Twenty-seven people have been charged with forming an identity-theft ring that used thousands of stolen credit card numbers to purchase items at Apple stores throughout the country. Although it is still unclear how the group obtained the credit card numbers, this article on The Huffington Post notes that the U.S. Secret Service is expected to unveil a major cybercrime case in the wake of this news. The article also says prosecutors allege that one leader “had thousands of stolen credit card numbers stored in emails and boasted via Twitter about using credit cards at restaurants [and] continued to oversee the operations of this conspiracy by communicating instructions via telephone while incarcerated from last May to December 2010.”
Tagged: identity theft
Not even one complete month into 2011 and we’re already seen an “epic” amount of computer hacking. A Computerworld blog post points out the many accounts of security breaches around the globe, alluding to the fact that “perhaps 2011 will be the year of the cracker, filled with all kinds of hacks and breaches?” Check out which high-profile companies (i.e., Domino’s Pizza, Lush Cosmetics) have been victimized, as well as various other privacy intrusions that have happened around the world this month.
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.
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®.
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.