Georgia native Cameron Harrison has been sentenced to nine years of jail time and has been ordered to pay $50 million for purchasing stolen credit cards from scuttled website carder.su. Harrison confessed to buy and possessing 260 compromised card numbers. For the full story, read more here:: US carder gets nine years in cooler, must pay back $50 MEELLION
Identity Theft News and Posts on Identity Theft Prevention
Airgapped computers are becoming more commonplace in various organizations, with no connection to networks inside the company or Internet connection to the outside. While this can shut out viruses from those isolated devices in part, hackers can still infect those computers using the FM radio frequency. “Airhopper” malware can transmit sensitive info via FM radio signals by the video display adaptor and can be received by mobile phones. For a full article on this, click here:: How to Steal Data From an Airgapped Computer Using FM Radio Waves
Despite being given the worst rating possible by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and having nearly 100,000 private photos stolen, surveys show that the majority of college students wouldn’t change how they used Snapchat. In fact, 58% of students still trusted Snapchat with their photos despite the apparent lack of security. For more info on this story, click here:: College kids still using Snapchat despite ‘The Snappening,’ says report
Cybercrime is an ongoing fight and issue today. Many businesses and corporations have spent millions on ways to protect their information from becoming compromised. However, there are some scenarios that we won’t be ready for if cybercrime becomes more organized.
First, since cybercriminals often use compromised computers to carry out their crimes, what’s to stop them from recruiting people who would willingly allow their computer to be the hackers’ host in exchange for a cut of their profits? Also, what if cybercriminal activity becomes more of a SaaS black market service to have social networks mapped out and personal info extracted? These issues must be seriously considered before cybercrime gets more organized and more networked or else it’ll be too late.
For a full article on this issue, click here:: Welcome to My Cyber Security Nightmare
A new study from Chapman University in California reveals that while many people are afraid of getting shot more people are afraid of becoming a victim of online crimes such as identity theft. In the 15,000 person study, people from “all walks of life” were interviewed in a survey regarding American fears. The top fear? Walking alone at night.
The next two? “Becoming a victim of identity theft” and “safety on the internet.” These both came above being a victim of a shooting, a natural disaster, or succumbing to illness. This goes to show that the lack of education and lack of preparedness have allowed Americans to develop identity theft boogeymen.
While have a healthy, respectful fear of identity theft is crucial in our ever-growing digital world, the key is to take steps to protect yourselves with proper software, passwords, and other methods to curb the risk. The more these people know, the better they’ll become to handle their fear.
For a full article on this study, click here:: Americans More Afraid of Identity Theft than Being Shot