Tag Archives: identity theft

This Week In Privacy: Jan 9, 2009


Weak Password Brings ‘Happiness’ To Twitter Hacker
An 18-year-old hacker with a history of celebrity pranks has admitted to Monday’s hijacking of multiple high-profile Twitter accounts, including President-Elect Barack Obama’s, and the official feed for Fox News.


Will 2009 Be the Year of Multiple Digital Identities?
Just days after Twitter was hacked, a group of entrepreneurs and policy activists gathered to discuss “Privacy 2009: The Year Ahead.” The discussion demonstrated that the privacy debate is starting to mature.


New Data Breach, Privacy Bills in Congress
One year after trying unsuccessfully to introduce legislation on data breaches and protection of individual privacy, California Senator Dianne Feinstein is trying again.

This Week In Privacy: Dec 26, 2008

The Olympian

Watch Out For ID Theft While Online
If you have some gift money burning a hole in your pocket and want to grab online post-Christmas bargains, beware of ID thieves hoping to make you the next victim.


5 Security Precautions To Take For The Holiday Break
The following last-minute precautions should probably be on your To Do list for just before leaving the office this holiday.

The Recorder & Times

Internet Security Tests Show All’s Not Right In The City
Anyone with a laptop and the right software could slip onto someon’s home wireless network to steal bandwidth to get free internet access or worse to steal sensitive information.

This Week In Privacy: Dec 19, 2008


Lessons Learned From A Hacked Gmail Account
Just as the title says – a few first hand lessons on what to do if you find out your email has been broken into, how to keep your email safe and tips on net security in general.

The Register

Browsers Fail Password Protection Test
Chapin Information Services ran a series of browser security tests and the results are pretty interesting when it comes to browsers such as Google Chrome and Safari.

Identity Theft Resource Center

ITRC’s Identity Theft Predictions For 2009
Every year the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) shares its thoughts for the upcoming year. The following items are ITRC’s predictions for 2009.

This Week in Privacy: Dec 12, 2008

Ars Technica

CDT to Obama: Advent of “the Cloud” Makes Privacy Laws Dated

The Center for Democracy and Technology issued a transition outlining measures president-elect Barack Obama should take to restore privacy safeguards… and to promote open discourse and innovation online.

Computer Finance

The value of Your Stolen Identity: About $120

The going rate for a “complete” identity (including name, address, passport, credit card info, driver’s license number, and even banking passwords): 120 bucks. That’s right – even passwords!

IT Pro

Councils Divided Over Data Detection

As many as 90 per cent of the UK’s largest city councils cannot guarantee that all sensitive data held on their laptops is encrypted, according to research released today.

And one more thing…

This Week In Privacy, Dec 5, 2008

CEO World Magazine

The Complete Guide to Internet Security and Privacy Issues!
51 fundamental useful links for anyone interested in privacy online and what it means, protecting yourself from identity theft and various other informative channels to security on the web. Certainly is a complete guide.

Market Watch

7 Steps to Worry Free Online Shopping
Here are seven easy steps to help avoid getting scammed while doing your holiday online shopping. And we couldn’t agree more with number 4 and number 5!

Network World

5 Must-Do Security Steps For Obama
Here’s an article that talks about the fragility of cyber infrastructure and what plans President Elect Obama has to strengthen it. A brief summary of the Obama plan.

This Week In Privacy, Nov 14, 2008


Bruce Schneier: Securing Your PC and Your Privacy
Bruce Schneier is a prolific writer on the subjects of cryptology, privacy and security. And this is a fantastic interview where he really clears up some common misconceptions and gets down to the raw facts of security on the web.


Is Twitter Ranking Your Popularity or Stealing Your Password?
This topic has been running around the web all week – Is it okay to give your login credentials to a site just because they ask for it? Posts like this have got a lot of people thinking about how easy it is to be phished.

Ecommerce Journal

20% CVs Contain the Information Enough For Identity Theft
It’s common practice to put a CV/resume on the web but does the information we normally put online put us at risk for identity theft? Here are some helpful facts and tips on protecting our identity online.

This Week in Privacy, Oct 31, 2008

This week’s privacy related news items are well worth the read, covering a pretty broad spectrum of issues. The most eye-catching topics were:

Information Week

Firefox Add-On Simulates Great Firewall Of China
Aram Bartholl, Even Roth and Tobias Leingruber’s recent Firefox add-on has been getting lots of buzz, since it lets people get a glimpse of what surfing the web is like in China.

IT World

10 Tips To Prevent Identity Theft While Shopping Online
Over 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year.Great tips on how to protect your online identity and shop safely on the web.


Interview With Tim O’Reilly (video)
This interview with Tom O’Reilly at Web 2.0 Expo gives fantastic insight on recession issues, start-ups and lots more…

And in the spirit of all things Halloween and security: