Identity Theft Expert

What a week. Just when it starts to get boring, criminal hackers put on a spectacular show.

Lexis Nexis hacked;

SearchSecurity reports Lexis Nexis, who owns ChoicePoint, an information broker I blogged about recently who was hacked in 2005, was just hacked again this week. LexisNexis Group notified more than 32,000 people Friday that their information may have been stolen and used in a credit card scam that involved stealing names, birth dates and Social Security numbers to set up fake credit card hackedaccounts. The cybercriminals broke into USPS mailboxes of businesses that contained LexisNexis database information, according to a breach notification letter sent by LexisNexis to its customers. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating the matter.

Check credit reports and look at credit card statements carefully.

FAA is hacked;

CNET reports hackers broke into FAA air traffic control systems too. Hackers compromised an FAA public-facing computer and used it to gain access to personally identifiable information, such as Social Security numbers, on 48,000 current and former FAA employees, the report said.

In a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee testimony it was stated “FAA computer systems were hacked and, as the FAA increases its dependence on modern IP-based networks, the risk of the intentional disruption of commercial air traffic has increased.”

Hacker hold data hostage;

Computerworld reports ‘Hacker’ threatens to expose health data, demands $10M. Good for him. Bad for Virginia Department of Health Professions. The alleged ransom note posted on the Virginia DHP Prescription Monitoring Program site claimed that the hacker had backed up and encrypted ransom more than 8 million patient records and 35 million prescriptions and then deleted the original data.

“Unfortunately for Virginia, their backups seem to have gone missing, too. Uhoh,” posted the hacker. Holding data hostage is nothing new, but increasing.

Botherders rule;

The Register reports Botherders have taken control of 12 million new IP addresses in the first quarter of 2009, a 50 per cent increase since the last quarter of 2008, according to a net security report from McAfee. The infamous Conficker superworm has occupied all the headlines, and makes a big contribution to the overall figure of pwned Windows PCs, but other strains of malware collectively make a big contribution to the number of compromised PCs.

The US plays home to 18 per cent of all botnet-infected computers, McAfee’s Threats Report notes.

While you cant do much about others being irresponsible with your data, you can to a degree, protect your identity. Consider investing in identity theft protection and always keep your anti-virus protection updated.

Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Speaker discussing Ransomware

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