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  • 3.5 million Texans' data compromised online

    04/12/2011 3:18:58 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | April 12, 2011 | Kate Alexander
    State comptroller's office says internal procedures not followed, those at fault fired. Personal and confidential data from 3.5 million Texans getting unemployment checks, teachers, state workers and retirees were left unprotected on the Internet for about a year, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced Monday. There is no indication that the personal information — Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth and more — was misused when it was parked on a publicly accessible server. Nevertheless, the Texas attorney general and FBI have opened a criminal investigation, said Jerry Strickland, a spokesman for Attorney General Greg Abbott. Combs spokesman R.J. DeSilva...
  • Revealed: Obama's CT Social Security # Traced To John Paul Ludwig (Lived CT-Died HI)

    04/10/2011 12:34:43 PM PDT · by bkopto · 218 replies · 4+ views
    Political Forum ^ | 3/14/2011 | Apuzzo
    This news is breaking: This is bad news for Obama. This is what we know so far. We get more info on Jean Paul Ludwig, who was born in 1890, had CT SSN obtained in 1976 and died in HI around 1981. There are 2 SS numbers for him and records show him dying in 2 different states: CA and HI around 1981. The reason this is important, is because there is a similar fact pattern to Obama. Barack Obama is residing today in the White House, using CT SS number 042-68-4425, issued in CT in and around March 1977...
  • DOD to Drop Social Security Numbers from ID Cards

    04/01/2011 4:14:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 – Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards will begin to disappear, said Air Force Maj. Monica M. Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman. The effort is part of a larger plan to protect service members and other DOD identification card holders from identity theft, officials said. Criminals use Social Security numbers to steal identities, allowing them to pillage resources, establish credit or to hijack credit cards, bank accounts or debit cards. Currently, the Social Security number is printed on the back of common access cards, and on the front of cards issued to dependents...
  • Another look at Obama's Social Security number

    03/17/2011 1:46:47 AM PDT · by rambo316 · 119 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | March 17, 2011 | Jack Cashill
    This being the case, I asked Daniels to guide me through the data mine field and help me ascertain what we know for sure about the world's best-known Social Security number – 042-68-4425. "All I can say," says Daniels of 042-68-4425, "is that it's phony and [Obama] has been using it, with it first appearing on his Selective Service document in 1980." Daniels sent me a copy of the hand-written application of the individual who held the number immediately before Obama's, 042-68-4424. The applicant, Thomas Wood, died at age 19, which is why his information is available.
  • Malcolm X Daughter Accused of Theft

    02/22/2011 7:33:41 AM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 21, 2011 | Staff
    One of Malcolm X’s daughters is being held in North Carolina on an arrest warrant from Queens, stemming from an accusation that she stole from the widow of one of her father’s bodyguards, the authorities said Monday. The daughter, Malikah Shabazz, was arrested Friday night in Mars Hill, N.C., and faces an extradition hearing on Tuesday. Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina were investigating a call that a child at her home was not attending school, Ms. Shabazz’s lawyer, Sean Devereux, told The Associated Press. Mr. Devereux said that Ms. Shabazz’s daughter was being home-schooled, The A.P. reported. But when deputies...
  • The Gypper And The Gipper

    02/17/2011 5:57:08 AM PST · by captjanaway · 10 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | 2/17/11 | Ralph Peters
    In one of the most bizarre political gambits in our history, President Obama and his dwindling band of cheerleaders—nervously eyeing the big game in 2012—have been trying to cast an over-inflated community organizer as the reincarnation of the Gipper. It ain’t working. No matter how often Obama drops President Reagan’s name or how shamelessly his flaks attempt to link this shrinking, spineless president to the bold, visionary giant who turned a broken nation around, nobody’s buying this preposterous propaganda.
  • Jailing Illegal Aliens For ID Theft A “Travesty,” Judge Says

    02/07/2011 1:17:59 PM PST · by La Lydia · 80 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 7, 2011
    Sending dozens of illegal immigrants to jail for using stolen identities to work is a “travesty,” according to the Clinton-appointed federal judge who reluctantly approved the plea agreements of Mexican and Guatemalan employees arrested during a raid at an Iowa meatpacking plant. The 2008 case received national media coverage because hundreds of suspected illegal aliens were apprehended during a massive federal raid at the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant, Agriprocessing Co. Many used fake identities and stolen Social Security numbers to work at the facility in the northeast Iowa community of Postville and dozens were criminally charged. Now the judge...
  • Hobbit director Peter Jackson hit by credit card fraud

    01/28/2011 12:37:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Daily Telegraph UK ^ | January 28, 2011 | Paul Chapman in Wellington
    As the film director Peter Jackson recovers from emergency surgery, it has emerged that he is the victim of a US$190,000 (£120,000) credit card fraud. Sir Peter, a keen collector of military memorabilia, used his American Express card online to buy items from the Michigan Toy Soldier Company, which specialises in historical miniature models and figurines. Richard Berry, owner of the company, is now facing up to 18 months in jail after admitting fraudulently using the director's credit card information to shore up his struggling business, based in Royal Oak, Michigan. Berry's lawyer, David Steingold, told a US court: "He...
  • Inmate Ran Quarter-Million-Dollar Identity Theft Ring from Federal Prison.

    01/19/2011 5:55:07 PM PST · by Larry381 · 7 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | January 18, 2011 | United States Attorney's Office Northern District of Ohio
    The man who led an identity-theft ring that ran up a quarter-million dollars worth of charges from inside a federal prison was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today. “The defendant thought he found a way to occupy his time in prison,” Dettelbach said. “With this prosecution and this sentence, he’ll have lots more time to learn to follow the rules.” Dimorio McDowell, age 34, of Atlanta, Georgia, previously pled guilty to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. McDowell...
  • Net TVs Can Be Hacked For Private Data

    12/27/2010 10:09:47 AM PST · by grayeagle · 2 replies
    TV Predictions ^ | December 23, 2010 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (December 23, 2010) -- A security software company is alleging that owners of Internet-connected HDTVs could lose their credit card information and other private information to hackers. That's according to an article by Multichannel News. TV makers have been rolling out new TVs that, when connected to the Internet, display popular Internet applications on screen such as Facebook, Twitter, Netflix and YouTube. But Mocana, the security software firm, said it was able to intercept and redirect Internet traffic to and from one name brand Net-enabled TV. This suggests that hackers could display fake banking and e-commerce websites on-screen...
  • Protecting Our Protectors (Oliver North)

    12/09/2010 5:08:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 9, 2010 | Oliver North
          WASHINGTON — It's a tough time to be a member of the U.S. armed forces. Those serving in our all-volunteer military — and their families — are stretched and stressed by more than nine years of war. Unfortunately, our commander in chief — supposedly the champion of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines — isn't doing anything to make serving in uniform any easier. President Barack Obama — fresh from his 3 1/2-hour "visit" to Afghanistan — continues to insist that the U.S. Senate act immediately to allow active homosexuals to serve in the military....

    11/30/2010 11:19:48 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 170 replies · 49+ views ^ | November 30 2010 | Bob Sullivan
    Is using a forged Social Security Number -- but your own name -- to obtain employment or buy a car an identity theft crime? Lately, U.S. courts are saying it's not. The most recent judicial body to take on the issue, the Colorado Supreme Court, ruled last month that a man who used his real name but someone else's Social Security number to obtain a car loan was not guilty of "criminal impersonation," overturning convictions by lower courts. That follows a ruling last year by the U.S. Supreme Court that a Mexican man who gave a false SSN to get...
  • Firesheep Simplifies Stealing Logins

    11/08/2010 8:19:41 PM PST · by Gomez · 51 replies
    Firefox extension created to shine a light on the problem of unencrypted websites fails, because rather than offering a solution, it only makes it worse. Most people know that public Wi-Fi hotspots aren't the safest connections in the world and probably aren't the best place to be doing things like online banking. But you probably didn't realize just how easy it is to steal logins for email and services like Facebook from other people on a hotspot. Well, thanks to a new Firefox extension called Firesheep, anyone can easily view other people on their network and, with a click of...
  • Do you have an account with BofA? (vanity - fraud alert)

    10/19/2010 2:18:27 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 35 replies
    personal conversations | October 19, 2010 | Neil E. Wright
    Do you have an account with Bank of America? If you do, I would strongly urge you to check it carefully. About 90 minutes ago I was out and about taking care of some personal business, and while I was out and about, I talked to some people who advised me that something odd is happening with their BofA accounts. One woman was so pissed at what happened, she closed her account at BofA and moved to another bank. Seems that someone printed out a "check" and cashed it at BofA. Only problem was, the last 4 digits of the...

    09/25/2010 10:32:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    KATC ^ | Sep 24, 2010
    Authorities say a 74-year-old Shreveport woman has been arrested for stealing the identity of her 87-year-old friend. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says Dorothy Johnson was arrested Friday for identity theft and theft of assets of an aged person. Prator said Johnson opened credit cards using the victim's personal information and stole over $6,500 by using one of the victim's credit cards. He said Johnson and the victim were one-time friends and neighbors, which provided Johnson with access to the victim's home and personal information. Johnson was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center and later released on her own recognizance.
  • NZ lawmaker who stole dead baby's identity quits

    09/17/2010 12:05:59 AM PDT · by thecodont · 9 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Thursday, September 16, 2010 | Associated Press
    (09-16) 21:05 PDT WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand politician resigned from his party Friday after admitting he stole a dead baby's identity to obtain a false passport 26 years ago. Read more:
  • Identity Theft, Fraud Targets Seniors: Has Media Dropped Ball Regarding Protection Of Elderly?

    09/01/2010 2:17:24 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies
    ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE ^ | 8/30/10 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Rapidly Expanding Technology and Internet Making Seniors More Vulnerable To Scam Artists: Media Needs To Do More To Provide Information On Subject Today we seem to be hearing about more cases involving fraudulent behavior than at any time in the nation's past, though the FBI does not have accurate statistics that reflect this reality. This is due to the fact many victims of fraud do not report what has happened to them because of numerous reasons. Some are simply embarrassed to admit they fell prey to scam artists and grifters. But these types of crime are taking place at a...
  • Facebook Places launches, people turn off Facebook Places location settings to hide

    08/27/2010 12:34:49 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 41 replies · 1+ views Cleveland ^ | August 27, 2019 | Paula Mooney
    So Facebook Places has launched, and so have instructions galore on how to turn off Facebook Places. "Facebook launched Facebook Places yesterday. Anyone can find out where you are when you are logged in," warned one of my Facebook friends in an update. "It gives the actual address and map location of where you are as you use Facebook. Make sure your kids know," he continued. And like other news reports circulating around the web and Twitter and Facebook themselves, he wrote one way to turn of Facebook Places information, which of course is defaulted more to share than not...
  • How Many Social Security Numbers Do You Have?

    08/12/2010 1:41:34 PM PDT · by jamese777 · 138 replies
    cnbc,com ^ | 8/12/10 | Christina Cheddar Berk
    That may seem like a ridiculous question, but a recent study found more than 20 million Americans have multiple Social Security numbers associated with their name in commercial records. The research was conducted by ID Analytics, a San Diego-based company that provides services to both detect identity fraud and to assess consumer identity risk and creditworthiness. The study found that rather than serving as a unique identifier, more than 40 million SSNs were associated with multiple people. "Our research shows that Social Security numbers, contrary to popular perception, do not uniquely identify an individual," said Stephen Coggeshall, chief technology officer...
  • US passports still vulnerable to fraud

    08/01/2010 1:23:59 AM PDT · by thecodont · 10 replies · 3+ views
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Thursday, July 29, 2010 | By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer
    (07-29) 12:33 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- Posing as someone else and using fake birth certificates and driver's licenses to get a U.S. passport can still work. For the second time in two years, government investigators exposed a gaping hole in the country's security by deliberately using fraudulent material to obtain passports. The investigation by the Government Accountability Office, detailed on Capitol Hill Thursday, demonstrates that despite security overhauls since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the State Department's system for issuing passports remains vulnerable to fraud. Read more: