Identity Theft

Our Credit.com experts provide tips & advice on how you can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and what you should do in the event your identity is compromised. Here, you’ll find information explaining the different forms of identity theft, how to monitor you credit for signs of identity theft & what fraud protection measures you can take.

Hacker: 2 Ivy League Schools Vulnerable to a Serious Data Breach

Hacker: 2 Ivy League Schools Vulnerable to a Serious Data Breach

Hacker: 2 Ivy League Schools Vulnerable to a Serious Data Breach

Hundreds of companies, local government agencies and universities — including two Ivy League schools — continue to expose sensitive financial, medical, academic, personal and other records to anyone who knows a few finer points about how to use Google or the Shodan search engine. These organizations are all in the same boat as MBIA, the nation’s… Read More

Scammers Are Cashing In on Your Ebola Fears

Scammers Are Cashing In on Your Ebola Fears

Scammers Are Cashing In on Your Ebola Fears

As a few cases of Ebola have reached the U.S., people are worrying about their exposure to the deadly disease and what they can do to avoid it. Among the plethora of helpful information out there on Ebola (as well as plenty of unhelpful content), drugs claiming to cure Ebola have started to appear, aimed… Read More

The Kmart Data Breach: What You Need to Do

The Kmart Data Breach: What You Need to Do

The Kmart Data Breach: What You Need to Do

Kmart announced Oct. 10 its information technology team detected a data breach of stores’ payment systems, compromising an unknown number of customer credit and debit cards. At this time, there aren’t many details available on the breach — Kmart’s team only detected it the day prior to its announcement, according to a company news release… Read More

Why Americans Are a Huge Target for Credit Card Fraud

Why Americans Are a Huge Target for Credit Card Fraud

Why Americans Are a Huge Target for Credit Card Fraud

Put yourself inside the mind of a cyber-criminal for a moment. You could try to hack businesses based in any country in the world and steal their customers’ credit card information, so where would be the best place to commit your crime? If you are smart, you will try to penetrate the most vulnerable security systems. Unfortunately for Americans, the weakest links… Read More

My Mom Stole My Identity. Do I Have to Turn Her In?

My Mom Stole My Identity. Do I Have to Turn Her In?

My Mom Stole My Identity. Do I Have to Turn Her In?

It’s one of the worst forms of financial betrayal: your parent, sibling or child uses your information to get credit and then fails to pay the bills.  When the shock wears off, you may be stuck with a very ugly reality. Unless you are willing to turn in the perpetrator, the bills — and any… Read More

Dairy Queen Data Breach Impacts Almost 400 Stores

Dairy Queen Data Breach Impacts Almost 400 Stores

Dairy Queen Data Breach Impacts Almost 400 Stores

Fast food chain Dairy Queen today confirmed a data breach of payment card data at some of its U.S. locations, which include Dairy Queen and Orange Julius stores. Signs of the breach were reported as early as late August, but the Minnesota-based company had yet to confirm the cyberattack. The breach compromised customer names, payment… Read More

How One Artist Turned the Tables on Her Identity Thief

How One Artist Turned the Tables on Her Identity Thief

How One Artist Turned the Tables on Her Identity Thief

A year after her wallet was stolen from a gallery in San Francisco, photographer Jessamyn Lovell received a call from the police. They asked her two puzzling questions: Did she know a woman named Erin Hart, and did she give her permission to use her ID? Lovell didn’t know what to think — who is Erin Hart?… Read More

The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

The olive branch after the deluge of news about the JPMorgan breach that exposed the personally identifiable information of 83 million customers was that no bank account information, or more sensitive personal information like Social Security numbers, had been compromised. What got lost in that torrent of stories was the fact that the information that… Read More

FBI Chief: China Has Hacked Every Major U.S. Company

FBI Chief: China Has Hacked Every Major U.S. Company

FBI Chief: China Has Hacked Every Major U.S. Company

In a “60 Minutes” interview, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey bluntly answered questions about cybersecurity threats to the U.S. and its citizens. Perhaps his most shocking statement came on the topic of foreigners’ attempts at breaking digital security barriers: “I mean, there are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There… Read More

Will States Lead the Way on Data Breach Requirements?

Will States Lead the Way on Data Breach Requirements?

Will States Lead the Way on Data Breach Requirements?

California enacted the first data loss disclosure law in 2003, requiring companies and organizations that lose personal information to inform the individuals whose data has gone missing. Since then, 46 other states have passed similar laws. On Sept. 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law an amendment that toughens the Golden State’s pioneering legislation in several ways…. Read More

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