Posts Tagged ‘identity theft’

Cybercriminals Threaten To Post Millions Of PII Records For Express Scripts Customers

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Just last month I blogged about the new Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008. It covers extortion. I’m interested to see if it gets used for the latest extortion attempt…


The Insider Threat For Identity Theft: Watchout For Dead-Beat Parents

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Here’s a story that points to how vulnerable people are to identity theft and other types of crimes and frauds from slimy family…and ex-family…members…


Federal Reserve Releases Examination Procedures For Red Flags Rule Compliance

Friday, October 17th, 2008

If you must comply with the Red Flags Rule, which is a rule that falls under the umbrella of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), which most organizations in the U.S. who process payments from their customers must comply with, for which compliance is required by November 1 of this year, then you should review the recently released guidance documents that will be used by the government oversight examiners…


Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

I just read about a new law signed at the end of September, 2008, by U.S. President Bush, H.R. 5983; the “Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008” which is under Title II.


Insider Threat Examples & 7th HIPAA Criminal Conviction

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Yesterday I read about the 7th criminal conviction and sentencing that has been given under HIPAA, “Woman gets 14 months in ID theft case.”


3rd HIPAA Criminal Indictment; Another Insider Job

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

On February 15, Leslie A. Howell, from Oklahoma City, OK, was indicted for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 as part of an identity theft scheme.


Have You Looked In Your Trash Bins Lately?

Monday, February 18th, 2008

It shouldn’t still amaze me, but it does, how often so many organizations just dump huge amounts of printed paper containing tons of personally identifiable information (PII) right into their dumpster sitting behind their building, in the alley, or some other easily reachable public location.
Here’s yet another example of a business throwing away people’s privacy in their trash dumpster…


Identity Theft #1 Consumer Fraud Complaint To FTC in 2007

Friday, February 15th, 2008

This week the FTC released the list of the top 20 consumer fraud complaints they received in 2007.
Not surprisingly, identity theft topped their list, accounting for 32% of all the complaints.


Man Pleads Guilty To Loading Keylogger Software On Public Computers Worldwide To Collect PII and Commit Fraud

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Here’s another good example of an actual cybercrime that was allowed to occur because poor of safeguards on computers provided for public use.
On January 9, 2008, Mario Simbaqueba Bonilla plead guilty to installing keylogger software on hotel business center and Internet cafe computers located in hotels throughout the world that allowed him to access the bank and other financial accounts of over 600 individuals.


Responding To Customers Asking About Your Company’s Use of SSNs

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

For the past 10 years I have been driving the same, reliable, non-troublesome car. It still looks good enough (I don’t really worry about driving an “it” kind of car). However, it is getting a bit rattly, and my friends have been increasingly giving me a hard time about continuing to drive it past the 200,000 mile mark. I never really cared much until my starter went out a couple of months ago. I wondered, what if this had happened to me while I was in a neighboring state at a client site? Sure, I have AAA, but it would still be a hassle. So, I decided if I saw a car I really liked and that had all the features I wanted, I would splurge and get a new car.
Well…I just happened to find a car I absolutely loved after seeing and driving it. I was at the dealer paying for it yesterday, and the sales person asked for my Social Security Number (SSN).