Accurate, Focused Research on Law, Technology and Knowledge Discovery Since 2002

Category Archives: ID Theft

Capital One hacker took data from more than 30 companies, new court docs reveal

ZDNet: “Paige A. Thompson, the hacker accused of breaching US bank Capital One, is also believed to have stolen data from more than 30 other companies, US prosecutors said in new court documents filed today and obtained by ZDNet. “The government’s investigation over the last two weeks has revealed that Thompson’s theft of Capital One’s data was only one part of her criminal conduct,” US officials said in a memorandum for extending Thompson’s detention period. “The servers seized from Thompson’s bedroom during the search of Thompson’s residence, include not only data stolen from Capital One, but also multiple terabytes of data stolen by Thompson from more than 30 other companies, educational institutions, and other entities.” US prosecutors said the “data varies significantly in both type and amount,” but, based on currently available information, “much of the data appears not to be data containing personal identifying information….”

What all the stuff in email headers means—and how to sniff out spoofing

ars technica – Parsing email headers needs care and knowledge—but it requires no special tools: “I pretty frequently get requests for help from someone who has been impersonated—or whose child has been impersonated—via email. Even when you know how to “view headers” or “view source” in your email client, the spew of diagnostic wharrgarbl can be… Continue Reading

The Equifax settlement has already spawned deceptive websites

Follow up to my previous postings via BeSpacific – Skip Cash for Equifax Breach and Get Credit Monitoring, F.T.C. Tells Victims – more guidance via the Washington Post – “It’s been less than two weeks since the Equifax data-breach settlement was announced, and already at least two websites trying to scam information-seekers have been shut… Continue Reading

Skip Cash for Equifax Breach and Get Credit Monitoring, F.T.C. Tells Victims

Follow up to previous postings –Equifax data breach settlement: How to file a claim for $125 or free credit reporting and Proving you deserve $20,000 from the Equifax settlement will be nearly impossible – today via The New York Times: “Overwhelmed by requests from consumers seeking compensation related to the giant 2017 data breach at… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 28, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 28, 2019  – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

Government breaches – can you trust the US Government with your data?

Comparitech: “The US government suffered 443 data breaches since 2014, with 2018 being the worst year so far, according to a new study by Comparitech. Data breaches are often associated with the private sector—hackers break into databases owned by businesses to steal user data and other valuable information. But the government is also a frequent… Continue Reading

Proving you deserve $20,000 from the Equifax settlement will be nearly impossible

Follow-up to my previous posting – Equifax data breach settlement: How to file a claim for $125 or free credit reporting, please see the following information [h/t Pete Weiss]: Wired – “f you’re one of the 147 million people in the United States affected by the egregious Equifax credit bureau hack in 2017, you were… Continue Reading

Phishing Emails Have Become Very Stealthy. Here Are 5 Ways to Spot Them Every Time

Inc: “Phishing scams are nothing new. In fact, we’ve all heard about the “Nigerian prince” phishing emails that have been showing up in inboxes for years. Unfortunately, phishing attacks continue to increase exponentially in volume, and are considered a serious threat to both companies and individual internet users since they can result in devastating financial… Continue Reading

Firefox to Warn When Saved Logins are Found in Data Breaches

Bleeping Computer – “Starting in Firefox 70, Mozilla aims to have the browser report when any of your saved logins were found in data breaches. This will be done through their partnership with the Have I Been Pwned data breach site. Mozilla is slowly integrating their independent Firefox Monitor service and the new Firefox Lockwise… Continue Reading

Cyber Resilience – The 6 Biggest Threats Right Now for Legal

British Legal Technology Forum 2020: “Cyber resilience – the ability to withstand both attacks on your computer network and attempts to steal valuable client data – is a business priority which an increasing number of legal firms in London and UK depend on us for year after year. The threat constantly evolves and grows –… Continue Reading

DC Court of Appeals rules OPM responsible for hacking of 22 million personnel records

Washington Post: “A federal appeals court has revived the chances of monetary awards being paid to federal employees and others whose personal information was exposed in hacks of two government databases that were revealed in 2015. The ruling criticized the Office of Personnel Management for failing to safeguard that information despite having been the target… Continue Reading