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Identity Theft Myths

Article by Rachel James from ID Experts, reprinted in its entirety. Thanks to identity theft awareness programs, many people are now exercising increased caution when online. Most folks understand the danger in revealing too much personal information on the Internet, or falling for phishing scams. However, there are still some persistent myths that may be […]

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Government Data Breaches Expose 2500% More Records in 2009

It has been reported that 2009 has been the year of the mega-data breach. Recently reported statistics by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)  would seem to bear this out as far as our federal government and military is concerned as well. Government Technology, commenting on the report noted that “the breaches so far in […]

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Reporting of Healthcare Data Breaches?

Since the HITECH Act data breach notification provisions became effective this past September 23, 2009, I’d recently become curious about the number and nature of data breaches that would start to appear on the website at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS Rules require healthcare organizations (specifically HIPAA covered entities) to […]

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Data breaches lead to 4X higher incidence of identity fraud

In a recently released report, Javelin Research has highlighted a key finding that is important to those of us who have received a data breach notification letter from an organization that we have entrusted with our personal information — whether a bank, healthcare provider, insurer or merchant. This finding is that individuals who receive a […]

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Third Parties in Data Breaches

The VA this week announced that they will pay up to $20 million to veterans whose personal information was exposed in 2006 when a laptop was lost by an employee of Unisys, a government contractor that was handling claims processing for them. USA Today reported that while the laptop was later recovered, it had personal […]

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Data Breach Causes Shareholder Value Decline

This past week, Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) announced that a system they use to process over 100 million payment card transactions per month had been hacked during 2008 and that intruders may have had access to personal information of cardholders for over several months. USA’s article on this topic titled Hackers breach Heartland Payment credit […]

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FTC Report on Social Security Numbers and their Relationship to Identity Theft

The FTC released a report last month titled “Security in Numbers — SSNs and Identity Theft” that delves into the linkage between how we are asked to use our social security number for identification and authentication, and the related implications on subsequent identity theft. It notes that identity theft continues to be a major issue […]

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Countrywide Breach Affects Millions

by Doug Pollack The Los Angeles Times last week reported that Mortgage firm Countrywide, in response to alleged data breach, offers free credit monitoring.” They report that personal information including social security numbers have been stolen from over 2 million Countrywide mortgage applicants over a period fo some two years. This situation highlights the risks […]

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Phishers Upgrade to Vishing: Phone Scams Target Your Identity

By Rebecca Seaman By now, most savvy consumers are aware of Phishing Scams: emails supposedly sent from one of the entities we do business with asking us to verify our personal information by clicking on a link in the body of the email. We know that if our creditors or banking institutions need to correspond […]

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Data breaches up 69 percent this year; businesses account for one third.

By Rebecca Seaman Data breaches are on the rise, despite preventative measures such as state notification laws. Specifically, the Washington Post reports that data breaches reported by businesses, governments and universities are up 69 percent this year. Businesses alone accounted for a 27 percent increase in breaches, or one third of all those reported. This […]

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