Monday, February 23, 2009
That point is made in this article by this statement, "In at least hundreds of cases last year, workers accused of immigration violations found themselves facing the more serious identity theft charge as well, without any indication they knew their counterfeit Social Security and other identification numbers belonged to actual people and were not made up."
It also touches on the supply and demand issues and doesn't mention that getting an identity is a problem when they state "..traveled to Chicago and bought numbers from someone who trades in counterfeit IDs." I don't see that they indicated this was a difficult or mystifying process. It is presented as pretty straightforward from the way I read this.
The article is on Yahoo News here:
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Not even Hollywood could dream this one up........
In addition to the theft, 1.5 million people may have had their personal data stolen along w/ 1.1 million social security numbers being breached.
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Sunday, February 8, 2009
Organizations that experienced a data breach in 2008 paid an average of $6.6 million last year to rebuild their brand image and retain customers, according to a new study.Ponemon Institute, a Tucson-based research firm, looked at 43 organizations that reported a data breach last year and found that roughly $202 was spent on each consumer record compromised.
The Heartland Payment Systems [HPY] data breach is the first major information security incident of 2009.
Exactly one week after the Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) breach was first announced to the public, the first lawsuit has been filed against the payments processor.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Intel , Microsoft, Google, along with several other companies are behind this official holiday. Here are a few links that can help in securing your data.
- Nothing beats Pre-Paid Legals' Identity Theft Protection
- Lifehacker always has good tips.
- The IAPP is a worldwide organization dedicated to spreading information about ID privacy .
- Here is site for MAC users with some good tips
Free software links to help you keep your computer (& identity) safe:
Commodo Internet Security suite is a well rounded, low system resource package
PC-Tools Antivirus is a decent realtime Antivirus scanner. The same company also created Threatfire to compliment any other (even paid ones like Norton's & McAfee) antivirus scanner. *Caveat* : Threatfire should not be used by itself but to enhance a "library based" scanner that receives nightly updates.
There is no excuse to NOT encrypt your Windows hard drive with the free, "Open Source" Truecrypt.
Man to police: I have tons of stolen/forged id's & documents. What should I do ? Police: We don't want it. Throw it in the dumpster.
Being an honest man, he took the items to the police station. When he asked the officer what he should do with the items, he was shocked when he was told they didn't want it & that he should find the nearest dumpster & toss the items. He decided to go to the nearest TV station instead.