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4.6 Million Customers Affected in Scottrade Hack

It’s been the weekend of breaches! Only hours after we learned of the Experian North America data breach, stock trading firm, Scottrade, released a statement announcing a cyberattack that compromised the contact information of 4.6 million customers. The hack is believed to have occurred between late 2013 and early 2014, and targeted client names and […]


Experian Data Breach Compromises T-Mobile Credit Check Applications

Once again headlines around the world drop bombshells on unsuspecting consumers—Experian North America, whose parent company, Experian, is the largest consumer credit monitoring firm in the world, has experienced a massive data breach that exposed sensitive information for approximately 15 million people. The company has confirmed that the breach involved a server that contained data […]


The Most Dangerous Celebrities Online

We’ve talked about being cautious when typing in URLs that could lead you to phishing websites run by fraudsters looking to capitalize on your typo, but what about searching for something perfectly innocuous, like your favorite celebrity? Intel Security just recently released their annual online security study which for the ninth year running includes a […]


Debunking Hoax Myths

Facebook has become a daily part of life for millions of people around the world. Millennials and other generations alike just can’t seem to get enough of the social media platform that allows them to document their lives. And with the ability to instantly share experiences and memories also come security concerns and privacy fears. […]


Credit Cards Dominate Identity Theft Measures in U.S.

Data breaches are only becoming more common around the world. In 2014, there were 1,540 such incidents that led to nearly 1 billion records being compromised, which marks a 46 percent increase over the previous year. Of these breaches, only a small fraction were the result of accidents. Most were caused by malicious outsiders or […]


U.S.-China Pact Will it Curb Identity Theft?

Every day, hundreds of American businesses and government organizations face the threat of hackers located in China. We’ve already written about some of the most significant data breaches that originated in China, such as the hack of the Office of Personnel Management that compromised the personal information and security clearance data belonging to millions of […]


Oversharing Millennials Increase Identity Theft Risk

Unlike previous generations, Millennials have grown up surrounded by technology. Computer and internet skills that their parents and grandparents had to struggle to learn seem to come perfectly natural to Americans born between the late 1980s and early 2000s. In particular, they are much more comfortable with sharing their personal information over the internet, especially […]


IRS Sued for ‘Get Transcript’ Tax Filing Data Breach

Earlier this month, we shared with you how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), despite making more concerted efforts to combat attempted identity theft and tax fraud, was the victim of a data breach this summer, one that left the personal data of about 330,000 taxpayers compromised. Now those taxpayers are fighting back with a class […]


Number of Fingerprints Stolen in OPM Hack Quintuples

In a September 23, 2015 statement OPM Press Secretary, Sam Schumach, confirmed that the number of individuals whose fingerprints were stolen increased from 1.1 million to approximately 5.6 million, raising concerns that government agencies are simply not equipped to safeguard the copious amounts of personal and sensitive information. In June and July, we shared with […]


Apple Cleans App Store After Malware Infection

For years, Apple fans have argued that Apple devices were significantly less susceptible to viruses than Android devices, because of Android’s open approach to development. But even Apple’s closed iOS app system is vulnerable to determined hackers. Recently, the company announced that it had to clean up its iOS App Store after discovering numerous malicious […]


How Easy is ID Theft? Teenage Scammers Swindle Celebrities Out of Thousands

Many of the headlines about ID theft make it seem like it is a crime committed by foreign hackers or domestic gangs with a great deal of experience and technical ability. But when police raided the Lake Mary, Florida apartment of unemployed 19-year-old Luis Flores and his roommate, Kyah Green, they were startled to say […]


Medical ID Theft Worse Than Previously Believed

Are data breaches in the health care sectors getting worse than previously believed? This appears to be the case following the Excellus breach that occurred last week. USA Today reports that Excellus, a health care company based in upstate New York, suffered a cyber attack that may have exposed information belonging to as many as […]

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