By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty
Don’t tune in for this: Caddo Parish, La., authorities say they’ve cracked a $3 million identity theft scheme involving at least 11 suspects. The investigation involved thousands of cases of fraudulent Comcast cable, phone and Internet sign-ups, with one suspect being a Comcast employee. The company and a contract sales company lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and more than 1,200 customers could see their credit affected. Source: KTBS, Shreveport, La.
Student safety monitor: A bill introduced in Congress, the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, would prohibit operators of websites, apps and other online services for kindergarteners through 12th-graders from selling students’ information to third parties or creating personal profiles for them. The bill would give parents access to data on their children, and allow them to correct or delete it. Source: The New York Times
Bad blood: Medical identity theft cases in the United States grew 21 percent last year, according to a report from the Ponemon Institute. Such theft occurs when a scammer uses someone else’s identity for medical services, prescriptions or equipment, says Ann Patterson of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance, which sponsored the study. “Your medical identity is corrupted with the identity thief’s health information. Their blood type, their allergies, their diseases, their health conditions … are not accurately reflecting your health,” she said. “It is most certainly a life-or-death situation.” Source: NBC4 Washington, D.C.
Pray for guidance: Washington state’s ranking as having the second-highest rate of identity theft in the nation can be partially traced to a breach of the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese, says Federal Trade Commission regional director Chuck Harwood. Churches, schools and a hospital system with thousands of employees were part of the archdiocese breach. Source: KING 5, Seattle
A real player? A man named Michael Rumph was arrested on charges of pretending to be former NFL player Mike Rumph, for the purposes of renting a home on Long Island, N.Y. Prosecutors say the man pleaded not guilty to identity theft, criminal impersonation and possessing a forged instrument. The real Mike Rumph played for the 49ers, Washington and the Rams, before retiring in 2008. Source: Pro Football Talk
New tools:Marsh has launched Marsh Cyber Monitor and Marsh Cyber View, cyber risk-assessment services to help the risk-management community understand, measure, and manage cyber risk. The monitor lets companies examine threat indicators that are continuously updated. Cyber View combines an “outside-in” analytics-driven view of cyber vulnerability with customized risk advisory services. Source: Insurance Journal