Identity Theft

Tax Day 1920

Podcast: Fraud Linked to Stolen W-2s a growing Problem for Uncle Sam

In-brief: Experian Vice President of Data Breach Resolution tells The Security Ledger that tax ID fraud linked to stolen W-2 forms is up 25% this year, just the latest trend in a long running problem securing tax returns from scammers. But what’s the solution? 

Passwords

300 Billion Passwords? Internet of Things Growth poses Unprecedented Threat by 2020

In-brief: Password management is already a big challenge for consumers and businesses. That problem is poised to get much (much) worse, as the population of The Internet of Things explodes, a new survey finds. 

Identity Thieves Misfile, Hit With Whopping Tax Bill

In-brief: Hackers believed to be responsible for a wave of tax identity theft scams got a rude awakening last month: a whopping bill from the IRS. A common mistake in their fraudulent filings appears to be the cause. 

Update: It’s Time To Stop Ransomware Shaming!

In-brief: It’s time to stop the ransomware shaming. The truth is that successful ransomware infections are children with many fathers – from lax security practices to vulnerable software. Update: added comment from Dodi Glenn of PC Pitstop. PFR 2/21/2015.

Mystery: Info on 190 Million Voters Exposed

In-brief: A security researcher discovered a database containing information on 190 million voters. But whose data is it?