Tagged: identity theft
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In less than six months, Dave Crouse went from living a secure middle class existence to facing financial ruin – and it happened because of online identity fraud.