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105 people busted in massive identity theft crackdown by US taxmen

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The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice teamed up for a coast-to-coast crackdown on identity thieves this week....
105 people busted in massive identity theft crackdown by US taxmen

Microsoft Releases Utterly Bizarre And Confusing Anti-Piracy Video

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Boo! You didn't see me there, did you? That's because I'm one insidious sonofabitch. My name's piracy, and I'm everywhere. I will do things like disguise myself as a photocopier and infiltrate your business via identity theft. Or, umm, something. Here, I'll let this dramatic PSA from Microsoft fail to...
Microsoft Releases Utterly Bizarre And Confusing Anti-Piracy Video

The FTC says identity theft retains its throne as No.1 consumer scourge

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The Federal Trade Commission's annual look at its Consumer Sentinel Network database of complaints found that 2012 was the first year the agency got more than 2 million complaints overall. And, has been true for the past 13 years, Identity theft was the top consumer complaint the commission received. Eighteen percent...
The FTC says identity theft retains its throne as No.1 consumer scourge

Porn troll, accused of ID theft, says defense lawyer made up client

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Prenda Law, the ethically challenged law firm whose antics have faced growing scrutiny in recent months, just keeps digging its hole deeper. The firm is facing charges that it named a Minnesota man as the CEO of two litigious shell companies without the man's knowledge or permission. A California...
Porn troll, accused of ID theft, says defense lawyer made up client

Columnist Accuses EA Of 'Identity Theft' For Using Player Likenesses

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Reader LCD points us to a piece in the New York Daily News that is so utterly stupid I don't want to spend much time on it—but it deserves (nay, requires) a brief pause for ridicule. According to the column by Andrea Tantaros, who almost exclusively covers politics and should...
Columnist Accuses EA Of 'Identity Theft' For Using Player Likenesses
Fear For Your Safety, Not Your Privacy

IRS helps bust 105 people in massive identity theft crackdown

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The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice teamed up for a coast-to-coast crackdown on identity thieves this week....
IRS helps bust 105 people in massive identity theft crackdown

California man finally arrested after sextorting over 350 women

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Any longtime reader of Ars will know that for years now we’ve seen case after case of what’s come to be known as “sextortion.” It’s a familiar script: boy chats up girl (or sometimes boy) online, hacks her or his e-mail, asks for or steals nude photos, and threatens...
California man finally arrested after sextorting over 350 women

Copyright Troll Prenda Law Dances Around The Simple Question: Which Alan Cooper Runs AF Holdings?

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Well, well. The saga of copyright troll Prenda Law continues, getting more and more ridiculous by the day. First there was the comedy routine in a Florida courtroom, where Prenda denied representing the client, while at the same time effectively controlling the case by hiring the lawyers, and where John...
Copyright Troll Prenda Law Dances Around The Simple Question: Which Alan Cooper Runs AF Holdings?

There's A Facebook Virus Going Around That Can Empty Your Bank Account (FB)

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A six year old virus that drains bank accounts is thriving on Facebook, reports Nicole Perlroth of the New York Times. Facebook has been alerted to the problem but it isn't taking the matter nearly as seriously as it should be, says Eric Feinberg, founder of the advocacy group Fans Against Kounterfeit...
There's A Facebook Virus Going Around That Can Empty Your Bank Account (FB)

Beware of Malware: Mobile Security Apps to Safeguard Your Phone

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If you think that only computers can get viruses, think again. According to a report by research group Juniper Networks, hackers are increasingly targeting smartphones and other mobile devices with malicious software (also known as malware) to gain access to personal information. The threat is still small in comparison to...
Beware of Malware: Mobile Security Apps to Safeguard Your Phone

The Apple and Facebook hacks exemplify why security is becoming a worry for everyone, even the tech-savvy

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This month has been a crazy one in online security. There have been attacks on media companies like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, originating from China, as well as on Apple and Facebook, originating from Eastern Europe. Yet it’s really the latter group that shows just...
The Apple and Facebook hacks exemplify why security is becoming a worry for everyone, even the tech-savvy

Proposed Chinese Law May Force Sina Weibo To Implement Real-Name Registration

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Chinese economics magazine Caijing reported today (link via Google Translate) that the National People’s Congress is considering a new law that would require Internet users who wish to register services to use their real names. While the Chinese government says the legislation will “safeguard” Internet users from defamation, fraud and...
Proposed Chinese Law May Force Sina Weibo To Implement Real-Name Registration

Privacy On The Internet Is Misunderstood

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With the recent Facebook announcements, the Google Buzz launch debacle and the Blippy credit card mess, Privacy is being constantly talked about. If you look at those three events, we have three very different definitions of privacy. Blippy’s issue was thankfully limited to a handful of credit card numbers. However,...
Privacy On The Internet Is Misunderstood

Data breach victims could get damages from careless firms

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How federal courts define the damages people suffer from data breaches is broadening dramatically, leaving unprepared companies at greater risk of big payouts in class-action lawsuits, lawyers from a prominent law firm say. Until a couple of years ago, courts would routinely dismiss lawsuits stemming from data breaches, such...
Data breach victims could get damages from careless firms
Journalist tied to Anonymous indicted for sharing hyperlink in IRC channel

Keep Yourself Safe From Online Disasters

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Keep Yourself Safe From Online Disasters is a post from Chris PirilloIn 2008, there was some published data about how many laptops were lost or stolen each week at U.S. airports. The number was staggering. The 2008 research put the number at over 10,000 laptops per week. With the increasing...
Keep Yourself Safe From Online Disasters

Identity Theft May Cost IRS $21 Billion Over Next Five Years

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The dead can't speak for themselves. But they can apparently file U.S. tax returns....
Identity Theft May Cost IRS $21 Billion Over Next Five Years

Passwords: You're doing it wrong. Here's how to make them uncrackable.

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For years now I've harangued relatives about their shoddy password practices. Either they use easily-hacked passwords or forget the passwords they've created--sometimes both. If you won't take it from me, beloved family, consider this Password Day (yes, apparently it's a thing) statement from McAfee's Robert Siciliano: "74% of Internet...
Passwords: You're doing it wrong. Here's how to make them uncrackable.

Facebook Android, iOS apps vulnerable to identity theft?

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An app developer claims to have uncovered a significant security vulnerability in Facebook's native apps for Android and iOS devices. The apps for both platforms are said to leave user login details unprotected, enabling attackers to gain access to Facebook accounts or any other apps that allow Facebook login.......
Facebook Android, iOS apps vulnerable to identity theft?

PR Web issues official statement, calling the false ICOA/Google announcement 'identity theft'

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After releasing a fraudulent announcement regarding the acquisition of ICOA by Google, which was quickly denied by both parties, Vocus PRW Holdings has issued an official statement. Vocus explains that the release “was not issued or authorized by ICOA,” calling the incident “identity theft,” which somehow managed to bypass the service’s “reasonable safeguards.”...
PR Web issues official statement, calling the false ICOA/Google announcement 'identity theft'

Identity Theft: When Millions of Dead People Apply for Credit Cards

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Seems that the threat of identity theft doesn't end, even with death....
Identity Theft: When Millions of Dead People Apply for Credit Cards

40,000 Facebook Users Fall for Ikea Gift Card Scam

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Last week, a fake $500 Whole Foods coupon scam was going around Facebook, and now nearly 40,000 users have fallen for an Ikea gift card scam on the site. The sad part is that an Ikea scam already happened in Mar 2010. PC World is reporting that nearly 40,000 Facebook...
40,000 Facebook Users Fall for Ikea Gift Card Scam

Microsoft, Symantec take down Bamital click-fraud botnet

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Microsoft and Symantec have dismantled a botnet that took over millions of computers for criminal activities such as identity theft and click fraud....
Microsoft, Symantec take down Bamital click-fraud botnet

Porn-trolling failure: Prenda Law can't ditch unhappy judge

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Prenda Law, a law firm that has sued thousands of people for allegedly sharing pornographic videos online, has gone through one bizarre legal turn after another. Prenda was accused of identity theft when papers were filed alleging that the firm had named a Minnesota man as the head of two shell...
Porn-trolling failure: Prenda Law can't ditch unhappy judge

Track Your Facebook Abuse Bullying, Spam Reports With Transparent New Support Dashboard

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Facebook wants you to know it’s listening when you report bullying, hate speech, identity theft, and spam, so today it launched a new Support Dashboard for tracking these reports until they’re resolved. Users can check to see if their report has been reviewed, be notified of whether the offensive content...
Track Your Facebook Abuse Bullying, Spam Reports With Transparent New Support Dashboard

UK was world's most phished country in 2012 - why is it being targeted?

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Consumers and businesses in the UK lost an estimated £27bn in 2012 through cybercrime. More than £600m of this was through phishing attacks, making it the most 'phished' country in the worldUK consumers lost more money to online fraud than those of any other country in the world in 2012...
UK was world's most phished country in 2012 - why is it being targeted?

Facebook roundup: search, mobile ads, FBX, Netflix and more

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Facebook is 2012′s top search term - For the fourth year in a row, Facebook was the top-searched term overall in the U.S., according to Experian. Facebook accounted for 4.13 percent of all searches, a 33 percent increase from 2011. Other variations of the term “facebook” were among the top terms....
Facebook roundup: search, mobile ads, FBX, Netflix and more

Identity fraud in US reaches highest level in three years

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U.S. consumers experienced the highest level of identity theft in three years in 2012, although much of the fraud losses were absorbed by banks and merchants, according to a new survey....
Identity fraud in US reaches highest level in three years
Schneier: government, big data pose bigger 'Net threat than criminals
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