Blog Posts Tagged with "Social Security Numbers"

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Please Don’t Tell Me You’re Still Using SSNs as IDs!

November 05, 2012 Added by:Rebecca Herold

I’ve been occasionally revisiting the topic of laws and regulations prohibiting the use of SSNs, most recently in 2008 when I identified over 45 U.S. federal and state laws regulating and often prohibiting, the use of SSNs as identifiers. I provide pointers at the end of this post to some other reports...

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Your Name and SSN - All a Thief Needs for Tax Fraud

February 14, 2012 Added by:Kelly Colgan

The IRS has seen a significant increase in the number of fraud cases involving identity theft, according to Steven Miller, IRS deputy commissioner for services and enforcement. Addresses don’t mean anything. All a thief needs is your name and Social Security number...

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Hacker Boasts of Intel Corporation Network Breach

February 13, 2012 Added by:Headlines

A hacker who goes by the handles "WeedGrower" and "X-pOSed" claims to have breached tech giant Intel and to have gained access to an Intel.com subscriber database that contains sensitive information including passwords, social security and credit card numbers...

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Zappos.com Hack: 24 Million Customer Records Breached

January 15, 2012 Added by:Headlines

A source has provided Infosec Island with a copy of a message they received while logging in to their account regarding a "security update". The message advises customers to change their password, but makes no mention of the massive data loss event...

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Social Security Numbers: The All-Purpose Identifier

December 12, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Banks, motor vehicle registries, doctors’ offices, insurance companies, and even utilities often require a Social Security number to do business. Why? Sometimes it’s because it is attached to tax or criminal records, but most often it’s because the number is attached to your credit file...

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Rethinking Sensitive Information - Social Security Numbers

November 05, 2011 Added by:Rafal Los

Public and private entities have proven that a single nine-digit number as the gateway to our identities is not appropriate. Data breaches and identity theft cost organizations billions - perhaps we need to push the government to come up with a new way of verifying citizenship?

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Financial Analyst Fined And Jailed for Data Breach

September 30, 2011 Added by:Headlines

Rebollo was arrested in 2008 after an investigation revealed that he had downloaded, possessed, and sold consumer information contained in Countrywide databases. Rebollo distributed financial information and contact information pertaining to approximately 2.5 million individuals...

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FTC Panel: How to Protect Your Kids

July 26, 2011 Added by:Kelly Colgan

At the national level, representatives from government, business, nonprofits, legal services and victim advocacy organizations explored the nature, prevention and resolution of identity fraud that target children, particularly foster youths...

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Judge Says Its OK to Post Social Security Numbers

July 16, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Over the years, many have interpreted the to allow Social Security numbers, to be posted online. I’ve seen Social Security numbers for Jeb Bush, Colin Powell, former CIA Director Porter Goss, Troy Aiken, and Donald Trump, all published on the Internet...

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Twelve Tips for Combating Identity Theft

June 15, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The bad news is that the cost of remediating an identity theft event increased by sixty-three percent over the same time period, and the incidence of "friendly fraud" - identity theft by an acquaintance of the victim - rose seven percent...

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Five Ways to Keep Your Kids’ Identity Safe

June 12, 2011 Added by:Kelly Colgan

In a recent study of 42,000 children, Carnegie Mellon found that 10.2 percent of their Social Security numbers had been misused—more than 50 times the rate for the adults studied...

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FBI: Stolen Identities Used to Establish Lines of Credit

May 10, 2011 Added by:Headlines

An identity theft scheme defrauded banks out of more than $3 million by obtaining stolen personal information, including dates of birth, Social Security numbers, credit profiles, FICO scores, and driver’s license numbers to complete fraudulent applications for business lines of credit...

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Texas Exposes 3.5 Million Resident's Private Information

April 12, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The records contained the names and mailing addresses of individuals, Social Security numbers, and to varying degrees also contained other information such as dates of birth or driver’s license numbers...

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Completed Tax Forms Inadvertently Posted Online

April 11, 2011 Added by:Headlines

In the majority of the instances where Chapman found sensitive documents that were indexed and searchable, the owners of the information did not realize that by placing the information on family and/or business websites, they were making the information publicly accessible...

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Search Engine Doesn’t Need Kid's Social Security Numbers

April 06, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Americans have become accustomed to handing over the last four digits of their SSN as an identifier. The coder or marketer at Google who believes it’s reasonable to request the last four digits of children’s SSNs probably readily shares his or her number, which is not a good idea...

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Tax Related Identity Theft Scams Up 300%

March 13, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

A recent Scripps Howard News Service investigation analyzed more than 1.4 million ID theft records from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from 2005 through early 2010. In it they found that fraud complaints about stolen tax return-related identity theft jumped nearly 300 percent...

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