Small firms losing millions in massive cyber attacks

Cyberthieves are hacking into small- and medium-sized organizations every week and stealing millions of dollars in an ongoing scam that has moved about US$100 million out of U.S. bank accounts, the U.S. Federal

Published on: November 5th, 2009 Robert McMillan

Judge rightly rejects ridiculous offer in privacy breach case

I was pleasantly surprised when I read that a judge refused TD Ameritrade Holding Corp's laughable settlement offer for the compromise of millions of accounts. TD Ameritrade's proposed settlement would have done nothing

Published on: November 3rd, 2009 Ira Winkler

Court orders spammer to pay Facebook $711 million

Facebook was awarded $711 million in damages from a convicted spammer on Thursday, but the social networking site is hoping a separate criminal action will eventually send him to jail. Sanford Wallace was

Published on: November 2nd, 2009 Jeremy Kirk and Esther Schindler

700,000 potential victims notified – months after hacking incident

Nearly a year after being hacked by computer extortionists, pharmacy benefits management company Express Scripts now says hundreds of thousands of members may have had their information breached because of the incident.Last November,

Published on: October 2nd, 2009 Robert MacMillan

Man pleads guilty in fake Wal-Mart credit cards scam

A Sacramento, California, man has pleaded guilty to charges for his role in an international scam that netted sensitive information on tens of thousands of Internet users and then used that data to

Published on: September 14th, 2009 Robert MacMillan

Lawsuit demands banks divulge information about hack attacks

Anti-spam company Unspam Technologies Inc. filed a lawsuit on Wednesday aimed, in a somewhat roundabout way, at forcing banks to divulge any information they might have about hacking activities affecting their customer accounts.The

Published on: August 25th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Three ways to protect yourself from a Heartland-style data breach

The United States Department of Justice announced today the arrest of Albert Gonzalez, a 28-year old Miami man, in the largest identity theft prosecution on record. Gonzalez is accused, along with two as-yet-unnamed

Published on: August 19th, 2009 Tony Bradley

Low cost airline uses hi-tech tool to vanquish credit card fraud

J. Prajapathy, an ICICI Bank credit card holder, was shell-shocked when he received a bank inquiry for a Rs. 32,000 (around Can$720) transaction he had never made. His credit card had been deceitfully

Published on: August 7th, 2009 Sneha Jha

Trio of brothers sentenced to jail for fraud

Three brothers were sentenced to prison on Tuesday in a London court for creating counterfeit credit and debit cards, defrauding victims of more than £600,000 ($1,098 million), according to the Metropolitan Police.The trio

Published on: July 16th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

Seven social network security mistakes you can’t afford to make

Admit it: You are currently addicted to social networking. Your drug of choice might be Facebook or Twitter, or maybe Myspace or LinkedIn. Some of you are using all of the above, and

Published on: July 7th, 2009 Bill Brenner

How to protect your identity while job hunting online

Most everyone can relate to hiding a job search from a current employer. But how can job seekers protect their identities from public abuse when the majority of online career and social networking

Published on: January 30th, 2009 Mark Cummuta

Finding yourself online – information about you available on the Web

She had me at hello ... or just about. Our conversation had barely started when privacy activist Betty Ostergren interrupted me to say that she had found my full name, address, Social Security

Published on: January 28th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

Undercover FBI agent infiltrates identity theft ring

Salesmen and parents know the technique well. It's called the takeaway, and as far as Keith Mularski is concerned, it's the reason he kept his job as administrator of online fraud site DarkMarket.DarkMarket

Published on: January 26th, 2009 Robert MacMillan

Phishing scam lures Canadian taxpayers with promise of cash

Tax season may seem like it's a long way off yet, but that hasn't stopped Internet fraudsters from promising taxpayers a refund in a bid to steal their personal information, according to the

Published on: January 20th, 2009 Brian Jackson