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Woman charged with planting spyware on cop's phone

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A woman has been charged after eavesdropping on "sensitive law enforcement communications" by tapping the mobile phone of her police officer ex.

'Half of American adults hacked' in the past year - really?

'Half of American adults hacked' in the past year - really?

A new study publicized this week claims that almost half of all American adults have had their personal data hacked in the past year. Headline-grabbing truth-stretching? Or have 110 million Americans really been hacked?

LifeLock pulls Wallet app, says it wasn't compliant with data security standards

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The controversial identify theft protection company LifeLock says it has pulled down its LifeLock Wallet app over concerns that the app is not compliant with payment card industry standards.

We tell you why LifeLock's woes are less than surprising, and offer some tips to avoid identity theft.

Heartbleed jabs its first victims: UK parents' site Mumsnet, Canadian tax agency

Heartbleed jabs its first victims: UK parents' site Mumsnet, Canadian tax agency

Two high-profile organisations, the UK parenting site Mumsnet and the Canada Revenue Agency, are the first known victims of the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability to experience data breaches.

Spammers take advantage of Naked Security writing about spammers

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An identity theft focused spam campaign is doing the rounds pretending to be a winning notification from the American "green card lottery". Worse yet, the spammers decided to utilize imagery hosted on Naked Security.

Revenge-porn 'scumbags' slapped with $385,000 judgment

Revenge-porn 'scumbag' slapped with $385,000 judgment

They had a racket wherein one site posted sexually explicit photos without permission of subjects. When victims panicked and asked for the photos to come down, they got sent to another site that charged as much as $350 each to remove the illicit content.

Three indicted over $15 million identity theft spree

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Three men have been indicted in a New Jersey court, charged with participating in an identity theft conspiracy which could have cost its victims upwards of $15 million.

2 years in federal prison for trash-searching student aid fraudster

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A Florida man will go to prison for defrauding student aid accounts, while his two fellow-conspirators have been given probation and community sentences.

The group's techniques should serve as a reminder that it's not just the information stored on our computers that we need to keep secure.

Data-stealing botnets found in major data brokers' servers

Data-stealing botnets found in major public records servers

Servers at Lexis-Nexis, Dun & Bradstreet, and Kroll Background America/HireRight show up in the dashboard of a small, effective botnet run by a service that sells vital personal information on US residents, an investigation has revealed.

Personal data on 72,000 staff taken in University of Delaware hack

Personal data on 72,000 staff taken in University of Delaware hack

The University of Delaware has joined the long line of recent data breach victims, with a compromised university system yielding personal information on 72,000 past and present employees.

UD authorities have notified those affected by mail, and email where possible. Investigators have been called in to pin down the scale of the breach, identify any additional risks and ensure those affected are properly informed.

FDA shutters 1,677 illegal online pharmacies

FDA shutters 1,677 illegal online pharmacies

The commissioner says they're finding drugs that sometimes have either 0% or too much of the active ingredient that people need for disease treatment. On top of the drugs being illegitimate, consumers are too put at risk for online fraud and malware.

Thieves pounce on one of a sheriff's office's last, unencrypted laptops

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The sheriff's office in King's County, Seattle, was in the process of adding encryption software this past spring and as of March had done so on 60% of all computers.

The laptop that got stolen from a detective's truck, unfortunately, was in the 40%, and that's why 6,300 people are now looking at the potential of identity theft.

Yahoo says unleashing people's old accounts will be fine, just fine

Yahoo says unleashing people's old accounts will be fine, just fine

It will be OK, the company says. We're not giving away your content or personal details, and we're sending bouncebacks for a month. Has that convinced critics? Unlikely.

Yahoo's going to boot us off our deadbeat accounts, but who is going to grab them?

Yahoo's going to boot us off our deadbeat accounts, but who is going to be picking them up?

Get thee to your unused Yahoo account before July 15 if you don't relish the thought of somebody taking control of your handle and doing heaven knows what with whatever email gets sent to it.

'Food porn' Instagram photo of fancy steak/mac and cheese dinner leads IRS to identity thieves

'Food porn' Instagram photo of fancy steak/mac&cheese dinner leads IRS to identity thieves

Identity thieves can't help but brag about all the food they consume with the money they're stealing... Too bad their smarts aren't as big as their appetite.

Lack of Chip and PIN technology leaves US shoppers and diners at risk from hackers

Lack of 'chip & pin' technology leaves US shoppers and diners at risk from hackers

Despite being one of the biggest economies for the retail and 'food and beverage' industries, the US lacks basic card protection that could prevent data thieves from Americans' bank accounts.

Spring ushers in US tax scam season

Spring ushers in US tax scam season

To remind taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams ranging from identity theft to return-preparer fraud, the IRS posted its Dirty Dozen list of tax scams for 2013.

Bill Gates's social security number, address, credit report and more... published by hackers

Bill Gates's social security number, address, credit report and more... published by hackers

Bill Gates is the latest celebrity to have had his personal information published on a website that has exposed the social security numbers, addresses and personal financial information of a number of people in the public eye.

Equifax and Transunion say hackers stole celebrity credit reports

Equifax and Transunion say hackers stole celebrity credit reports

After the social security numbers, addresses and financial details of some of the USA's top celebrities were posted online, top credit bureaus have come forward and acknowledged that fraudulent and unauthorized access to their records has taken place.