Tagged: identity theft


Credit Fraud: Cosmetics Company Lush Shuts Down UK Website, Speaks Directly to Hacker

Popular cosmetics company Lush has deactivated its UK website after a hacker stole thousands of credit card numbers. The company’s U.S. operations say customers can continue to shop “without concern for their privacy” because it operates on a separate platform from those in the United Kingdom.


Identity Theft and Wifi

Private WiFi CEO Kent Lawson’s new blog outlines the astounding ways identity thieves target the approximately 11 million identity theft victims each year. In an effort to stem the scary privacy risks consumers face each day, he also announces an exciting new partnership with the well-known nonprofit organization, the Identity Theft Resource Center®.


In Plain English: The ‘Who, What, When, Where, Why’ on Foursquare’s Privacy Policy

Foursquare is, by all accounts, the prom queen among social media apps: the service is fun and sociable, universally adored, and instantly likeable. But have you ever wondered about the risks in using Foursquare? Have you ever read its privacy policy? Read on to learn, in plain English, just what the privacy policy means for you.

Unknown Number of Identity Thefts Possible After Pentagon’s Credit Union Hacked

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union has warned its customers — including more than one million military members and others who work in government agencies — about a security breach involving names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and credit and debit card numbers. According to The Washington Post, “an employee might have unwittingly made [a] laptop vulnerable to attack: Laptops can be easy targets for hackers because they’re portable and used by many people on multiple computer servers.” The full extent of the breach may not be known for some time, but the credit union has reissued credit and debit cards and offered two free years on a credit-protection software program.

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Identity Theft: Privacy Concerns Fly As Commerce Department Plans to Create Internet IDs

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.

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Miley Cyrus Hacker Arrested on Credit Fraud

A man who bragged about hacking into Miley Cyrus’ email account was arrested on a separate matter and was charged with possession of unauthorized credit card account numbers. The Associated Press says FBI agents searched his computer, and the suspect allegedly had used 200 credit card account numbers and related personal information to make fraudulent online purchases.

Hacked Database: Honda, Acura Drivers Warned of Possible Identity Theft

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.”

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‘Online Impersonation’ Banned in California

A new California state law has gone into effect that makes online impersonation — when it seeks to harm someone — a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. This Santa Cruz Sentinel article explains that Senate Bill 1411 allows district attorneys to prosecute if they think a crime has been committed.


Hacking Incorporated: The Target is Your Wireless Data

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.