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  • Hard drive missing from US National Archives

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 11:58 am

    A hard drive containing personal information of White House staff and visitors during former U.S. President Bill Clinton's administration is missing from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the agency said.
  • Johns Hopkins to patients: Employee stole data for fraud

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital is warning more than 10,000 patients after linking a woman working in the hospital's patient registration area to fraud.
  • Botnet probe turns up 70G bytes of personal, financial data

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    The sensitive information collected by the Torpig/Sinowal botnet over just 10 days could be worth as much as $8.3 million.
  • LexisNexis says its data was used by fraudsters

    Posted May 2, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    LexisNexis acknowledged Friday that criminals used its information retrieval service for more than three years to gather data that was used to commit credit card fraud.
  • Pirates to Worry You: Chinese Manufacturing Partners

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 10:17 am

    Somali pirates who brazenly attacked container ships in the Indian Ocean have garnered a lot of recent attention. But for companies that source products from Chinese manufacturing partners, there are even greater and longer-term business risks due to pirating attacks on companies' intellectual property and supply chains.
  • Symantec warns customers after call center theft

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    Symantec says about 200 customers were affected by a credit-card data theft at the company's Indian call center.
  • Cell phone users store too much sensitive data on their phones, according to recent survey

    Posted March 18, 2009 - 9:45 am

    According to the findings of a survey by endpoint data protection security experts, Credant Technologies, 80% of phone users store information on their phones that could easily be used to steal their identities.
  • Panda: ID theft Trojans are on 1 in 100 PCs we scan

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    Perhaps as many as ten million PCs are infected with sneaky programs designed to steal sensitive financial information, antivirus vendor Panda Security reports.
  • Brazen New E-mail Scam

    Posted February 27, 2009 - 1:41 pm

    Just when I think e-mail scams can't get any more brazen, or e-mail readers any more careless, I get surprised again. “Job offer at your location” arrived today, combining two amazing scams in one spam. At least they're saving bandwidth by combining scams. No doubt they consider themselves “green” spammers.
  • Identity thieves beat Obama to stimulus package punch

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 6:31 pm

    Although the U.S. government's economic stimulus package hasn't even gotten out of Congress, scammers aren't waiting; they've launched multiple campaigns that tempt users into revealing personal information, a security researcher warned Thursday.
  • Three years undercover with the identity thieves

    Posted January 20, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    Salesmen and parents know the technique well. It's called the takeaway, and as far as Keith Mularski is concerned, it's the reason he kept his job as administrator of online fraud site DarkMarket.
  • Report: 21 million German bank accounts for sale

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 5:36 pm

    Black market criminals are offering to sell details on 21 million German bank accounts for €12 million (US$15.3 million), according to an investigative report published Saturday.
  • IT admin used inside knowledge to hack and steal

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 9:22 pm

    A former IT administrator has pleaded guilty to charges of hacking his former employer and breaking into other Bay Area companies.
  • An introduction to phishing

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 4:38 am

    What is phishing?
  • Former inmate arrested for breaking into prison's IT systems

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 9:25 pm

    Francis Janosko, a former inmate at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Massachusetts who was arrested by the FBI last week in North Carolina for allegedly accessing systems on the prison's computer network without authorization and stealing confidential data.
  • Card breaches shake faith in e-payments

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 5:25 pm

    In the past three months, all three of my payments cards -- one credit card and two debit cards -- have been compromised.
  • Card breaches shake faith in e-payments

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    In the past three months, all three of my payments cards -- one credit card and two debit cards -- have been compromised.
  • 10 tips to prevent identity theft while shopping online

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 7:27 pm

    Over 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that in 2007, the highest category of complaints was identity theft; attributing 32% of total complaints received to the category. Consumers reported fraud losses totaling more than $1.2 billion, almost double that of 2005.
  • US gov't increasing efforts to fight ID theft, report says

    Posted October 21, 2008 - 3:33 pm

    The U.S. government has taken several steps to combat identity theft during the past two years, including increased prosecutions of criminals and decreased use of Social Security numbers to identify constituents, according to a report released Tuesday.
  • T-Mobile lost disk containing data on 17 million customers

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 11:10 am

    Deutsche Telekom's German mobile phone subsidiary T-Mobile lost control of a disk containing personal information about 17 million of its customers in early 2006, the company said Saturday.
  • Trojan can grab extra personal banking data

    Posted September 28, 2008 - 8:36 pm

    A Trojan horse program now available to a growing number of fraudsters can add data entry fields to legitimate online banking sites and entice consumers to give up sensitive information such as bank card numbers and PINs (personal identification numbers).
  • Second hacker in TJX case pleads guilty

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    One of the major players in the massive hacking incidents at TJX Companies Inc., BJ Wholesale Clubs Inc. and other retailers Monday pleaded guilty to identity theft and other felony charges in federal court in Boston.
  • How Herbert Thompson stole his friend's identity

    Posted August 22, 2008 - 1:27 pm

    This is a great account of how easy it is to break into people's accounts.
  • Internet fraud: many complaints, few repercussions

    Posted August 12, 2008 - 3:08 pm

    Despite receiving tens of thousands of online fraud complaints from consumers every year, U.S. states bring only a small number of Internet-related cases to court, according to research released on Tuesday.
  • ID theft ring attacked retailers on multiple levels

    Posted August 6, 2008 - 5:07 pm

    A ring of identity thieves that targeted U.S. retailers used sophisticated and multifaceted attacks to steal more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers from TJX, OfficeMax, Barnes & Noble and other companies, according to court documents.
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