The Watchblog


  • 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

  • IRS Transcript Service Hack

    TAXPAYER BEWARE! The recent news of a hack at the IRS sent shivers down taxpayers’ spines for good reason. While the first risk was tax return-based identity theft, there are other hazards on the way including phishing attacks and other scams. The breach hit the IRS Get Transcript service. Hackers attempted to open an estimated […] Read more

  • How Identity Theft Can Jeopardize Your Job

    In early June, US government officials confirmed1 a massive data breach at the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM). Initially, estimates stated roughly 4 million workers had their information stolen in a data breach reportedly linked to Chinese hackers. OPM then announced that another 21.5 million security clearance files were part of the hack.  That […] Read more

  • Is Your Student A Target for Identity Theft?

    College students and younger children remain some of the top targets for identity thieves. It’s school time again — the season for registration forms and loan applications. If your child’s a recent grad, they may soon be off to college or moving across country to start a new job. In any scenario, it’s a cold, […] Read more

  • Tragic News Often Triggers Scams

    An earthquake in Nepal. Bombings at the Boston Marathon. A hurricane in the Gulf. Disasters around the globe often trigger an outpouring of sympathy and donations from generous Americans. They also trigger opportunities for some of the worst folks on the planet who hope to capitalize on human curiosity. Scammers crawl out of the woodwork […] Read more