Articles about identity theft

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Crooks can nick Brits' identities just by picking up the phone and lying

Identity crimes remain among the greatest threats to UK businesses online. The offences made up three in five (60 per cent) of all fraud recorded by Cifas, the UK's leading fraud prevention service. Cifas' annual report, published Wednesday, collates statistics from 325,092 instances of fraud recorded in 2016. These internal …
John Leyden, 10 May 2017
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Northrop Grumman can make a stealth bomber – but can't protect its workers' W-2 tax forms

Northrop Grumman has admitted one of its internal portals was broken into, exposing employees' sensitive tax records to miscreants. In a letter [PDF] to workers and the California Attorney General's office, the aerospace contractor said that between April 18, 2016 and March 29, 2017, crooks infiltrated the website, allowing …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2017

Ohi-D'oh! US prison hands inmates' SSNs over to... an identity thief

Prison authorities in Ohio, US, mistakenly provided the social security numbers of thousands of inmates to a man convicted of identity theft. The Mansfield News Journal says it was directly contacted by Lonny Bristow, who said he was sent the social security numbers of more than 2,000 prisoners when he made a public records …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Mar 2017
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Speaking in Tech: 'You idiot - you could've done that in 3 clicks'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Greg and Ed are joined by Podcast Idol loser Josh Atwell as they dive into VMware’s new podcast, social hour in the Valley, Slack, Life Lock and the fallout from the US Presidential election for the tech industry. The Details… (0:00) Podcast Idol loser, Josh …
Team Register, 23 Nov 2016
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Snail mail thieves feed international identity theft rings say Oz cops

You may run security software, encrypt everything, protect your very complex passwords and use two-factor authentication for everything, but the humble mailbox and the snail mail it contains can still see your identity stolen. So say Police in the Australian State of New South Wales, where Fraud and Cybercrime Squad detectives …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2016
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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Here's a photo of what I had for lunch! Amazing!!! No it isn't amazing. It's your lunch. You gotta see the new 4k TV I bought today! Thanks for giving me a fascinating, if cursive, inventory of your consumer durables. Took Jonesy out for his walk and he chased a rabbit. Nice to have your pet's name. Could be useful. 28 …
Alistair Dabbs, 16 Sep 2016

Couple in the cooler for sucking $1m out of Uncle Sam via IRS 'Get Transcript' scam

Two people have been jailed for their involvement in a scam that exploited the US IRS "Get Transcript" website to defraud the American government. A couple from Austell, Georgia, laundered more than $1m as part of a larger swindle that abused weaknesses in the taxmen's website to get the personal data needed to file fraudulent …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2016

WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

WikiLeaks prides itself on taking on The Man by finding and publishing information that the world's most powerful organizations want to keep hidden. Unfortunately, on Friday, WikiLeaks took a swing at The Man by standing on the heads of thousands of innocent citizens whose personal details it has published, including their …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jul 2016
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You Acer holes! PC maker leaks payment cards in e-store hack

Acer's insecure customer database spilled people's personal information – including full payment card numbers – into hackers' hands for more than a year. The PC maker has started writing to customers [PDF] warning that their personal records were siphoned off from its online store by crooks between May 12, 2015 and April 28, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2016
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Want a job in security? Lock down US military's supermarkets

The US Department of Defense is looking to form a security team to protect military commissaries from hackers. NextGov has spotted a posting from the Federal Business Opportunities site for an "incident response service" at military commissary shops. According to the job post [Word Doc], the response service contractors will …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Apr 2016
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Hyatt says hackers took card data from 250 of its hotels

Hyatt Hotels says a total of 250 of its resorts were hit last year in a massive malware infection that stole customer payment card information. The luxury resort chain said that locations in 50 countries were impacted by malware that collected payment card information from sales terminals at Hyatt restaurants, spas, golf shops …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jan 2016
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LifeLock didn't live up to their hype, and now they're $100m lighter

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has agreed to a $100m settlement in its deceptive advertising case with LifeLock. The identity protection provider will pay the nine-figure penalty to end the FTC's complaint that it violated a 2010 order related to charges of misleading consumers. The settlement does not include an …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Dec 2015
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eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him

A cybercriminal who ran a mere eBay scam became a more significant collar for the US Department of Justice after he successfully stole the identity of the special agent investigating him. Rohit Jawa, 25, has pleaded guilty to eight counts of wire fraud, and one count of stealing a special agent's identity which he then used to …

Fake IT admin tricked Cox rep into handing over customer database – cableco fined $600k

US broadband watchdog the FCC has fined Cox Communications $595,000 (£391,000, AU$832,000) after a Lizard Squad hacker swiped its customer records. The FCC announced the punishment on Thursday, ending an investigation into the 2014 security breach. The fine is the first such penalty the FCC has dished out against a US cable …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Nov 2015

Government Gateway online hack claims 'nonsense', say multiple folk in the know

Claims the Government Gateway online identity portal has been "hacked" have been dismissed as "nonsense" by the man originally responsible for the project and by two government information security experts. Earlier this week the Financial Times (behind paywall) reported that “tens of thousands” of Britons’ identities were …
Kat Hall, 29 Oct 2015

ID theft alert biz LifeLock coughs up $96m to FTC in false ad claim deal

Identity-protection company LifeLock will shell out $96m in a settlement to end claims it broke a promise over false advertising. The Arizona biz, which tries to alert citizens to possible identity theft, said the payout is part of a settlement deal with US trade watchdog the FTC and several state attorneys general. "The …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2015
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IRS: Tax-record snaffle scam actually 200% worse than first feared

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted Monday that the May scam in which criminals tried to use stolen data on more than 114,000 people to collect tax information was far larger than it originally thought. Uncle Sam's taxman now claims that on top of the 100,000 or so people whose data had been used to collect tax …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2015
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Bloke thrown in the clink for hacking SIXTY PER CENT of Americans

A Vietnamese crook has started a 13-year stretch behind bars for hacking into corporate America, and offering to sell personal information on 200 million US citizens. Hieu Minh Ngo, 25, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, identity fraud, and access device fraud charges, and four counts of computer fraud and abuse. Judge Paul J. …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jul 2015

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