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

November 2014 News Archive

November 30, 2014

TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security Tips for Preventing Identity Theft during the Holidays

By Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Identity Crimes Unit

The Identity Crimes Unit offers these tips to help keep holiday shoppers safe from identity theft and fraud full article

November 27, 2014

I Ate Thanksgiving Dinner With My Identity Thief for 19 Years

By Adam Levin

Nineteen a minute: That’s how quickly people become identity theft victims in the U.S. Estimates vary, but somewhere between 10 and 16 million Americans are defrauded each year in this way. Thanksgiving can be an awkward time of year for some victims, since family members account for more than 30 percent of the identity thieves. full article

November 24, 2014

8 convicted in phone customer ID theft scam

By Associated Press

Eight people have been convicted in South Florida identity theft scheme in which AT&T customer information was stolen by a former call center employee. full article

November 21, 2014

NYC Man Gets Prison for Role in Cybercrime Ring

By Associated Press

A New York City man was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison for his role in an international cybercrime ring that prosecutors say hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service. full article

Who’s Watching You? How to Protect From Webcam Hackers (video)

Cyber security experts in the UK have been warning the public of a Russian hosted website containing thousands of live webcam feeds. Bloomberg spoke to internet security expert, David Emm from Kaspersky Lab, and asked what people can do to protect themselves. full article

Man sentenced in $180,000 identity theft scheme

Twenty-five-year-old Darrick Jerome Greer was also ordered to pay more than $180,000 in restitution at sentencing Friday in federal court in Baltimore. full article

November 20, 2014

ID theft can take heavy emotional toll on victims

By Herb Weisbaum

Identity theft is in the news so often that it’s easy to lose sight of how devastating this crime can be. Dealing with a stolen debit or credit card number is generally quick and easy – you make a call, get a new account number and card, and have any fraudulent charges or withdrawals wiped away. When a crook steals your Social Security number or other personally identifiable information and pretends to be you, he can drain your bank accounts, get new credit cards in your name, steal your tax refund or use your insurance for medical procedures. full article

November 19, 2014

Hackers Can Steal Data Wirelessly From PCs That Aren't Even Online

By Gwen Ackerman

Air-gap networks were once considered the "magic bullet" for securing data, but researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel have found a way to compromise those machines. Once a computer is infected with a particular kind of virus, hackers can trick the PC into relaying information that can be wirelessly retrieved from a mobile phone located outside of the room. full article

November 18, 2014

What Class Taught This? Miami Dade College Students Charged With ID Theft

By John Pacenti

Arrests for stolen identity tax refund fraud in South Florida have infiltrated colleges. The U.S. attorney's office in Miami on Tuesday announced it was charging 21 people, including 14 current or former students at Miami Dade College—for the crime. The fraud scheme compromised about 1,000 student financial services accounts, victimizing 644 people with an intended loss amount of $1.9 million, prosecutors said. full article

November 14, 2014

Protect Your Medical Data From Identity Theft

Identity Thieves Increasingly Target Medical Records, a Rich Trove of Personal Information

By Constance Gustke

Hackers, notorious for stealing credit- and debit-card information from stores, and other thieves are increasingly targeting medical records, which can be more valuable because they include such coveted data as Social Security numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers and checking-account numbers, experts say. full article

November 10, 2014

Massive Postal Service breach hits employees and customers

By Evan Perez

Hackers recently broke into a U.S. Postal Service computer system and stole personal data, including Social Security numbers, for 750,000 employees and retirees, a U.S. official familiar with the breach told CNN on Monday. full article

November 8, 2014

Medical Identity Thefts Give Victims a Decade of Headaches

By Jordan Robertson

Medical identity theft affected an estimated 1.49 million people in the U.S. at a cost of $41.3 billion last year, according to the Ponemon Institute. The crime has grown as health care costs have swelled and job cuts have left people without employer-subsidized insurance. Making matters worse: The complexity of the medical system has made it difficult for victims to clear their name. Salinas’s story illustrates how cases like these can take years to resolve, longer than other forms of identity theft. Salinas has been fighting his case since 2002. full article

November 5, 2014

Augmenting Your Password-Protected World

By Molly Wood

A USERNAME and password combination has long been the standard security mechanism for online accounts. But that method just isn’t cutting it anymore. full article

November 4, 2014

IRS Claims Progress in Stopping Tax Refund Identity Theft

By Richard Rubin

The crime of stealing tax refunds through identity theft is “no longer exploding,” U.S. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said today. full article

November 2, 2014

How New, ‘Safer’ Credit Cards May Already Be Vulnerable

By Adam Levin

A recent Gallup survey found that 69 percent of Americans worry “frequently” or “occasionally” about having a credit card compromised by computer hackers. It’s not shocking. Consumers are becoming more educated on the topic, and financial institutions are beginning to do more to combat fraud, including introducing new types of credit cards. One example of the latter is chip-and-PIN technology, which everyone from consumers to the president has hailed for its ability to help prevent fraud. But is it the panacea that it’s been made out to be? full article