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- Court Ruling a Blow For Companies Victimized by Data Breaches; a Boost For Consumers
- Police Go After Alleged Florida ID Thieves
- Jeep Vulnerability Allows Hackers to Remotely Take Over Vehicle
- Security Expert: 950 Million Android Phones Vulnerable to Attack
- IRS Less Responsive to ID Theft Victims Due to Budget Cuts
- 3-D Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning Could Bolster Smartphone Security
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.
- UConn Warns of Data Breach
- More Than 4 Million Potentially Affected in Latest Hacks of UCLA Health and CVS Photo
- Hacked: Ashley Madison, Website For People Who Want to Have Affairs Or Cheat
- Sony Employees Claim Company Failed to Safeguard Personal Information, Apply for Class-Action Status in Lawsuit
- OPM Data Breach Hits Total of 22.1 Million Victims; Agency Director Resigns
- Logins and Passwords for More than 200 Government Email Accounts Posted Online by Hackers