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  • Hurricane Sandy, You Got My Home, but Not My IdentityBlog, Identity Theft, Money

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    Like millions of Americans, I was hammered by Hurricane Sandy. The home that I own on the New Jersey shore was obliterated by the storm. It is nothing but a pile of rubble. Gone. While I have 30 years of memories, there is nothing left but the memories. It is incredibly painful. I saw it coming and did the best I could to prepare for it, and yet I could never be fully prepared. I […]

  • 94 Million Exposed: The Government’s Epic Fail on PrivacyGovernment, Blog, Privacy, Identity Theft

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    When you hear a number like “94 million” in the news, it’s usually because somebody won the lottery. This time around, no such luck. This 94 million is the number of Americans’ files in which personal information has been exposed, since 2009, to potential identity theft through data breaches at government agencies. Go ahead, count the zeroes: 94,000,000. That’s like releasing the personal data of every man, woman and child in California, Texas, New York, […]

  • Hail to the Thief: Clinton Speech B-Roll Opens Door to ID TheftPolitics, Blog, Identity Theft

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    Was it excessive exuberance? Was it judgmental deficiency? Was it the thrill of hearing a barnburner by the President of the World? Well, whatever it was, it was a dangerous mistake. Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, during a particularly rousing segment of President Clinton’s forceful and unabashed dissection of the Republican depiction of Obamacare as a destroyer of Medicare, an enthusiastic Democratic Delegate waved her Medicare card in front of a national news […]

  • 7 Big Ticket Items (Including NASA’s Annual Budget) ID Thieves Could Fund With Your Stolen Tax RefundsData Security, Government, Blog, Identity Theft

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    Now that Governor Mitt Romney has picked U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate, there is little doubt that the budget will be a major issue in the 2012 campaign. While both parties will vigorously debate which path should be taken regarding taxes and spending, one area of little dispute will be the efficient collection and proper refunding of taxes. After all, refunds have their own kind of stimulus effect. Obviously, […]

  • The Wisconsin Department of Revenue: A Bargain for the Identity Theft CollectiveData Security, Government, Blog, Identity Theft

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    Scott Walker has earned a national reputation for his hack-and-slash approach to government spending. Working hand-in-glove with both houses of the GOP-controlled legislature, the Wisconsin Governor gutted the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. While tight with the purse strings when it comes to public employees and a self-proclaimed advocate for small business (though very well-funded by big business), apparently the Walker administration does support full employment for at least one group of workers […]

  • Did Facebook’s Privacy Problems Foretell the IPO?Blog, Privacy, Identity Theft, Technology

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    For anyone who plays the stock market — and I confess I do from time to time — the drama that unfolded over the past couple of weeks surrounding the Facebook IPO reminded me of the “give them bread and circuses philosophy” of the Roman Empire, except this time the Empire kept the bread. The whole thing is so, well… Facebook. We should have seen it coming. Facebook’s approach to its IPO was consistent with […]

  • The New American Pie: Breached, Tracked and Strip SearchedData Security, Blog, Privacy, Identity Theft, Technology

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    For those of us who care about privacy, these past seven days have truly sucked. With relatively little fanfare in the midst of a cacophonous (that means “noisy,” Senator Santorum) parade of news, three significant events seriously undermined our constitutional right to privacy and highlighted (in a muted sort of way) the extent to which new business practices and perhaps the second oldest human inclination (criminality) have continued the relentless assault on our individual rights […]

  • Identity Theft: Are We Doomed?Blog, Identity Theft

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    Opening my e-mail reminds me of walking through the bazaar of a third world open air market — the pickpockets are everywhere. In the last 30 days I have received spam purporting to be from the Better Business Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service, the United States post office, the FBI, and most recently (this morning) even one from the AICPA — the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a group of which I am not […]

  • The Real SOPA Opera Should Be ID TheftBlog, Identity Theft

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    The Stop Online Piracy Act, and its sister legislation in the Senate, the Protect Intellectual Property Act caused quite a stir in Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Washington. The two bills were intended to put a hard stop on theft of intellectual property on the Internet, by means that are controversial in terms of the First Amendment. Big players from the overlapping worlds of movies and music pushed for this bill. So did their high priced […]

  • Children and data

    Playstation Invasion: Child Identity Theft is No GameData Security, Blog, Identity Theft, Technology

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    By now almost everyone I know (and millions of people I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet) has read or heard about Sony’s announcement last week that its PlayStation network was hacked and that the Personal identifying Information (PII) of potentially 77 million individuals worldwide has been compromised. Then, earlier this week, Sony notified us that there’d been a second breach. This one involved the accounts of 25 million members of Sony Online Entertainment, […]

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