Monthly Archive

November 2014

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 26 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.

ITRC Dec. 4 Twitter Chat: Protecting Your Identity during the Holidays

Each month, the Identity Theft Resource Center hosts an informative Twitter chat on ways to protect the public from fraud and scams. Be sure to join us for our monthly Twitter chat on Thursday, Decemb... read more..


Cyber Monday Security Tips

There’s a growing sentiment among consumers that the madhouse of Black Friday shopping doesn’t compare to the deals to be had—from the comfort of their own homes—on the following Monday. Dubbed Cyber ... read more..


Who is spying on your personal information?

Please don't think that you have control of your personal information and privacy. You don't and you can't. Whether it' cyber criminals, including international hackers; the insider threat posed by a... read more..


Black Friday Safe Holiday Shopping

It’s been an interesting and record-breaking year for data breaches, technically beginning in the fall of last year with the infamous Backoff malware that attacked Target, Home Depot, and a host of ot... read more..


Donation Overpayment Scheme

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is issuing an alert for online donation scams.   The IC3 has received numerous complaints from businesses, charitable organizations, schools, universities... read more..


E-Z Pass and Data Breach Scams

The IC3 has received reports of scams involving E-Z Pass and a fake data breach.   E-ZPASS SPAM CAMPAIGN The IC3 has received reports of a phishing scam involving E-ZPass. The E-ZPass group is an ... read more..


Holiday Season Scams

The FBI reminds shoppers in advance of the holiday shopping season to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information.  Scammers use many te... read more..


Scholarship Scams

November is National Scholarship Month, a time when various financial aid groups make a focused effort to inform upcoming college students and adult returning learners about their options for college ... read more..


Hacktivism: Justice, or Cyberbullying?

Hacktivism: Justice, or Cyberbullying? In one scene from last year’s blockbuster film, Now You See Me, an arena full of citizens is delighted when the film’s four heroes publicly drain the bank accou... read more..


US State Department Shuts Down Email System after Suspicious Activity

A number of government employees had their productivity cut short late last week when the government shut down its unclassified email system through the State Department. This shutdown occurred after ... read more..


Top Scams of the Week: November 17th, 2014

Each week, the ITRC works with a wide variety of organizations and agencies to bring consumers the most up-to-date news of scams and fraud attempts. Scam Detector is one such organization, and their w... read more..


Tracking Government Data Breaches

When most people think of a hacking event that results in the loss of highly sensitive government information, they probably envision foreign spies or figures like Edward Snowden. People who not only ... read more..


ACA open enrollment creates greater risk of ID theft

On Saturday, the Affordable Care Act's health exchanges will begin a three-month open-enrollment period for 2015. The flurry of information that will be sent and received to enroll provides criminals ... read more..


Back to Basics of Cybersecurity

Industry surveys and incident reporting are showing a clear rise in cyber threats and data breaches, despite the best efforts of organizations that work to educate the public and raise awareness of th... read more..


Top Scams of the Week November 10th 2014

Each week, the Identity Theft Resource Center works with some of the foremost experts in the industry to bring you news of recent scams and fraud attempts that are making the rounds. By reading up on ... read more..


Business Travelers at Risk for Darkhotel Threat

A new report this week from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has pinpointed a threat to business travelers who’ve stayed in hotels in the Asia-Pacific region, a threat that appears to go back as far a... read more..


The Power of the Stuxnet Worm

When people think of malicious software infecting a computer network, they probably envision a file silently accessing and replicating gigabytes worth of data to be harvested for the virus’s creators.... read more..


ID thieves love the holidays, so businesses and consumers beware

If you want to help ensure a happy holiday season — whether you own a business or are a consumer — it's time to boost your Identity Theft Aptitude because identity-theft criminals are especially activ... read more..


Prepaid Debit Cards and Extortion

Reports have circulated in recent months about the hazards of dealing with internet scammers who rely on prepaid debit cards to conduct their fraudulent transactions. Once in the realm of wire transfe... read more..


Release of Identity Theft: The Aftermath 2013

Panel of Experts and Government Officials Examine Effects of ID Theft on Victims and Ways to Prevent Increase of ID Theft WASHINGTON, DC – Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny recently spoke a... read more..


What Is Status Phishing?

You may have seen strange status updates shared on Facebook that leave you scratching your head. These pre-created updates say things like, “Bet you can’t name a city that doesn’t start with the lette... read more..


What to Do with that Old Computer

Technology is improving at breakneck speed these days and that means we are buying new devices all the time. For many, new devices means getting rid of the old ones, and there may be some question as ... read more..


Top Scams of the Week: November 3rd 2014

Every week, the Identity Theft Resource Center works with various agencies to bring you news of the most prevalent or most newsworthy scams that were reported or uncovered in the last week. The team a... read more..


ITRC's Twitter Chat: Law Enforcement and Identity Theft

Each month, the Identity Theft Resource Center hosts an informative Twitter chat on ways to protect the public from fraud and scams. This month’s chat, co-hosted with the National White Collar Crime C... read more..


What Others Can Learn from Your Public Records

A public record is just that - once your information has been put into the legal system, almost anyone can access it for any purpose. There's plenty to be learned from the public records available on ... read more..


Consumer horror stories abound in new ID-theft report

Wealthy or minimum wage, whether a baby or baby boomer, the "Aftermath Survey" by the Identity Theft Resource Center reveals you're an ID-theft target. That's just the beginning of what I gathered ... read more..

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