The son of a prominent Russian politician has been convicted in Seattle of 38 charges related to stolen credit card information, including 10 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of obtaining information from a protected computer, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.
Credit cards and passports are filled with microchips brimming with your personal information—and give off radio waves to any nearby sleazebag that wants to steal your identity. A new generation of those chips stands to stop hackers in their tracks.
The man who signed Florida's Stand Your Ground law is now awkwardly moonwalking backwards on an initially indiscriminate data-dump. Presidential hopeful and former Florida governor Jeb Bush is doing some damage control on his decision to publish his gubernatorial emails, which provided easy access to over 12,000…
Last week, health insurer Anthem lost over 80 million patient records, including sensitive information like social security numbers, email and physical addresses, and more. The fallout has already started, with Anthem customers getting bombarded with phishing scams. If you're an Anthem customer—or are just worried…
The latest crop of spambots on Instagram are employing a trick even slimier than just buying fake followers: They're stealing profiles. As The Verge reported today, some Instagram users are getting followed by their bot doppelgängers, profiles made up entirely from their ripped-off images.
In a little over a decade, ATM skimmers have gone from urban myth to a wildly complex, ever-evolving suite of technologies that has the potential to be the worst nightmare of anyone with a bank account. Here's a look at how quickly skimmers have evolved—and why they're increasingly impossible to spot.
Think hacking starts and ends online? Think again. Forbes took a look at the damage an identity thief can do using just the address label on the magazines you subscribe to, and the answer ain't pretty.
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.
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 might…
You'd think the IRS would be the one organization it might be safe to trust with your precious Social Security Number. Think again. Thanks to a cock-up, the agency just put tens of thousands of the numbers out on the Internet for anyone and everyone to see. Fantastic.
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…
You might think it's all fun and games when you're Instagramming your dinner before you dig in, but former identity thief Nathaniel Troy Maye will tell you otherwise; doing just that got him arrested.
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…
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…
Your wallet is packed tight with the essentials of your daily life. Your money. Your credit cards. All the points accrued from so many sandwiches at SUBWAY®. You can't lose all that!
The feds have locked up an AWOL soldier because he tried to use Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's identity to pay his bills. Oops.
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.
When Anon stuck their finger in the eye of many a Texan cop with their huge 3 GB data dump, we were more interested in the bigoted juicy stuff. Turns out, it was also an identity thief's wet dream.
It's one thing to have some sort of "noble purpose" when you grab nudie pics from a person's computer. Extorting people for them and making money off their identities is quite another. That's what 32-year-old Luis Mijangos did, and it's completely vile.