It’s the MLK Day holiday weekend. That means that one’s headache has subsided to the point that one can no longer hear one’s nose hair growing, and the cat is padding rather than stomping. It also means that it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions! If yours is to get better control over your information privacy,…Read More New Year's Resolution Dept. — Protecting Against Identity Theft
From the files of “too good to make up”, DavidJ.org reports a story from a couple of years ago about his credit card data being sent over AOL Instant Messenger. Essentially he bought some merchandise at a shot which didn’t have a point of sale terminal so the clerk was IMing all credit card data…Read More Credit Card Data Over AOL IM
Seventy Percent of Americans think we need more laws to protect them from identity theft and all that. I can think of a situation we need protection from. Here is a scenario. Let us take the case of a lender, Larry. We need a law to make it so that if Larry lends money to…Read More What Congress Can Do To Prevent Identity Theft
Over the last week, I’ve read several things involving poor Lind Weaver. In case you missed it, she’s a 57-year-old owner of a horse farm. She got a bill for the amputation of her right foot. As you should expect if you’re a regular reader here, it wasn’t her. Comic hijinks ensue which conclude with…Read More That’s Funny….
Apparently it’s Identity Theft Tuesday here on Emergent Chaos. CNN reports that a “Hacker attack at UCLA affects 800,000 people”, which includes current and former faculty, students and staff. The initial break-in was apparently in October of 2005 and access continued to be available until November 21st of this year. I am stunned that it…Read More Information Exposed For 800,000 At UCLA
“Protectors, Too, Gather Profits From ID Theft” in today’s New York Times tells the tale of woe of Melody and Steven Millett and her husband who despite a subscription Equifax’s Identity Theft protection service still had Steven’s SSN readily abused. Privacy consultant Robert Gellman summed up one of the problems with these services nicely: Identity…Read More When The Fox Is In The Henhouse
Ethan Leib blogs about being the victim of a fraudster: An individual in California posing as “Ethan Leib” (with phony ID to match) has been walking into branches of my bank across the state and taking all my money — despite a fraud alert on my accounts. They even stole thousands from my 6-week old…Read More Because That's Where The Money is: Ethan Leib's ID Theft