Identity theft spikes amid pandemic

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million reports of identity theft last year, double the number from 2019. The post Identity theft spikes amid pandemic appeared first on WeLiveSecurity. The US Federal Trade Commission received 1.4

What is Identity theft Insurance?

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Identity theft insurance is a type of insurance policy that can help victims recover from losses caused by identity theft. It may be offered as a standalone policy, or as a benefit with other types of insurance or identity protection plans.

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Government Shutdown Leaves Americans More Vulnerable to Identity Theft, Scams

Adam Levin

citizens are more vulnerable to the effects of identity theft and scams as a result of the ongoing government shutdown. The two primary websites created by the government as resources for victims of identity theft, IdentityTheft.gov and FTC.gov/complaint , are currently offline as part of the partial shutdown of the Federal Trade Commission. The full impact of the shutdown on identity theft and cybersecurity will be hard to accurately gauge for some time after it ends.

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Schneier on Security

This essay previously appeared in the Rochester Review , as part of an alumni forum that asked: "How do you best protect yourself from identity theft?". I don't have a lot of good news for you. The truth is there's nothing we can do to protect our data from being stolen by cybercriminals and others.

4 Identity Theft Myths to Stop Believing

Identity IQ

Identity theft has been around for a long time, and it continues to evolve and adapt with the times. When it comes to identity theft , you need to avoid believing misinformation and spreading it to others. Here are four identity theft myths to stop believing.

How to Help Avoid Tax Identity Theft

Identity IQ

Every year, tax season presents a seasonal opportunity for criminals seeking monetary gain from identity theft. Clearing up issues related to identity theft and fraudulent tax returns can be messy and significantly delay any tax refund you may be owed.

Half of Americans Experienced Identity Theft During COVID-19 Pandemic, New Study Shows

Hot for Security

A new report uncovers a striking pervasiveness of identity theft perpetrated against U.S. consumers experienced identity theft between 2019 and 2020. the unauthorized use of one’s identity to apply for an account), and 38% experienced account takeover (i.e.,

Identity Theft on the Job Market

Schneier on Security

Identity theft is getting more subtle: " My job application was withdrawn by someone pretending to be me ": When Mr Fearn applied for a job at the company he didn't hear back. He said the recruitment team said they'd get back to him by Friday, but they never did. At first, he assumed he was unsuccessful, but after emailing his contact there, it turned out someone had created a Gmail account in his name and asked the company to withdraw his application.

How to Protect Your Mail from Identity Theft

Identity IQ

Criminals can use the information contained in your mail to help piece together the data needed to steal your identity. Make sure to take steps to help protect your mail from identity theft. Check out our tips on protecting your paper documents from identity theft.

How Oversharing About Your Kids on Social Media Can Lead to Identity Theft

Identity IQ

Every day, criminals scour the internet for personal information they can use to commit fraud and identity theft. This is as true for children as it is for adults, as kids can be victims of identity theft well before they reach adulthood.

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients suffers Identity Theft

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Kaspersky: Gamers face high and ongoing risk of identity theft and bullying

Tech Republic Security

A survey of gamers worldwide found that gamers deal with bullying and theft of in-game valuables in addition to identity theft

'Father of Identity Theft' Sentenced to 207 Months

Dark Reading

James Jackson was convicted of mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, access device fraud, and theft of mail last year

Facebook Small Business Grants Spark Identity-Theft Scam

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Smashing Security podcast #213: No security smarts at Mensa, long-term identity theft, and GameStop’s share frenzy

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Scams 101: All you need to know to protect against online fraud and identity theft

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You can protect against online scams and fraud by following these steps: Keep your personal and financial information under lock and key – Millions of people fall victim to identity thieves each year.

Americans worry more about identity theft than being murdered

Tech Republic Security

A study finds that ID fraud is a greater concern than murder for 47% of Americans

Credit Reporting Companies Put Customer Data at Risk

Adam Levin

Equifax, 2017: A data breach impacted almost 150 million Equifax customers, who subsequently reported identity-related crimes using that data. Subscribe to alerts: Companies like Norton and Identity Guard offer threat identification services that can detect and alert you to breaches.

Phishing, Ransomware Driving Wave of Data Breaches

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Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Identity Theft: Up Close and Personal

Lenny Zeltser

The most likely way in which you’ll learn that you’ve fallen victim to the identity theft-based unemployment insurance scam is by receiving an unsolicited debit card in the mail. Unfortunately, “identity theft” isn’t one of the options.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: How to protect your kids from identity theft

Tech Republic Security

Freezing your child's credit is one way to stop cybercriminals from stealing their identity. But you have to be careful to keep the key to thaw it later

Identity Theft Spikes Due to COVID-19 Relief

Threatpost

Cases reported to the FTC doubled last year as cybercriminals took advantage of increased filing for government relief benefits due to the pandemic. Government Hacks Privacy Web Security

Business ID Theft Soars Amid COVID Closures

Krebs on Security

Identity thieves who specialize in running up unauthorized lines of credit in the names of small businesses are having a field day with all of the closures and economic uncertainty wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.

Swiss expert Till Kottmann indicted for conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft

Security Affairs

Department of Justice announced that Swiss hacker Till Kottmann, 21, has been indicted for conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Wrapping oneself in an allegedly altruistic motive does not remove the criminal stench from such intrusion, theft, and fraud.”.

New Harris Poll: Cybersecurity Fears May Stall COVID-19 Digital Vaccine Card Adoption in the United States and United Kingdom, Identity Theft and Fake Cards Top List of Concerns

CyberSecurity Insiders

Identity theft topped the list for both groups at 51%, with fake vaccine cards that could be used to hack smartphones (Americans 45%, British 44%) and data breaches (Americans 44%, Brits 45%) close behind. REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(

'Father of Identity Theft' Convicted on 13 Federal Counts

Dark Reading

James Jackson, a 58-year-old Memphis resident, used the identities of deceased individuals to steal money from banks and the estates of the dead

One-Third of US Adults Hit with Identity Theft

Dark Reading

That's double the global average and more than three times the rate of French and German adults

Do Not Post Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card On Social Media

Joseph Steinberg

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Data Breach at Law Firm Exposes Google Employee Data

Adam Levin

Of particular concern is the scope of personal data typically attached to I-9 files , including passports, permanent resident cards, driver’s licenses, voter registration cards, birth certificates, and others, any of which could easily be leveraged for identity-related crimes. The law firm is offering one year of identity protection services to parties affected by the breach. Data Security Identity Theft Technology featured identity theft google I9 immigration

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: How to protect your kids from identity theft

Tech Republic Security

Freezing your child's credit is one way to stop cybercriminals from destroying their credit. But you have to be careful to keep the key to thaw it later

What kinds of people fall prey to identity theft, phishing, and hacks? It's not who you think

Tech Republic Security

Think of an identity theft victim and a few stereotypes probably come to mind, but a new study from CBT Nuggets reveals that the majority of victims are anything but stereotypical

Here Are the Top-10 IdentityIQ Topics of the Year

Identity IQ

This list clearly shows that consumers are concerned about protecting their identity; paying down debt; learning how credit card debt impacts their credit score and safeguarding against fraud during this uncertain time. Sign up for credit and identity theft monitoring and stay informed.

California Agency Exposed Up to 38 Million SSNs

Adam Levin

The EDD’s practice of mailing documents that include the full Social Security numbers of their intended recipients greatly elevates the risk of identity theft, according to California State Auditor Elaine Howle, who urged a halt to the practice in 2019.

Confessions of an ID Theft Kingpin, Part II

Krebs on Security

Ngo was recently deported back to his home country after serving more than seven years in prison for running multiple identity theft services. By this time, his ID theft services had earned roughly USD $3 million. One of the names of his identity theft services was findget[.]me,”

Learn How Privacy Laws Can Be Used for Identity Theft at Black Hat USA

Dark Reading

Attend Black Hat USA this summer and see how researchers are subverting the GDPR's privacy rules and detecting deep fakes with machine learning

Cybercrime and Fraud on the Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Identity IQ

During the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a direct correlation with the rise of online activity, data breaches and identity theft. Unfortunately, identity theft related fraud isn’t showing any signs of slowing down any time soon.

What is Dark Web Monitoring?

Identity IQ

With so many data breaches exposing the information of millions of Americans every year , dark web monitoring is a helpful tool that can alert you when your information is put at risk, so you can take the necessary steps to protect your identity. SSN identity theft.

Data Leak Exposes Birth Certificate Info of 750k

Adam Levin

Data Security Data breach Identity Theft featured amazon birth certificate AWSThe personal data of more than 752,000 applicants filed to obtain copies of birth and death certificates was found on an unprotected Amazon Web Services database. .

Worried about identity theft? Then you should avoid these password pitfalls

Tech Republic Security

We're constantly reminded of the risks that come with bad passwords, yet many people persist in using obvious and easy-to-crack names, words, and patterns. Want to know if you're at risk

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Post a Photo of Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card Online

Identity IQ

One thing you should avoid posting, however is a photo of your vaccination card on social media because identity thieves may be watching. Identity theft works like a puzzle, made up of pieces of personal information.

Two Thirds of Americans Worry About Hackers, Identity Theft

eSecurity Planet

In comparison, just 38 percent worry about their car being stolen or broken into, a recent survey found

Social Media Account Verification Messages: CyberCriminals’ Latest Phishing Technique Exploits Both Human Emotions And Anti-Fraud Techniques

Joseph Steinberg

Cybercrooks intent on stealing people’s identities (or worse) have begun sending well-crafted messages that both impersonate various major social-media providers, as well as mimic the instructions that such media platforms utilize as part of their respective Verification processes.

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Identity theft is alive and well--and fraudsters keep getting richer

Tech Republic Security

Last year, cyber criminals netted 16 billion dollars in the US alone. Find out why fraudsters are so successful and what you can do to stay safe