IF THEFT NEWS: WEEKLY UPDATE

Over 10 million consumers a year become victims of identity theft. Fraud victims are denied credit. If fraud victims are approved for credit, then they have to pay higher interest rates! Identity theft victims also get turned down for jobs because of arrests, convictions or other public records in a background report. What can consumers [...]

CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS – IDENTITY THEFT EPIDEMIC

Identity Thieves Target Tax Returns KZTV Action 10 News For millions of Americans each year having a tax return rejected is the first indication that someone has stolen their identity. In Corpus Christi, police are already seeing a big increase in identity theft reports. It is a crime that can continue to ... Have you [...]

CALIFORNIA LAW PROTECTS CONSUMERS FROM IDENTITY THEFT

New California law protects you against ID theft abc7news.com "The law should require some identity theft protection and any other service that are necessary to try to retrieve the information or limit the amount of damage it can do," said Edelman. Evans-Longo agrees. One year after his information went missing .. Have you been a [...]

TRICARE DATA LOSS – SERVICE MEMBERS’ PERSONAL INFORMATION STOLEN

The US Military’s healthcare program, TriCare, has confirmed that Science Applications International Corporation will cover the costs associated with notifying almost 5 million beneficiaries whose personal identifying information was stolen in September 2001.  The service member’s information was stolen from backup computer tapes, including Social Security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers.  The massive data theft [...]

CLASS ACTIONS FILED AGAINST SONY FOR PLAYSTATION DATA BREACH

Sony Playstation 's recent data breach has resulted in several class actions.  At least 25 class action lawsuits have been filed against Sony.  The class action lawsuits have been filed in various U.S. federal courts all over the US.  The class action complaints allege Sony negligently guarded its customers' PII.  The class action lawsuits also [...]

STATE GOVERNMENT COMPUTERS INFECTED WITH VIRUS

Personal identifying information may be at risk for thousands of Massachusetts residents.  According to Hiawatha Bray at the Boston Globe, personal identifying information may have been stolen from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development when its computers were infected with a computer worm. "Unfortunately, like many government and non-government organizations we were targeted by criminal hackers who [...]

MICHAELS DATA BREACH

The recent Michaels data breach is much larger than originally estimated.  The data breach occurred when hackers penetrated Michaels point of sale PIN pads.  When Michaels customers keyed in their personal identification number (PIN) for debit card transactions the data was sent to hackers.  Michaels customers in the Chicago area became aware of the scam when they noticed unauthorized charges on their bank accounts. [...]

HOW IS STOLEN CREDIT CARD DATA SOLD?

How do hackers sell stolen credit card data?  The recent Sony PlayStation data breach has hackers worried about the price of credit card numbers and identity information on the black market.  According to a European hacker, the Sony data breach could reduce the sales price for credit card numbers and personal identifying information.   Kevin Stevens, senior threat researcher [...]

WHAT DO I DO IF I AM A VICTIM OF ID THEFT?

Victims of identity (ID) theft can have a hard time getting and keeping credit.  Often, creditors will deny or reduce credit limits based on information in your credit reports from Equifax, Experian or Trans Union because of accounts opened by an identity thief. After you have discovered accounts in your credit report opened by an [...]

SECRET SERVICE HELPS BUSINESSES FIGHT IDENTITY THEFT

Business needs to be more proactive in its approach to security in the face of increased insider threats and customised malware, says Verizon Business. Both types of attack have increased in the past year, according to the 2010 Verizon Data Breach Investigations report in partnership with the US Secret Service. This is the first time [...]