2016

December 7, 2016
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With this year almost over and a new year waiting on the horizon, it’s a good time to take stock of the various threats to individuals’ identities that took hold during 2016. From large-scale data breaches to scams that affected consumers one-by-one, the variety of methods and sheer volume of security threats that thieves use is staggering.

Here are some of the scams, fraud attempts, data breaches, and other related identity theft crimes that the...

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December 7, 2016
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We thought we'd put an identity protection spin on the song, "Twelve Days of Christmas."

Instead of offering partridges, turtledoves, French hens, and other delightful but somewhat impractical gifts, we have reliable tips to keep your good name and credit safe.

1.   Pay attention to website URLs. Online searches can lead you to scammer-run websites that...

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December 6, 2016
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Employers collect and store vast amounts of personally identifiable information from job candidates and employees: Social Security numbers, birth dates, driver’s licenses, protected health information, financial and investment account information, emails and passwords, and more.

All of this data—often the domain of accounting and payroll departments—is valuable to identity thieves who employ methods ranging from simple dumpster-diving to sophisticated...

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December 6, 2016
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Glass ceilings are not exclusive to the White House. The cyber security industry, too, is struggling to open career paths for women.

Although the number of women in the profession is growing, their proportion of the information security workforce—about 10 percent, according to a 2015 Frost and Sullivan...

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December 2, 2016
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By Amit Ashbel

National Cybersecurity month has come and gone in a flurry of analyzing security practices and determining which areas need more attention. But instead of waiting another year to revisit the topic, companies should carve out time regularly to ensure they’re keeping security top of mind and avoiding falling victim to vulnerabilities.

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December 2, 2016
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Long live the payment card magnetic stripe! You won’t need those chip cards at gas stations for a looong time.

The march toward protecting consumers from credit and debit fraud with newfangled chip cards is slow, but steady. How slow became apparent Thursday, when Visa and Mastercard announced they were giving gas stations an extra three years to comply with new liability rules that essentially force merchants to upgrade their...

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November 29, 2016
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Officials at U.K.-based Tesco Bank may wish to convey that the dust has settled regarding a stunning cyber attack in which thousands of patrons directly lost cold, hard cash.

But that certainly is not the case. In fact, the longer-term ramifications Tesco and its customers...

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November 21, 2016
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Père Francois Xavier d’Entrecolles, a Jesuit priest, traveled to China in 1712 and sent home letters revealing secrets of how Chinese craftsman produced beautifully delicate porcelain goods.

Clearly, industrial spying is as old as competitive commerce. Now the digital age has made it much easier to steal intellectual property. Yet data breaches related to IP theft rarely make news headlines.

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November 19, 2016
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This Black Friday, millions of shoppers will once again make the final seconds of a close football game look like a store window filled with clumsy puppies. And when they don’t find what they’re looking for, they’ll go online where, in addition to great deals, a cornucopia of scams await.

The migration from brick-and-...

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November 18, 2016
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As the United States embraces the use of chip-based, or EMV, cards to dramatically decrease credit card fraud, bad actors are pivoting to revamp their tactics.

But according to startup Ondot Systems, the answer to credit card fraud could be simple: turn over card control and authorization to the consumer.

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