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FBI Friday: Malware – Is Your Computer Affected?

Aug 17

Malware is not something that most people feel able to handle on their own. A worldwide malware attack called DNSCharger was so pervasive that the FBI got involved. Today’s FBI Friday focuses on malware, how it can affect you, and what to do if you are affected by it.

Protecting the Elderly from Phone Scams

Aug 08

Protecting the Elderly from Phone Scams The Identity Theft Resource Center has found that the elderly are increasingly targeted in scams. It is important to communicate proactively with those in your life who are targets for financial exploitation. This will enable them to react appropriately, and hopefully prevent themselves from becoming a victim. Here are a few tips on avoiding phone scams.

Video Insight: Medical Identity Theft – Reactions and Responsibility

Aug 03

Dr. Larry Ponemon =describes the surprising reaction that most victims have to finding out they have been victims of medical identity theft, as well as victims expectations of third parties who could potentially be involved.

Identity Theft News Roundup

Aug 01

Identity Theft News Roundup Not every case of identity theft makes the news, but identity theft happens often enough that there is a lot of news about this crime. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest stories of identity theft and tips on how to avoid it.

Video Insight: Medical Identity Theft – Often a Family Affair

Jul 27

Dr. Larry Ponemon explains how many instances of medical identity theft originate in the family.

Child Identity Protection

Jul 23

Child Identity Protection Richard Power of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, recently published a report on child identity theft based on identity protection scans of over 40,000 U.S. children. The findings are alarming, and include the fact that 10.2% of the children studied had someone else using their Social Security numbers. To provide perspective, among adults in the same population, the figure is 0.2%. This means that as identity theft becomes more rampant, increasingly, children are the targets.

Video Insight: Trends in Medical Identity Theft

Jul 20

Dr. Larry Ponemon shares results from Ponemon Institute's Third Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft, sponsored by Experian's ProtectMyID. In this video, he reveals trends in medical identity theft discovered in his recent study.

Video Insight: Identifying Medical Identity Theft

Jul 06

Dr. Larry Ponemon shares results from Ponemon Institute's Third Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft, sponsored by Experian's ProtectMyID.

Video Insight: The Costs of Medical Identity Theft

Jun 29

Dr. Larry Ponemon shares results from Ponemon Institute's Third Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft, sponsored by Experian's ProtectMyID. In this video, he talks about the increasing costs to the victim of medical identity theft.

LinkedIn Database Breach

Jun 06

On June 6, 2012, various news sources reported that approximately 6.5 million encrypted passwords had been posted on the Internet and that hackers were working together to crack them. The professional networking site, LinkedIn, is the only company currently being reported as the target of the hack. Both Sophos security firm and LinkedIn report that the list includes passwords associated with LinkedIn accounts, but the total number of compromised LinkedIn accounts remains unconfirmed. With over 131 million users, the presumed breach of up to 6.5 million passwords would be affecting less than 5% of the company’s user base.