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

June 2013 News Archive

June 17, 2013

7-Eleven Stores Operated 'Modern Day Plantation System,' Feds Claim

The owners of 7-Eleven franchises in New York and Virginia created a "modern day plantation system" in which undocumented workers were furnished with stolen identities and forced to work 100 hours a week for a fraction of their wages, according to a federal authorities. full article

Pair jailed in multiple identity-theft cases

Two people were booked into the Tulsa Jail on Thursday on multiple complaints of identity theft. Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies had received information alleging that they were stealing information in order to create false driver's licenses and obtain credit cards. full article

Real owner in fake landlord scam afraid of identity theft

WINDERMERE, Fla. — A mother called Eyewitness News after she was given just three hours to get out of a home she thought she rented legally. full article

Woman on supervised release for identity theft sentenced again for same crime

BALTIMORE — A woman who pleaded guilty to committing bank fraud and identity theft while she was on supervised release for the same crimes has been sentenced to three years in prison. full article

Cambridge woman charged with forgery, identity theft

CAMBRIDGE - A Cambridge woman is facing forgery charges in connection with incidents which occurred in Hurlock May 13. full article

Store busts woman for identity theft

Tulsa, Okla. — A woman writes down a debit card number and uses the digits to create fake cards of her own. full article

June 14, 2013

National Guard soldier victim of ID theft

FOX23 also identified an identify theft ring that targets members of the military. Staff Sgt. Erik Wolf is a member of the Army National Guard. After spending his life fighting for freedom, he now uses much of his time dealing with scam artists using his identity to dupe people out of thousands of dollars. full article

June 13, 2013

Ceres police look to ID woman in ID theft case

CERES, CA - The Ceres Police Department is looking for help to identify a woman wanted for questioning in a case involving identity theft and fraudulent prescriptions. full article

Medicare impostors target seniors for identity theft

Betty Jane of Olympia has a knack for knowing when something's not right. But a scammer caught her off guard when the phone jolted her out of a nap. full article

Alabama Man Indicted for Multi-state Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

Christopher Cordelle Davis, of Montgomery County, Ala., was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Alabama for his role in a scheme to file fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today following Davis’s arrest. He was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, five counts of wire fraud, and five counts of aggravated identity theft. full article

June 12, 2013

Missing Pa. Mom Who Was Found in Fla. Gets Jail

A mother who disappeared from her central Pennsylvania home in 2002 and was later declared legally dead before resurfacing in Florida has been sent to jail on a probation violation. full article

June 11, 2013

Suffolk police arrest women wanted for identity theft, credit card fraud

Suffolk, Va. – Suffolk police have arrested two women who used stolen credit cards while shopping at several locations in the city. full article

Northampton couple learns the hard way the anguish of identity theft

NORTHAMPTON — David Lalima always thought identity theft happened to other people. But after a month of tracking down and refuting tens of thousands of dollars of fraudulent charges, as well as unauthorized access to a line of credit, he knows he’s as vulnerable as anyone. full article

Tech experts tie WikiLeaks soldier to data breach

Computer forensic experts have testified that they traced break-ins to a secret US government website to Bradley Manning, the American soldier charged with the biggest leak of classified files in US history. full article

Tampa man sentenced for mail fraud, identity theft

TAMPA - A Tampa man was sentenced to four years, three months in federal prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. full article

CareFirst reports three separate data breaches to OAG reminded us that many of the mistakes made in data breaches involve human error, as there have been three separate instances of CareFirst, a healthcare insurer, making patient mailing mistakes. In all three cases, CareFirst reported the incident to the Office for the Attorney General (OAG). full article

Anchorage Man Sentenced in ID Theft Case

A 43-year-old Anchorage man has been ordered to pay more than $142,000 restitution and will serve 54 months in a federal prison after being convicted of identity fraud charges. full article

What to Do About High Data Breach Costs

It's not always good to be Number One. According to a newly released report from the Ponemon Institute, the U.S. is the most costly country in the world in which to have a data breach. In its "2013 Cost of Data Breach: Global Analysis" study, Ponemon reported the total cost of a breach incident in the U.S. to be $5.4 million, or approximately $188 for every exposed record. full article

Breaches expose state info vulnerability

Government has named and shamed a score of individuals who used technology to steal R160 million from the state’s coffers. full article

June 10, 2013

Strong Security Management Helps Control Data Breach Costs: Study

Companies that take a strong security posture, create an effective incident response team and hire a chief information security officer will likely reduce the costs of network breaches by as much as 25 percent, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute that was sponsored by Symantec. full article

Human Error, System Glitches Responsible For More Data Breaches Than Hackers

Mistakes, negligence and glitches are more likely to be responsible for computer-related security breaches than cyber attacks, according to a report released last week by Symantec and the Ponemon Institute. full article

Ponemon data breach study finds costs up, notification major driver

The 2013 Cost of Data Breach Study, issued today by the Ponemon Institute, shows perhaps most clearly that one way to keep data breach losses low is to tell as few people as possible about your organization's mishaps. full article

Federal Reserve Investigating Bitcoin, PayPal And Other Online Payment Services For Security Breaches

The U.S. Federal Reserve is investigating the possible risks in online payment systems like PayPal Inc. and the virtual currency bitcoin, as bankers worry that new online players could disrupt the financial system, officials said at a conference on Monday. full article

June 7, 2013

Is mandatory reporting of security breaches on its way?

Last week Bill C-475 (a private member’s bill that proposes to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)) was up for debate at second reading in Parliament. Bill C-475 would impose an obligation on businesses to report security breaches. full article

2 arrested in identity theft, extortion scheme

PHOENIX - Police have arrested two women who they say stole a woman's purse, then proceeded to assume her identity and send her family death threats. full article

One-time Vernon resident pleads guilty to wire fraud, identity theft

BRATTLEBORO -- A man who was living in Vernon at the time of his arrest has agreed to plead guilty to stealing the identities of nearly two dozen people to illegally collect unemployment insurance. full article

Kevin Collins ID thief guilty — again — of missing child identify theft

A man convicted of stealing the identity of missing San Francisco child Kevin Collins pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to using another missing child’s name fraudulently, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Northern California. full article

Florida Man Gets 58 Months in Prison for Identity Theft Fraud Scheme

Jesus Calvo, 30, of Cutler Bay, Fla., was recently sentenced to 58 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in an identity theft tax refund fraud scheme. Calvo has also been ordered to pay $9.2 million in restitution to the IRS. full article

Dothan police make identity theft arrest

Dothan police recently arrested a 23-year-old man on fraud charges involving an effort in the unlawful purchase of $2,000 worth merchandise from a store. full article

Woman brought in for questioning on ID theft arrested on drug charges

ELKO — Detectives who were questioning a woman Wednesday about an identity theft case said they spotted syringes sticking out of her purse and they arrested her on drug charges, said Elko Police Capt. Will Lehmann. full article

2 Identity Theft, Car Theft Suspects Arrested by Napa County Sheriff's Deputy

A Napa County Sheriff's Deputy arrested two suspects in numerous area mail and Yountville-area car thefts Wednesday evening after a traffic stop. full article

Nicked unencrypted PC with 6,000 bank details lands council fat fine

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Glasgow City Council £150,000 for losing two unencrypted laptops, one with the personal details of more than 20,000 people - just two years after a similar blunder. full article

June 6, 2013

Data breaches cost consumers billions of dollars

Data breaches are bad for business, but the resulting fraud can be devastating to the people who’ve had their personal information compromised. full article

Ewa woman becomes victim of Facebook identity theft

Facebook identity theft can affect more than just the individual. An Ewa woman’s friends and family were also put at risk. full article

UMass warns of possible data breach

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- The University of Massachusetts is informing nearly 1,700 clients of its Center for Language, Speech and Hearing that private data, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised when a computer workstation was infected by a malicious software program. full article

Oklahoma man gets 6.5 year sentence for ID theft and tax fraud

Oklahoma City resident Daniel Wayne Ausmus, 44, was sentenced to serve 78 months in prison for aggravated identity theft, mail fraud and submitting false claims to the United States. full article

Javelin Study: Data Breaches Spawn Fraud Boom

First comes the notification that your personal data have been compromised in a data breach. And as sunset follows sunrise, increasingly that notification is followed by actual dollar losses in fraud on personal accounts, said Javelin Strategy and Research in its recently released 2013 DATA BREACH FRAUD IMPACT REPORT: Mitigating a Rapidly Emerging Driver of Fraud. full article

Rockford man sentenced for wire fraud, identity theft

ROCKFORD (WREX) - A Rockford man is sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for wire fraud and identity theft. full article

Elroy man charged with fraud and identity theft

A federal grand jury sitting in Madison has indicted an Elroy many on charges of fraud and identity theft. Timothy D. Mueller, 45, Elroy, is charged with eight counts of wire fraud and two counts of identity theft. According to the indictment, he was the owner of businesses involved in sales of residential windows and doors, known as Advance Home Tech/Custom Creations and later, as Windesign. full article

Annapolis woman a victim of identity theft

A 49-year-old Annapolis woman reported to city police that she had been a victim of identity theft after someone made more than $1,000 in online purchases in her name. full article

Man agrees to identity theft plea in Vt.

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A man in Vermont has agreed to plead guilty to stealing the identities of about two dozen people to collect unemployment insurance. full article

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Hacked & Accounts Leaked

A hacker group using the handle Group Hp-Hack has announced another leak of data today, this time from McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine full article

Linh Crystal Breached, 7,000+ Account Credentials Leaked by @JM511

A hacker using the handle @JM511 who is well known for their data leaks has leaked a dump of data from the Linh Crystal website full article

June 4, 2013

Arlington school employees notified about possible data breach

ARLINGTON — Arlington school district employees and some former employees were notified this week that two laptops possibly containing their personal information were stolen overnight May 27 from the administration building. full article

Phishers Use Name of Turkish Police Force in Facebook Scheme

Cybercriminals have come up with a clever way to get Turkish users to hand over their Facebook account credentials. They’re abusing the name of the Turkish Police Force to make their scam more genuine-looking. full article

Police Release Photo in Theft from Vehicle, Identity Theft Case

A case of theft of a purse, credit cards and personal checks from a vehicle parked in Carderock Park in Bethesda in January may be one step closer to being solved. full article

Waterloo Woman Gets Probation for Forgery, Identity Theft

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 48-year-old Waterloo woman accused of using her mother's identity to open a credit card account has been given probation and ordered to make restitution. full article

ID theft lands man in prison

NORMAN — Daniel Wayne Ausmus, 44, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to serve 78 months in prison for aggravated identity theft, mail fraud and submitting false claims to the United States. full article

June 3, 2013

‘Smishing’ suspects to appear in court

Cape Town - Police say they have bust a gang in Maitland suspected of the little-known smishing, a form of fraud using SMSes and e-mails in identity and card theft. full article

SEC and CFTC adopt identity theft red flags rules

The SEC and the CFTC jointly issued final Red Flags Rules on April 10, 2013. While the Red Flags Rules issued by the SEC and the CFTC are largely similar to the Red Flags Rules adopted by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) in 2007, the Commissions acknowledged that the adopting release and the final Red Flags Rules contain certain guidance, examples, and minor language changes which may lead some SEC- and CFTC-regulated entities that previously had concluded that the FTC Red Flags Rules were not applicable to them to now determine that the SEC and CFTC Red Flags Rules are, in fact, applicable to them. All SEC- and CFTC-regulated entities that determine they fall within the rules’ scope must adopt and implement a red flags rules program intended to help detect identity fraud by November 20, 2013. full article

Florida men indicted on charges related to Colorado business ID theft

A Florida man accused of unlawfully acquiring businesses by looking up delinquent firms on the Colorado secretary of state's website and submitting false documents to buy them has been indicted. full article

Sacramento man indicted for fraud, identity theft

A Sacramento man is accused of applying for a passport and Social Security benefits under an assumed identity and wrongfully collecting those benefits. full article

Couple Accused Of Identity Theft

WILKES-BARRE — A couple from Luzerne County is accused of stealing credit card information from Lord & Taylor customers. full article

Company warns of business identity theft

Operators working in the fruit and vegetable sector are warned that unidentified people are contacting producers to buy and sell supplies of products identifying themselves as representatives from the "ORTOFRUTTICOLA PARMA" company located in San Lazzaro di Savena (Emilia Romagna). full article