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Bob Sullivan is author of the New York Times best-sellers Gotcha Capitalism and Stop Getting Ripped Off. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and hundreds of other publications. He has appeared as a consumer advocate and technology expert numerous times on NBC’s TODAY show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, NPR’s Marketplace, Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, and various other radio and TV outlets. He helped start MSNBC.com and wrote there for nearly 20 years, most of it penning the consumer advocacy column The Red Tape Chronicles. See more at www.bobsullivan.net. Follow Bob Sullivan on Facebook or Twitter.

Adult Dating Website Hacked; Up to 4 Million Affected

Identity Theft

Adult Dating Website Hacked; Up to 4 Million Affected

Adult Dating Website Hacked; Up to 4 Million Affected

One of the Internet’s largest adult dating websites has suffered a major data breach, with up to 4 million members impacted, according to U.K. news station Channel 4, which broke the story. Victims face potential embarrassment or other serious repercussions in addition to the usual potential for identity theft. AdultFriendFinder.com’s parent firm FriendFinder Networks Inc. confirmed to the… Read More

Could This Mortgage Innovation Help You Buy a Home?

Mortgages

Could This Mortgage Innovation Help You Buy a Home?

Could This Mortgage Innovation Help You Buy a Home?

Would you buy a home for a discounted price if you had to surrender much of the gains when you sold it someday? That’s the premise behind an innovative new housing strategy called “shared equity.” It sounds a bit like a hybrid between buying and renting. Buyers who couldn’t otherwise be able to afford a home… Read More

Is a Biweekly Mortgage Payment a Bad Idea?

Mortgages

Is a Biweekly Mortgage Payment a Bad Idea?

Is a Biweekly Mortgage Payment a Bad Idea?

Biweekly mortgage payments certainly sound like a great idea. Paying half your mortgage every two weeks instead of a full payment once each month actually can save you many thousands of dollars over the life of a mortgage, and allow you to cut years off that 30-year loan. Sadly, as with many financial instruments that… Read More

FBI Calls Out Researcher Who Claimed He Hacked Airplane

Identity Theft

FBI Calls Out Researcher Who Claimed He Hacked Airplane

FBI Calls Out Researcher Who Claimed He Hacked Airplane

Headlines during the weekend screamed that a hacker had taken control of a commercial airliner and been able to make it move “sideways” in flight. Avionics security researcher Chris Roberts, who has previously published substantial research on airplane hacking, was questioned by FBI agents after a flight in April, and his computer equipment seized. In… Read More

Reports: Hackers Targeting Starbucks Mobile Users

Identity Theft

Reports: Hackers Targeting Starbucks Mobile Users

Reports: Hackers Targeting Starbucks Mobile Users

Credit card hackers are targeting Starbucks gift card and mobile payment users around the country — and stealing from consumers’ credit cards — with a new scam so ingenious they don’t even need to know the account number of the card they are hacking. Criminals are using Starbucks accounts to access consumers’ linked credit cards. Taking advantage… Read More

The Biggest Gotchas You Should Avoid When Moving

Personal Finance

The Biggest Gotchas You Should Avoid When Moving

The Biggest Gotchas You Should Avoid When Moving

Moving is like death and taxes. It’s inevitable, usually dreadful, and also often costly. About 40 million Americans move each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The American Moving & Storage Association says the average interstate move costs more than $5,000, but that’s just the beginning. Moving.com says homeowners spend about $10,000 “feathering the… Read More

Hard Rock’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Hacked

Identity Theft

Hard Rock’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Hacked

Hard Rock’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Hacked

Las Vegas casinos are renowned for their stringent physical security. Security cameras and bouncers don’t necessarily discourage cyberattacks, however, and a major Vegas property disclosed this weekend that hackers had spent the past seven months stealing credit card data from its systems. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas sent letters to an undisclosed… Read More

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