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  • Two-Factor Authorization (2FA) Could Drastically Cut Identity Theft and Financial Losses

    In this hack-a-day world, passwords are still the top target for data thieves. Want to reduce your own risk of attack? A tool called two-factor authorization, or 2FA, offers a way to create a second roadblock between your data and that identity thief.  More and more companies are taking the steps to implement this security […] Read more

  • Hackers Getting Less Money For Your Personal Data

    The price of your stolen personal data won’t earn hackers as much as it has in the past, but your damages will still be expensive. There’s apparently too much personal data for sale on the Dark Net — that hard-to-reach corner of the Internet where hackers sell and trade stolen information. According to a new […] Read more

  • Hilton, Trump Hotels Investigating Data Breaches

    Hilton Hotels and Trump International in Las Vegas are investigating the possible theft of credit card numbers from guests. Travelers who checked into popular hotels around the country this past year could be faced with the possible theft and misuse of their credit card data. Hilton Hotels, which includes Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hampden Inn and […] Read more

  • Back To School Season Increases Data Breach Potential

    Will your student be impacted by a data breach this year? The odds are growing in the wake of targeted hack attacks on schools and universities. Another school year, another data breach. It seems inevitable that the first weeks of school bring a fresh round of news involving breaches of sensitive student data. It’s no […] Read more

  • Electronic Medical Records: A New Source for Identity Theft

    One of the worst data breaches of the year involved compromised electronic medical records for hospitals and health clinics in the Midwest. In recent weeks, Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) notified customers and their patients that the firm had experienced a sizeable data breach. In all, 3.9 million individuals have learned that their health files have […] Read more

  • Will 2015 Set The Record For Breach Victims?

    When the Target data breach hit during the holiday shopping rush in December, 2013, security experts and other observers declared 2013 the worst year for breaches ever. Neiman Marcus, eBay, and Michaels Stores were hit the following year. Again, the predictors of doom called 2014 the worst year ever. However, 2015 has already toppled past […] Read more

  • IRS Data Breach Triples

    Any data breach is bad news but the one announced this past May at the IRS was considered especially bad because hackers accessed huge amounts of data for an estimated 114,000 individuals. Now the news has worsened as the victim pool has increased alarmingly. Late Monday, the tax agency indicated the victim list had tripled to […] Read more

  • Air Force Major Faces Long Road Back After Identity Theft

    This case study comes from a series of reports done by idRADAR (now part of ID Watchdog) in the summer of 2013. It illustrates how identity theft can rob workers of security clearances and damage their careers. “I see a little glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and then something comes to […] Read more

  • Data Breach – HanesBrands, Inc.

    On July 31, 2015, HanesBrands, Inc. reported that a hacker compromised its customer order database of 900,000 online and telephone customers in June of 2015. Hackers were able to gain information including addresses, phone numbers, and the last four digits of credit card numbers by posing as a guest customer checking an order. HanesBrands representatives claimed […] Read more

  • Naval Officer Fought Off Identity Thieves To Save His Job And Security Clearance

    It took rapid action and hundreds of hours for a Navy Captain to save his top secret clearance after identity theft. ‘Run silent. Run deep.’ That’s the preferred method operation when you’re on a submarine, but even underwater, news of identity theft travels fast. Deep in the Pacific is where Stephen Hershman was in 2003 when […] Read more