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June 2011 News Archive

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 and other sites. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

$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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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? full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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 full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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? full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article attacked; hacktivists claim credit

The website for 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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

NATO site hacked

NATO is warning subscribers to its e-Bookshop service that hackers have likely stolen its customer database. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

Hacker group targets Arizona law enforcement

(CNN) -- The hacker group LulzSec has alarmed police in Arizona this week after releasing sensitive information about officers. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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 full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

Goldsboro woman charged with identity theft

GOLDSBORO, N.C. - A woman has been charged with identity theft. full article

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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. 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.” full article

What’s with all these $#@& data breaches?

‘What you’re seeing now is hackers gone wild,’ says former federal prosecutor full article

FBI targets two "scareware" rings

Computers, servers and bank accounts associated with the operations were seized full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

LulzSec attacks Brazilian government sites and, two sites belonging to the government of Brazil, were the latest victims of anti-security hacker group LulzSec on Tuesday. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

Emissions testers suspected of identity theft

Two emissions testers have been taking more than pollution readings, Loveland police said today. full article

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 full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

Centaur website reveals guests' personal info

BANGALORE: The Centaur Hotels' website,, 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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

Identity theft suspect wanted after purchasing 65" 3-D T.V.

( -- 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article Increasingly Abused by Phisherss

Security researchers warn that phishers are increasingly abusing the free service in order to create and host phishing pages. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

Hacking group LulzSec says it takes out CIA website

Hacking collective LulzSec has struck its biggest target yet — the Central Intelligence Agency. full article

Twist on identity theft hurts brother

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Jason Griego recently discovered he’s been charged with possession of methamphetamine. full article

Identity Theft Suspect Uses Stolen Credit Card

Surveillance Pictures Show Woman At Area Wal-Mart full article

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. full article

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. full article

Identity theft suspects caught on tape

Police search for two men accused identity theft full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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 full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

Thieves found Citigroup site an easy entry

'If you think financially motivated breaches are huge now, just wait another year,' investigator warns 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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 website, saying that only test data was exposed. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

Ireland to extradite " 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 [subscription only]. full article

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. full article

Epic Games Gets Hacked

It seems like everyone these days is getting their sites hacked and their data compromised. full article

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. full article

100 victims suspected in credit fraud

Westport’s Lafrance Hospitality Corporation security system breached full article

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. full article

IMF 'suspended' World Bank links following hack attack

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reportedly become the target of a concerted hack attack. 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. full article

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. full article

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 full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

Spanish police cuff three Anonymous hack suspects

Spanish national police have arrested three suspected members of the infamous Anonymous hacking crew. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

Alarm over passport thefts in Glen Eira

IDENTITY theft could be behind recent passport thefts in Glen Eira, police fear. full article

Ohioans warned about tax identity theft

Ohioans are being warned after dozens of residents have been the target of tax identity theft. full article

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 full article

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. full article

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." full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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 full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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 full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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? full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

Sony Pictures falls victim to major data breach

Hacking group LulzSec claims it has accessed personal data on more than 1 million people full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. 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. full article

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. full article

Nelson investigates tax identity theft

Washington, D.C. - -- A tax fraud issue affecting dozens of Bay area taxpayers is getting attention in Washington. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article

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. full article