Tag: Identity theft
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Facebook "King of Spam" facing lengthy jail time
Sanford Wallace, the self proclaimed "King of Spam" is facing as much as forty years worth of jail time following his continued Facebook and email phishing scams. Hitting over half a million Facebook users between 2008 and 2009, leading to…
Games consoles bring down Chinese crimelord
The gangster lifestyle makes for good videogame material (take your bow, Grand Theft Auto), but the criminal world and gaming dont appear to best friends when it comes to the real world. Take the case of Rai Kinzan, the 37…
Poll shows 1 in 3 Brits believe piracy is "acceptable"
Microsoft have today published a report on attitudes towards software piracy. Timed to coincide with the second reading of the Digital Economy Bill, the report reveals that piracy is rampant in both homes and workplaces across the UK. The poll…
MyID.is online identity security service launches beta
A service by the name of MyID.is has hit beta today with the aim to provide security to your online identity. It’s a pretty ambitious way for a company to claim your id on your behalf and verify all the blog posts, social networking profiles and other accounts set up in your name. It also happens to work as an OpenID.
It’s an excellent idea in theory with only three drawbacks to its success. First, to be really effective, everyone has to start using it, or at least enough people for it to be accepted and used across all major sites and applications.
There’s no reason that can’t happen but, although there are no exact competitors, there are the likes of PayPal who offer something similar in the financial realm and haven’t laid the best foundations with the best public feeling.
Second, is the issue of having to give up all your personal information and banking details to get your account set up in the first place. Now, I’m pretty happy with doing just about everything online but I can’t remember giving up the lot all on one page before. It might be tricky convincing people that it’s a good thing to do.
Lastly, what about the danger of this database being hacked? Well, at least here the company has done as much as they can by sending all the data off into a bank-like security system far, far away without even looking at it. Still not totally reassured by that but I appreciate the effort. I just don’t quite like the idea of having all my eggs in one basket and this vault might prove just too much of a tempting target to hordes and hordes of hackers – a big badge of honour and some serious rewards too.
Still, I do like the sound of what MyID.is does and perhaps once a few more people give it a try, I might pluck up the courage too.
Second-hand computers an ID fraudster's paradise
New research from Navigant Consulting suggests that slack handling of computers destined for the second-hand market could make them an identity-thief’s dream.
To demonstrate the potential dangers, the consultancy purchase three second-hand computers last week, and determined that one of them still contained sensitive personal information on the hard drive.
It’s not enough to simply wipe the hard drive using most basic operating system tools, as anyone with some tech knowledge can recover data from a disk that’s supposedly been wiped. Simply dumping the hard drives intact isn’t a good plan either – it’s akin to putting your paper-based financial documents in the waste bin without shredding them first.
One second-hand computer recovered from a community college still contained student and staff details, including names and addresses, budgets, payroll information, photos, and bank account details.
AOL cash in on fear of identity theft, for just £7 a month
AOL seems to have decided that it's time to branch out from their core business of providing Internet access and services, and instead are offering to be a go-between for credit reference agencies and an insurance company.