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April 20, 2017
Hacker group Shadow Brokers released data that appears to show that the NSA penetrated deep into the finance infrastructure of the Middle East. The published documents, if legitimate, show how U.S. intelligence compromised elements of the global banking system by hacking into Dubai’s EastNets,...
April 13, 2017
A man who assumed the identity of a baby who died in 1972 was arrested on charges of Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft after the child’s aunt discovered the ruse through Ancestry.com. Prosecutors said Jon Vincent stole Nathan Laskoski’s identity after escaping from a halfway house...
April 06, 2017
Over a 24-hour period, top U.S. cyber defenders engaged in a pitched battle with Russian hackers who had breached the unclassified State Department computer system and displayed an unprecedented level of aggression that experts warn is likely to be turned against the private sector. Whenever...
April 06, 2017
Tax identity theft is an easy lucrative way for criminals to make money. Think about it: This fast-growing crime accounts for nearly half—45 percent—of identity theft crimes reported to the Federal Trade Commission. Want to get to your tax refund before the bad guys? Follow these tips from...
April 05, 2017
It’s no secret that cybersecurity has become a more pressing issue over the past decade. According to a PWC Global State of the Information Security Survey in 2015, the number of cybersecurity incidents has increased at an annual rate of 66 percent. Both the range and complexity of cyber threats...
April 05, 2017
Spring has begun, which means open season on travelers who aren’t well-versed in the various scams waiting for them on the seamier side of paradise. While the scams abound, being forewarned is forearmed. Here are some typical scams that can ruin your vacation, drawn from my book Swiped : How to...
April 04, 2017
America got mail this weekend, about 30 emails, according to reports. They were written as recently as last year by then-Governor Mike Pence and sent from his personal AOL account. While this is a political story, it is not about politics. It’s about a nationwide problem. The emails, released to...
April 03, 2017
Travelers are facing more privacy risks as domestic and foreign governments take a greater interest in social media accounts and require devices to be stowed in checked luggage. Fortunately there are a number of steps travelers can take to protect their rights and privacy. This Personal Tech Column...
March 30, 2017
Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump that wipes away landmark online privacy protections. In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast from protections that had sought to limit what companies could do with...
March 30, 2017
Two bold pronouncements—one in the United States and the other in the U.K.—have poured kerosene onto the flickering debate about privacy vs. the need for surveillance. First came President Trump’s executive order, issued March 6, signaling that travelers entering the U.S.—including attorneys with...