The most abused Social Security number of all time is 078-05-1120

Back in 1938, the head of a wallet manufacturing company in Lockport, New York thought it'd be a great idea to show how well his new wallets could hold the then-new Social Security cards being issued to Americans. His sample card used his secretary's real social security number (078-05-1120) and as you can guess,… » 7/28/14 6:23pm 7/28/14 6:23pm

Credit Card Stolen? Don't Panic. Here's What to Do

You might have just found out that your credit card number may be compromised. Target reports that up to 40 million customers may have had their names, card numbers, expiration date and security code stolen via hacked credit card checkout scanners. Here's how to find out if you're one of them, and what to do next. » 12/19/13 12:20pm 12/19/13 12:20pm

Signifyd Checks Your Tweets to Make Sure Your Spending Spree's Legit

When it works right, fraudulent charge detection is great. But sometimes businesses mistakenly freeze your legit purchases — usually when you're traveling somewhere far-flung and can't easily straighten things out. Signifyd, launched today, hopes to fix that by watching your social media to see when you're really on… » 10/16/13 10:20am 10/16/13 10:20am

Amazon Has Another Huge Security Hole

You may recall that Amazon was implicated as the weak link in the Mat Honan iCloud hack, wherein a gadget blogger had his entire online identity nuked from orbit because Amazon gave up the secondary identifying information necessary to issue a password reset over at Apple. (The last four of your credit card,… » 12/19/12 6:36pm 12/19/12 6:36pm

If You've Shopped at Barnes and Noble Recently, Your Credit Card Info…

Barnes and Noble just posted a notice informing customers that PIN pads in 63 stores across the country have been tampered with. The compromised PIN pads could have recorded your PIN number. Not good. If you've shopped at a brick and mortar Barnes and Noble over the last couple of months, keep a closer watch on your… » 10/24/12 10:25am 10/24/12 10:25am

Scientists Don't Even Believe in Science Reports

You know how every other day a new science report comes out saying this and that gives you cancer? But then a day after it's revealed that the same this and that actually prevents cancer? Yeah. What the hell should we believe in? Who knows because scientists have just found that scientists lie all the time in their… » 10/04/12 1:00am 10/04/12 1:00am

Meet an Honest-to-Goodness Nigerian Scammer

The Nigerian scam (aliases: the 419 scam, the Spanish Prisoner scam, the Letter From Jerusalem) dates back to the 1700s, but email has made it as commonplace an inbox nuisance as penis-enlargement ads or forwarded jokes from your mother's second-cousin. Just who are the confidence men behind the broken English? Are… » 5/24/11 5:00am 5/24/11 5:00am