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March 2011 News Archive

March 31, 2011

Orland boy, 5, victim of $20,000 identity theft

ORLAND -- An Orland boy born in 2006 probably had pretty good credit when he was 1 and 2, but now that he's 5, his parents aren't so sure. full article

Authorities seek Houston woman wanted for health care fraud

Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Vivian Adiza Yusuf, who is accused of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft. full article

Former Ontario Tory candidate charged with fraud

On paper, Salman Farooq was the perfect Tory candidate: A Pakistani immigrant with a business built from scratch, an attractive young family and friends in high places. full article

$10M loan 'scammers'

This cousin was once removed -- from his ID. full article

Woman gets short jail term, probation for role in identity theft scam

A Lancaster County judge called Danielle Parchment's plight the case of "teacher vs. con artist." full article

GA Woman Accused Of Stealing From NC Estate

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A Georgia woman has been charged with taking more than $49,000 from an equity line linked to her stepfather's estate in North Carolina. full article

Eureka police seeking identity theft suspect

The Eureka Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man suspected of credit card fraud. full article

Ballston Spa man charged with felony in identity theft case

MILTON — A Ballston Spa man has been charged with identity theft, state police saying he used another person's information to establish utility service at a home. full article

Insurance agent hit with fraud indictment

FORT WAYNE – A local insurance agent faces a three-count federal indictment accusing her of taking the life insurance payout of one of her clients. full article

Two Queens men indicted on conspiracy and bank fraud charges after 2009 bank scam, bribery

Two Queens men were charged with defrauding banks of more than $10 million, prosecutors said Wednesday. full article

Too Good to Be True: Medicare and Medicaid

Every year, Medicare is bilked out of billions of dollars through scams, warns Tamara Simpson of the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Simpson is the program director for IAAAA’s Senior Medicare Patrol, fighting Medicaid and Medicare fraud to help protect the senior citizens those programs are intended to serve. full article

Nigeria: Non-Passage of Cyber Crime Bill Decried

A legal expert in electronic business transactions, Dr Nnaemeka Ewelukwa, has described the non-passage of the Cyber Crime bill as very unfortunate. full article

LizaMoon mass-injection attack reaches epidemic proportions

iTune URLs and 380,000 other pages poisoned full article

Hackers breach bank's online system

AUGUSTA -- Kennebec Savings Bank's online banking system was infiltrated by an outside party and bank officials are working with a team of computer forensics experts to find out which customers may have been affected and what information may have been accessed. full article

VA: Patient list left in car, but no breach

A list of names and Social Security numbers for about 1,450 veterans with upcoming appointments at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center was mistakenly left in a government vehicle for a few months, officials said Tuesday. full article

Man turns documents with personal information over to police

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Raymond Wysocki likes to refer to himself as" the honest handyman." full article

Sophisticated Attack Yields Data On IEEE Members

IEEE, the world's leading society for technical professionals, has warned some 800 members that their credit card and personal information may have been stolen. The FBI has been notified of the breach. full article

March 30, 2011

Former SMU student pleads guilty to passport fraud

DALLAS (AP) — A former Southern Methodist University student who fled the U.S. nearly a decade ago has pleaded guilty to passport fraud. full article

British Gas customers targeted in identity theft scam

Consumers are being warned of a scam that promises refunds of hundreds of pounds on gas bills if they send copies of documents that could be used to steal their identity. full article

3 arrested in multi-state identity theft ring

Florence, AL - Authorities made three arrests in a multi-state identity theft ring. full article

Three men who stole more than $103,000 in ATM skim scam jailed

THREE Malaysian nationals who stole more than $103,000 from ATMs using stolen bank card details, were merely "runners' for a highly sophisticated identity theft racket, a court has heard. full article

Dyersville Man Charged with Wire Fraud, Identity Theft

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A 42-year-old Dyersville man was charged Monday with 10 counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in federal court. full article

Maryland Senate Bills Aim to Help Victims of Identify Theft

A major issue that continues to be of concern in Maryland is identity theft. As technology continues to advance, criminals are still finding ways to either steal the identities of our citizens or to establish fictitious identities in order to commit fraud or evade law enforcement. full article

NASA systems dangerously at risk from cyberattack

An official audit of NASA's network has concluded that the space agency faces a high risk of cyberattack. full article

83,000 customer details leaked by Co-op

The Co-operative Group has issued a public apology after a data error led to the customer details of 83,000 people being published online. full article

Student Records Found Dumped in Trash Bins

MYFOXNY.COM - Fox 5 was there when Ralph Marino picked up his sons' personal files, which were found tossed in a Dumpster behind a strip mall. The piles of files were from the Huntington Learning Center in East Northport, Long Island. full article

BP Laptop With Claimants' Personal Data Disappears

A BP employee lost a laptop containing personal data belonging to thousands of residents who filed claims for compensation after the Gulf oil spill, a company spokesman said Tuesday. full article

March 29, 2011

Family becomes victim of identity theft through son’s Xbox

UNDATED -- Thieves are finding new way into your bank account and one mom found out the hard way after becoming a victim of identity theft. full article

Monroeville tax preparer accused of identity theft, fraud in 99-count indictment

MOBILE, Ala. — A federal grand jury has brought additional charges against a Monroeville tax preparer, accusing her in a 99-count indictment of identity theft, conspiracy, mortgage fraud and filing false tax returns. full article

Buying pizza for funeral gathering leads to ID theft charge

A Park Forest woman who used somebody else’s credit card number to pay for pizza for a funeral gathering has been charged with identity theft, Cook County state’s attorney’s spokesman Andy Conklin said. full article

Two arrested, one sought in identity theft

Milford police have arrested two 23-year-old women and are seeking a Bridgeville man on identity theft and related charges. full article

Identity theft low in Iowa, but still a problem

Iowa may rank in the mid 40s for states reporting identity theft crimes to the Federal Trade Commission, but that is no reason for anyone to let their guard down, police and identity theft experts say. full article

McAfee: Cybercrooks target corporate trade secrets

Cybercriminals are increasingly moving from stealing just personal data to capturing trade secrets and other corporate intellectual capital that they can easily sell through the underground market, according to a new report from McAfee and the SAIC. full article

U.S. warns of more SCADA software holes

Flaws in SCADA software, used to monitor and control sensors and operations at utilities and other critical infrastructure facilities, seem to keep coming out of the woodwork. full article

Junk mail down 1/3 since Rustock botnet takedown

Global spam volumes dropped by a third following the takedown of the infamous Rustock botnet earlier this month, according to MessageLabs. full article

March 28, 2011

Identity Theft Prompts Prison Time

An identity thief who used a people search website to confirm stolen Social Security numbers has been sentenced to 16 years and seven months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. full article

Medical identity theft a rising and significant threat

CSO — When most people think of identity theft, it's credit card transaction fraud or perhaps a criminal taking out a car loan or a mortgage in someone else's name. What doesn't always come to mind is someone stealing identity and medical credentials and then using those to obtain needed medical care, or selling those credentials on the underground market. full article

Cherokee Co. Scam Connected to Identity Theft

Cherokee County, KS - An incident in Cherokee County shows how determined identity thieves are to get your personal information. full article

Telus warns of email phishing scam

Telus is warning B.C. and Alberta residents to be on the lookout for a new email scam designed to get at your personal information. full article

Defendant in fraud, identity-theft ring in N.Y., N.J. is sentenced to probation

NEWARK — A woman who was a minor player in a major identity theft and fraud ring has been sentenced to probation. full article

Scammers now taking to video game theft for crimes

(NBC) - Online video game scammers are finding ways to access users' personal information to commit online crimes like identity theft. full article

Man sentenced for failing to register as sex offender

A 32-year-old former New York state man has been sentenced to state prison for one to two years for failing to register as a convicted sex offender in Pennsylvania. full article

Attack Threats and the Internet

MANILA, Philippines - If you were among the number of Facebook users lured towards clicking on a link to view a supposed close-up video of victims running away from the recent tsunami in Japan, then chances are you have just been the victim of a cyber attack. full article

Bank Of America Accounts Hacked

ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- Thousands of Bank of America customers' account information could be in jeopardy after a major security breach. full article

Credit card info stolen from Portland Center for the Performing Arts website

Credit card numbers and other personal information from several hundred Portland Center for the Performing Arts customers have been stolen due to a breach of website security, the center announced Friday. full article

Federal Cyber Incidents Rose 39% in 2010

Cyber incidents affecting government information systems rose by 39 percent to 41,776 in fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30, according to a new report from the Office of Management and Budget. full article

March 25, 2011

Hampton woman charged with identity theft to get treatment & Oxycodone-type pills at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville

SOMERVILLE — A Grand Jury indicted a 32-year-old Hampton woman on charges connected with using the name and Social Security number of someone else to get treatment at Somerset Medical Center and to obtain Percocet pills, an Oxycodone-type medication, the Somerset County Prosecutor Office announced yesterday. full article

Former employee of Washington U., law firm admits identity theft

ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis man, Allen Dean Ritchie, 42, pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal identity theft charge and admitted using money from a law firm's client trust accounts and Washington University for his personal use. full article

Police arrest three ID theft suspects

COSTA MESA — Three people were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of identity theft and commercial burglary after a failed attempted to withdraw $1,800 from a Citibank customer's account, police confirmed Thursday. full article

Delaware courts: Newark man gets 16 1/2 years for identity theft

A Newark man was sentenced to 16 and a half years in prison for identity theft, the longest sentence handed out for such a crime in Delaware's history. full article

Woman charged with more identity theft

A Costa Mesa woman accused of being the mastermind of an identity theft ring, and who was out on bail, has been charged with stealing more identities while awaiting trial on the first case, prosecutors announced Thursday. full article

Credit Card Fraud/Identity Theft Warning for Jo Daviess County

JO DAVIESS COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office, over the past week, has been receiving numerous complaints of credit card fraud/identity theft. full article

How men allegedly used stolen credit cards in $9,500 scheme at Meijer

GRAND RAPIDS – Three men who traveled here from New York and Pennsylvania are accused of encoding stolen credit card numbers onto other cards to obtain thousands in stored-value cards, or “gift cards," from Meijer Inc. stores. full article

Four accused of 107 felony charges

Four defendants accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from San Bernardino County's welfare system appeared in Superior Court on Thursday for a pretrial hearing. full article

Billings woman charged with mail fraud conspiracy

A Billings woman with four aliases faces federal fraud charges from an alleged counterfeit money order and forged check scheme. full article

Disney president promises to fix ID-theft risk

Disney president Bob Iger‘s ID card has the same problem as his employee’s: It’s embedded with his Social Security number. full article CEO responds to data breach coverage’s chief executive has responded to reports about customer data being compromised via a third-party email marketing service. full article

SSNs of Laredo ISD Students Missing In Data Breach

A disk holding the Social Security numbers of thousands of current and former high school students in the Laredo Independent School District — a total of 24,903 — has gone missing, according to the Texas Education Agency. full article

State website hacked - Officials say 1000 people affected have been notified

Augusta - Credit card information may have been stolen for some people who bought state park passes on line. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands learned in February that their online system for the sale of state park passes, provided by a private vendor, was hacked by "malware." The breach happened between March an December of last year. full article

Chain Reaction finds and plugs security hole that led to fraud

Popular UK-based biking site has confirmed that a security breach on its systems led to fraud against its customers. full article

Canada Post worker charged with mail theft

A man has now been charged with mail theft following an RCMP investigation launched after a local Canada Post worker's locker was found stuffed with undelivered mail. full article

Man convicted of arranging sham weddings in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — A Massachusetts man has been convicted of arranging sham weddings between people from Maine and Africans seeking to become legal residents of the United States. full article

March 24, 2011

2 Russian Immigrants Charged With Fraud, Identity Theft

LEBANON, Tenn. - Two Russian immigrants have been accused of running a credit card fraud and identity theft operation. full article

Bennington man pleads guilty to identity theft

BENNINGTON -- A School Street man pleaded guilty to identity theft Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division and was extradited to Connecticut as a fugitive, because he allegedly didn’t show up to a sentencing hearing there for an assault charge. full article

Suspect charged with ID theft

Jonathon Leneil Courington, 36, of Columbus has been charged with identity theft by the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. full article

Key ID theft suspect at large

Oladipo Sowunmi Coker is a key suspect in a $10 million national identity theft ring that prosecutors say set up shop in the Twin Cities over the past few years. full article

Daphne police searching for two women wanted for identity theft

The women allegedly stole a purse from a Daphne business and made illegal purchases full article

Judge calls San Bruno blast scammer a 'piranha'

A Los Altos man whom a judge called a "piranha" has been sentenced to nearly three years in state prison for posing as a victim of the San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion to get free gift cards and hotel accommodations. full article

Inside a big fat sham wedding

Latest government figures show a steep rise in the number of suspected sham weddings reported by registrars in England and Wales, many as a result of organised gangs helping illegal immigrants to stay in Britain. full article

Police: 3 arrested in identity thefts

COSTA MESA – Three people who authorities believe stole personal information from hundreds of others were arrested Wednesday after trying to withdraw money from someone's bank account, police said. full article

Unauthorized third party steals part of TripAdvisor's member email list

We discovered that an unauthorized third party has recently stolen part of TripAdvisor's member email list. We're taking this incident very seriously. We've identified the vulnerability, shut it down and are vigorously pursuing the matter with law enforcement. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. full article

Bloomfield school district accidentally releases 321 Social Security numbers

The Bloomfield Hills School District accidentally released the private information of 321 of its employees, including their Social Security numbers, potentially putting them at risk for identity theft. full article

Confidential staff data sent in email by mistake

PERSONAL details of 200 staff from a Christchurch-based housing group were mistakenly emailed to a member of the public. full article

March 23, 2011

Misspelled name leads to identity theft charge

A Chicago man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with stealing someone’s identity to get financing for a 2009 sport utility vehicle at a Highland dealership. full article

CA men indicted for allegedly stealing credit card info from 194 people in Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu prosecutors on Tuesday secured an eight-count indictment against three California men suspected of stealing financial information from nearly 200 people in Hawaii. full article

US Senate panel to weigh cybercrime costs

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A key US Senate panel announced Tuesday it will hold a March 29 hearing on the economic costs of cyberattacks and cyber crimes like identity theft and hacker strikes on government computers. full article

Feds: Woman used stolen credit cards to pay for hit man

A New Jersey woman who allegedly tried to hire a hit man and pay for his services using stolen credit cards was arrested Tuesday on multiple conspiracy and identity-theft charges. full article

Madison Locksmith Convicted Of Identity Theft

MADISON, Wis. -- A Dane County judge could send a Madison locksmith to six years in prison now that he has pleaded guilty on identity theft and false swearing charges. full article

Man accused of identity theft

A 20-year-old man accused of taking a wallet left at an airline counter at Rapid City Regional Airport and then accessing the owner's financial accounts pleaded not guilty Tuesday. full article

Cyber Crooks See Huge Opportunity In Japan’s Tragedy

Don’t let yourself become a cyber victim of the calamity in Japan. full article

Sensitive data easily swiped from eBayed mobiles

Second-hand mobile phones sold on by their owners often contain extensive personal and sensitive data that leave sellers open to identity theft and other privacy risks. full article

Ex-DMV worker remains focus of ID theft investigation

Raleigh, N.C. — State agents continue to investigate a former North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles employee in connection with an identity theft scheme, according to search warrants released Monday. full article

Woman accused of stealing $30,000 from Blount's Creek church

WASHINGTON, N.C. - A Blount's Creek woman is charged with identity theft and fraud after allegedly stealing $30,000 from a church. full article

3 indicted for ID theft as drivers filled tanks

The next time you fill up at your favorite gasoline station, you might want to pay with cash. full article

Health Net Customers' Personal Info At Risk

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nearly 2 million Health Net customers, including about 120,000 Oregonians, are being offered free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance after several server drives vanished from a California data center. full article

Company Fails To Protect Employees’ Confidential Data

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In a trash bin beside an office building in Wichita, Kan., hundreds of personnel files were tossed with confidential information – an easy grab for anyone who wanted to steal someone else’s identity. full article

Nursing home owner pleads not guilty to stealing from former resident

TAMAQUA - The owner of a Mahanoy City nursing home pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three charges involving the alleged theft of money from a former resident. full article

March 22, 2011

Target guard spots burglary, identity theft suspects in Auburn

Two Sacramento men were arrested in Auburn on suspicion of burglary and identity theft, after a Target store security guard recognized them as individuals suspected of previously using a stolen credit card at the business. full article

Former U.S. immigration attorney sentenced for taking more than $400,000 in bribes to help illegal immigrants

A former federal immigration attorney from Rancho Cucamonga was sentenced Monday to 17 years in prison for accepting more than $400,000 in bribes in exchange for helping illegal immigrants remain in the United States. full article

School District Mistakenly Releases ID Information

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Bloomfield Hills School District has accidentally revealed the names and Social Security numbers of 321 employees to two district parents following a Freedom of Information Act request. full article

Social networking risks studied

MELBOURNE, March 21 (UPI) -- An Australian report on social networking sites found a quarter of middle school students who used the sites saw no risks involved in doing so. full article

Second Hand Mobiles Contain Personal Data

YORK, England, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- People are unsuspectingly selling their personal information to complete strangers as a new report from CPP finds half (54%) of second hand mobile phones contain extensive personal data. full article

Former pastor charged with embezzlement

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The former pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Virginia Beach is facing charges of embezzlement, identity theft, credit card fraud, and three counts of writing bad checks, police told WAVY News 10. full article

BBB: Bureau warns against cell phone smishing

A new year means a new scam, this time, targeting cell phone users. Like traditional “phishing,” “smishing” schemers often pose as banks or lottery sweepstakes asking customers to contact them immediately about a pressing issue that needs to be discussed. full article

Up To 75 VA Patient ID Cards Missing

VA Medical Center Wants To Warn Patients Of ID Theft Risk full article

Cheltenham police trace credit card fraud in Glenside area to hacked system at Primex

The recycling, in the bucket, at the curb. Well, maybe not. full article

Fraud victimizes local bank institution

The Marshalltown police are investigating an alleged case of bank fraud involving accounts located at Citizens Savings Bank on Southridge Road. full article

Security experts, DHS, lawmakers react to RSA hack

Five days after RSA announced that its systems were breached by a sophisticated attack, details remain scant about how customers of its SecurID two-factor authentication products may be affected. full article

Security scare as council loses memory stick containing access codes to the homes of thousands of vulnerable people

A council has lost a memory stick containing home security codes and medical information for thousands of elderly people full article

Police investigate report of stolen E.C. library data

EAST CHICAGO | Indiana State Police arrived at the East Chicago Public Library on Friday afternoon to investigate the reported theft of computer hard drives holding all the library's records, but the library's former director said nobody told him about missing equipment. full article

Phishing Scheme Targets PayPal, BofA

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued a notice about ongoing phishing attacks targeting PayPal, Bank of America, Lloyds and TSB users. full article

March 21, 2011

Tax return identity theft on the rise

When most people think of identity theft it doesn’t occur to them that it can include tax returns, however, thousands will undoubtedly fall victim to just that type of identity theft this year. full article

Fraudsters phish for identities

Almost every week in Saskatchewan, another warning about identity theft scams hits the news. full article

Upper Providence family survives nightmare nanny

UPPER PROVIDENCE — About three weeks after the nanny began caring for her 7-month-old daughter, Michelle got a sinking feeling that something wasn’t quite right. full article

Man becomes victim to identity theft crime

OKAHOLMA CITY, OK (CNN) – A man is the victim of identity theft when someone used his identity to fill drug prescriptions and stole his insurance card. full article

After ID theft, life ‘forever and ever’ intertwined with criminal’s

BREMERTON — On a cool May night nearly seven years ago, a thin coating of dew settled over Jessica Smith’s Ford Focus, making it difficult for the car prowlers to peer inside. Read more: full article

Former SMU Student Back In Texas After 7 Years In English Jail

DALLAS (March 20, 2011)--Former Southern Methodist University student Doug Havard, 38, who fled the U.S. nine years ago has appeared in a federal courtroom in Dallas after being returned from England. full article

Safford couple scammed on Craig's List purchase

The Safford Police Department is investigating a fraudulent scheme in which a Safford couple were scammed when they attempted to purchase a vehicle advertised on Craig's List. full article

Brookline woman gets 51/2 years, fine in bridal scam

A Brookline woman who admitted cheating advertisers and exhibitors out of thousands of dollars through a fake Boston bridal show was sentenced Friday to nearly 51/2 years in prison. full article

Police officer charged with identity theft

MILWAUKEE, March 18 (UPI) -- A Milwaukee police officer who allegedly bought a 7-year-old boy's Social Security number and used it to buy a Mercedes was arrested this week. full article

Rose McGowan 'tracks down cyber criminal'

Rose McGowan has revealed that she recently fell victim to identity theft. full article

Ongoing Phishing Attack

US-CERT is aware of public reports of an ongoing phishing attack. At this time, this attack appears to be targeting PayPal, Bank of America, Lloyds, and TSB users. The attack arrives via an unsolicited email message containing an HTML attachment. full article

Federal law is needed to ban ID 'spoofing'

Millions of Americans use caller ID as a means of protecting their privacy and screening their phone calls, to the point that it is a standard feature of most cell phone service. full article

Spoiled Rotten Spa Owner Arrested, Charged With Fraud

APTOS, Calif. -- The former owner of Spoiled Rotten Day Spa in Aptos was arrested Friday after several clients reported several thousand dollars in fraudulent credit card charges paid to the spa appeared on their credit card statements. full article

Personal documents found in dumpster

The City of Cleveland will be reviewing how it handles documents that are shared with council members after 10 job applications were found in a public recycling dumpster in Cleveland. The citizen who found the documents turned them over to the Advocate. full article

March 18, 2011

IRS Security Holes Put Taxpayer Data At Risk

With the deadline for filing U.S. tax returns fast approaching, the U.S. Government's watchdog agency warns that the Internal Revenue Service still hasn't implemented steps to secure its IT infrastructure and protect taxpayers' financial data. full article

March 17, 2011

Health Net, IBM Lose Drives with Stored Customer Records

Managed health care provider Health Net said this week that "several" server drives managed by IBM had gone missing, putting possibly 1.9 million records containing the personal information of its customer base at risk. full article

Medical ID theft is new threat to health

One patient nearly received a transfusion of the wrong kind of blood -- a life-threatening mix up. full article

Huge Mortgage Fraud and ID Theft Scheme Busted in Nassau County

MYFOXNY.COM - After a two-year investigation, authorities have charged 17 people of the largest mortgage fraud and identity theft scheme in Nassau County history, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. full article

Blaine hacker asks to withdraw plea in identity theft, child porn case

Barry Vincent Ardolf, who got so angry with his neighbors that he hijacked their Wi-Fi and identities to send child porn to their co-workers and to send a threat to the vice president of the U.S., now apparently is angry with his attorney. full article

Kimberly Wright goes to trial on theft charges involving 83-year-old Milwaukie man

A 45-year-old Wasco County woman may have persuaded an 83-year-old family friend to loan her more than $80,000, but she did not break any laws, her attorney told a Clackamas County judge Wednesday. full article

Embezzler admits guilt, gets 45 months

WENATCHEE — Former corporate bookkeeper Scott D. Brixey pleaded guilty Wednesday to identity theft and forgery, admitting he embezzled more than $250,000 from a Cashmere construction company via forged checks full article

ICANN Panel on DNS Abuse Warns of Online Crime, Child Exploitation; Mailshell Responds with Secure DNS Filtering Service

DNS abuse remains among greatest Internet security vulnerabilities exploited for cybercrime, child pornography, identity theft, spam and phishing, according to a blue ribbon panel at the ICANN meeting this week in San Francisco. The panel, including representatives of Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, the FBI, DEA, and Interpol suggested that the inherent insecurities in the Internet’s DNS infrastructure, the system computers use to find other the Internet addresses for any web site, remains easily and commonly exploited. full article

Despite missing hard drive, WMU officials believe threat risk is low

Western Michigan University is now discussing ways to prevent identity theft after local police were notified Jan. 25 that a portable hard drive containing around 6,000 WMU student and staff documents had gone missing. full article

Akron woman gets time in prison for ID theft

BAD AXE — After receiving a prison sentence of one year, six months for identity theft — habitual offender with three or more convictions, 42-year-old Lisa Thomas cried as she left the Huron County Circuit Court Monday afternoon. full article

March 16, 2011

Identity theft again the top consumer complaint

What’s the nation’s biggest consumer complaint? For the 11th year in a row, the Federal Trade Commission said it received more complaints about identity theft than any other item – including debt collectors, ranked second, and the ever-popular bogus sweepstakes. full article

Pleasant Grove woman pleads guilty to identity theft charges

PROVO -- A Pleasant Grove woman pleaded guilty to identity theft charges Tuesday and as a result will avoid future jail time. full article

Identity theft case receives diversion

A campaign manager accused of stealing a state senator’s identity has been granted a pre-trial diversion. full article

Officials: Health Net aware of data breach in Feb.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Data servers containing the personal financial information, Social Security numbers and health history for nearly 2 million Health Net customers nationwide have been missing from a Sacramento-area office for roughly a month, authorities said Tuesday. full article

States' use of foster kids' benefits is assailed

NEW YORK – With a lawsuit, congressional efforts and a stinging new report, critics of current foster-care policies are accusing child welfare agencies of unfairly confiscating foster youths' government benefits and undermining their prospects when they age out of the system. full article

Criminals kick off Japanese disaster scams at record speed

Computerworld - Criminals have jumped on Japan's twin earthquake and tsunami disasters at record speed, security experts said today. full article

Anonymous releases Bank of America related documents

IDG News Service - The group of online activists known as "Anonymous" has released a batch of e-mail concerning Bank of America that was given to the group by a whistleblower who worked for a related mortgage and vehicle loan insurer. full article

York Uni exposes students' private info

The University of York has leaked confidential personal information on students due to website security vulnerabilities. full article

Bogus BBC Fukushima radiation texts panic the Philippines

Hoax BBC text messages are claiming that radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has begun spreading in the Philippines. full article

March 15, 2011

Health Net loses sensitive data for 2M people

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A health insurance company that provides coverage to 6 million people nationwide said Monday it is missing data servers containing the health records, financial information and Social Security numbers for nearly 2 million current and past clients. full article

Medical Identity Theft: The Growing Cost of Indifference

Second annual study reveals medical identity theft is on the rise, yet consumers remain unmoved by the risks full article

Woman Sets Up 8 Fake Facebook Accounts, Police Say

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville woman is facing multiple identity theft charges after police said she created multiple Facebook accounts. full article

Iowa woman pleads guilty to stealing from ex-firm

A Cedar Rapids woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $113,000 from her former employer by forging her supervisor's signature on checks, making unapproved electronic transfers and using colleagues' credit cards. full article

Denison woman charged with identity theft

HARLAN -- A 28-year-old Denison woman has been charged in Shelby County District Court with identity theft. full article

6 plead not guilty in bank fraud

Six defendants in an alleged $10 million bank fraud case that stretches from coast to coast entered not-guilty pleas Monday in federal court in St. Paul. full article

US embassy in Dublin warns of widespread visa lottery scam

THE US embassy in Dublin has warned Irish residents about a widespread visa lottery scam. full article

Nevada ranks sixth in nation for identity theft cases

Identity theft--if it hasn't happened to you yet, statistics show it will. I.D. theft topped the list of complaints with the Federal Trade Commission for the 11th straight year. full article

Don't Fall for a Scam when Donating to Japan Earthquake Victims

As more information about the devastation caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan becomes available, many people want to assist in some way. In addition to horrific deaths, injuries, crumpled buildings, destroyed infrastructure and threats from failed nuclear power plants, the earthquake has the potential to create yet another disaster: scams to defraud the public. full article

Thief steals Hephzibah family's identity and tax refund

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. -- Imagine waiting for your tax refund only to find out a stranger has already filed forged documents and received your money months ago. One Hephzibah family this week fell victim to tax thieves. full article

Man accused of stealing two identities to commit crimes

ELYRIA — A 40-year-old man was convicted for several drug-related offenses in 1998, but his name will not appear in any court records for the crimes. Ray Dobbins stole two peoples’ identities in 1998 and 1999 and has gotten away with it until now, Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said. full article

Duo arrested in gas station 'skimming' scam

A pair of high-tech bandits were able to steal more than 3,600 credit card numbers with six electronic devices -- known as "skimmers" -- planted at five gas stations in Mountain View and Los Altos, according to the county district attorney. full article

University leaks private details of entire student body

The University of York may be facing serious repercussions after leaking private details of the whole student body. full article

March 14, 2011

Alabama Man Indicted in Tax Fraud & Identity Theft Conspiracy

WASHINGTON - Eric Bernard Caldwell was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Alabama on charges of conspiracy and theft of government funds, the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. The indictment was returned on Feb. 16, 2011, and unsealed today. full article

Florida is No. 1 for identity theft

Charlene Rambo still is haunted by the experience of being arrested twice. She was released both times after law enforcement and prosecutors learned it was someone else using her name to write thousands of dollars worth of bogus checks from a closed account. full article

Tax return identity theft on the rise

When most people think of identity theft it doesn’t occur to them that it can include tax returns, however, thousands will undoubtedly fall victim to just that type of identity theft this year. full article

Texas mystery woman arrested for identity theft

STAMFORD -- An unidentified Dallas woman who used a Stamford woman's name, Social Security number and birth date to get a job at Texas hotel, where she racked up an income tax bill of more than $21,000, was extradited to Connecticut Wednesday, police said. full article

Thief steals Hephzibah family's identity and tax refund

New Federal Trade Commission numbers show identity theft is the number one reported consumer complaint in the U.S. It's been that way for eleven years. And here in the Augusta area, some identity criminals are using tax season to turn a profit. full article

CONSUMER REPORTS: Common scams and what to do about them

Whether it's fake checks, bogus products and services, or identity theft, it seems as if there's always someone out there trying to make suckers out of us, warns Consumer Reports Money Adviser. full article

Audit Reveals Lax Data Security Practices by State Agencies

Increasing instances of cybercrime have brought data privacy and confidentiality to the center stage. Disclosure of confidential information may have multiple repercussions for affected parties including legal consequences. full article

On-line seller gets duped by fake PayPal email

People in Bristol selling items online are being warned to watch out for a scam that's already claimed 30 victims in two months. full article

German finance agency suspends site over serious security bug

Germany's federal finance ministry has pulled its website offline after receiving notification of a serious security problem from white hat hackers affiliated to the Chaos Computer Club (CCC). full article

Credit unions issue warnings on debit cards

Customers of two local credit unions are being warned to keep a close eye on accounts linked to their debit cards after some apparently fraudulent activity was noticed. full article

Loner 'stole gadgets from Coventry's Royal Mail depot'

A 63-year-old ‘‘loner’’ hoarded engineering equipment worth thousands of pounds after stealing it from Royal Mail over four years. full article

Checks In The Mail…………Or So You Thought

Imagine a check payable to Visa for $ 100 and puts it in an envelope and go to him and some other bills to collect the mailbox at the end of the driveway for the mailman. full article

March 11, 2011

Phoenix police make arrest in identity theft investigation

Phoenix police are holding a man in custody on suspicion of using stolen credit cards. full article

Tax Related Identity Theft Scams up 300%

Cases of stolen tax returns have surged over the past five years, leaving many identity theft victims struggling to recoup their lost refunds. full article

Grayslake man denies identity theft charge

An employee of the secretary of state’s driver’s license division pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he tried to sell the personal information of license applicants at the division’s Libertyville office. full article

Bogota woman charged in bank theft case

Bogota resident Davasia Williamson, 22, a teller at a TD Bank in Elmwood Park, was arrested Feb. 28 by Elmwood Park police after she allegedly provided a male accomplice with customers’ account information, which he then used to make approximately $40,000 worth of withdrawals, Det. Lt. Brian DiPasquale said. Williamson has been charged with identity theft, theft by deception, computer-related theft and conspiracy to commit computer-related theft, DiPasquale said. full article

Montgomery man pleads guilty to tax conspiracy

A Montgomery resident has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to de­fraud the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Serv­ice announced Thursday. full article

Cloud streamlines efficiency of identity theft

Working with cloud-based services significantly improves economies of scale – for cybercriminals too, according to Commtouch. full article

The Worlds largest Stem Cell Bank suffers theft of 300,000 client records

The Cord Blood Registry, the world’s largest stem cell bank based in California, has suffered a data breach leading to the theft of 300,000 client records. This could prove very costly to the company, as current research published by the Ponemon Institute reports that the average cost per lost record to a business is now at $214. full article

BMI taken out by Anonymous

Hacktivists affiliated to Anonymous have taken out the website of Broadcast Music Incorporated in a protest against its stance against file-sharing. full article

InterWorx admits password security FAIL led to attack on users

Web-hosting administration outfit InterWorx has warned users to change their passwords following a deep penetrating hack attack. full article

FTC: Southwest Part of Brownsville is ID Theft Capital of U.S.

BROWNSVILLE - The southwest part of Brownsville is the identity theft capital of the United States, according to a federal agency. full article

Qns. Village residents fear identity theft

Residents of a Queens Village block have been concerned about possible identity theft after some of them received letters in the mail last week indicating parcels were stolen on their mail route. full article

March 10, 2011

12 indicted in Minn. in alleged bank fraud ring

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Twelve people have been charged in a $10 million bank fraud conspiracy that authorities say depended on identity theft by employees in some of America's largest banks, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. full article

Do you fit the profile of an identity theft victim?

(ARA) - Do your address, job and interests make you more likely to be a victim of identity theft? Recent research shows that may, indeed, be the case. full article

Credit card, identity theft suspect sought

The public’s help is sought by the Dalton Police Department in identifying an individual who allegedly stole a drunk man’s wallet and tried to use his bank cards. This individual has also apparently been using the man’s driver’s license and identity. full article

Solano, Napa in top 50 areas for IDtheft in U.S.

With identity theft topping the federal government's complaint list for the 11th consecutive year, Solano County was ranked the 31st worst area of 500 tracked for the problem, a new report reveals. full article

Woman Charged With Identity Theft

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- An Elizabethton woman faces identity theft charges after a 2-month investigation. full article

New Jersey Nearly Sold Secret Data

Files on abused children. Employee evaluations. Tax returns. A list of computer passwords. Names, addresses, birth dates and other information on hundreds of foster children and abused children. And, of course, Social Security numbers. full article

Suspected ID Theft Ring Caught in Heights Hotel

Two hotel guests acting erratically lead police to an identity theft operation in a room at the Super8 Hotel on Paisano NE. full article

Fast food worker arrested for credit card scheme

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A former fast food worker was arrested Wednesday on identity theft charges. full article

Beaverton police warn of ATM skimmers, seek to identify two suspects

Police are seeking to identify two suspects believed to be using an ATM skimmer in order to access people's personal banking information. full article

Ex-staffer Pleads Not Guilty to Charity Theft

The former office manager of Sustainable Long Island may have stolen up to $200,000 from the nonprofit advocacy group to pay for personal expenses, Nassau County police said. full article

Five Big Security Threats for 2011

Online malicious activity was a major headache in 2010, and so far, 2011 is no different: We've seen scams and malware on Twitter, Facebook, and the Android Market, as well as a rise in politically motivated online attacks. full article

12 Arizonans charged in mortgage fraud schemes

PHOENIX (AP) -- Federal prosecutors announced two indictments Wednesday targeting people who illegally profited from Arizona's mid-2000s housing boom by devising cash-back mortgage fraud schemes, including a couple who runs a Tempe-based international Christian ministry. full article

March 9, 2011

Identity theft and impostor scams among top consumer complaints last year, FTC says

The Federal Trade Commission received more complaints about identity theft in 2010 than any other issue. full article

Identity theft class conducted in Osage

"When it comes to protecting ourselves from identity theft, we need to remember three simple rules - deter, detect and defend," said Osage Police Chief Russell Slight. full article

Identity theft complaints ebb in U.S., Florida

Has identity theft hits its peak? Federal officials hope so, based on the latest data, but the jury is still out. full article

Identity theft tops list of consumer fraud for 2010

Identity theft continued to be a significant problem for U.S. consumers in 2010, ranking as the top complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission for the year. full article

Defense contractor charged with stealing secrets on laptop

IDG News Service - A former engineer with U.S. military contractor L-3 Communications is facing as much as 20 years in prison on charges that he illegally exported military data to China. full article

Local Victim of Identity Theft Fights Back

Anyone can be a victim of identity theft. full article

Dentist cuffed for using lost credit card to pay for pizza

A millionaire has been busted after apparently buying pizza with credit card he found on the street. full article

Credit and debit card fraud 'falls to 10-year low'

Fraud losses on UK credit and debit cards fell to the lowest level for a decade in 2010 as awareness of the issue increased. full article

Rincon Police Arrest Identity Theft Suspect

RINCON, GA -- Rincon Police have arrested a man wanted for several vehicle break-ins, commercial burglaries and identity fraud. full article

Hacker group vows 'cyberwar' on US government, business

DALLAS — A leader of the computer hackers group known as Anonymous is threatening new attacks on major U.S. corporations and government officials as part of at an escalating “cyberwar” against the citadels of American power. full article

Midlands Tech warns employees of security breach

Midlands Technical College warned employees last month that a flash drive containing some of their personal information was taken from a human resources office at the college. full article

Rep. Steve Israel to introduce bill removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards

On Friday, Rep. Steve Israel (D – Huntington) joined with State Senator John J. Flanagan, Assemblyman Andrew Raia and Commack seniors to announce the introduction of legislation to protect seniors from identity theft and fraud. Rep. Israel’s bill will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare and Medicaid cards. full article

State police seek to ID theft suspect

MILLSBORO, DEL. — Delaware State Police are seeking the identity of a man who illegally used another person’s credit card on Feb. 14 after she left it at the Millsboro Dash Inn. full article

Refugee hopeful pleads guilty to mail theft in Windsor court

WINDSOR, Ont. -- A Czech man vying for refugee status in Canada pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail theft. full article

Royal Mail apologises over mail theft

Royal Mail has apologised to parcel delivery customers in Leicestershire after a postman stole thousands of letters. full article

Mail box stolen from National City Post Office

NATIONAL CITY — A blue mail collection box was stolen from in front of the main National City Post Office over the weekend and a $10,000 reward is being offered for tips leading to the thief’s arrest, postal officials said. full article

March 8, 2011

Feds charge 10 with running Nigerian 419 scam

Federal prosecutors have accused 10 people of fleecing $1.5 million out of victims throughout the US with an advanced fee scam that promised lavish inheritances if they paid money up front to facilitate the transfers. full article

Hundreds at risk of identity theft after hard drive goes missing at WMU

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Western Michigan University is sending out a news alert. full article

The death of the magnetic stripe credit card

First, we said goodbye to the floppy disk drive. Then, the Sony Walkman was unceremoniously buried. full article

Security agency calls time on botnet FUD

The EU's cyber security Agency, ENISA, wants a re-think of how we measure the size and potency of botnets, networks of malware-infected PCs that are now the mainstay of spam distribution, identity theft and DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks. full article

Another SA woman in child-support scam

A 14th suspect has been charged in connection with a scheme to divert money meant for Texas child-support recipients. full article

Former Va. Wachovia employee pleads to $14M fraud

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A former employee at a Virginia branch of Wachovia Bank pleaded guilty Friday to stealing more than $14 million from her clients' accounts and using the money to buy a lake house in New York, a luxury motor home and a helicopter, among other things. full article

Former Alabama bank exec pleads guilty to fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former executive at Alabama-based Colonial Bank pleaded guilty Wednesday to a nearly billion-dollar fraud conspiracy that contributed to the collapse of both the bank and what had been one of the country's largest mortgage lenders. full article

Woman, 63, indicted on charges of identity theft, forging checks

GOSHEN — Barbara Supplee, 63, of Sparrowbush, used another woman's accounts and forged checks for thousands of dollars, according to an indictment handed up Monday by an Orange County grand jury. full article

March 7, 2011

Top student charged with fixing grades for cash

IDG News Service - A Nevada student who gave the opening address at his high school graduation last year has been charged with breaking into his school district's computer system and bumping up his classmates' grades for a fee. full article

Woman dressed as dead mom arrested in pension plot

Authorities say a Washington state woman suspected of pension fraud was arrested when she tried to open a bank account in her dead mother's name while disguised as her mother. full article

Police seek Carbondale man on computer fraud, ID theft

CARBONDALE - Police have an arrest warrant for a 22-year-old Carbondale man wanted on charges of computer fraud and identity theft. full article

Victim of Larceny, Identity Theft Case Is From Goshen

LITCHFIELD — A man with a lengthy criminal record was arraigned in Bantam Superior Court Thursday on larceny and identity theft charges after he was picked up on a warrant in Hartford. full article

NY Attorney General Reveals Biggest Consumer Scams Of 2010

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman marked National Consumer Protection Week by releasing New York’s top 10 frauds of 2010 on Sunday. full article

Identity Theft Expert Releases Smartphone Survival Guide

In response to the increasing data theft threat posed by Smartphones, identity theft expert John Sileo has released The Smartphone Survival Guide. Because of their mobility and computing power, smartphones are the next wave of data hijacking. iPhone, BlackBerry and Droid users carry so much sensitive data on their phones, and because they are so easily compromised, it's disastrous when they fall into the wrong hands. full article

Hackers targeted French gov't computers for G20 secrets

IDG News Service - IT staff spent the weekend in a massive clean-up operation to remove traces of a "spectacular" attack on computers at Bercy, the headquarters of the French Ministry of Economy, Finances and Industry, a government minister said Monday. full article

Charlie Sheen fake filth flick powers Facebook survey scam

Scammers have exploited actor Charlie Sheen's increasingly bizarre antics as a lure for the latest in a long line of survey scams on Facebook. full article

March 4, 2011

Brooklyn man convicted of killing ID theft victims

(CNN) -- A man authorities say was part of a Brooklyn husband-and-wife identity theft team has been convicted of the murder of two of his three identity theft victims, prosecutors announced Thursday. full article

Local man arraigned on larceny and identity theft charges in Goshen

BANTAM — A man with a lengthy criminal record was arraigned in Bantam Superior Court Thursday on larceny and identity theft charges after he was picked up on a warrant in Hartford. full article

Identity thieves devastate victims' lives

We’ve all heard the horror stories associated with identity theft, but until you are personally affected, you don’t really understand the extent of it. full article

Kingsville woman charged with identity theft

WINDSOR, Ont. -- RCMP say they've nabbed a Kingsville woman who spent four years illegally acquiring credit cards and GST cheques by stealing the identity of a dead baby. full article

Four who ran credit card fraud market to serve prison time

IDG News Service - Three men and a woman who ran what U.K. police say was the largest English-language criminal forum for selling stolen credit card numbers and the tools to steal data were imprisoned for a combined total of more than 15 years, according to the Metropolitan Police. full article

March 3, 2011

Daughter of Malcolm X held on $100K bail in NYC

NEW YORK – A daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X has been extradited to New York City to face charges of identity theft and grand larceny. full article

Montgomery man sentenced for tax fraud, ID theft

A Montgomery County resident has been sentenced to 36 months in prison for tax fraud and identity theft, the U.S. Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service announced Wednesday. full article

Aides accuse councilwoman of alleged bribes, identity theft

LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Councilwoman Judy Green – already the subject of an ethics investigation – is facing more scrutiny after a police report uncovers allegations accusing the Democrat of allegedly accepting bribes and committing identity theft. full article

Identity thieves target local communities

CINCINNATI - It's bad enough for any of us to face the agony that comes with identity theft. The time spent clearing your name and salvaging your credit rating; the sheer outrage that someone could take something so personal. But some of us, as the Scripps Howard News Service investigation shows, are more often at risk that others. full article

More Colorado Premium Foods workers charged with identity theft

Immigration enforcement officials and local authorities said they have found a few more suspected illegal immigrants working in Greeley through random business audits and calls from victims. full article

Elgin woman arrested for identity theft

ELGIN, Iowa --- The Fayette County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday arrested Tiqua Rene Anderson, 36, of Elgin, for alleged identity theft. full article

Mortgage, identity theft scams top AG's list of consumer complaints

Problems with mortgages and identity theft top a consumer complaints list Wednesday released by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. full article

March 2, 2011

Irish Banking Fraud Ring Uncovered

A Moldovan man alleged to be the mastermind behind an international fraud ring that targeted both private and corporate bank accounts has been arrested in Limerick, Ireland, in a joint operation by Gardai and customs officials. full article

IC3: Internet Crime Up in 2010

Internet crime is on the rise again according to a report recently released by The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The organization said last week that it received the second-highest number of complaints in its decade long history in 2010. full article

Malware-Infected Apps Yanked From Android Market

A large number of apps in the Android Market have been found to contain a piece of malware known as DroidDream, a Trojan that not only is able to harvest sensitive data from an infected device, but also can break out of the Android sandbox and download additional malicious code to the phone from remote servers. full article

Man accused of stealing ex-roommate's identity turns himself in

A man wanted by the Kentucky State Police on charges of using identity theft to steal money from his former roommate has turned himself in. full article

Norfolk man arrested after police say he stole 102-year-old woman's identity

A man wanted in Norfolk on charges of identity theft and forgery was nabbed in Washington D.C. full article

New report details most prevalent types of computer crime in Connecticut in 2010

Non-delivery of merchandise or payment, identity theft and auction fraud were the most common complaints made by Connecticut consumers to the joint FBI/National White Collar Crime Center’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) last year. full article

Victim discovers someone already filed 'their' taxes

York, PA - A York resident tried to e-file their 2010 tax return, but discovered that someone else had already used their name and social security number to do the same thing, according to a news release. full article

Self-erasing flash drives destroy court evidence

The inner workings of solid state storage devices are so fundamentally different from traditional hard drives that forensic investigators can no longer rely on current preservation techniques when admitting evidence stored on them in court cases, Australian scientists said in a research paper. full article

Woman sentenced for breaching former employer's PCs

A California woman has been sentenced to 60 days home detention and a year of probation for breaching the mail system of a former employer and posting confidential company documents to public websites. full article

March 1, 2011

Man Arrested In Connection To Identity Theft Ring

Shawn Young Accused Of Credit Card, Gift Card Fraud

HOUSTON -- The Harris County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man in connection with an organized crime ring. full article

Elisa Baker Faces Identity Theft, Property Charges

CHARLOTTE -- The North Carolina woman accused of killing her stepdaughter is facing new charges. full article

Serial ID thief 'was neighbour for 14 yrs'

A serial identity theft who pretended to be his neighbour for 14 years was only revealed after receiving a speeding fine, Bundaberg Magistrates Court heard yesterday. full article

Bank teller in Elmwood Park charged with identity theft

ELMWOOD PARK — A bank teller was arrested Monday and charged with identity theft, computer theft and other crimes after she used the account information of at least seven bank customers to steal between $30,000 and $40,000, police said. full article

Do WikiLeaks imitators put your e-mail at risk?

Imagine having every e-mail you've written published by hackers for the entire world to see. You don't have to stretch your imagination very far -- it's already happening to some folks. full article

Irina Malezhik Identity Theft Case: Jury Hears Bizarre Details Of Morbid Case

NEW YORK — Irina Malezhik was ending an assignment as a Russian-language translator at a law office in 2004 when she asked an innocent but fateful question: Could anyone offer a lift to Brooklyn? full article

NY Senator: HTTP 'a Welcome Mat for Would-Be Hackers'

Identity theft and security breaches are a top concern for New York Senator Charles Schumer, who appealed to major online companies like Amazon and Twitter to switch to a more secure protocol. The Democrat, speaking at a news conference in a New York City coffee shop, said that unsecured Wi-Fi access aids hackers in getting other people's personal information. full article