A California man has admitted to hijacking the passwords of many women’s Facebook accounts, scanning the victims’ sent folders for compromising photographs, then posting those photos on their profile and/or sending the photos to the victims’ email list. The Washington Post reports that one victim told authorities the intrusion felt like “virtual rape,” and “Facebook should have caught his activities more quickly.”
The U.S. Commerce Department has announced plans to give each American a unique Internet ID in an effort to stem cybercrime and identity fraud. However, some question whether a group whose purpose is to oversee how Americans buy, sell, and trade goods is the best choice for assigning these Internet IDs.
Cybercriminals hacked into an email database for 2.2 million new Honda and Acura owners that contained customers’ names and email addresses, as well as online login names and their 17-character Vehicle Identification Numbers. This MSNBC news article warns drivers to promptly change their passwords and be cautious of unsolicited emails requesting personal information because “if the hackers were able to present themselves as Honda, and reassured you that they were genuine by quoting your Vehicle Identification Number, then as a Honda customer you might be very likely to click on a link or open an attachment.”
This first guest article from the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) discusses various forms of identity theft and predicts increased incidence of identity theft in 2011. The ITRC will be writing guest posts on some Wednesdays for private-i. Check this space in the future for their latest articles.
NPR’s All Things Considered has a new podcast and article detailing cyberwar as an important foreign policy issue, especially after the director of National Intelligence “identified the danger of cyber attacks on the United States as the single, the number one greatest security threat facing the country.”
In the Wireless Age, hackers are becoming big time entrepreneurs, joining forces with others in multinational white collar organizations dedicated to cybercrime. Their target is your wireless data.
In this interview on The Huffington Post, a security adviser warns that “large-scale attacks on individual citizens, exploiting their online lives through bank accounts, social networking, and professional networks” could aim to “disrupt our connected lives.”
Check out this video and related article from PBS NewsHour, which reflects on the vulnerability of online information and the danger of further cyberattacks, especially in light of the recent hacking on Gawker.
In attempts to stay competitive with the airline industry, train service and bus companies are going high-tech, installing more electrical plugs to allow riders to charge devices and unveiling free WiFi from coast to coast. But are you being careful about protecting yourself on the road?
Hackers can’t steal what hackers can’t see, so apply these 10 common-sense, essential tips before doing any online holiday shopping this season.