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

Wildly Creepy Belgian PSA Actually Stole Someone's Identity

You've undoubtedly been warned about how easy it is to have your identity stolen online over. And over. And over again. But we just never learn. Clearly, it's going to take a little something more to hit the message home. Something like, oh, stealing an actual person's identity, terrifying him, and creating what… » 7/11/13 12:00pm 7/11/13 12:00pm

An Imprisoned Hacker Invented an ATM Attachment That Stops Skimmers

Valentin Boanta has a lot of free time on his hands—five years worth, to be exact. That's because Boanta is currently serving a prison sentence for, according to Reuters, "supplying gadgets to an organized crime gang used to conceal ATM skimmers." So with all that time to think about what he's done, the apparently… » 5/17/13 1:20pm 5/17/13 1:20pm

Facebook Helped the FBI Bust an International Crime Ring

Facebook: it lets you find out way too much about your weird cousins, aids you in stalking your exes, and now, it helps the feds fight crime. In partnership with the FBI, Facebook assisted in nabbing a giant international crime ring that had been stealing the identities of people and doing $850 million in financial… » 12/12/12 11:10am 12/12/12 11:10am

Hackers Just Stole Over 3 Million Social Security Numbers

If you've filed tax returns in South Carolina sometime since 1998, you might be in a little bit of hot water. An unidentified, foreign hacker has gotten into the state's Department of Revenue, pilfering around 3.6 million social security numbers, and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers. In other words, no small haul. » 10/26/12 5:50pm 10/26/12 5:50pm

Police Used GPS Tracking to Bust Identity Thief With Over 300,000…

Police use of GPS tracking in investigations is something of a hotbed issue that calls into question how much privacy people are entitled to. But when it's used successfully, as it was to arrest a California man who committed identity theft against 300,000 people, that argument becomes much more complex. » 10/26/11 10:06am 10/26/11 10:06am

RFID Credit Cards Can Be Hacked With $8 Worth of Stuff

Xeni of Boing Boing, Boing Boing TV and internet fame shows us that anyone—including the shady looking dude behind you in line—can hack an RFID-enabled credit card for just $8 worth of equipment. All it takes is $8 and a trip to eBay to get a reader, which you can then take and flail around to read in people's info.… » 3/19/08 3:20pm 3/19/08 3:20pm