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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

Hackers steal files on 4 million US govt workers

The agency tasked with recruiting workers for the US government has fessed up to allowing the personal details of 4 million people to be stolen by hackers. The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has sent out an alert to current and former government employees warning of the data breach. "Beginning June 8 and continuing …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jun 2015
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THE TRUTH: IRS 'cyber-hack' exposes 100,000 people whose identities were already stolen

The US Internal Revenue Service said on Tuesday that info including tax returns and income forms for some 100,000 people were illegally accessed this year. The US tax agency believes a group collected a trove of information on the victims and then used that data to fill out the authentication forms for the IRS's online "Get …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2015
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Intuit halts TurboTax filings after states spot mass tax fraud scheme

Accounting software maker Intuit has temporarily suspended the ability of its TurboTax software to electronically file US state income tax returns following reports of widespread suspicious activity. "During this tax season, Intuit and some states have seen an increase in suspicious filings and attempts by criminals to use …

Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

As if Sony Pictures didn't have enough on its plate, now former employees have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Hollywood giant over the parlous state of its security – and to recoup the damage hackers have allegedly caused them. It comes as people claiming to have hacked the movie studio's servers today made …
Iain Thomson, 16 Dec 2014
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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

AT&T has warned subscribers that a rogue staffer rifled through the telco's customer database without authorization. The telecoms giant said one of its workers pulled up sensitive information – including social security numbers – and was duly fired for breaking the corp's privacy rules. According to a letter [PDF] to …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2014
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AT&T: 'twas conniving contractors who nicked your info

AT&T is warning customers that their personal information might have been breached as part of a scheme to unlock and resell devices. The company said in a filing to the California Attorney General's office that employees at an unnamed service provider it works with had accessed the personal data of customers including social …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jun 2014
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Developer's rare $50,000 Twitter account @N stolen in web shakedown

A programmer in Palo Alto, California, claims to have been extorted out of a rare, single-letter Twitter handle – after an unknown assailant gained access to his accounts on other online services and held them hostage. In a blog post detailing the incident, Naoki Hiroshima said he had owned the @N Twitter account since 2007, …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2014
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Bloke, 27, cuffed, charged over stolen selfie smut site UGotPosted

A 27-year-old California man has been arrested on multiple felony charges for his alleged involvement with running a so-called revenge porn website. In October, California became the first US state to pass a bill specifically outlawing the practice of posting nude photos of people without their permission. But the language of …
Neil McAllister, 12 Dec 2013
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Three million Adobe accounts hacked? Sorry, make that 38 MILLION

Remember that Adobe security breach earlier this month that leaked the account records of some 3 million customers? Scratch that: the actual number hacked was at least 38 million, it has emerged. In early October, Adobe warned of "sophisticated attacks" on its network in which hackers gained access to data for what was then …
Neil McAllister, 30 Oct 2013
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Feds charge Vietnamese suspect with slurp'n'flog of half-a-million Americans' ID data

A Vietnamese man has been charged in connection with a long-running scam involving the theft and resale of what the DoJ rather hiply refers to as the "fullz”* (personal information) of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Hieu Minh Ngo, 24, a Vietnamese national, was hit with a total of 15 charges, including conspiracy to …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013
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Brits' privates furtled in TWO-THIRDS of UK fraud cases

Two out of three fraud cases in the UK involved identity theft, according to Blighty's Fraud Prevention Service, CIFAS. Brits are reminded to guard their private data as closely as they guard their wallets and purses. The new figures suggest fraud rose to a record level in the UK in 2012 as more and more crooks obtained …
Anna Leach, 18 Jan 2013
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Conmen swipe 100,000 Brits' sensitive info in UK.gov fraud bid

Crooks attempted to defraud the UK government after swiping sensitive details on tens of thousands of civil servants, postmen, BT staff and public-sector workers, The Register has learnt. The audacious raid of personal information on state and private-sector employees is the subject of a two-and-a-half-year criminal …
Anna Leach, 27 Nov 2012
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Twitter simps fall for 'Obama punched a guy' vid promise scam

A spam campaign doing the rounds on Twitter that implausibly offers to show a picture, and then a video, of US President Obama punching someone in the face is ultimately designed to spread the infamous Koobface worm. Prospective victims typically receive a direct message on Twitter, which contains the text “Check out Obama …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2012

Pollster says ID fraud less costly than we thought

Here’s a riddle for you: what’s the cost of identity theft and so-called “cybercrime” in Australia on an annual basis? If you answer “I don’t know”, you’re probably as close as most people. The latest data to be lobbed into the discussion is here, from Essential Research. Of its survey respondents – 995, the study had the same …
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Gun-toting meth addict gets 12 years for ID theft

A California man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for his role in an international phishing ring that stole the identities of more than 38,000 people. Tien Truong Nguyen, 34, of Long Beach, received the 151-month sentence from US District Judge Morrison C. England, who called the phisher of men “a one-man …
Dan Goodin, 29 Jul 2011
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Men pocket $1.5m in alleged ATM skimming spree

Four men have been charged with stealing $1.5 million from banks by using electronic devices to secretly record personal identification numbers as customers entered them into automatic teller machines and other gear. Most of the skimming devices used in the 14-month spree involved the use of fraudulent pads that customers use …
Dan Goodin, 7 Jun 2011
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Insider data theft costs Bank of America $10m

A Bank of America insider who stole customers' personally identifiable information and gave it to identity thieves has cost the bank $10 million in losses, according to media reports. The unnamed employee and some 95 others involved in the scam were arrested in February, IDG News reported, citing a special agent with the US …
Dan Goodin, 26 May 2011

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