SPAM in the Fridge: Hackers Target Home Appliances

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SPAM in the Fridge: Hackers Target Home Appliances

SPAM in the Fridge: Hackers Target Home Appliances

It’s probably time to start thinking about a strong password for your refrigerator, like “N0SnaxAtNite!”  An e-mail security firm says it detected what it calls the first hacker attack on the Internet of Things this month, and yes, a refrigerator was among the devices that were compromised by the intruders. The computer criminals also hacked… Read More

What’s the Future of Fraud?

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What’s the Future of Fraud?

What’s the Future of Fraud?

What do you get when you bring together a roundtable of experts who’ve got their finger on the pulse of fraud trends in the U.S.? A room full of people empowered to protect their identities — and spread the word among friends and colleagues. Herb Weisbaum, The Consumerman on NBCnews.com, led the “Fast Forward: 2013… Read More

How Hackers Can Hijack Your Car

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How Hackers Can Hijack Your Car

How Hackers Can Hijack Your Car

With AAA predicting the biggest Labor Day travel weekend since the recession hit, many Americans will be stealing away for that final summer trip. Unfortunately, they won’t be the only ones stealing. There’s a new type of crime happening on America’s highways and byways. A nationwide crime spree in the making, if you will, whereby… Read More

Facebook Acknowledges It Was Hacked

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Facebook Acknowledges It Was Hacked

Facebook Acknowledges It Was Hacked

Hackers have long targeted all sorts of companies, government agencies and other organizations for cyber attacks that could expose consumers to identity theft, and now the world’s most popular social network has acknowledged that it, too, was recently hacked. Facebook was targeted in an attack in January that potentially exposed a large amount of data, after… Read More

South Carolina Residents Hit With Massive Data Breach

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South Carolina Residents Hit With Massive Data Breach

South Carolina Residents Hit With Massive Data Breach

The state of South Carolina is now alerting millions of people that their personal and financial information may have been compromised in a massive cyber attack. The South Carolina Department of Revenue was hit with a hacking attack that exposed about 3.6 million Social Security numbers of those who filed their taxes with the state… Read More

Hackers Gain Access to Barnes and Noble Customer Data

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Hackers Gain Access to Barnes and Noble Customer Data

Hackers Gain Access to Barnes and Noble Customer Data

Consumers who shopped at one of the best-known bookstores in the nation over the last several months may want to keep tabs on their financial records, as the company recently revealed it had been compromised by hackers. Card-reading PIN pads in 63 Barnes and Noble stores across the country – concentrated heavily on the east… Read More

Banks, Military Respond to Wave of Cyber Attacks

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Banks, Military Respond to Wave of Cyber Attacks

Banks, Military Respond to Wave of Cyber Attacks

If you have a checking account or a credit card with a major bank, chances are good that you’ve experienced some trouble accessing your online accounts in the past month. A host of major banks, including the three largest in America, have been the victims of cyber attacks that fully or partially shut down sites… Read More

Top U.S. Banks Hit With Massive Hacking Attacks

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Top U.S. Banks Hit With Massive Hacking Attacks

Top U.S. Banks Hit With Massive Hacking Attacks

Some of the largest and best-known banks in the country were recently targeted by hacking attacks that crippled their websites, and experts say these could be the biggest attacks ever. In the days since Sept. 19, the websites for Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and PNC Bank have all been hit… Read More

94 Million Exposed: The Government’s Epic Fail on Privacy

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94 Million Exposed: The Government’s Epic Fail on Privacy

94 Million Exposed: The Government’s Epic Fail on Privacy

When you hear a number like “94 million” in the news, it’s usually because somebody won the lottery. This time around, no such luck. This 94 million is the number of Americans’ files in which personal information has been exposed, since 2009, to potential identity theft through data breaches at government agencies.  Go ahead, count… Read More

This Week in Credit News: Hackers & ID Thieves

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This Week in Credit News: Hackers & ID Thieves

This Week in Credit News: Hackers & ID Thieves

The biggest news this week revolves around hackers and identity theft as Apple IDs and one woman’s Medicare card were exposed to the world. A DNC Flub Puts a Woman’s Identity at Risk Last night, in the midst of former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, the camera cut away to an… Read More

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