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Dr. Donald Rebovich,
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April 2012 News Archive

April 30, 2012

Credit Card Identity Theft Ring Busted

Chicago - The State's Attorney General's Office said it has busted an identity theft ring targeting patrons at Wrigley Field, Ralph Lauren Restaurant, McDonald's and Taco Bell. full article

Warrant: Stolen tax files led to ID theft case

New Bern, N.C. — Federal authorities have charged a New Bern man with stealing the identities of dozens of people and filing fraudulent tax returns in their names to obtain refunds, according to a search warrant recently unsealed. full article

R.I. Attorney General warns of rental property identity theft scams

PROVIDENCE — Searching for a new home could cost you your identity, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin warns. full article

Identity thief sentenced to four years in prison

A woman who pleaded guilty to three counts of felony identity theft stemming from cases on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus has been sentenced to four years in prison. full article

Theft of personal documents in Fort Worth led to two-year crime spree

Two years ago, Tracie Ponds walked to her car in the parking lot of the Fort Worth nursing home where she works as a nurse aide and discovered that someone had stolen her purse. full article

Freed Facebook hack Brit vents fury at $200k cleanup claim

Mangham longs for security job after sentence halved on appeal

A UK man jailed for hacking into Facebook has vowed to rebuild his life – and his reputation – after winning an appeal against his sentence. full article

April 27, 2012

Guilty plea entered to fraud, identity theft

A Florida woman arrested last year at the Peace Bridge with hundreds of stolen health care records pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Buffalo to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. full article

6 identity theft ring suspects sentenced

Six suspects implicated in an identity theft ring that allegedly operated in the Hattiesburg and Laurel areas were sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court. full article

Four Steps for Fighting ACH Fraud

Texas Bankers, Law Enforcers Collaborate and Offer Advice

In Texas, increasing incidents of corporate account takeover, often perpetrated by phishing schemes used to commit ACH and wire fraud, have raised concern. full article

Taliban website hacked for third time this year

KABUL — Hackers have for the third time in less than a year crippled the main website of the Afghan Taliban, with a Taliban spokesman on Friday blaming Western intelligence agencies amid an intensifying cyber war with the insurgents. full article

FBI Targets An Austrian Remailer in Pitt Bomb Threat Case

FBI investigators have broadened their probe into emailed bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh to an anonymous remailer in Austria. full article

Patriotic hackers face off in South China Sea

Dispute over islands claimed by China and Philippines goes online

The Philippine government has appealed in vain for patriotic hackers in the country to “be the bigger man” and not retaliate against China for a series of suspected attacks on university and government web sites, as the stand-off between the two countries over a set of disputed islands continues. full article

House passes CISPA cyberthreat sharing bill, despite privacy concerns

One opponent has expressed worries that the bill would create a 'Wild West of information sharing'

IDG News Service - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a cyberthreat information-sharing bill that critics say will give U.S. government agencies access to the private communications of millions of Internet users. full article

April 26, 2012

Nissan Delayed Revealing Hack

Nissan Motor Company was hacked 11 days ago by unknown attackers who swiped employees’ IDs and encrypted passwords after planting a computer virus on the company’s computer systems. But the motor vehicle maker waited a week to disclose the attack so it could investigate. full article

White House Issues A Smackdown On CISPA

The Internet appears poised to win another battle when it comes to Internet legislation. Civil liberties groups and other “political voices of the Internet” have been expressing grave concern over the past few weeks about the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a bill moving through Congress that would make it easier for private companies to share information about cyber threats with government agencies. Those opposed have expressed concern about the fact that it exempts companies from privacy laws, shields companies from liability from customers and regulators for information they turn over, and the vagueness of the bill, which doesn’t define what a cyber threat is, set limits on what can be turned over, nor describe which agencies would be privy to the secret spilling. full article

Bend ID Theft Case Drives Home Message of Caution

Police Say Mail Was Stolen from Trash to Fake Checks, IDs

BEND, Ore. -- A Bend woman was arrested Tuesday on more than 160 identity theft, forgery and computer crime charges, the third arrest in an ID theft scheme that went through people’s garbage to find their mail, police said Wednesday. full article

Cookeville teen victim of criminal identity theft

Nineteen year old Cookeville resident, Chelsea Renee Scott learned about identity theft up close and personal. She is not a shoplifter, so you can imagine her surprise, to say the least, when she and her family read in the local newspaper that she'd been accused of the crime. full article

Fairfield Man Charged with Identity Theft

A Fairfield man was charged with identity theft last week following an investigation started earlier this year, police said. full article

Raleigh Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud and Identity Theft Scheme

RALEIGH—United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that Roger Van Santvoord Camp, 68, pled guilty last week to a six-count indictment charging him with four counts of bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344(2), and two counts of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A. full article

'Obstinate' Conficker worm infests millions of PCs years later

Suppressed botnet has 7M Windows machines in its grip three years after it first appeared

Computerworld - Microsoft yesterday said the long-suppressed Conficker botnet is still actively infecting millions of new machines, giving Windows enterprise users a two-and-a-half-year headache. full article

Global cop squad busts 36 credit card data-selling sites

SOCA, Feds and others shut down fraud-in-a-trolley scammers

An international team of cops has taken down 36 websites that were being used to shift vast quantities of stolen credit card and bank account data. full article

Russian cyber crime market more organized, lucrative

When it comes to information sharing, the cyber crime community in Russia is way ahead of the game. full article

Cyber Spin on Check Fraud?

Hackers Use Malware to Gain Access to Stored Images

Check fraud may seem like an antiquated scheme, but banking institutions continue to struggle with how best to prevent it. full article

Iranian Cyberthreat To U.S. A Growing Concern

'Seismic shift' in Iran's cyberstrategy, but the U.S. is lacking an official strategy for response and offense, experts tell Congress

Iran isn't at the top of the list of cyberthreats to the U.S. today, but the bad news is that the Iranian government has the intent and motivation to become a major threat -- and appears to be shifting from defense to offense, according to expert testimony today on Capitol Hill. full article

April 25, 2012

N.Y. Jury to See Video of Man Posing as Dead Mom

Jurors in a New York court will see surveillance footage today of a man who allegedly dressed up as his dead mother for six years to cash her Social Security checks, even going as far as visiting the DMV for a new license in the get-up. full article

Florida Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft and Wire Fraud

Ernst Pierre, a Port St. Lucie, Fla., tax preparer, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. Pierre was charged with a scheme to file false federal income tax returns using stolen identity information. full article

Refund Tax Fraud, iPhone, Feed Identity Theft By Employees

Last Thursday night, an undercover deputy from the Hillsborough County, Fla. Sherriff’s office, acting on a tip, made a street buy. What makes this noteworthy is he didn’t buy drugs. Instead, he purchased 33 stolen names, birth dates and Social Security numbers. full article

Man faces 10 identity theft charges

A Gastonia man faces charges he stole a Wells Fargo debit card and used it 10 times over a four-day period, according to arrest warrants. full article

Huntington Beach Police release photos of identity theft suspect

Woman wanted for stealing more than $300,000 from Chase Bank customers throughout California, Nevada.

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman wanted for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from victims' bank accounts through identity theft and forgery. full article

CISPA sponsors support amendments addressing privacy concerns

A proposed amendment would limit what U.S. agencies can do with shared information

IDG News Service - The sponsors of a controversial cyberthreat information-sharing bill will offer new amendments to address privacy concerns, with changes focused on limiting how government agencies can use information shared by private companies, as the bill comes to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. full article

Healthcare industry group builds cybersecurity threat center

Network World - Looking to address growing cybersecurity threats in the healthcare industry the Health Information Trust Alliance today said it has established a centralized Cybersecurity Incident Response and Coordination Center where organizations can report incidents and get help remediating electronic medical security problems. full article

E-Mail, Source Code From VMWare Bubbles Up From Compromised Chinese Firm

In what looks like the IT equivalent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, purloined data and documents, including source code belonging to the U.S. software firm VMWare, continue to bubble up from the networks of a variety of compromised Chinese firms, according to "Hardcore Charlie," an anonymous hacker who has claimed responsibility for the hacks. full article

Iran cuts off oil plants hit by mystery data-destroying virus

Lockdown as officials drill into malware riddle

Malware discovered at an Iranian oil terminal forced Iran to disconnect key oil facilities on Sunday. full article

Anonymous tweetbomb: Hacktivists round on CISPA

Hacktivist group Anonymous has slammed SOPA’s successor-bill CISPA, due to go before the US House of Representatives. They claim it will allow companies unprecedented access to personnel information, severely violating privacy laws. full article

Megaupload Trial May Never Happen Because of Possible FBI Error

The U.S. government seems to be losing ground quickly in the PR war surrounding the case against Megaupload, the massive file-sharing site, and the company’s leader, Kim Dotcom. Just over a week ago, we learned that Quinn Emmanuel had signed on as the company’s defense team; the firm hit the ground running with a brief calling B.S. on one of the government’s objections. full article

Anonymous Fameball Barrett Brown Raided By FBI

Barrett Brown, bubble bath webcam star and former spokesman for the hacktivist collective Anonymous was raided by the FBI on Wednesday. Authorities took his laptop, but not his relentlessly self-promotional spirit. full article

Containing Weapons of Mass Surveillance

President Obama is on the right track with Monday's executive order, but the United States needs to get tougher on the global digital arms race.

As the bodies continue to pile up in Syria, the Assad government's war against its own people extends beyond physical space to cyberspace. Not satisfied with pervasive surveillance through Internet and mobile networks -- conducted with the help of Western companies -- the Syrian government also conducts outright cyber-warfare against its own people. full article

April 24, 2012

Employee Sends Medicaid Info of 228K To His Yahoo! Account

MedicaidA South Carolina man was arrested yesterday on charges stemming from a data breach that may have leaked personal information on more than 200,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in the state, including their names, phone numbers, addresses, birth dates and Medicare ID numbers according to a report in the newspaper The State. full article

Iran: Oil Industry Hit By Malware Attack

Deja vu all over again as Iranian government-owned systems reportedly targeted by a 'worm'

Officials in the Iranian oil ministry say their network and the country's main oil export terminal were infected with a malware-borne attack that reportedly forced the nation to take those systems offline temporarily. full article

Russian cybercriminals earned $4.5 billion in 2011

Russian mafia took control and professionalized online crime in 2011, researchers say

IDG News Service - Russian-speaking hackers earned an estimated $4.5 billion globally using various online criminal tactics and are thus responsible for 36% of the estimated total of $12.5 billion earned globally by cybercriminals in 2011, Russian security analyst firm Group-IB said in a report published on Tuesday. full article

Trojan designed to take screenshots of hotel payment apps

Researchers warned this week of a trojan that is being hawked, on black market websites, as a way to steal customer credit card information from hotels. full article

UK biz pays heavy price for skimping on security - PwC

Infosec 2012 Hacking attacks against Blighty's top firms hit a record high according to figures for 2011. full article

Grave Robbing: 2.5 Million Dead People Get Their Identities Stolen Every Year

Being a victim of identity theft is always a frustrating ordeal, but millions of Americans have to face an even more troubling scenario: Finding out that a criminal has applied for credit in the name of a deceased family member. A new study finds that, each year, the identities of some 2.5 million dead Americans are stolen. full article

Woman sentenced to prison in ID thefts linked to car break-ins at Mt. Rainier

TACOMA, Wash. — A Tacoma woman who victimized more than a dozen visitors to Mount Rainier National Park, was sentenced to two years in prison, three years of supervised release and $7,034 in restitution for conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. full article

Man gets 75 months for ID theft

LEAGUE CITY — A man who pleaded guilty in January to aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud was sentenced Monday to 75 months in federal prison, the U.S. attorney’s office said. full article

Former Guard recruiter pleads to identity theft

JACKSON, Miss. — A former National Guard recruiter faces a mandatory two years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to aggravated identity theft. full article

ID theft victim has problem with police taking her report

Lyz DeMarco of Hollywood has been trying to report that her identity was stolen and a thief filed a federal tax return in her name for a refund, but Hollywood police have twice turned her away. full article

ID theft fraudster loses jail term plea

A hard-hearted fraudster who used a dead baby’s identity to apply for a mortgage on a house in Shropshire has had an appeal against her jail sentence thrown out by top judges. full article

April 23, 2012

Global Breach: Lessons Learned

Gartner's Litan Highlights Steps for Improving Fraud Detection

Details surrounding the Global Payments breach remain fuzzy, raising questions among security practitioners about how the payments industry can and should improve steps to mitigate card-fraud risks. full article

April 20, 2012

Students accused in identity theft ring

Women in possession of 54 stolen credit cards

To the casual observer, they looked like what they were: four college girls shopping. full article

Sacramento man indicted for bank fraud, identity theft

Yasir Mehmood, 41, is charged with multiple counts of bank fraud, submitting false documents to an agency of the United States, obtaining U.S. mail by fraud, aggravated identity theft, and credit card fraud, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. full article

Loris woman pleads guilty to identity theft in Myrtle Beach

A Loris woman pleaded guilty to identity theft in federal court on Tuesday, according to Bill Nettles, United States Attorney for South Carolina. full article

Gay man, shunned by family, steals brother's identity, police say

Brotherly love has apparently turned sour between two siblings after police said one of them fraudulently obtained credit cards, established a bank account and bought a new car under the other’s identity. full article

FBI seizes anonymizing server in bomb threat probe

Groups using the server said there's little chance the FBI will be able to trace email sent by the machine

IDG News Service - The FBI is unlikely to uncover from a seized server the identity of someone emailing bomb threats to the University of Pittsburgh, according to groups who used the equipment. full article

2,500 copycat hack attempts on abortion provider site – report

Five weeks after a man was cuffed by police for swiping around 10,000 records of women who registered with British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the site remains under sustained hack attempts, the BBC reports. full article

April 19, 2012

BBB reports local company is victim of business identity theft

TUCSON - If you think only an individuals' identity can be stolen, think again - the Better Business Bureau reports that a local pet business recently became the victim of business identity theft. full article

Plata's Identity theft case nears end

BARSTOW • Eighteen have been convicted and seven cleared of those arrested in the extensive identity theft ring involving a local restaurant. On Tuesday, the charges were dismissed from the final defendant arrested in the crime. full article

FBI investigating UC San Marcos ID theft

(04-18) 07:00 PDT SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) -- The FBI is investigating allegations that 700 students had their identities stolen from computers at a San Diego County university. full article

Russian charged with hacking into brokerage accounts

Petr Murmylyuk allegedly caused $1 million in losses to Fidelity, Scottrade, E*Trade, and Schwab

IDG News Service - A Russian national has been charged in the U.S. with allegedly hacking into brokerage accounts and executing fraudulent trades, which several brokerage houses claim caused $1 million in losses. full article

ATM Attacks Exploit Lax Security

Toronto Hospitals Struck by Skimming Attacks

Lax security makes non-banking sites prime targets for skimming attacks, like the ones that hit eight hospitals in Toronto. full article

Trojan sneaks into hotel, slurps guests' credit card data

Cyberooks are selling malware through underground forums which they claim offers the ability to steal credit card information from a hotel point of sale (POS) applications. full article

April 18, 2012

Petr Murmylyuk, a.k.a. Dmitry Tokar, Charged With Fraud, Hacking, Identity Theft, Money Laundering

Petr Murmylyuk, a.k.a. Dmitry Tokar, is having a bad day. Murmylyuk has been slapped with a slew of federal charges in two different states. full article

Education combats child identity theft

Call it the invisible crime. Most parents remain largely unaware of child identity theft even as it’s becoming increasingly common. Victims and their parents may be unaware for years that a crime has occurred. A friend tried to open a bank account for her 7-year-old daughter and discovered someone had been using the child’s identity for years, starting two months after her birth. full article

Two plead guilty to roles in Palisades Park-based ID-theft ring

A major supplier of black-market Social Security cards to a Palisades Park-based identity-theft and bank-fraud ring and a customer of the ring who became a collusive merchant were each sentenced Tuesday to 4½ years in federal prison. full article

Identity Theft Bust

An identity theft investigation that began in Camarillo led to nine arrests in Port Hueneme. full article

East Palo Alto woman arrested on suspicion of identity theft

Police arrested an East Palo Alto woman on suspicion of identity theft Monday after she allegedly used a South Dakota woman's check to open an account at a downtown Palo Alto bank. full article

Identity Theft Tops List of Tax Scams

For Angela Beasley of Miami, tax time seemed especially promising this year. After doing her taxes with Intuit’s popular TurboTax software, she found she was due a refund of nearly $5,000. full article

ID thefts plague hospitals

According to a February study, 91 percent of small healthcare organizations suffered at least one data breach, with 24 percent of them likely resulting in medical identity theft. That list already is growing as about 100 North Shore University Hospital patients had their identities compromised, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System announced Thursday. full article

Teen's Arrest Underscores Need for More Secure Web Development

A 15-year-old who claimed he was bored when he turned to hacking was arrested for breaking into almost 260 companies during the first three months of this year, according to a ZDNet article published earlier today. full article

Third person pleads in New England skimming racket

A third defendant accused of participating in an ATM skimming spree that hit banks in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island has pleaded guilty. full article

Chinese and US military square off for cyber war games

The United States and Chinese military have been locking horns in secret cyber warfare exercises designed to help prevent the outbreak of real war between the two. full article

Hackers ramp up attacks against Tibetan activists

Hackers pose as security researchers or companies to trick Tibetan activists into infecting their computers with malware

IDG News Service - Hackers are ramping up their attacks against Tibetan activists and are using increasingly sophisticated techniques to deliver malware, according to researchers from security firms FireEye and Trend Micro. full article

Iranian Takes Credit For POS Hack That Spills Three Million Bank Accounts

An Iranian national exposed confidential account details for some three million bank accounts in that country, prompting warnings from banking officials. full article

Police Arrest Local Woman With History Of ID Theft

A career identity thief is back in jail after reportedly stealing checks out of women's purses in changing rooms at Rogue Valley Mall and cashing them around the county, police said. full article

Identity theft alleged in post

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office reported an incident of alleged Facebook identity theft Tuesday involving a top aide who is spearheading the administration’s state employee pension revamp. full article

April 17, 2012

Prosecutor: Ex health agency exec stole brain injury patients' IDs, got NY-NJ tax refunds

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Dozens of victims of severe brain injuries had their identities stolen by a man who worked at the New York center where they were treated, a prosecutor said Monday. The suspect then filed phony tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and in at least two states, pocketing over $200,000 in refunds. full article

Tamarac Man Faces Identity Theft Charge

FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Tamarac man is behind bars after he was charged with ten counts of identity theft. full article

Website vulnerabilities fall, but hackers become more skilled

Developers introduced 148 serious flaws on an average per website in 2011, according to WhiteHat Security

IDG News Service - The number of coding mistakes on websites continues to fall but companies are slow to fix issues that could be exploited by hackers working with improved attack tools, a security expert said. full article

'Not guilty' plea in Utah cop site hacking case

Police twitter feed doesn't wait for court hearing

An Ohio man pleaded not guilty today to charges that he hacked into a pair of police websites in Salt Lake City, Utah in January. full article

Anonymous takes down CIA, DOJ, FBI, NASA, MI6

In a DDoS frenzy, Anonymous hacktivists have taken down websites belonging to the CIA, DOJ, FBI, NASA and MI6. Using Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, an Anonymous hacktivist from Brazil who goes by the Twitter handle Havittaja ? @Havittaja, has orchestrated an impressive series of attacks on various government website. full article

3 million bank accounts hacked in Iran

Summary: First, he warned of the security flaw in Iran’s banking system. Then he provided them with 1,000 bank account details. When they didn’t listen, he hacked 3 million accounts across at least 22 banks. full article

April 16, 2012

Traffic stop led to discovery of ID theft of special needs patients in Miami

Debbie Jean Cooper, 53, Miami Gardens, was arrested and charged with eight counts of identity theft after a deputy stopped a 2006 white Lexus on I-75 in Collier County for speeding on Thursday. The vehicle was traveling 115 mph in a 70 mph zone, according to a news release from the Collier County Sheriff's Office. full article

Tax Refunds Delayed By Rising Identity Theft

Mike Bucalo Jr., 71, has never lived in Miami. He's spent the past 25 years in Akron, Ohio. Yet according to his 2011 tax return filed in January, he resided in Florida last year. full article

Thieves spree on id’s

Dumpster-diving thieves are gleaning sensitive financial information from documents tossed by some of Manhattan’s richest residents — and the identity theft is creating a citywide spike in grand larceny, The Post has learned. full article

ID theft suspect's rent: $9 a month

Suspect in ID theft received gov't subsidized housing

LAWRENCE — A woman charged as part of an alleged nationwide identity theft ring was paying just $9 per month to live in a subsidized apartment at 19 Bigelow St. in South Lawrence. full article

Mom of dead infant gets 1 year for identity theft

A woman locked up in the Marion County Jail since August 2011 — whose baby girl died under suspicious circumstances while she was incarcerated — has been sentenced to a year in jail, according to court and jail records. full article

Five from area face identity theft, tax fraud charges

A federal grand jury has indicted five tri-county residents in an identity theft and tax fraud scheme, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. full article

U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz to introduce new tax-ID theft bill

The Broward Sheriff's Office has been swamped with an "escalating epidemic" of identities being stolen and used to file bogus tax returns before taxpayers could file legitimate returns. full article

UK teen charged with jamming of anti-terrorist hotline

A 16-year-old also arrested last week was bailed pending further enquiries

IDG News Service - A 17-year-old arrested after a series of prank phones calls and denial-of-service attacks directed toward an anti-terrorist alert hotline was charged on Saturday, according to the U.K.'s Metropolitan Police Service. full article

Malware Campaign Extorts Users with SOPA Threats

A new scareware-ransomware hybrid attempts to convince users they are being sued in violation of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and offers to remedy the problem if users purchase a fake antivirus solution. full article

Android Trojan distracts Japanese with anime and porn

Video trailers mask data pilfering malware

Security experts are warning of yet more malicious applications found on Google’s official online apps market Play, this time designed to steal personal data in the background while promising to show trailers for Japanese anime, video games and porn. full article

FBI track Anonymous hacker using photo of girlfriend's breasts

The FBI tracked an Anonymous hacker from Texas, with the help of a photo uploaded by his girlfriend taunting the police. The photo showed the woman's breasts with a sign attached to her belly that had information that helped the FBI track the hacker. full article

April 13, 2012

Child Identity Theft Protection Bill Passed By Maryland Lawmakers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As more and more children are having their credit ratings damaged by identity theft before they think of borrowing a dime, Maryland lawmakers have approved a first-of-its-kind measure to enable parents to take steps to protect their kids. full article

Nurse arriagned for ID theft

NEW YORK (WABC) -- After Eyewitness News' story aired, the Investigators immediately started getting calls and emails from victims of identity theft who all share on thing in common; they've all been patients in the North Shore Hospital-LIJ Network. full article

Arrest made in connection to ID theft ring

THE GAZETTE - Colorado Springs police arrested a 43-year-old man Thursday in connection with an identity theft and burglary ring that has been the subject of an ongoing investigation. full article

Harlem Woman Convicted Of Identity Theft Sentenced To Almost 4 Years In Federal Prison

Augusta, GA -- Regina Beard, 43, was sentenced Wednesday by United States District Court Judge J. Randal Hall to 46 months imprisonment based on her previously entered guilty plea to bank fraud. At the conclusion of the sentencing hearing, Beard was taken into custody to immediately begin serving her sentence. full article

Kenya: Disqualify Parties for Identity Theft

YESTERDAY a Star journalist discovered that he had been registered as a member of the Independent Party of former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile. full article

BC companies vulnerable to corporate identity theft

Family drama highlights BC government security loophole and lawyer corruption Can anyone with the right password erase you from your own company at the Corporate Registry? A "War Of The Roses" unfolding in Vancouver reveals that there's no government protection in BC against corporate identity theft or predatory lawyers. full article

ATM Cash Trapping on the Rise

New Report Details ATM Crime Trends

The European ATM Security Team says financial losses linked to ATM fraud are down in most European markets, despite an increasing number of ATM attacks. full article

Weak passwords still the downfall of enterprise security

A pet's name or a favorite movie just isn't enough

Computerworld - A recent data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers of more than 255,000 people in Utah has once again highlighted the longstanding but often underestimated risks posed to organizations by weak and default passwords. full article

Tough Love Triumphs: SCADA Vendor Koyo Fixes Basecamp Bugs

Industrial control system vendor Koyo moved to fix vulnerabilities in its ECOM brand programmable logic controllers (PLCs) after researchers, in January, revealed that the devices were vulnerable to brute force password guessing attacks. full article

Two teens cuffed after Blighty's anti-terror hotline hacked

Two teenagers have been arrested after hackers attacked Scotland Yard’s anti-terror hotline, eavesdropped on a conversation between officials and uploaded a recording to the internet. full article

Court ruling limits reach of U.S. anti-hacking law

Insiders who have valid credentials to access confidential records cannot be charged under the nation's anti-hacking law, according to a ruling handed up this week from 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. full article

New fake anti-virus shakes down frightened file-sharers

Scareware brands Windows Registry Editor a smut 'tool', punts 'safe' torrents

Security researchers have discovered a strain of fake anti-virus software that tries to intimidate supposed file-sharers into paying for worthless software. full article

Stuxnet worm reportedly planted by Iranian double agent using memory stick

The Stuxnet computer worm used to sabotage Iran's nuclear program was planted by a double agent working for Israel. The agent used a booby-trapped memory stick to infect machines deep inside the Natanz nuclear facility, according to a report published on Wednesday. full article

April 12, 2012

Knoxville family loses tax return to identity theft

A Knoxville family lost its tax return to identity theft when they needed it the most. full article

Police Arrest Identity Theft Suspect

A four-month long investigation ends in the arrest of one person and information on others in an identity theft ring.

Scotts Valley Police have arrested a man involved in an identity theft ring responsible for several hundred thousand dollars in stolen items. full article

The dead are prime targets for ID theft

Karen Matthews’ husband died in February. In taking care of the finances, she wrote and asked me, “Is it possible to get a credit freeze for him although (he’s) deceased? I am concerned that he could be a prime target for identity theft.” full article

Identity Theft Dangers in Massachusetts

A GoLocalWorcester investigation has uncovered how the Massachusetts Public Records law is putting Bay Staters at risk of identity theft. Currently, anyone can walk into a town or city clerk’s office and ask for someone’s birth, death or marriage certificate with no proof of identity needed, just a check to pay for the copy of the document. full article

Man convicted of mail, ID theft in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors in Houston say hundreds of people have been scammed by a man who swiped mail and set up fake identities. full article

Sen. Sherrod Brown looks to boost penalties for tax identify theft

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Wednesday said he supports a Senate bill that increases penalties for people convicted of identify theft by filing false tax returns with the IRS. full article

DDOS attacks on financial services firms explode

IDG News Service - The financial services industry saw nearly triple the number of distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks during the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year, according to a report released Wednesday. full article

Anonymous Knocks CISPA Supporters Offline

The Anonymous Internet collective is claiming responsibility for DDoS attacks that reportedly knocked offline the websites of prominent defense contractor, Boeing, and two trade associations, TechAmerica and USTelecom. full article

Trojans target pro-Tibet organisations

Gh0st RAT implicated again in attacks targeting Mac and Windows systems

Security experts are warning of yet another targeted malware campaign using socially engineered emails to infiltrate pro-Tibet organisations in a bid to covertly nab sensitive files. full article

Philadelphia IRS Worker, Partner Charged With Tax Frauds And Shakedowns

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Right in the midst of tax-filing season, a Philadelphia couple — one of them an IRS employee — has been charged in an alleged tax-refund scam. full article

Police: man forged Ilion Mayor's signature in attempt to get automotive dealer license from NYS

ILION, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Village of Ilion man is facing numerous charges after authorities say he forged the Village Mayor's signature on a document in an attempt to get a license for an automotive dealer business. full article

April 11, 2012

Fighting physician identity theft

About six years ago, Anne Peters, MD, an internist practicing in southern California, started receiving calls from doctors in her area. They told her their patients were reporting that she was billing Medicare for procedures she had done for them – things like brain scans and surgery – procedures she didn’t do. full article

Postal officials remind residents to be careful of scam money orders

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - One Whitesboro resident says he recently received a $955 money order from what looked like the U.S. Postal Service, one that he was not expecting and from someone he did not know. full article

ID-theft suspect arrested, faces 34 charges

CENTERVILLE — A woman who has wanted by multiple jurisdictions along the Wasatch Front is now behind bars. full article

How to Tell If an Email Is a Phishing Scam

CIO - Email phishing scams have grown more sophisticated since they first began popping up in corporate inboxes in the 1990s. Early phishing emails were relatively easy to detect as they were characterized by poor grammar and spelling. No legitimate business would send an email to customers chockfull of typos. full article

Malware-infected flash cards shipped out with HP switches

Vendor fields ProCurveBall

HP has sent out a warning to customers after the vendor found out it had inadvertently been shipping virus-laden compact flash cards with its networking kit. full article

Microsoft patches 11 security issues, attacks underway

Microsoft on Tuesday delivered six patches to plug 11 holes in its products, including one vulnerability that hackers already are using to wage targeted attacks. full article

New ZeuS-based Trojan leeches cash from cloud-based payrolls

Adds phishing mules to employee roster

Cybercrooks have forged a ZeuS-based Trojan that targets cloud-based payroll service providers. full article

Feds seize more domain names of sites accused of selling counterfeits

The two agencies have seized 758 domain names since June 2010 in an effort to combat counterfeiting

IDG News Service - The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have seized more than $896,000, plus the domain names of seven websites accused of selling counterfeit sports apparel, the two agencies announced Tuesday. full article

April 10, 2012

Tax Procrastination Can Cost You: Identity Thieves File Before Victims Do

Tax day is a week away and I hope you've already filed, because if you haven't, it's quite possible con artists have filed FOR you, using your Social Security number to claim refunds for themselves. Tax-related identity theft has doubled over the past two years and now makes up the single largest category of the crime. In 2009, only 12 percent of identity theft was related to taxes. Now tax identity theft makes up 24 percent of all ID theft crimes reported to the Federal Trade Commission. Crooks have found that Uncle Sam is a pretty easy target and they can scoop up tax refunds using YOUR good name. full article

Minnesota man charged with hacking into Marlborough server

MARLBOROUGH — A Minnesota man was charged Friday in federal court with hacking a protected Marlborough company's server and obtaining personal information of his co-workers, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). full article

Former Freedom man reaches settlement in identity theft case

SAN JOSE - A man who fought to restore his credit rating after becoming a victim of identity theft more than three years ago has finally had his credit rating restored and is now able to move on with his life. He's also been able to purchase his own home, at last. full article

Identity Theft Survival Guide: What to Do Next

You may be one of these people who is painstakingly careful with the security of your personal information. You don't share sensitive data about yourself unless it is absolutely necessary, and you take numerous precautions to keep people from stealing your identity. full article

Rancho Cucamonga ID theft ring uncovered

RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Sheriff's deputies broke up a large identity theft operation this past weekend while investigating a report of drug dealing at a hotel room. full article

Anonymous plans DDoS attack on GCHQ in snoop law protest

Hacktivists hard at work as Home Office site staggers back online

Analysis The Home Office website is back online following a weekend of disruptive denial-of-service attacks by Anonymous. full article

Hackers target tech-industry groups over cybersecurity bill

Several top tech-industry groups said on Monday they were the target of cyberattacks because of their support for controversial cybersecurity legislation. full article

April 9, 2012

Twitter sues five over spamming, providing automated tools

Following in the footsteps of other social media giants, Twitter has filed its first-ever lawsuit against individuals and companies who enable spam to spread across the microblogging platform. full article

Utah breach may have compromised over 25,000 Social Security numbers

A configuration error at the authentication level allowed the hacker to circumvent the security system

IDG News Service - A data breach on a server of the Utah Department of Technology Services appears to have compromised the Social Security numbers of 25,096 individuals, the department of health of the western U.S. state said. full article

Chase Hit in ATM Skimming Attacks

Vegas Cases Highlight International Crime Concerns

A grand jury in Las Vegas has indicted 13 California residents for the roles they played in an alleged two-year card-skimming scheme that attacked ATM vestibule entry doors at numerous Chase Bank branches throughout the region. full article

Anonymous Targets U.K. Government Over Extradition Practices

Supports of Anonymous targeted the U.K. on Saturday, hitting the websites of the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. While the attack only lasted a short time, Anonymous has said to expect more of the same as they push forward. Currently, the next target is said to be the GCHQ on April 14. full article

Sky News admits two counts of computer hacking

Sky News, which is partially owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International, has admitted that it twice authorized journalists to hack the email accounts of people it was researching for stories. full article

Heartland Suit Dismissed

Federal Judge Denies Amended Complaint by 5 Institutions

A lingering lawsuit against Heartland Payment Systems and two acquiring banks, KeyBank and Heartland Bank, appears to have been put to rest. full article

Security experts: 600,000+ estimate of Mac botnet likely on target

Researchers from several security firms say the unparalleled Mac infection is real

Computerworld - Security experts today could not confirm claims by Doctor Web, a little-known Russian antivirus company, that more than 600,000 Macs have been infected with a zero-day-exploiting Trojan, but they said the number was within reason. full article

Pa. Microsoft ID theft suspect now charged by Army

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh man charged by the FBI with illegally obtaining a credit card using the identity of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will first face desertion charges filed at the Louisiana Army base where he's now stationed. full article

Collier sheriff reports about 300 cases of identity theft with IRS tax filings

NAPLES — For all their criminal characteristics, identity thieves have at least one admirable quality: They file income tax returns early. full article

Teens risk ID theft for beer

More than a dozen Saratoga Springs, NY, teenagers allegedly gave up valuable personal information in exchange for fake driver's licenses.

Fourteen teens arrested in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., over the past month are suspected of doing what a lot of young people have done for generations: trying to get their hands on some alcohol. But they may have bought themselves a whole lot of future trouble. full article

24 Year Sentence For Identity Theft Ringleader

Judge Foster hands down the maximum sentence, but says she doubts Florida man will rehabilitate in his next 12 years in prison.

A 30-year-old Florida man will spend the next two decades in custody for his role in a multi-state identity theft scheme that ended up in Wisconsin. full article

Registry document thefts prompt identity fraud concerns

LAWRENCE — Drivers doing business at the Wilmington branch of the state Registry of Motor Vehicles on Monday and last Friday may be vulnerable to identity theft because of the documents stolen Wednesday from a state courier truck parked outside the local RMV office in the Stadium Plaza on Route 114. full article

ID theft ring suspects face added charge

Five suspects in an identity theft ring dismantled late last year now face an additional charge of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, the sheriff's office said Thursday. full article

April 8, 2012

LinkedIn users buried in spam after database leak

Hackers go phishing with their new bait

LinkedIn users are being bombarded by spam emails after the social network was hacked and hashed passwords of users dumped online. full article

April 5, 2012

Former Army Reservist Says Bank of America Left Him With $25,000 in Debit Charges

John McDevitt, a U.S. Army reservist from Clayville, N.Y., said Bank of America and Visa have not helped him re-coup $25,243.71 in fraudulent charges accrued on his debit card almost two years ago while he was on leave from service. full article

Pa. Microsoft ID Theft Suspect Now Charged by Army

A Pittsburgh man charged by the FBI with illegally obtaining a credit card using the identity of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will first face desertion charges filed at the Louisiana Army base where he's now stationed. full article

Identity thefts relied on data stolen at Las Vegas ATMs, federal indictment charges

A federal indictment accuses 13 California residents of participating in an identity-theft scheme that employed electronic devices at ATMs around Las Vegas to illegally glean data from credit and debit cards. full article

Letterbox thief jailed for four years over identity theft which funded his £100,000 spending spree

A serial conman who stole the identity of his victims by intercepting their post and using their information to fund his lavish lifestyle has been jailed today for four years. full article

Three-time escapee surrenders in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ - An identity-theft suspect who evaded authorities three times in the past three months turned himself in Tuesday night. full article

Tax season brings increased risk of identity theft

Tax time is pushing Cedartown Police Department investigators into probing more cases of identity theft, according to one investigator. full article

UK hacker accessed accounts for 20 months before bust

CSO - The reassuring news in the UK this past week was that Edward Pearson, a 23-year-old hacker from York, was jailed for 26 months after stealing the personal information of bank card, credit card and PayPal customers. Also a relief to those customers was that Pearson was caught after making only $3,800 in fraudulent transactions. full article

Project Basecamp Adds Stuxnet-type Attack Module to Metasploit

Project Basecamp, a volunteer effort to expose security holes in industrial control system software, unveiled new modules on Thursday to exploit holes in common programmable logic controllers (PLCs). The new exploits, which are being submitted to the Metasploit open platform, include one that carries out a Stuxnet-type attack on programmable logic controllers made by the firm Schneider Electric, according to information provided to Threatpost by Digital Bond, a private consulting firm that has sponsored the effort. full article

Anonymous turns its fire on China

Over 480 gov and biz sites hit by hacktivist blitz

Hacktivist group Anonymous has finally turned its attention to the People’s Republic of China, claiming to have defaced more than 480 web sites over the past few days including government sites, whilst urging Chinese hackers to join its cause. full article

April 4, 2012

Local couple becomes victims of tax fraud, prompting safety when filing

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - David Swald, of Rome, is now a victim of identity theft. full article

1940 census raises concern about identity theft, but offers much more interesting information

The 1940 census release caused an onslaught of visitors to the National Archives Web site.

The 1940 census is now online, and it reveals more than just America’s obsession with everything genealogical and “retro.” full article

Woman, daughter sentenced in identity theft scheme

BALTIMORE (AP) - A woman and her daughter have been sentenced in an identity theft scheme using information from patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital and others to open credit accounts. full article

MURRIETA: Two arrested on suspicion of identity theft

Police say a Murrieta man and his girlfriend stole ID cards, drivers licenses and other personal documents

A Murrieta couple was arrested on suspicion of identity theft and other charges in a case that involves nearly 60 victims, police said. full article

Rolly: Mormon genealogy site vulnerable to identity theft?

After reading about the controversy surrounding the LDS Church’s practice of baptisms for the dead, a Salt Lake City man checked the church’s International Genealogical Index to see if anyone had done ordinance work for his deceased parents without his permission. He found their names, their birth and death dates and their Social Security numbers. full article

ID theft victims need to see bogus tax returns: ABA

(Reuters) - Taxpayers who are victims of identity theft should be allowed to see fraudulent tax returns attributed to them, tax attorneys told Congress in a proposal. full article

FTC, Upromise college savings site settle privacy complaint

The Web services firm's toolbar collected extensive information about users, including bank account numbers, the agency alleged

IDG News Service - Upromise, a Web service accused of collecting extensive information about its users without their consent, will be required to clearly disclose its data collection practices and obtain users' consent before installing a browser toolbar on their computers under a settlement approved by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. full article

Flight check-in emails lead to Zeus infection

Consider this the flight to nowhere.

Researchers have discovered a variant of the Zeus banking trojan circulating in emails that offer recipients a link to check in to a US Airways flight. Except this flight doesn't exist: It's a con to get unsuspecting users to install malware. full article

Will We Learn Authentication Lessons From Global Payments Breach?

Weaknesses in knowledge-based authentication and mag stripe highlighted in security experts speculation about the breach

In spite of a Monday morning media conference call, details about the Global Payments breach that broke late last Friday remain sparse this week. But that hasn’t stopped the security community from speculating about the potential lessons we may learn from this latest megabreach. Though the conjecture covers numerous angles, the thematic elements tend to converge on authentication, both at the administrator account level where many of these breaches occur and at the card-holder level when transactions are processed. full article

Microsoft to Investigate Alleged Xbox Credit Card Hack

Microsoft is looking into a potential security issue affecting its Xbox 360 video game console this week after a group of college students claimed they were able to extract the credit card information of a console’s previous owner from the machine. full article

Breaches: Effective Security Measures

Verizon Breaks Down Breach Examples and Strategies

Breaches typically involve multiple actions by the intruders in order to get to the data they're looking for. How can organizations detect and respond to such intrusions? full article

Infographic: Infections from 25K Sites Hit 10M Victims in February

Over 10 million people were hit by exploits served up by 25,000 of the most popular websites in the world in February, according to a new study released by Barracuda Labs. full article

Spoofed Email with Keylogger Malware Costs Company $100,000

The IC3 has received several complaints from businesses regarding an e-mail, purportedly from the BBB, which states the BBB has received a complaint from a customer regarding their business. full article

Computer expert who stole eight million people’s personal details for an 'intellectual challenge' jailed for two and half years

A computer hacker illegally acquired enough credit and debit card details to carry out a potential £800,000 worth of fraud. full article

April 3, 2012

ID thieves file fake tax returns

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Attorney General’s Office announced today it has received more tax-related identity theft complaints this year than in all of 2011. full article

Stolen Identity Dangers

It's the fastest growing property crime and the Bay Area is in the center of it all

It’s the fastest growing property crime in America according to the Federal Trade Commission: We're talking about identity theft. full article

Former Berkeley County teacher pleads guilty to identity theft, faces 10 years in prison

July 17 trial scheduled on charges of child abuse

MARTINSBURG, W. Va.— Rebecca Jean Ferguson, a former Berkeley County public school teacher, is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to eight counts of identity theft in Berkeley County Circuit Court. full article

Banks and credit card firms keep ID theft victims in the dark

The hacking of a credit card processing company last week, with more than a million people's card numbers potentially stolen by identity thieves, highlights yet again how little privacy we enjoy in the digital age. full article

Elgin neighborhood hit by ID thieves

ELGIN — Police believe stolen mail may be involved in a string of identity theft reports on the city’s far southwest side. full article

Glendale man accused in identity and credit card theft

A Glendale man was arrested last week after police uncovered hundreds of credit card numbers in his possession, according to court documents. full article

Identity theft on rise with gangs

MIAMI - Identity theft and credit card fraud is on the rise as a street gang activity according to South Florida gang detectives. full article

Scarsdale Police Respond To Several Reports of ID Theft

Excerpts from the Scarsdale Police Log. The following information was supplied by the Scarsdale Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction

In the past week, the Scarsdale Police Department responded to three different cases of alleged identity theft. Two involved credit cards and one involved a cell phone account. full article

U.S. Treasury wants financial institutions to help combat identity theft-related tax frauds

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - U.S. Treasury Department reminded financial institutions of their obligation to lend a hand as the Internal Revenue Service struggles to crack down on rampant schemes using identity theft to obtain fraudulent tax refunds via electronic filings. full article

Charge filed in Peoria hacking, ID theft

PEORIA — A Peoria man was charged Monday with hacking into email accounts at Brewer's Distributing Co. and stealing identities. full article

Michigan Teacher Said She Was Disciplined for Not Giving Boss Facebook Access

When Kimberly Hester of Cass County, Mich. posted with permission a photo a coworker sent her on Facebook, she didn't think it would offend the public school where she taught, or lead the superintendent to demand access to her Facebook page. But a photo of her coworker with her pants down did just that. full article

April 2, 2012

Credit Card Processor Hit by Hackers

Merchants and consumers could be the big losers in the latest case of hackers cracking the complex systems used to process credit and debit card transactions. full article

Road Warrior: N.J. requiring more proof of identity to get a driver's license

It’s time to dig up our birth certificates again. In a move sure to revive old complaints, New Jersey’s 6 million licensed drivers will soon be required to produce enough formal documents to confirm their identities when they get in line to renew their licenses. full article

New Mexico ring uses Tarrant court records to steal identities

An identity theft ring based in Albuquerque has stolen the identities of 232 people, most with ties to Tarrant County, Albuquerque police tell The Watchdog. full article

How to protect personal data on devices you plan to sell

It's almost impossible to get rid of personal information from some devices, even if you follow the manufacturer's directions for wiping the device clean.

Thinking of selling or giving away your smartphone or laptop computer? If you have a BlackBerry or an iPhone, go right ahead. But if you have an Android phone or a computer running Windows XP, you may want to hold off. full article

Wisconsin's ugly side of identity theft

Last year there were 279,000 reports of identity theft. There have been an estimated 10 million victims each year for 12 straight years. Consumers that are not concerned about identity theft generally do not understand what identity theft is. With this weekend’s familiar headlines such as, “Credit Card Breach affects 10 million Cardholders,” it is not hard to understand why many consumers associate identity theft with credit card fraud instead of the more insidious types of identity theft. full article

Thieves now targeting children for identity theft

As an adult, you already know how important a credit report can be and how to protect your personal information. But what about your child's? full article

Woman arrested in Everett, accused of identity theft

EVERETT -- The woman told detectives she was getting started in the "paper business." By paper business, police allege she really meant identity theft, forgery and fraud. She appeared to be off to a prolific start, according to court records. full article

Lessons from Paul Allen ID Theft

Microsoft Founder's Card Breach Highlights Growing Concern

The Paul Allen debit card scandal just reiterates a concern financial fraud experts have been screaming about for years: Socially-engineered schemes that compromise employees are among the industry's greatest threats. And technology alone won't overcome them. full article

Marietta Defendants Convicted in Identity Theft Scheme

A mail carrier obtained U.S. citizenship under stolen identity and then stole the identities of over 85 victims

A jury in Atlanta's federal district court returned a guilty verdict late Thursday against Opeoluwa Adigun, age unknown, and Chukwuka Onyekaba, a/k/a Gabriel Onyekaba, 34, both of Marietta, on charges of stealing the identities of more than 85 individuals in the Atlanta area. full article

Stolen Mail Fueled ID Theft Scheme

A Postal Service carrier and her partner, both living in the Marietta area, ripped off more than 85 people, a federal jury found.

A federal jury in Atlanta found Cobb County residents Opeoluwa Adigun and Chukwuka "Gabriel" Anyekaba guilty late Thursday of stealing the identities of more than 85 people in the Atlanta area. full article

U.S. Ambassador To Russia Accuses Reporters Of Hacking Cell Phone, E-mail

Call it a "rocky start": U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul used his Twitter account to lash out at domestic news operation NTV, which he accused of hacking his e-mail account and cell phone in order to follow the Ambassador about town. The accusation has prompted a sharp response from critics in Russia. full article

SubscriberWise: Imposter Caught After Providing Kansas Woman’s SSN

MASSILLON, Ohio, Apr 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SubscriberWise®, the leading provider of analytics-driven subscriber risk management for the communications industry, announced today that the company’s decision management technology exposed an imposter after she mistakenly provided a social security number that belongs to a woman living in Kansas. full article