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  • Verizon Employees Tied To Identity Theft Ring

    Guarding your Social Security number (SSN)…sharing it only when absolutely necessary…could protect you from a tsunami of identity theft. But there are times when you just have to fork over that number; setting up new cell phone service is a prime example. It’s important to realize that even legitimate SSN disclosure to a well-known retailer […] Read more

  • Office Depot Tech Support Fraud Alleged

    You’ve read our blog posts debunking phone-based tech support scams and software license expiration scams. These are some of the most lucrative frauds perpetrated on individuals easily confused with computer tech talk. But even our ID Watchdog team was stunned to hear that Office Depot tech support crews may be perpetrating a similar scam at […] Read more

  • Dozens Arrested in IRS Impersonator Scam

    Today, there’s some good news in the fight against identity scammers. A 3-year investigation into Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee impersonators concluded this week. As a result, 56 individuals were indicted and dozens are already in custody for their roles in intimidating Americans into paying IRS bills they did not owe. “The largest single amount […] Read more

  • Is Your Vote Safe From Hackers?

    The upcoming elections are making lots of individuals nervous—including those responsible for sending out ballots or counting our votes. Recent hacks indicate that voter registration files have become a tempting target while new research found that a number of state registries possess really weak security. On August 31, the Illinois Board of Elections reported a […] Read more

  • WhatsApp Blurs Privacy Promises

    When Facebook paid billions for WhatsApp in 2014, privacy hawks vocalized concerns, but the messaging company promised there would be no change in its privacy policy. CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, even underscored that promise in a highly publicized blog post.  The policy changed despite all those promises. Now government privacy advocates in […] Read more

  • How Should Users Respond to Yahoo’s Mega Breach?

    It’s hard to panic over a data breach that happened two years ago—even if it is now the largest on record. Yahoo on Thursday confirmed its servers had been breached in late 2014 and that over 500 million accounts were compromised. Now users are wondering how to react to the theft after so much time […] Read more

  • Ransomware Targets Must Fight Back

    A panel of cybersecurity experts last week urged consumers to step up their cyber ‘best practices’ to battle the recent four-fold increase in ransomware. Now, the FBI confirmed the crisis. Today the agency issued a plea to victims urging that they report all issues to slow the growing threat. “Within the first weeks of its […] Read more

  • Star Olympians Exposed in Data Breach

    The glow from Rio still follows U.S. gold medal gymnast Simone Biles, but this week the young Olympian grabbed some undesirable headlines when Russian hackers accessed and then published her private medical files. The hack of numerous athlete records raises questions regarding prescription drug use in sports and also offers a lesson for those of […] Read more

  • Fake Job Sites Are a Data Goldmine

    Looking for a job is hard work. Every application you file creates a data-rich event in which you, the applicant, provide all the valuable personally identifiable information (PII) you possess. Rejection may be unavoidable in your job hunt, but you can dodge identity theft by avoiding job sites created just to collect the pieces that […] Read more

  • Pokémon GO Brings Fake Android Apps, User Spam

    Pokémon GO is less than two months old, but already, it has spawned fake websites, bogus reward offers, and spam. Lots and lots of spam, evidently. Adaptivemobile.com reported in August that North American users had been swamped with SMS messages urging them to click on a link to pokemonpromos[.]xxx. The messages were designed to appeal […] Read more

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