The Watchblog


  • 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

      Effective Sept. 21, 2018, security freezes and fraud alerts will change under a new federal law. Placing, temporarily lifting and removing security freezes is now free for consumers, and initial fraud alerts increased from 90 days to one year. For more information, please click here. Will your student be impacted by a data breach this […] 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

  • 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