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August 25, 2015
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Debt collectors play a significant role in notifying students about identity fraud, according to Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2015 Identity Fraud Study. Twenty-two percent of students were notified about identity fraud by a debt collector or when...

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August 24, 2015
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The massive data breach at Ashley Madison has outed some 32 million users, including some 15,000 email addresses from government and military accounts, indicated by .gov and .mil domains. Some government officials used personal email addresses. At least one used a prepaid...

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August 21, 2015
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With hackers releasing the names, emails and private profiles for as many as 32 million users worldwide, adultery-themed dating site Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media could be driven to bankruptcy. The biggest concern is a simple class-...

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August 20, 2015
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The pressure group Fathers4Justice has condemned a cyber attack on Mumsnet, which led to armed police being called to the home of the parenting site’s co-founder after a hacking group made a hoax call. Fathers4Justice said it had no connection to the “swatting”...

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August 19, 2015
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The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has a plan to deal with identity theft cases, which are on the rise. The office of City Attorney Mike Feuer says there were 254 cases in 2014; so far this year, there have been 375 cases. Stolen Social Security and personal...

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August 18, 2015
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A massive breach of taxpayers’ information is more extensive than previously thought, affecting more than 300,000 people. In May, the Internal Revenue Service reported that hackers, believed to be from Russia, used Social Security numbers and other information to...

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August 17, 2015
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Researchers have revealed that technology used in 126 types of cars makes them easier to steal, and that Volkswagen went to court two years ago to keep their discovery a secret. Three European computer scientists knew about the flaws since 2012, and they warned...

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August 14, 2015
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The Internal Revenue Service has issued regulations removing the automatic 30-day extension to file information returns on forms in the W-2 series in an effort to combat tax-related identity theft starting in 2017. The current process, which remains in effect next year,...

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August 13, 2015
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College students might think they’re immune from identity theft because they have no assets. But they are at high risk because, “the virgin, unblemished identity is very valuable, for filing a fraudulent IRS return or committing criminal offenses,”...

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August 12, 2015
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Thirty-two members and associates of a Long Beach, Calif., street gang called the Insane Crips have been indicted on charges of operating a $14.3 million identity theft and tax fraud scheme, authorities said. The indictments came after a three-year...

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