Tag: Identity Theft

Australia Proposes Face Scans for Watching Online Pornography

The Australian government has proposed using a facial recognition system it is developing to verify that people who seek to watch pornography online are of legal age. Current law in Australia does not prohibit minors from viewing pornography. But the federal government is considering proposals that would require people to prove their age before watching […]

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5 Cheap(ish) Things to Beef Up Your Digital Security

Everything you do online is tracked, logged and studied by someone, either through advertising or more malicious means. Being watched is an unpleasant feeling; it’s gotten to the point where even my “I have nothing to hide” friends are growing uncomfortable with the whole thing. As the privacy and security editor for Wirecutter, a New […]

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White Supremacists Stole My Rabbi Husband’s Identity

My husband and I were sitting on a tarmac at Newark Airport, just having landed from a vacation in France, relieved to come home, where we could be openly Jewish again. Visits to that country are always laced with stress for us, Orthodox Jews whose appearance broadcasts our identity. Being home meant that my husband, […]

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5 Indicted in Identity Theft Scheme That Bilked Millions From Veterans

First, they secretly photographed the Social Security and bank account numbers of thousands of veterans and senior military members on a computer screen at a United States Army base in South Korea. Then, they used the personal information to withdraw or reroute millions of dollars in disability benefits and other payments made to veterans. The […]

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If You Didn’t ‘Sharent,’ Did You Even Parent?

By Zoya Garg, Elmer Gomez and Luciana Yael Petrzela While we often hear parents caution their children about safety, this time the tables are turned. In the video op-ed above, three children confront their mothers about “sharenting.” They are members of the first generation whose entire life could be documented on social media. It’s a […]

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While Reporting on Facebook Scams, an Unexpected Tragedy

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. The first time I spoke to Renee Holland, in August 2018, the phone call lasted two hours and brought us both nearly to tears. Ms. Holland, a 58-year-old married woman who lived in Florida, told […]

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Capital One Says Hacker Stole Data of 100 Million People

In one of the largest thefts of data from a bank, a software engineer in Seattle hacked into a server holding customer information for Capital One and stole millions of credit card applications, federal prosecutors said on Monday. The suspect, Paige Thompson, left a trail online for investigators to follow, according to court documents in […]

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Taraji P. Henson Is Victimized by Identity Thief Said to Have Made Off With At Least $12,000 in Ill-Gotten Gains

Taraji P. Henson at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., Feb. 23, 2019. Henson is the victim of an identity thief whom prosecutors say stole thousands of dollars in the Empire star’s name.Photo: Tommaso Boddi (Getty) Maybe a Chicago mom thought she actually was the sometimes criminally inclined Cookie Lyon of TV’s Empire. […]

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Capital One Says Hacker Stole Data of About 100 Million People

A software engineer in Seattle hacked into a server holding customer data for Capital One and stole millions of credit card applications, federal prosecutors said on Monday. The engineer, Paige Thompson, gained access to 120,000 Social Security numbers and 77,000 bank account numbers, according to court papers, and tried to share the information with other […]

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Hackers’ Latest Target: School Districts

Some hackers demand ransom; others sweep up personal data for sale to identity thieves. But whatever hackers’ motives, school systems around the country have been the targets of their cyberattacks. One attack forced the Houston County School District in Dothan, Ala., to delay the first day of school for 6,400 students. Others crippled computer systems […]

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What the Equifax Data-Breach Settlement Means for You

Two years after a major data breach exposed the personal information of around 147 million Americans, the credit bureau Equifax has agreed to pay at least $650 million to resolve consumer claims and multiple state and federal investigations stemming from the episode. At least $300 million of that amount will go to consumers, according to […]

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5 Million Bulgarians Have Their Personal Data Stolen in Hack

An investigation into the theft of the personal information of nearly every adult in Bulgaria led to the arrest of a 20-year-old computer programmer, the police announced Wednesday, in connection with a breach that underscores the vulnerability of vast troves of digitized information. The authorities acknowledged that Bulgaria’s national tax agency was hacked after a […]

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A Group of Fraudsters Managed to Steal $19 Million Worth of iPhones in the past Several Years

It is no secret that when it comes to stealing phones, thieves prefer iPhone! The latest heist was orchestrated by a New York Based group of fraudsters. The fraudsters used identity theft to steal $19 million worth of iPhones and then sold it in the black market. Apparently, the fraudsters ran the scam successfully for […]

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Man Who Posed as Saudi Prince and Defrauded Investors Out of $8 Million Is Sent to Prison

The man who called himself Prince Khalid Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia liked the finer things in life: Rolex watches and Cartier bracelets, a Miami penthouse with a door buzzer labeled Sultan and expensive outfits for his Chihuahua, Foxy, whose life he chronicled on Instagram. Sometimes he drove his Ferrari, equipped with diplomatic license plates, to […]

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