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Identity thieves target mobile phone industry

clock October 22, 2013 08:15 by author Dave King
The prevalence of smartphones and tablets and the frequency with which people store their private information on them has led to concerns about mobile devices making identity theft easier. Online Athens recently cited the concerns of the University of Georgia's security awareness and education manager Laura Heilman."Mobile phone users tend to be le... [More]

Medical identity theft on the rise

clock October 19, 2013 13:15 by author Dave King
Occurrences of medical identity theft have increased in recent years, and this type of crime can be more dangerous than when credit card information is compromised. Not only can it have financial implications, but people's health could be compromised because the wrong information is on medical records. For this reason, it is important that financia... [More]

Residents at nursing homes should be concerned about identity theft

clock October 18, 2013 13:15 by author Dave King
When putting a family member in a nursing home, people are attempting to give their loved ones a better life, as they are no longer able to care for themselves.However, it appears as though they need to worry about identity theft, as two nursing aides in Virginia were recently caught accessing the personal information of 3,700 patients, according t... [More]

Data breach hits South African electronic payments systems

clock October 18, 2013 12:00 by author Dave King
The point-of-sale (POS) systems of several major South African fast food restaurants were recently discovered to have been infected with malware, allowing cybercriminals to steal credit and debit card information and threatening the security of cardholders' consumer credit data, Tech Central reported.According to the news source, the Payments Assoc... [More]

Google Chrome may leave users vulnerable to theft of private data

clock October 17, 2013 10:45 by author Dave King
Users of Google's web browser, Chrome, might have reason to double-check their consumer credit data. Despite the Mountain View, Calif.-based company's reputation for cutting-edge technology, the security settings of the browser may leave it vulnerable to the theft of sensitive data.Researchers at Identity Finder recently conducted a study of the se... [More]

Data breaches in health care raise concerns about identity protection

clock October 15, 2013 12:00 by author Dave King
A recent string of information breaches in the health sector highlighted the continued need for stronger protection against identity theft among medical organizations.The health center at Saint Louis University (SLU) in Missouri admitted that the private health information and Social Security numbers of 3,000 students had been compromised when an e... [More]

Georgia charity fears identity theft when files go missing

clock October 15, 2013 09:30 by author Dave King
There are numerous channels through which consumers and businesses can become victims of identity theft. Some individuals may have their wallets stolen straight from their bags, while many firms face the possibility of corporate spies and sabotage.For example, a Georgia-based charity recently reported that its files had disappeared during a routine... [More]

Florida legislation would protect kids from identity theft

clock October 15, 2013 08:15 by author Dave King
Children don't seem like they would be a target of identity theft, but in Florida, more than 50,000 have personal information compromised every year - leading to the theft of around $100 million, according to WTSP​-TV. Short term lenders need to be one of the first lines of defense against this type of crime, as identity thieves generally att... [More]

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