ID THEFT VICTIMS’ EXPERIENCE SUBJECT OF FTC STUDY

The Federal Trade Commission issued a staff report summarizing the results of a survey of identity theft victims who were asked to describe their experiences dealing with consumer reporting agencies and, more generally, exercising their rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) as amended by the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), to … Continue reading ID THEFT VICTIMS’ EXPERIENCE SUBJECT OF FTC STUDY

200,000 RESTAURANT DEPOT CUSTOMERS AT RISK FOR IDENTITY THEFT

200,000 Restaurant Depot and Jetro Cash & Carry customers are at risk for identity theft after Russian hack attack.  According to its CEO, Stanley Fleishman, the identity thieves are based in Russia and accessed Restaurant Depot’s network through the Internet.  Once inside the network, hackers downloaded magnetic stripe data from customers’ credit and debit cards.  … Continue reading 200,000 RESTAURANT DEPOT CUSTOMERS AT RISK FOR IDENTITY THEFT

SONY PSN DATA BREACH UPDATE – FREE CREDIT MONITORING EXTENSION

Sony has agreed to extend its offer for free credit monitoring to July 31, 2011.  Originally, Sony's offer of free credit monitoring with All Clear ID Plus was available for its customers until June 18.  The credit monitoring is being offered to members of the Play Station Network (PSN) prior to the April data breach.   The credit monitoring … Continue reading SONY PSN DATA BREACH UPDATE – FREE CREDIT MONITORING EXTENSION

TEXAS TO OFFER FREE CREDIT MONITORING

The state of Texas is now offering free credit monitoring to Texans included in the most recent data loss incident.  Previously, Texas planned to offer credit monitoring at a discounted price; however, in light of public criticism, is now offering free credit monitoring.  So what's the big fuss?  Doesn't the state of Texas knows victims of … Continue reading TEXAS TO OFFER FREE CREDIT MONITORING

EXPERIAN SPENDS $ 207.5 MILLION TO ACQUIRE CREDIT MONITORING SERVICES

The LA Times is reporting Experian, a nationwide consumer reporting agency, will acquire Mighty Net, a small credit bureau.   Experian reportedly will pay $207.5 million for Mighty Net, according to an Experian press release. Mighty Net charges consumers approximately $15 a month for consumers to access their credit files and credit scores.  The company maintains three websites: CreditReport.com, CreditScore.com … Continue reading EXPERIAN SPENDS $ 207.5 MILLION TO ACQUIRE CREDIT MONITORING SERVICES

MARYLAND DEPT. OF HUMAN RESOURCES EMPLOYEE POSTS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS ON WEBSITE

A Maryland Department of Human Resources employee was placed on administrative leave after posting the Social Security numbers and other personal information of nearly 3,000 clients of a state agency on a third-party website, a spokeswoman for the agency said. There's no evidence that the information was used for identity theft, said DHR spokeswoman Nancy Lineman, … Continue reading MARYLAND DEPT. OF HUMAN RESOURCES EMPLOYEE POSTS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS ON WEBSITE