identity theft

Ransomware technique uses your real passwords to trick you

A few folks have reported a new ransomware technique that preys upon corporate inability to keep passwords safe. The notes – which are usually aimed at instilling fear – are simple: the ha

Overflow error shuts down token trading

A recently discovered programming error can make some crypto tokens susceptible to hackers. The exploit allows a hacker to pass an unusually high value to the exchange and get a ridiculous number of t

Credit Karma expands its identity theft monitoring tool to include dark web data

Credit Karma is best known for being the only reason anyone is ever willing to peek at their credit score, but the company has other things it wants you to be less stressed out about too. After introd

Forever 21 tells customers that some credit card numbers may have been stolen

This week, the clothing retailer Forever 21 disclosed to customers that it was hacked earlier in 2017. While the company has not yet offered many details about the intrusion, we know that it is lookin

The next revolution will be reclaiming your digital identity

An identity is a difficult thing to lose. I found this out the hard way when my passport was stolen while backpacking through Asia and Africa earlier this year. The bureaucratic process to get a new p

N.Y. regulators issued Equifax with a subpoena, per report

Equifax was issued a subpoena from New York state’s financial service regulators in regards to the massive data breach the company announced last month, Reuters reported today. The regulators wa

Equifax data breach help site leaves consumers with more questions than answers

Equifax just announced a massive data breach that could affect 143 million consumers. It's shaping up to be one of the largest hacks of all time. The information came mostly from U.S. residents, but a

Ransomware completely shuts down Ohio town government

In another interesting example of what happens when you don’t manage your backups correctly, the Licking County government offices, including the police force, have been shut down by ransomware.

Researchers sabotage 3D printer files to destroy a drone

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), the University of South Alabama, and Singapore University of Technology and Design have successfully injected malicious code into a computer wh

How Frank Abagnale thinks like a con artist to improve security

Frank Abagnale, Jr’s ignominious youth as a clever con artist was made famous in the 2002 movie, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DeCaprio as a young Frank, but Abagnale, as you might imag

Civic launches a free service that aims to stop identity theft before it happens

A new startup called Civic, launching today, wants to help Americans stop becoming victims of identity theft. The company is aiming to topple similar identity protection services like LifeLock by foc

Guccifer pleads guilty to hacking of American political figures

A hacker who first exposed the existence of Hillary Clinton's private email server and who found his way into accounts of several American political figures pleaded guilty to identity theft and hackin

Six Lessons From Cybersecurity Superhero Training

One of my distinct grade-school memories is filing out of fourth grade class, nervous, but excited to miss a portion of math class. We were having our quarterly disaster-survival drill; instructing st

Why Apple Pay Is Our Best Hope To Stop Online Fraud

Heists used to be so much effort -- you’d need a gang, machine guns, a getaway car and long, meticulous planning. Nowadays, all you need is a couch, a laptop and some stolen data. When the barrier t

Valuing A Data Breach Victim

In the relentless world of public breach reporting, there’s a fixation on the number of accounts affected; the higher the number, the larger the impact. But from a victim’s perspective, does it ma

Records Of 15 Million T-Mobile Customers Swept Up In Experian Hack

T-Mobile announced on Thursday the personal information of about 15 million customers was swept up in a hack on Experian, a vendor that processes the phone company's credit applications. The breach af

Wearables: A Pandora’s Box For Security?

As many have noted, we're entering a new era where wearable gadgets -- from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids -- are at the forefront of the new technological revolution. A Pricewat

Revel Adds Photo-Based Identity Theft Prevention To Its iPad Point-Of-Sales System

San Francisco-based Revel Systems is essentially the industry leader when it comes to iPad-based point-of-sale (POS) for restaurants, grocery and now retail, and today it's adding additional security

Identity theft costs rise overall, while costs per victim decline

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/money_stack.jpg" />According to an article at Forbes, identity theft and related fraud were up considerably in 2009 with 11.2 million vic

Selling your old iPhone could put you at risk for identity theft

If you plan on tossing your old iPhone for the new 3G version next month, you may want to think twice before you do. Just like any other computer platform, you can pull data out of the memory using to