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- IRS Offers Tax Break to Victims of ID Theft, Data Breaches
- Facebook Feature Can Lead to Identity Theft
- New Study Shines Light on Smartwatch Hacking Vulnerability
- Big Money ID Theft and Tax Scams Hit the Courtroom
- Identity Theft Growing Among College Students
- When ‘Familiar Fraud’ Leads to Identity Theft
Identity theft is a crime that can be perpetrated using low-tech methods such as dumpster diving or much more tech-savvy means including phishing e-mails, skimming devices and malicious software known as malware. There were 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the U.S. in 2012. Identity theft tops the list of consumer complaints that are reported to the Federal Trade Commission every year.
- Malware and Hacking Forum Darkode Dismantled, Dozens Arrested
- ID Theft Infiltrates Police and Military
- Authorities Crack Down on Card Skimming
- Medical Centers a Hotspot for Identity Theft
- Hackers Ground Flights in Europe
- Police Crack Down on Identity Theft Rings
A data breach occurs when confidential information, like your Social Security number, credit card number or health information, is exposed or accessed by an unauthorized person. Studies show that individuals who receive a data breach notification letter are more than four times as likely to become victims of identity theft.
- Taxpayers Sue IRS Over Data Breach
- Rising College Tuition: Add Cyber Security Costs
- Ashley Madison Fallout: More Public Figures Outed; Members File Lawsuit; Scammers Target Affected Users
- The Cost of a Data Breach Nearly Doubles
- Ashley Madison Hackers Follow Through with Threats, Release Sensitive info for Millions of Users Online
- Target to Settle Claims Over Data Breach