Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

Identity Theft

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

A funny thing happened on the way to the ATM (and depending on who you believe, may still be happening). Scratch that. For the lucky few at the right place at the right time, an awesome thing has been happening: ATMs randomly coughing up cash—and a lot of it.  Like an international lottery, the phenomenon… Read More

My Baby’s Data Was Hacked. What Should I Do Now?

Identity Theft

My Baby’s Data Was Hacked. What Should I Do Now?

My Baby’s Data Was Hacked. What Should I Do Now?

My 10-week-old son Ben has the biggest smile, is a champion sleeper and just had his identity stolen by hackers. The recent data breach at Anthem, Inc. was brutal. The company, America’s second largest health insurer, announced that approximately 80 million individuals were hacked. And the stolen personal information is invaluable — names, birthdays, Social… Read More

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

Identity Theft

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

The other day a reporter asked me who’s to blame for the growing epidemic of identity-related tax fraud. I almost replied, “the government and the bad guys,” but I caught myself before committing to that inaccuracy. “We’re all to blame,” I said. I believe that breaches, and the identity theft that flows from them, have… Read More

Millions of Anthem Customers Exposed: What It Means for You

Identity Theft

Millions of Anthem Customers Exposed: What It Means for You

Millions of Anthem Customers Exposed: What It Means for You

The nation’s second-largest health insurer has suffered a cyberattack that might become the largest hacking headache ever for American consumers. Anthem Inc. announced Wednesday that computer criminals had infiltrated its systems and stolen a treasure trove of personal information. While the firm says no medical data or credit card information was targeted or stolen, hackers… Read More

The Simple Email Trick That Could Protect Your Identity

Identity Theft

The Simple Email Trick That Could Protect Your Identity

The Simple Email Trick That Could Protect Your Identity

“Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity,” Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed in The Facebook Effect. Easy for him to say. Facebook has made a mint on data integrity—your personal information yoked to likes and dislikes sold to the highest bidder. But here’s some bad news for Zuck: When it comes… Read More

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