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

July 2009 News Archive

July 30, 2009

Identity theft hackers attack MI5 website

Computer hackers attacked the website of intelligence agency MI5 in an apparent bid to steal the identities of web users, according to a report that will embarrass security officials.

The security breach could also have enabled the hackers to download viruses onto the machines of anyone using the organization’s website, the Daily Express reported. full article

Ghanaian man wanted for identity theft in US

A Ghanaian man is wanted by the Kitty Hawk police in Dare County, North Carolina, USA for alleged identity theft. full article

Oregon victim of 35-year ID theft 'elated' at arrest

An Oregon man who was the victim of a 35-year-long identity theft case says he's so happy about an arrest in the case that he could kiss the special agent who handled it. full article

iPhone vulnerable to hacker attacks: researchers

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Security experts have uncovered flaws in Apple Inc's iPhone that they said hackers can exploit to take control of the popular device, using the tactic for identity theft and other crimes. full article

DoD Official Says U.S. Needs Separate Cyberczar For Online Identity

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Lentz said a national leader is needed for reducing problems with anonymity on the Net

BLACK HAT USA -- LAS VEGAS -- A top Defense Department official today called for a second national cybersecurity czar dedicated to handling problems and risks associated with anonymity on the Internet. Robert Lentz, who is the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber, identity, and information assurance in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense as well as the chief information assurance officer for DoD, in his keynote address here at Black Hat USA told attendees here that identity is at the heart of securing the Internet. full article

Man held for identity theft against U.S. Rep.

A man is being held in Ghana on charges of attempted extortion and identity theft against U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, the U.S. Secret Service said today. full article

Black Hat: Clampi banking trojan spreading rapidly

Researchers have identified a new and dangerous banking trojan that can utilize a Windows tool to spread itself to all workstations across an organization. full article

July 29, 2009

‘Red flag’ rule to prevent customer identity theft postponed

Some companies are not certain what rules apply to them or what their obligations are, FTC says

The Federal Trade Commission today delayed until Nov. 1 a rule that would require financial institutions, including investment advisory firms, to have programs to detect and prevent identify theft for their customers. full article

School District's Teachers Targeted In Identity Theft Scam

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The list of identity theft victims at a local school district grew longer on Tuesday night, and police are still trying to figure out what happened. full article

July 28, 2009

Carded for your care? Docs begin checking IDs

New FTC rule requires physicians, hospitals to help deter identity theft

Elena Castro was finishing the paperwork to buy her first home when the bank called to warn her of a problem — nearly $10,000 in unpaid hospital bills on her credit report. The charges were for several ear, nose and throat procedures done at hospitals in her region. full article

Laptop with Personal Info of UCCS Students Stolen

Faculty Member's Laptop Had Student Names, Social Security Numbers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The personal information of nearly 800 students who attended The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs could be at risk after a faculty member's laptop was stolen from their home. full article

2 Con Artists Sentenced in Debit Card Theft Scam

A second key figure has now been sentenced in identity and debit card theft scams that targeted the elderly and cost victims over $440,000. full article

Former nursing home worker jailed for patient ID theft

READING — A former Kutztown nursing home employee was sentenced to nine months of house arrest for stealing the identity of an elderly resident who lived at the home. full article

July 27, 2009

Child Identity Theft Victims

Jason Truxel was denied a mortgage because of bad credit. However he wasn’t aware his credit scores were low so he pulled his credit reports. What he discovered was a tremendous amount of credit card debit and accounts he never opened. One such account showed that a credit card was opened in his name when he was 13 years old. Jason learned the hard way that he was a victim of child identity theft. full article

Woman charged with identity theft

A Jacksonville woman has been charged with identity theft, according to a news release from Sheriff Todd Entrekin. full article

Man Pleads Guilty To ID Theft, Forgeries

Man Faces Up To 24 Years In Prison

DENVER -- A 46-year-old man has pleaded guilty to stealing the identities of nearly two dozen Coloradans in 10 counties, forging checks in their names and making away with more than $24,000 during a six-month crime spree. full article

July 24, 2009

Students don't worry about ID theft, survey finds

College students and their parents don’t exactly see eye-to-eye when it comes to ID theft. A new survey shows less than a quarter of students interviewed were concerned about having their identities stolen, while the opposite is true for their parents. About 74% indicated they believe students are at moderate-to-high risk for identity theft. full article

July 23, 2009

Pending Legislation

Congressmen John Tanner (D-TN) and Sam Johnson (R-TX) as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee respectively, introduced legislation meant to enhance the privacy of Social Security numbers in government and private sector records in order to protect Social Security programs from fraud and to combat identity theft. The bill is entitled “The Social Security Number Privacy and Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2009? and is identical to legislation unanimously reported by the Committee on Ways and Means in the 110th Congress. full article

July 22, 2009

Smart card, biometrics on the way for Social Security card?

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is exploring the use of biometrics and smart cards for a new Social Security card, SecureIDNews has learned. This could lead to the issuance of as many as 300 million electronic credentials in the next six to eight years. full article

July 14, 2009

Microsoft Office users attacked by cybercriminals

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) warned that cybercriminals have attacked users of its Office software for Windows PCs, exploiting a programming flaw that the software giant has yet to repair. full article

Richmond Woman Sentenced for Bank Fraud and Identity Theft of Elderly Woman

RICHMOND, VA—Monica Joanna Howard, age 41, of Richmond, Virginia, was sentenced today to 65 months’ imprisonment, followed by a five-year term of supervised release for bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344, and aggravated identity theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A. Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced the sentence that was imposed by Chief United States District Judge James R. Spencer. full article

July 13, 2009

Report: 85 Percent of U.S. Businesses Breached

The 2009 Annual Study: U.S. Enterprise Encryption Trends was released on July 13, 2009 by The Ponemon Institute. The study says that 85 percent of surveyed businesses have experienced a data breach in the past year, up from 60 percent in the 2008 study. The report was sponsored by encryption supplier PGP Corp. full article

New York Official: Tagged Site Stole Identities

New York's attorney general charged Thursday that stole the identities of more than 60 million Internet users worldwide -- by sending e-mails that raided their private accounts. full article

Cybercrime spreads on Facebook

Cybercrime is rapidly spreading on Facebook as fraudsters prey on users who think the world's top social networking site is a safe haven on the Internet. full article

Microsoft Security Advisory (973472)

Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Web Components Control Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Microsoft is investigating a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Office Web Components. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user. When using Internet Explorer, code execution is remote and may not require any user intervention. full article

July 10, 2009

Text message scammers quietly prey on regional banks

Law enforcement and security experts say that for more than a year now, scammers have been using scam text messages to prey on small regional banks and their customers. And according to a report released July 14 by Cisco Systems, the problem has only been getting worse in recent months. full article

Twitter Suspends User Accounts Infected With Koobface Worm

Researchers say worm sends tweets with a variety of URLs that lead victims to malware infection

Twitter is warning members that the Koobface worm is on the loose in the Twitterverse, and that the social network is temporarily suspending any accounts it discovers spreading the worm. full article

Reports pour in under CA’s New Privacy Laws

Reports of health record breach violations have been pouring into the California Department of Public Health since the state began requiring healthcare entities to report all incidents of unauthorized record access. full article

July 9, 2009

Identity Theft – Phishing Scam

The Oshkosh Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice are urging folks to be on guard against a recent phishing scam that has recently appeared in Wisconsin. Recently, the Department of Justice received reports of people calling homes and cell phones in an attempt to gain personal information. full article

July 6, 2009

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find Social Security Numbers Can Be Predicted from Publicly Available Information

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have shown that public information readily gleaned from governmental sources, commercial data bases, or online social networks can be used to routinely predict most — and sometimes all — of an individual's nine-digit Social Security number. full article

New York Warns Agents on Identity Theft Scam

New York State licensed insurance agents and brokers should be aware of an identity theft scam involving telephone calls used to target insurance professionals in at least a half dozen states. full article