Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

Identity Theft

Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

The largest union for government employees says the massive cyberattack on the government’s Office of Personnel Management was much worse than the Obama administration previously said it was, and every federal employee’s personally identifiable information has been compromised, the Associated Press reports. The OPM data includes information on most civilian federal employees, but not members of Congress… Read More

The Massive U.S. Government Hack: What You Need to Know

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The Massive U.S. Government Hack: What You Need to Know

The Massive U.S. Government Hack: What You Need to Know

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has just disclosed that hackers compromised what one would expect to be among the world’s most secure databases to steal sensitive information relating to some 4 million current and former employees. Without divulging specifics, authorities are pointing the finger at hackers in China, according to media reports. The FBI… Read More

Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

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Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

Plenty of folks think they could never be outsmarted by a hacker; plenty of them are wrong. In fact, perhaps 97% are wrong. Two new studies make this point, and show the devastating consequences of being wrong. Security firm McAfee has created a tool that lets consumers test their ability to distinguish between real emails… Read More

Ouch! A Data Breach Now Costs $3.8 Million

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Ouch! A Data Breach Now Costs $3.8 Million

Ouch! A Data Breach Now Costs $3.8 Million

From the consumer perspective, finding out your information has been compromised in a data breach is an annoying and costly interruption, but the business side is pretty unpleasant, too. The average data breach now costs the targeted company $3.8 million, or $154 per stolen record containing sensitive information, according to the newest edition of an… Read More

IRS Says ID Thieves Stole Info on 100K Taxpayers

Identity Theft

IRS Says ID Thieves Stole Info on 100K Taxpayers

IRS Says ID Thieves Stole Info on 100K Taxpayers

Identity thieves used the IRS’ own systems to steal personal information from about 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Criminals already armed with some data on the taxpayers used the IRS “Get Transcript” website to obtain even more data on their victims, the IRS said. Get Transcript gives taxpayers… Read More

Adult Dating Website Hacked; Up to 4 Million Affected

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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

5 Identity Theft Facts That Will Terrify You

Identity Theft

5 Identity Theft Facts That Will Terrify You

5 Identity Theft Facts That Will Terrify You

Identity theft was the number one consumer complaint at the Federal Trade Commission last year. So far in 2015, the data breach problem that drives so many identity-related crimes has gotten worse. The massive compromises at Anthem and Premera alone put a combined 91 million records in harm’s way. With more information “out there” than… Read More

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