use stolen Florida identities to get tax refunds



Tax fraud involving stolen identities has already affected hundreds if not thousands of Floridians this year and is raising questions about lax procedures at the IRS. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

PlayStation Network Down for Fifth Day as Sony ‘Rebuilds' From ‘Intrusion' T



A holiday weekend without Portal 2 or Mortal Kombat matchups, a five-day grand total of uninterrupted void, and yes, Sony's PlayStation Network remains in the fetal position as we pull into Monday, April 25. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

See Your Old Self Scam Spreading on Facebook


Facebook users are targeted by a new survey scam which lures them with an app allegedly capable of showing them how they'll would look when they're old.



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April 25, 2011

RCMP seek alleged fraudster



North Vancouver RCMP are asking for help in finding a woman accused of attempted identity theft and fraud at a North Vancouver bank. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Thousands of personal documents found in Snellville trash



Snellville police on Saturday were investigating how thousands of documents containing people's personal information ended up in a dumpster behind a local strip mall. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Citibank alerts clients of credit card misuse


Bank receives information from credit card companies about fraudulent access



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April 25, 2011

Summerfield woman gets 5 years for bank fraud, identity theft



A 47-year-old Summerfield woman was sentenced in Orlando Friday to five years in federal prison and three years of probation for bank fraud and identity theft. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Seattle Police Say 'wardrivers' Are Hitting Small Businesses



Seattle police are investigating a group of criminals who they say have been cruising around town in a black Mercedes stealing credit card data by tapping into wireless networks belonging to area businesses. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Sealed Records Exposed In Major Court Gaffe



In a shocking failure to protect sensitive details about dozens of ongoing criminal investigations, federal officials somehow allowed confidential information about sealed cases to be publicly accessible via the court system’s online lookup service, The Smoking Gun has learned. ...read full article
April 25, 2011

Central Valley man accused of swiping credit card info



Armenak Avagyan, 28, of Rancho Cordova has been arrested on a five-count federal indictment accusing him of trafficking in counterfeit and fraudulent credit cards, as well as identity theft. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

Ga. hacker caught with 675K credit card accounts



WASHINGTON – A computer hacker from Georgia pleaded guilty Thursday to fraud and identity theft after authorities found more than 675,000 stolen credit card accounts on his home computers. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

NW Iowa woman charged with Identity Theft



ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV)--An Orange City woman was charged with Forgery and Identity Theft. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

Hundreds Among Victims Of Green Country Mail Theft



TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa detectives call it the largest identity theft-fraud case they've ever worked. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

Conway man charged with bank fraud, identity theft



A 27-year-old Conway man has been charged with bank fraud and identity theft, according to a news release sent today from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles' office. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

Phoenix-Area Man Sentenced for Forgery, ID Theft



PHOENIX - A Phoenix-area man has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison for forgery and identity theft. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

Local business ripped off in credit card scam



ALBANY, GA -- There are a lot of safeguards to protect consumers from identity theft. But one local small business owner says there isn't much to protect merchants. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

How Not to Say Sorry After a Blunder Affecting Millions



Eating crow is a fine art. Susan Combs hasn’t mastered it. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

Feds: Checks not Greco’s



SCRANTON – The U.S. Attorney’s Office has decided not to prosecute the person who issued nearly $42,000 in electronic checks, without authorization, for taxes owed by area businessman Thom Greco, according to a letter to Greco. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

More info offered on those affected from prank involving EIU shredded documents



CHARLESTON - Eastern Illinois University officials have now determined that shredded documents taken from campus and released improperly contained information - including names and Social Security numbers - of people employed at the university between 2001 and 2004. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

Man arrested in New Hampshire on RW identity theft



ROCKWALL — A 32-year-old man who reportedly had been using the identity of a former Rockwall co-worker for the past seven years was arrested this week in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

Cops refuse to say if they secretly snarf cellphone data


'Enormous risk' from mobile snoop devices



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April 22, 2011

ABM Industries notifies employees that their data was stolen



ABM Industries notified some current and former employees that their names and Social Security numbers have been breached. ...read full article
April 22, 2011

Epsilon Breach: The Growing Impact


List of Affected Organizations Swells; New Focus on e-Mail



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April 22, 2011

94 Cash4Gold customers told gold was 'lost in the mail'



When you put something in the mail, you trust it will get to its destination. But that’s not always the case. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Online Identity Theft Prompts Security Guidelines From White House



As a way to combat online identity theft in the age of digital shoplifting, the White House has developed a plan dubbed the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC. "Today, we take another major step; this one to ensure that the Internet's security features keep up with the many different types of online transactions people now engage in," Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said at the unveiling last week event. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Feds: 16 face charges in Pa. identity theft ring



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities say they've broken up an identity theft ring involving two bank tellers and an insurance company employee. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Woodbury police allege ID theft via Facebook



A Woodbury man has been charged with 13 counts of identity theft for allegedly hacking into young women's Facebook and email accounts and stealing information and photos. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Illegal immigrant sentenced for identity theft in ND



Devils Lake, ND — On April 18, Enrique Orozco-Villegas, 28, of San Luis, Sonara, Mexico, was sentenced on charges of reentry of a deported alien, aggravated identity theft and false claim of U.S. citizenship. Orozco-Villegas was ordered deported and was removed from the United States in June 2007 and March 2009. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Two Augustans Sentenced To Federal Prison For Identity Theft



Savannah, GA -- Jamie L. Lawrence, 33, and Antonio R. McNeal, 25, both of Augusta, Georgia were sentenced Tuesday before United States District Court Judge J. Randal Hall to 42 and 36 months imprisonment, respectively, based on their earlier guilty pleas to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Mummer can’t keep mum


A former Philadelphia String Band Association president was charged with mail fraud and identity theft Friday.



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April 21, 2011

Identity Theft & Fraud: Police looking for suspect



A crook wanted for bank fraud in several states is on the loose in Charleston, and now the sheriff office is on the hunt. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Glen Ridge police: two more Winsor Place households hit by ID theft



GLEN RIDGE - Two additional Winsor Place households have been victimized by identity theft, the latest in a string of similar incidents reported on that one street. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Astakhov 'Imposter' Detained



A former Samara teacher who legally changed his name to Pavel Astakhov and started offering legal services faces charges of identity theft for purportedly impersonating the children's ombudsman and celebrity lawyer of the same name. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Royal wedding scareware scams arise as Big Day looms



Spyware scammers have unsurprisingly latched onto the upcoming royal wedding as a theme for rogue anti-virus scams. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Engineer who sued Cisco arrested for hacking it



A former Cisco engineer was arrested for allegedly hacking into the company's network 18 months after he waged a civil lawsuit accusing Cisco of monopolizing the business of servicing and maintaining its networking gear, according to a report citing a Canadian arrest warrant issue in the case. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Hacker hits Clive restaurant patrons' accounts



Clive police are urging central Iowans to keep close eyes on their bank accounts after more than a dozen patrons of a local Mexican restaurant had their bank accounts illegally accessed. ...read full article
April 21, 2011

Texas fires two tech chiefs over breach



The Texas State Comptroller's office has fired its heads of information security and of innovation and technology following an inadvertent data leak that exposed Social Security numbers and other personal information on over 3.2 million people in the state. ...read full article
April 20, 2011

Researcher finds the psychological effects of identity theft lingers with victims



In January 2010, Joanne McNeal received a series of persistent messages about her email account—seemingly from the account provider itself— seeking “verification” of her name, address and password. Late one night, when yet another warning notice arrived, she let her guard down and surrendered the data. ...read full article
April 20, 2011

Duluth Police Uncover Identity Theft Rings



DULUTH, Ga. -- Duluth Police arrested a Suwanee woman accused of stealing the identities of nearly 6,000 people. They fear there are thousands more victims. ...read full article
April 20, 2011

The New Ways Thieves Are Stealing Your Identity



Identity thieves are nothing if not creative; they can take the most seemingly innocent item and turn it into the keys to unlocking your financial fortress. The more technology encroaches into our daily lives, the more access we give them to our personal information. (There are many different ways to be victimized through home ownership – learn how to identify and avoid these crimes ...read full article
April 20, 2011

New Technology Helps Thieves Copy Credit Cards



NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If you've had money mysteriously "zapped" from your bank account or charges appear on your credit card statement for things you didn't buy, you may have been the victim of a high-tech crime. Thieves don't even need your actual credit or debit card once they make an illegal copy of yours. ...read full article
April 20, 2011

Minnesota man accused of hacking Facebook



STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota man is accused of hacking into Facebook accounts and stealing identifications and photos of young women. ...read full article
April 20, 2011

Five indicted for health care fraud in Minnesota



St. Paul, Minn. — U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced indictments of 5 people accused of conducting health care fraud crimes in Minnesota. ...read full article
April 20, 2011

Town sees greatest rise in identity fraud



BASINGSTOKE has seen the greatest rise in identity fraud in the UK, according to a new report. ...read full article
April 20, 2011

BBB Warns Homeowners: 'Mass Joinder' Lawsuit Mailings May Be Latest Advance Fee Mortgage Modification Scheme



The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns homeowners to steer clear of mailings asking them to join national “mass joinder” lawsuits to force their mortgage companies to cut their loan payments ...read full article
April 20, 2011

Man wanted for defrauding banks in four states



CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for a man wanted for defrauding banks in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. ...read full article
April 20, 2011

Attorney general warns of state employee, retiree phone scam


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is warning Texans to be on the alert for telephone scams after the state accidentally published millions of pieces of personal information online.



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April 20, 2011

State leaks personal information



Last week, Texas state Comptroller Susan Combs announced that the social security numbers, dates of birth and other personal information of 3.5 million people were inadvertently disclosed on a public computer server. The information was said to have been available publically for over a year and is believed to be the largest information breach in the nation. ...read full article
April 20, 2011

Two Men Arrested for Trying to Use 50 Cent’s AmEx Card



*The New York Daily News is reporting that 50 Cent has been the victim of identity theft after two men attempted to make unauthorized purchases using his credit card account. ...read full article
April 20, 2011

Hackers may have accessed thousands of SC students' information



LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) - The identity of thousands of students and teachers has potentially been compromised after officials with the Lancaster County School District say a hacker was able to access their system. ...read full article
April 20, 2011

Norwich college signs data security undertaking with ICO



Norwich City College has been taken to task by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for dumping sensitive personal information relating to around 80 of its students into a campus skip. ...read full article
April 19, 2011

Claims by ID theft protection services are often overblown



It seems that every time you turn around, there's news about another information security breach involving people's personal data. Just last week, marketing services firm Epsilon warned clients that hackers may have accessed the names and emails of thousands of users. Those affected included customers of such major companies as JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, Best Buy, Target and Verizon. ...read full article
April 19, 2011

Yahoo plans to keep search records for 18 months



WASHINGTON – Yahoo plans to extend the amount of time it retains records on what its users search for online, less than two and a half years after breaking from the other big Internet search engines and promising to delete such data promptly ...read full article
April 19, 2011

Oxford experiences identity theft problems



About three years ago, University of Mississippi journalism instructor Ellen Meacham used her debit card at a nearby TJ Maxx. ...read full article
April 19, 2011

Bank Fraud & Identity Theft Lands Abingdon Woman Federal Prison Time



Abingdon, VA -- A former administrative assistant for the Southwest Virginia EMS Council was sentenced for bank fraud and identity theft in Abingdon's Federal Court. ...read full article
April 19, 2011

More identity theft and tax fraud victims come forward



South Floridians from all walks of life — a retired doctor, a teacher and a widow — are among a growing group of victims whose stolen identities have been used by thieves to file fraudulent tax returns. ...read full article
April 19, 2011

Hacker Breaches European Space Agency's Servers



A crafty cyberprankster says he’s cracked into the servers of the European Space Agency (ESA), but the space agency is downplaying the significance of the breach. ...read full article
April 19, 2011

Ramona tax preparer arraigned on 49 federal counts



Bail was set at $350,000 Monday for a Ramona tax preparer after he was indicted on 49 federal charges including identity theft, mail fraud, making false tax returns and money laundering. ...read full article
April 19, 2011

Verizon: More breaches but less data lost. Huh?!



Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report for last year is a bit of a head scratcher. It shows that while the number of data breaches from cyber attacks rose, the amount of compromised records lost has fallen. ...read full article
April 19, 2011

US proposes online IDs for Americans


Obama administration moves ahead with plans for adoption of internet IDs



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April 19, 2011

Clinic security breach raises alarm



LONDON, Ont. - A memory stick containing the records of 4,500 kids has gone missing from a speech and hearing clinic at UWO, a thumb-sized example of how ever-smaller digital technology is heightening security risks. ...read full article