2015

November 15, 2015
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Identity theft is still pretty misunderstood in terms of preventing and repairing the damage, but citizens are growing in their awareness and understanding of it. This is mostly due to the tireless efforts of companies and agencies that work to support the victims and protect the public. As we look back on this year of identity protection efforts, here are some services we’re grateful for:

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November 13, 2015
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Somewhere between 10 million and 16 million Americans get “got” by fraudsters working the seams of identity-related crime every year. The methods are many and various. There are, of course, the familiar scams and frauds, but one harder to detect area of exploitation is child identity theft.

So why are children a target for...

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November 10, 2015
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Consumers and online retailers beware. ’Tis the season for a spike in malicious advertisements, or malvertisements.

Cyber criminals have made a fine art out of imperceptibly slipping malicious ads onto popular shopping websites. And they gear up to swarm the Internet with malvertisements during the upcoming holiday shopping season.

Most website publishers generally are not equipped to detect...

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November 3, 2015
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Wonder what your business and customers can expect next year in the way of identity fraud and privacy trends?

We assembled a roundtable of experts at the third annual Privacy XChange Forum, a premier privacy and data security conference, to review the biggest identity theft trends and faux pas of 2015, as well as offer a forecast for 2016.

The panel included: Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center; Alex Cameron, a...

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November 2, 2015
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When an international hacker stole tax information from South Carolina’s department of revenue in 2012, at the time it was the largest cyber attack on a state government.

Ultimately, 75 gigabytes of data was stolen, impacting 6.4 million taxpayers, including 3.8 million adults and 1.9 million dependents, and 700,000 businesses.

Three years later, the department shared its story and breach lessons learned at the third annual Privacy XChange Forum, a...

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November 2, 2015
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Every day we hear about data breaches, whether they’re at the White House or our local bank. But it’s easy to confuse terms used to describe what’s happening: cyber crime, hacktivism, cyber war. What’s the difference?

Richard Clarke, former counterrorism czar for the United States, recently shared his system for understanding cyber crime—and two key ways to protect your businesses and customers—at the third annual...

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October 30, 2015
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Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Holiday deals are right around the corner for consumers with a penchant for shopping online with an easy click or swipe.

But with convenience comes risk, and it's important for banks to take steps to protect their customers with these easy protection tips from CyberScout's fraud experts.

October 30, 2015
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In the post-apocalyptic world of “The Walking Dead,” it’s a foregone conclusion that zombies happen, and they aren’t picky. One real-world parallel of finding yourself surrounded by hungry zombies is the plague of identity theft. With more than 1 billion records “out there,” it’s just a matter of time before you get got.

When it comes to...

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October 23, 2015
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Increasingly, in the aftermath of a big news data security item — whether it takes the form of a high-profile mega breach (think: Office of Personnel Management, Anthem, Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Target) or a low-tech data grab — an odd phenomenon happens. First, there is what you might call the “water cooler” phase — news of the breach comes up in casual conversation. As the news coverage quickly moves on to whatever else is happening in the world, those...

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October 19, 2015
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By Ryan Orsi

Today, hackers and cyber criminals have set their sights on the health care industry. Since the Ponemon Institute began its data security study five years ago, criminal attacks in health care are up 125 percent and are now the leading cause of data breaches. The study reports most organizations are unprepared for the threat and lack resources and...

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