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October 7, 2015
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U.S. firms pay an average of $15 million apiece on cyber crime each year, according to a new study. The Ponemon Institute’s annual “Cost of Cyber Crime” study polled 58 U.S.-based companies about their security-related spending. The U.S. average of $...

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October 6, 2015
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The European Court of Justice ruled that the transatlantic Safe Harbor agreement, which lets American companies use a single standard for consumer privacy and data storage in both the United States and Europe, is invalid. The ruling came after Edward...

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October 5, 2015
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Stock trading service Scottrade has been hacked—and it lost information on 4.6 million customers. The breach affected those who signed up for a Scottrade brokerage account before February 2014. Hackers gained access to a massive database of Scottrade customers,...

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October 2, 2015
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Two new critical vulnerabilities in Google’s mobile operating system put more than a billion Android devices at risk of being hacked, meaning “almost every Android device” is affected, from Android version 1.0 to the latest version 5.0, also known as “...

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October 1, 2015
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The United States is pulling spies from China as a result of a cyber attack that compromised the personal data of 21.5 million government workers, a U.S. official said. The U.S. suspects that Chinese hackers were behind the breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel...

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September 30, 2015
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Residents in some states are more vulnerable to identity theft, according to a review of federal data by NerdWallet, a personal finance website. In 2014, there were 332,646 identity theft complaints in the United States, data from the Federal Trade...

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September 29, 2015
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A congressman wants to fight identity theft by keeping Social Security numbers off many federal tax forms. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., introduced the Taxpayer Identity Protection Act, which would let companies use an alternative to...

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September 28, 2015
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Almost 18 million people were victims of identity theft in the United States last year, with most crimes targeting credit cards and bank accounts, the Department of Justice said. That represents 7 percent of the U.S. population age 16 or older and is up...

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September 25, 2015
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Identity thieves have a new target: newborns. Bad guys know that their chances of being caught are slim, and since newborns don’t have a credit or financial history, they’re starting with a clean slate. They can do irreparable damage before anyone catches on. Parents should...

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September 24, 2015
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The Office of Personnel Management now says 5.6 million people’s fingerprints were stolen as part of the hacks. That’s more than five times the 1.1 million government officials estimated when the cyber attacks were first disclosed. The total number of those...

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