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.

FBI Calls Out Researcher Who Claimed He Hacked Airplane

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

Wetware: The Major Data Security Threat You’ve Never Heard Of

Wetware: The Major Data Security Threat You’ve Never Heard Of

Wetware: The Major Data Security Threat You’ve Never Heard Of

For the first time, according to a recent study, criminal and state-sponsored hacks have surpassed human error as the leading cause of health care data breaches, and it could be costing the industry as much as $6 billion. With an average organization cost of $2.1 million per breach, the results of the study give rise… Read More

Reports: Hackers Targeting Starbucks Mobile Users

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

A Doomsday Prepper’s Guide to Personal Finance

A Doomsday Prepper’s Guide to Personal Finance

A Doomsday Prepper’s Guide to Personal Finance

For Richard Duarte, surviving the end-of-the-world-as-you-know-it isn’t just a possibility; he’s lived it. In 1992, he and his family fled their home in South Florida with only the clothes on their back, after Hurricane Andrew swept through and destroyed their house. Half an hour after the storm passed, and long before rescue or cleanup teams… Read More

Should Your Mother Get Flowers or Fraud Charges This Year?

Should Your Mother Get Flowers or Fraud Charges This Year?

Should Your Mother Get Flowers or Fraud Charges This Year?

Mother’s Day is a special time to celebrate all those kisses and hugs, the rides to the mall, the doctors’ appointments, the countless soccer-basketball-baseball games, a special note tucked into a pocket or care package sent to camp. But remember sometimes it’s what a person doesn’t do that matters, and some moms are just bad… Read More

Hard Rock’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Hacked

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

What Was the First Social Security Number?

What Was the First Social Security Number?

What Was the First Social Security Number?

On Dec. 1, 1936, newspapers across the United States ran stories about John David Sweeney, Jr., the first person to receive a Social Security number. Ironically, Sweeney died before he received any Social Security benefits, according to the Social Security Administration‘s history website. Sweeney was the face and name the media got to put on… Read More

Data Breach at UC Berkeley Exposes SSNs & Bank Info

Data Breach at UC Berkeley Exposes SSNs & Bank Info

Data Breach at UC Berkeley Exposes SSNs & Bank Info

A data breach at the University of California, Berkeley exposed some Social Security and bank account numbers of current and former students, in addition to some of their family members, according to an April 30 announcement from the school. There have not yet been signs of anyone abusing the data, the announcement said. The servers… Read More

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