SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 20, 2017 – The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, today announced six sub-grantees have been competitively selected to lead new coalitions.

In addition, a partnership was established between the ITRC and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), to aid ITRC in supporting the coalition-building efforts. These sub-awards will be awarded by ITRC, as part of the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Expansion (NITVAN II) grant awarded to ITRC, by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

Each sub-grantee will be awarded up to $50,000, to help expand and improve victim assistance services in their respective states/regions. Through the development and enhancement of these coalitions, victim service providers will be better able to address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft and cybercrime.

The funding for this nationwide project is derived from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), through the Crime Victims Fund. This unique fund is financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, not from tax dollars.

“By working so closely with victims, we have witnessed how devastating the impact of identity theft can be on each individual- physically, financially and even emotionally,” said Eva Velasquez, CEO and President of the Identity Theft Resource Center.” We are thrilled to partner with six dedicated coalitions who share a common goal to reduce the harm done to victims when they experience identity theft stemming from everything from phishing emails to stolen wallets to data breaches.”

These new coalitions are building on the efforts began by the previous NITVAN coalitions, expanding the network of support available to victim service providers and the victims they assist. Through this grant, these six coalitions, along with the ITRC, NCVC, and the DOJ, OVC, will be able to help more people in more ways, across the country.

Sub-Grantees include the following entities:

Attorney General, Massachusetts

Minnesota Alliance on Crime

Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance

Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.

The National Cybersecurity Society

Cybercrime Support Network

For additional information on forming or joining a coalition in your area, please visit: http://www.nitvan.org/

 

About the Identity Theft Resource Center

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, the ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit:http://www.idtheftcenter.org 

Contact:
Kelly Dwyer
Identity Theft Resource Center
858-634-6385
Kelly@idtheftcenter.org

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 2, 2017 – The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, today released its Identity Theft: The Aftermath 2017 report that explores the impact of identity theft victimization.

The report, which has been conducted intermittently since 2003, is compiled from voluntary responses of victims who contacted the ITRC for assistance in 2016. This year’s report shows that three-quarters of the survey respondents expressed they were severely distressed over the misuse or attempted misuse of their personal information.

The survey also revealed nearly one-fourth of the participants sought professional help to manage the emotional and physical symptoms they suffered as a result of this crime, while 13 percent said they would have sought assistance but were unable to afford it.

“We’ve often found that when people think of identity theft, they think about the financial ramifications associated with this crime on its victims, not the emotional impact,” said Eva Velasquez,CEO and President of the ITRC. “In looking at the Aftermath results, we continue to see the emotional devastation caused by this crime, which further reiterates the need for all stakeholders – consumers, industry, and government – to work together to influence change and ultimately reduce the amount of people impacted every year.

Similar to prior years, the survey responses help the ITRC capture quantitative data pertaining to identity theft to better understand the impact of this crime from the victims themselves. ITRC also uses the responses to identify trends that may influence identity theft issues year after year.

Additional findings include:

Lost Opportunity Costs: In dealing with their identity theft case, nearly one-third of respondents indicated they spent time away from other life experiences, like hobbies or a vacation, with more than 25 percent indicating they had to borrow money from family or friends. Some respondents reported having to take time off work or spending time away from family (both at 22 percent) while others found it necessary to relocate or move or sell possessions (both at 15.3 percent).

Financial Effects: 38.2 percent of respondents indicated they were either unable to obtain credit cards or were denied a credit card due to their identity theft incident, which is up 6.4 percent over last year’s figures. More specifically, 34.2 percent were unable to obtain a loan, 27.6 percent found themselves in debt, 15.8 percent were unable to rent an apartment or find housing, and 3.3 were forced to declare bankruptcy due to this crime.

Relationships with Others: Respondents noted they are now less trusting of family and friends at 15.9 percent and 15.2 percent, respectively.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center
Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, the ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit:http://www.idtheftcenter.org

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Contact: Kelly Dwyer
Kelly@idtheftcenter.org
858-634-6385

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – September 18, 2017 – The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, today announced a new campaign pushing for free credit freezes for consumers.

The #FreeFromAll3 Campaign aims to persuade the three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and Transunion, to waive fees for an initial credit freeze and one thaw and refreeze per year for all Americans. The campaign comes in the wake of the Equifax data breach, which exposed the Social Security numbers of 143 million Americans, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.

“Credit freezes are an important tool in the fight against identity theft. While credit freezes are not right for everyone, the issue of cost should not factor into a consumer’s decision on whether or not to utilize one” says Eva Velasquez, CEO and President of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “It is our hope that the credit reporting agencies will consider this and allow consumers to protect their identity, no matter their financial situation.”

The ITRC has seen historically unprecedented traffic to its victim assistance call center since the Equifax data breach became widespread public knowledge on September 7, 2017. The organization feels the #FreeFromAll3 Campaign is one way of putting some measure of control back into the hands of consumers.

A Change.org petition has been created to gather support for the #FreeFromAll3 Campaign and outlines the position of ITRC and allows consumers to voice their support directly to the CEOs of the three major credit reporting agencies. 

About the Identity Theft Resource Center

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, the ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit:http://www.idtheftcenter.org

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Media Contact: 

Identity Theft Resource Center
Kelly Dwyer
858-634-6385
Kelly@idtheftcenter.org

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – August 22, 2017 – The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, today announced a partnership with Experian®, a leading global information services company, to further enhance consumer education.

Experian and the ITRC are both committed to helping consumers become better stewards of their own sensitive personal information to protect their identity. Through this partnership, the companies hope to broaden public awareness in the understanding of identity theft and other related issues while also educating individuals about the importance of checking their credit reports for accuracy. Errors on credit reports may be an indication of identity theft.

“We know from our experience that education about identity theft is a necessary, but often overlooked component of financial literacy offerings,” said Eva Velasquez, CEO and president of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “We are thrilled to partner with Experian in order to bridge this gap. By working together, we can better educate consumers about how credit reporting agencies work and why they play a crucial role when it comes to safeguarding their identity.”

“We appreciate the tireless work of the ITRC to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft and resolve fraud issues if they are victims,” said Guy Abramo, president of Experian Consumer Services, which offers the company’s IdentityWorks protection product. “By collaborating, we can reach more consumers with important education about this increasingly important topic and hopefully stop cases of identity theft from happening in the first place. If consumers do become victims, however, they can turn to ITRC and Experian for support.”

The ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education nationwide. Working with partners like Experian ensures that these crucial services can remain free of charge to those they serve.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, the ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit:http://www.idtheftcenter.org 

About Experian

Experian® is the world’s leading global information services company. During life’s big moments — from buying a home or a car to sending a child to college, to growing a business by connecting with new customers — we empower consumers and our clients to manage their data with confidence. We help individuals to take financial control and access financial services, businesses to make smarter decisions and thrive, lenders to lend more responsibly, and organizations to prevent identity fraud and crime.

We have more than 16,000 people operating across 37 countries and every day we’re investing in new technologies, talented people and innovation to help all our clients maximize every opportunity. We are listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and are a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Learn more at www.experianplc.com or visit our global content hub at our global news blog for the latest news and insights from the Group. 


Media Contacts: 

Identity Theft Resource Center
Kelly Dwyer
858-634-6385
Kelly@idtheftcenter.org

Experian
Sandra Bernardo
949-567-3676
sandra.bernardo@experianinteractive.com

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Generali Global Assistance (“The Company”), a leader in the assistance industry since its founding in 1963 and part of the global Generali Group, and the developer of a proprietary and innovative identity protection platform,  today published a white paper titled, “Data Protection: Employer Obligations and Motivations.”

The Company developed the paper in conjunction with the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, as a way to deepen their partnership by continuing to provide educational resources focusing on identity protection and identity theft.

The white paper highlights the ever-expanding threats to employee data security, including hacking and spearphishing, among other nefarious techniques.  The ITRC, which has been tracking data breaches since 2005, found that nearly 800 breaches have been reported in 2017 year-to-date, with 63% of incidents resulting from hacking attacks.  The report also explores employers’ obligations to protect employee information and to implement best practices for mitigating data breaches.  Additionally, the white paper examines the types of employee information that businesses collect, how data is compromised, current data protection legislation, and more in order to provide business leaders with a more comprehensive understanding of tools and methods available to protect employee data.

Please find the full white paper available for download here.

Paige Schaffer, President and COO of Generali Global Assistance’s Identity and Digital Protection Services Global Unit, commented on today’s news, “With 2017 on pace to reach an all-time high of approximately 1,500 reported data breaches, businesses need to be more prepared than ever to mitigate associated risks.  Best practices begin at the organizational level, but it is also critical for companies to ensure that their employees are adequately informed about how to protect data.  An untrained workforce that is not aware of the latest risks and response tactics can represent the greatest threat to a company’s security, and therefore education should be a key aspect of every organization’s cybersecurity strategy.”

Failure to properly protect data can have numerous negative consequences for an organization beyond the financial fallout, including reputational damage and a loss of employee confidence.  According to Generali Global Assistance and the ITRC, companies must begin building the foundation of a strong cybersecurity program now, as the frequency and severity of identity theft and other cybercrime continue to increase.  Offering an identity protection service as an employee benefit is one solution that can demonstrate a company’s commitment to its workforce while keeping their information secure.  Organizations should also distribute free identity theft protection and resolution resources that are available from the ITRC, among other organizations.

Eva Velasquez, President and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center, concluded, “Many employees have an expectation that their employers will be good stewards in the protection of their sensitive personal information.  Given that data breaches are increasing at an unprecedented pace, it is crucial that organizations put procedures in place to protect this information and create a culture that stresses information protection best practices.”

For more identity theft resources, tips and commentary, follow Generali Global Assistance on Twitter and LinkedIn.

To learn more about Generali Global Assistance’s identity protection offering, please visit http://us.generaliglobalassistance.com/solutions/identity-protection/.

About Generali Global Assistance
Generali Global Assistance has been a leading provider of assistance services and travel insurance for more than 25 years. The Company offers a full suite of innovative, vertically integrated identity protection solutions, travel insurance and emergency services, and beneficiary companion services.  Generali Global Assistance is part of the multinational Generali Group, which for over 185 years has created a presence in 60 countries with over 76,000 employees.  Our success has been built on the foundation of trust that clients have placed in our ability to provide assistance in the most difficult of circumstances.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)
Founded in 1999, the ITRC is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, the ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

GGA Media Contact
Jay A. Morakis
M Group Strategic Communications (for Generali Global Assistance North America)
+1 212.266.0191
jmorakis@mgroupsc.com

GGA Marketing Contact
Eugenia Buggs
VP, Global Marketing, Identity and Digital Protection Services Global Unit
+1 240.330.1091
eugenia.buggs@us.generaliglobalassistance.com

ITRC Media Contact
Kelly Dwyer
Director of Communications
+1 858.634.6385
kelly@idtheftcenter.org

SAN DIEGO and PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The number of U.S. data breaches tracked through June 30, 2017 hit a half-year record high of 791, according to recent numbers released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout. This represents a significant jump of 29 percent over 2016 figures during the same time period. At this pace, ITRC anticipates that the number of breaches could reach 1,500 in 2017, a 37 percent annual increase over 2016, when breaches reached an all-time record high of 1,093.

Sixty-seven percent of data breach notifications or public notices did not report on the number of records impacted, an all-time record high that represents an increase of 13 percent over the first half of 2016 and a major hike over the 10-year average of 43 percent. To assess the impact of data breaches on employees and consumers, industry observers require accurate information about the number of records, which often include pieces of personal information such as names, Social Security numbers, financial account information, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and other keys to identity theft. Current regulations don’t require this level of detail from most businesses.

The Medical/Healthcare industry stands apart when it comes to reporting most fully on the number of records compromised, due in part to mandatory reporting for healthcare industry breaches that impact 500 or more individuals.  For the first half of 2017, 81.5 percent of the breaches reported to Health & Human Services included the number of records, equal to the first half of 2016.  It should be noted that breaches in the Medical/Healthcare sector involving employee information, and not Protected Health Information (PHI), do not need to be reported under the HITECH Act. 

“We have made progress in transparency regarding data breach notifications but this only goes so far when we do not have complete information.  The number of records breached in a specific incident allows us to provide more insight into the scope of this problem, and is a necessary next step in our advocacy efforts,” said Eva Velasquez, ITRC President and CEO.

Said Adam Levin, Chairman of CyberScout, the report’s sponsor: “Because breaches have become ubiquitous, it is incumbent upon organizations that suffer a compromise to be candid and provide as much information as possible, so that consumers will have the best opportunity to mitigate their personal consequences. While many businesses don’t necessarily have a handle on the depth and breadth of a breach, they could well be judged by customers, employees, regulators and the courts on how well they protected the information they stored as well as the urgency, transparency and empathy with which they responded once they were aware they had been hacked.”

Report Details
Since 2005, the ITRC has identified data breaches in five industry sectors: financial (including banking and credit); health/medical; government/military, education and business. So far in 2017, the business sector continues to top the list at 54.7 percent of the total breaches, followed by the healthcare/medical industry at 22.6 percent. The education sector ranks third at 11 percent of the total breaches followed by the Banking/Credit/Financial industry at 5.8 percent and the government/military at 5.6 percent.

Hacking, which includes phishing, ransomware/malware and skimming, was the leading cause of data breaches in the first half of 2017.  To date, 63 percent of the overall breaches involved hacking as the primary method of attack, an increase of 5.0 percent over 2016 figures. This was followed by Employee Error/Negligence/Improper Disposal/Lost at 9.0 percent and Accidental Web/Internet Exposure at nearly 7 percent, both reflecting decreases from 2016 figures.

Within the hacking category, phishing was involved in nearly half (47.7 percent) of these attacks. Ransomware/malware, newly added in 2017, was present in 18.5 percent of the hacking attacks.

Said Matt Cullina, CEO of CyberScout, the report’s sponsor, “Cyber attacks that target businesses are continuing to rise, as hackers aim to steal the most sensitive personal data and demand payoffs in crippling ransomware attacks. All these trends point to the need for businesses to take steps to manage their risk, prepare for common data breach scenarios, and get cyber insurance protection.”

The bad news for consumers: cyber criminals are intent on stealing their Social Security numbers, the most effective route to identity theft. Going hand in hand with the spearphishing attacks, which often target employee payroll information, is the exposure of Social Security numbers (SSN).  During the first half of 2017, 60 percent of the breaches involved the exposure of SSNs, down only slightly from the first half of 2016 (at 61 percent).

The exposure of credit/debit cards in the first half of 2017 rose slightly over 2016 figures, at 12.6 percent and 9.6 percent respectively. Several high profile data breaches in the hospitality and fast food sectors have contributed to this increase.  Again, the number of records actually exposed in these incidents have not been reported.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center
Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. The ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

About CyberScout
As the industry leader for over 13 years, CyberScout has been setting the gold standard for identity and data defense services – from proactive protection and education to successful resolution. Formerly IDT911, CyberScout combines boots-on-the-ground experience with high-touch personal service to help commercial clients and individuals minimize risk and maximize recovery.  To learn more, visit www.cyberscout.com

Media Contacts

For CyberScout:

Ed Harrison
781-966-4158
cyberscout@inkhouse.com

For the Identity Theft Resource Center:

Kelly M Dwyer
858-634-6385
Kelly@idtheftcenter.org

Update:  Subsequent to the release of the following information, two duplicate breaches were removed bringing the year-end total for 2016 to 1,091. This was due to inconsistent naming conventions used in the data breach reporting process by different sources, i.e. media, breach notification letters and/or HHS.gov.SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. and SAN DIEGO – Jan. 19, 2017 – The number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2016 hit an all-time record high of 1,093, according to a new report released today by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout(formerly IDT911). This represents a substantial hike of 40 percent over the near record high of 780 reported in 2015. This raises the question: are there actually more breaches or is it because more states are making this information publicly available?

“With support from CyberScout, the ITRC has been able to heighten its efforts in tracking breaches nationwide by seeking out information on breach incidents through direct contact with numerous states’ attorney general offices as well as by submitting Freedom of Information Act requests,” said Eva Velasquez, President and CEO, ITRC. “For the past 10 years, the ITRC has been aware of the under-reporting of data breach incidents on the national level and the need for more state or federal agencies to make breach notifications more publicly available. This year we have seen a number of states take this step by making data breach notifications public on their websites. The ITRC Data Breach Report 2016 now includes information from more than a dozen state agencies,” Velasquez added.

Since 2005, the ITRC has been identifying data breaches in five industry sectors (see Fig.1 below).  In 2016, the business sector again topped the list in the number of data breach incidents, with 494 reported, representing 45.2 percent of the overall number of breaches. This was followed by the healthcare/medical industry (377 incidents), representing 34.5 percent of the overall total. The education sector (98) followed at 9.0 percent, the government/military (72) at 6.6 percent and the banking/credit /financial sector (52) at 4.8 percent.

 

Leading Types of Data Breaches

In 2007, the ITRC began adding categories to identify data breach incidents by the “type of occurrence” (see Fig. 2 below). For the eighth consecutive year, hacking/skimming/phishing attacks were the leading cause of data breach incidents, accounting for 55.5 percent of the overall number of breaches, which is an increase of 17.7 percent over 2015 figures. Of these, many were a result of CEO spear phishing efforts (also known as business email compromise schemes) in which highly sensitive data, typically information required for state and federal tax filings, was exposed. As early as February, the IRS had already seen a 400 percent surge in this type of activity prompting both consumer and industry alerts addressing this issue.


Breaches involving accidental email/internet exposure of information was the second most common type of breach incident at 9.2 percent of the overall number of breaches followed by employee error[1] at 8.7 percent. With the exception of hacking, all other categories reflected decreases from 2015 figures.

“For businesses of all sizes, data breaches hit close to home, thanks to a significant rise in CEO spear phishing and ransomware attacks. With the click of a mouse by a naïve employee, companies lose control over their customer, employee and business data. In an age of an unprecedented threat, business leaders need to mitigate risk by developing C-suite strategies and plans for data breach prevention, protection and resolution,” said Matt Cullina, CEO of CyberScout and Vice Chair of ITRC’s Board of Directors.

Since 2010, the ITRC has been tracking breaches involving Social Security numbers (SSNs) and credit card/debit card numbers (see Fig.3 below). Exposure of SSNs was evidenced in 52.0 percent of the overall number of breaches in 2016, representing an increase of 8.2 percent over 2015 figures.  Exposure of records involving credit/debit cards at 13.1 percent, reflects a decrease of 7.4 percent from 2015. With that said, it is important to remember that most data breach notifications or media reports do not include the type of information exposed. The spike in SSN exposures is in clear alignment with the surge of CEO spear phishing attacks, which target this type of information.

 

Adam Levin, Chairman and Founder of CyberScout, said, “The database compromises of 2016 confirmed yet again that breaches are the third certainty in life and we are all living in a constant state of cyber insecurity. Hackers and identity thieves continue to evolve. They are very sophisticated, extremely creative and dogged in their pursuit of what is ours. More than half of the breaches reported by the ITRC included the skeleton key to our lives: the Social Security number. This trend, which has accelerated since 2015— when just four breaches exposed more than 120 million Social Security numbers to state-sponsored hackers and cyber criminals— represents the point of no return for millions of Americans. While credit and debit card numbers can be changed, SSNs cannot. Therefore, monitoring and damage control become even more important than ever before. Consumers must become better informed as to the risks inherent in this dangerous digital world, be more alert to the signs of individual compromise and know what to do to contain and reverse the damage or take advantage of identity theft protection services offered by their insurers, employers or financial services firms.”

Regarding the reporting of the known number of records exposed, half (50.7 percent) of the overall number of breach notifications did not include this information. However, due to the mandatory reporting requirement for healthcare industry breaches affecting 500 or more individuals, 84 percent of the healthcare breaches publicly stated the number of records exposed. It should also be noted that several large scale breaches in 2016— which only involved usernames, passwords, or emails— while included on the list, did not specify the vast number of records exposed because this type of information does not typically trigger most data breach notification laws.

[1] This category also includes negligence, improper disposal and loss

 

About the ITRC Breach List

The ITRC Breach List is a compilation of data breaches confirmed by various media sources and/or notification lists from state governmental agencies. Breaches on this list typically have exposed information that could potentially lead to identity theft, including Social Security numbers, financial account information, driver’s license numbers and medical information. This data breach information, and available statistics, have become a valuable resource for media, businesses and consumers looking to become more informed on the need for best practices, privacy and security measures in all areas – both personal and professional.

About the ITRC

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization which provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its toll-free call center, website and highly visible social media efforts. It is the mission of the ITRC to: provide best-in-class victim assistance at no charge to consumers throughout the United States; educate consumers, corporations, government agencies, and other organizations on best practices for fraud and identity theft detection, reduction and mitigation; and, serve as a relevant national resource on consumer issues related to cybersecurity, data breaches, social media, fraud, scams, and other issues. Visit http://www.idtheftcenter.org. Victims may contact the ITRC at 888-400-5530.

About CyberScout

As the industry leader for over 13 years, CyberScout has been setting the gold standard for identity and data defense services – from proactive protection and education to successful resolution. Formerly IDT911, CyberScout combines boots-on-the-ground experience with high-touch personal service to help commercial clients and individuals minimize risk and maximize recovery. To learn more, visit www.cyberscout.com.

 


Supplemental Reports

2016 Data Breach Package

Overview 2005 – 2016

ITRC Breach Stats – Data on the Move Category Summary 2016

ITRC Breach Stats – Accidental Email / Internet Exposure Category Summary 2016

ITRC Breach Stats – Exposing Social Security Numbers Summary 2016

ITRC Breach Stats – Exposing Credit/Debit Card Numbers Summary 2016

ITRC Breach Stats – Employee Error / Negligence / Improper Disposal / Lost Summary 2016

ITRC Breach Stats – Hacking / Skimming / Phishing Category Summary 2016

ITRC Breach Stats – Insider Theft Category Summary 2016

ITRC Breach Stats – Physical Theft Summary 2016

ITRC Breach Stats – Subcontractor Summary 2016

ITRC Breach Stats – Known vs. Unknown Total of Records


  The ITRC would like to thank CyberScout for its financial support of the ITRC Breach Report, ITRC Breach Stats Report and all supplemental breach reports.

Women Around the World Recognized at Event in New York City

SAN DIEGO, Calif – November 21, 2016 – Eva Velasquez, CEO and president of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, has been named the winner of a Bronze Level Stevie® Award in the Female Executive of the Year – Government or Non-Profit category in the 13th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run.  All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2016 awards received entries from 31 nations and territories.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners last night during a dinner event attended by more than 500 people at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  The event was broadcast on Livestream.

More than 1,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year, among others.

“As a society, it’s very important to continue to recognize the substantial contributions female leaders make on a daily basis to the business world,” said Eva Velasquez, CEO and president of the ITRC. “Women bring an important and insightful perspective to these matters and we are grateful that the Stevie’s continue to celebrate the success of women in the workplace.”

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 160 professionals worldwide who participated in the judging process this year.

“Each year we think the quality of achievements portrayed in Stevie-winning nominations couldn’t possibly get any better, and each year the amazing women who are recognized in this program prove us wrong,” said Michael Gallagher, Stevie Awards founder and president.  “We are thrilled and humbled to be able to recognize so many outstanding women in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and to share the stories of their achievement with the world.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

About The Identity Theft Resource Center

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. The ITRC provides no cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help Mobile App. For more information, visit: www.idtheftcenter.org

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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Contact: Kelly Dwyer
Kelly@idtheftcenter.org
858-634-6385

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – November 17, 2016 – The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, today announced it is a proud recipient of the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

This grant will enable the ITRC, in a cooperative agreement with the DOJ OVC, to provide technical expertise, assistance, and training to support coalitions who seek to build new services or expand and/or improve existing services to victims of identity theft and cybercrime. In addition to further supporting the previously-funded NITVAN coalitions, the grant will help the ITRC and DOJ OVC continue to build capacity for new and improved policy development, training, and service delivery at the local, state, and regional levels to address the needs of victims of identity theft, with additional emphasis on cybercrime.

“I am beyond grateful to receive this fundamental grant from an organization whose mission mirrors ours, a mission that is deeply rooted in helping victims of crime,” said Eva Velasquez, ITRC President and CEO. “This grant will not only enable us to continue to support the current coalitions in place, but it will help us build additional coalitions across the country that will result in more awareness, better access to services, and ultimately result in more victims helped.”

“This is an exciting time for not only the ITRC but organizations across the country that are looking for the opportunity to expand their reach and resources to further combat identity theft,” said Julie Ferguson, ITRC Board Chair. “This grant couldn’t have gone to a better recipient – ITRC has the extensive background and expertise in this area to make this initiative a success which will allow for broader attention around the crisis of identity theft in more cities.”

Through these coalitions, the ITRC and the DOJ OVC are able to continue their strong commitment to assisting the abundance of victims impacted by identity theft nationwide every day and it will aid them in their fight against this problematic and often complex crime.

Organizations interested in learning more about forming coalitions in their areas or who would like to receive further solicitation regarding this should contact ITRC’s Sarah Goelz:Sarah@idtheftcenter.org, 858-634-6383.

About The Identity Theft Resource Center

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. The ITRC provides no cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help Mobile App. For more information, visit: www.idtheftcenter.org 

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Contact:

Kelly Dwyer
Identity Theft Resource Center

858-634-6385

Kelly@idtheftcenter.org

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 17, 2016 – The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, today released its annual Identity Theft: The Aftermath 2016 report that explores the impact of identity theft victimization.

This victim impact survey asks victims of identity theft, who have previously contacted the ITRC for assistance, to share their identity theft case experience. This year’s report highlights the devastating financial burden victims often face in this situation and uncovered that 30 percent of those who reported criminal identity theft issues and 17 percent of the overall respondents found themselves in need of government assistance programs to overcome the financial impact.

“The Aftermath report continues to reveal the devastating emotional, financial and physical effects identity theft has on all aspects of a victim’s life. It highlights a fact the ITRC has long been aware of: This crime impacts not only the individual dealing with the crime, but families, communities and society as a whole,” said Eva Velasquez, Identity Theft Resource Center president and chief executive officer. “The knowledge gained from this report reiterates the importance of providing victims and the public at large with quick access to the necessary tools to begin the remediation process quickly, as well as information to help detect identity theft incidents at the onset of the crime.”

The survey responses provide a comprehensive picture of the true impact of this crime on its victims and confirms that identity theft creates more than just financial hardship for victims –it has the capacity to invade many other areas of their lives. It can negatively impact employment, housing, and even educational opportunities.  Many victims also reported the time spent resolving their cases replaced quality time spent with family, pursuing a hobby, or taking a vacation.

Key findings include:

Financial Impact: Of those who shared the additional impact of their identity theft experience, 35 percent of the survey respondents indicated it was necessary to borrow money, 25 percent had to sell possessions, and 23 percent reported moving or relocating.

Lost Opportunities: Respondents who reported criminal identity theft issues experienced a number of lost opportunities due to their victimization including missing work (55 percent), losing an employment opportunity (44 percent) and loss of residence or housing (31 percent).

The Effects of Online Account Takeovers: Nearly 1/5 of survey respondents reported significant repercussions when their online accounts were taken over, including job loss (24 percent) and reputational damage among friends (61 percent) and colleagues (31 percent).

The ITRC’s Identity Theft: The Aftermath 2016 report has been conducted intermittently since 2003. The ability to examine and report long-term trends due to the longevity of the study allows the ITRC to paint a picture of identity theft from the victim’s point of view, underscoring the ITRC’s mission as a victim-centric organization.

You can view the full report here.