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  • What Hackers Want More Than Your Credit Card NumberData Security, Identity Theft

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    Account takeover fraud — which occurs when a cybercriminal gains unauthorized access to an online account — is growing rapidly, a new analysis by a major Canadian cybersecurity company shows. Vancouver, British Columbia-based NuData Security, which predicts and prevents online fraud, analyzed more than 15.7 million login interactions from May through June and identified 882,340 as high risk or potential account takeover attempts. “Account takeover is the new credit card fraud,” says Ryan Wilk, the […]

  • How to Keep Seniors Safe From Internet ScamsConsumer Protection, Identity Theft

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    August is typically the month for back-to-school preparations. With many schools starting in mere weeks, families are busy shopping for supplies and enjoying the final days of summer vacation. Some are even readying their high school and college seniors for the last hurrah. But what about the other seniors in your life? Take a few minutes to think about how you can keep the senior citizens in your life safe from scams and fraud. There […]

  • How College Students Can Protect Themselves From Identity TheftEducation, Identity Theft

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    College students are prime targets for identity thieves. They are busy and distracted, and rarely are actively engaged in managing their credit. And they are usually required to fill out a flurry of paperwork as school begins that includes the most sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers. In additional to financial aid, enrollment forms or rental documents, many will encounter credit card applications for the first time, not to mention creation of various computer […]

  • Why Identity Thieves Love Small BusinessIdentity Theft

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    Not long ago, a small business owner I work with found herself the target of an identity thief. He didn’t open credit lines in the name of the business, but instead stole its name and good reputation to bilk other entrepreneurs out of thousands of dollars. He was quite blatant about it, even representing himself on LinkedIn as a principal of the business. Dealing with identity theft is bad enough, but if it hits your […]

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    Ashley Madison Breach Marks the Rise of ‘Data Kidnapping’Data Security, Identity Theft

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    Some secrets are more valuable than others. And some secrets are more valuable TO others. In perhaps the most predictable extortion hack ever, cheating website Ashley Madison has confirmed to Brian Krebs that some of its data has been stolen. It now appears that tens of millions of people are at risk of being exposed. As you’ve already deduced, Ashley Madison users are not really all that worried about having the credit card numbers stolen and used for […]

  • 5 Things Identity Thieves Don’t Want You to KnowIdentity Theft

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    Identity thieves don’t want you to read this article. They’ve made an entire industry out of living off of other peoples’ good names. And when you know their typical tricks, stealing your identity is much harder. Unfortunately, not enough people know what puts their identities at risk for theft. And that has helped keep identity theft the No. 1 consumer complaint to the Federal Trade Commission for 15 years running. Do you like the idea of thieves […]

  • Does Your State’s Unclaimed Funds Expose Too Much Private Information?Column, Government, Blog, Identity Theft

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    When it comes to privacy, not all states are alike. This was confirmed yet again last week in the 50 State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices we compiled. The compendium ranks the amount of personal data state treasuries expose during the process by which individuals can claim and collect unclaimed funds. The data exposed can provide fraudsters with a crime exacta: claiming money that no one will ever miss and gathering various nuggets of personal […]

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    Is Your State Helping Scammers Rip You Off?Column, Government, Blog, Identity Theft

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    As cybercriminals become more skilled, the privacy practices at many organizations have not kept apace. In the State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices that I’ve compiled, I found this to be the case at many state treasuries where the data exposed provides fraudsters with a crime exacta: claiming money that no one will ever miss and gathering various nuggets of personal data that can help facilitate other types of identity theft. First, you have to […]

  • Rep. Jim Langevin: What We Should Be Doing to Protect Our Kids’ Creditcredit, Identity Theft

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    An 18-year-old looking to purchase his first car. A young woman applying for the student loan that will put her through college. A foster youth aging out of the system and eager to get a place of his own. These are exciting milestones in the lives of young people, turning points that mark new beginnings and the start of independence. Now imagine you’ve reached this crossroads only to discover that your identity had been stolen. […]

  • Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your SSNsIdentity Theft

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    The largest union for government employees says the massive cyberattack on the government’s Office of Personnel Management was much worse than the Obama administration previously said it was, and every federal employee’s personally identifiable information has been compromised, the Associated Press reports. The OPM data includes information on most civilian federal employees, but not members of Congress or their staffs. In a letter sent to OPM, J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said […]

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