The Watchblog


  • 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

  • Around The World in 80 Seconds?

    A new study documents how data travels and how quickly hackers share information around the globe. Ever wondered where your data goes after it’s stolen? Here’s the startling information one company uncovered. Imagine how rapidly you can connect to a website in India from the comfort of your own home. Have you ever wondered how fast your […] Read more

  • Is Your Identity Ready For Travel Season?

    The warm weather has rolled in and you’re probably dreaming of sinking your toes into some warm sand. Don’t forget to pack that identity protection plan. Every casino you visit, every restaurant, even the newsstand at your local airport is a possible place for data theft or data breach. In the past year, The Hard […] Read more

  • Data Breach – UCLA Health and Ashley Madison

    On Friday, July 17, 2015, UCLA Health announced that hackers broke into their computer network and accessed sensitive information on as many as 4.5 million patients. UCLA said Friday that they are working with the FBI and computer forensic experts to further secure its network. Hacked data includes names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, Medicare and […] Read more

  • How Much Are Your Digital Files Worth?

    Experts predict cases of ransomware are about to surge due to a new do-it-yourself malware created by hackers. You may have surfed the web and seen a warning screen claiming a virus has been detected and you need to pay a fee to get your data cleaned up. You may have also received an email about a package you […] Read more

  • The Top Target For Hackers – Your Medical Files

    Medical data was the most popular target for hackers last year and those numbers will surge to new highs in 2015  While 2014 drew attention as the year of the credit card breach –Home Depot, P. F. Chang’s, Neiman Marcus and Sally Beauty were just a few – some hackers are passing over retailers and […] Read more