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Ayuda! (Help!) Equifax Has My Data!

Equifax last week disclosed a historic breach involving Social Security numbers and other sensitive data on as many as 143 million Americans. The company said the breach also impacted an undisclosed number of people in Canada and the United Kingdom. But the official list of victim countries may not yet be complete: According to information obtained by KrebsO
Publish At:2017-09-30 15:56 | Read:873 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other alex holden Ayuda Equifax Hold Security LLC Jorge Sper

Experian Site Can Give Anyone Your Credit Freeze PIN

An alert reader recently pointed my attention to a free online service offered by big-three credit bureau Experian that allows anyone to request the personal identification number (PIN) needed to unlock a consumer credit file that was previously frozen at Experian. Experian’s page for retrieving someone’s credit freeze PIN requires little more in
Publish At:2017-09-30 15:56 | Read:706 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other credit freeze Equifax Experian

Equifax or Equiphish?

More than a week after it said most people would be eligible to enroll in a free year of its TrustedID identity theft monitoring service, big three consumer credit bureau Equifax has begun sending out email notifications to people who were able to take the company up on its offer. But in yet another security stumble, the company appears to be training recipi
Publish At:2017-09-30 15:56 | Read:961 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other credit lock credit monitoring Equifax equiphish Experi

Equifax data breach could impact 143 million US consumers

Equifax, one of the three major US consumer credit reporting agencies is the last victim of a data breach that may have affected upwards to 143 million Americans. According to a statement published by the Equifax, crooks exploited an unnamed U.S. website application vulnerability from mid-May to July to access sensitive data in its systems. “Equifax I
Publish At:2017-09-08 11:05 | Read:824 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Data Breach Cybercrime Equifax Equ

Fraudsters Exploited Lax Security at Equifax’s TALX Payroll Division

Identity thieves who specialize in tax refund fraud had big help this past tax year from Equifax, one of the nation’s largest consumer data brokers and credit bureaus. The trouble stems from TALX, an Equifax subsidiary that provides online payroll, HR and tax services. Equifax says crooks were able to reset the 4-digit PIN given to customer employees a
Publish At:2017-05-19 01:10 | Read:2492 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other avivah litan Equifax Gartner Inc. ICSI identity theft

Nearly Half of UK Users Concerned about Identity Fraud, Reveal Studies

Nothing says the holidays like spending time with friends and family. To celebrate this special time of year, many of us purchase gifts for our loved ones. Doing so can become quite expensive, especially if we have large social circles. For that reason, we go through the holidays looking for sales on items we think our dear ones will love.But don’t be
Publish At:2016-12-12 05:05 | Read:1537 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles Security Awareness Cifas Equifax identity

SSA: Ixnay on txt msg reqmnt 4 e-acct, sry

The U.S. Social Security Administration says it is reversing a newly enacted policy that required a cell phone number from all Americans who wished to manage their retirement benefits at ssa.gov. The move comes after a policy rollout marred by technical difficulties and criticism that the new requirement did little to prevent identity thieves from siphoning
Publish At:2016-08-16 22:05 | Read:1574 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other credit freeze Equifax Facebook security freeze ssa.gov

IRS Re-Enables ‘Get Transcript’ Feature

The Internal Revenue Service has re-enabled a service on its Web site that allows taxpayers to get a copy of their previous year’s tax transcript. The renewed effort to beef up taxpayer authentication methods at irs.gov comes more than a year after the agency disabled the transcript service because tax refund fraudsters were using it to steal sensitive
Publish At:2016-06-16 05:15 | Read:1343 | Comments:0 | Tags:A Little Sunshine The Coming Storm Equifax Get Transcript ir

From Stolen Wallet to ID Theft, Wrongful Arrest

It’s remarkable how quickly a stolen purse or wallet can morph into full-blown identity theft, and possibly even result in the victim’s wrongful arrest. All of the above was visited recently on a fellow infosec professional whose admitted lapse in physical security led to a mistaken early morning arrest in front of his kids. The guy police say st
Publish At:2016-03-17 08:25 | Read:2265 | Comments:0 | Tags:A Little Sunshine Latest Warnings Curity Equifax Experian In

IRS: 390K More Victims of IRS.Gov Weakness

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today sharply revised previous estimates on the number of citizens that had their tax data stolen since 2014 thanks to a security weakness in the IRS’s own Web site. According to the IRS, at least 724,000 citizens had their personal and tax data stolen after crooks figured out how to abuse a (now defunct) IRS Web
Publish At:2016-03-11 07:20 | Read:1697 | Comments:0 | Tags:Tax Refund Fraud Equifax Federal Trade Commission GAO Get Tr

Thieves Nab IRS PINs to Hijack Tax Refunds

Last year, KrebsOnSecurity warned that the Internal Revenue Service‘s (IRS) solution for helping victims of tax refund fraud avoid being victimized two years in a row was vulnerable to compromise by identity thieves. According to a story shared by one reader, the crooks are well aware of this security weakness and are using it to revisit tax refund fra
Publish At:2016-03-11 07:20 | Read:1942 | Comments:0 | Tags:A Little Sunshine Tax Refund Fraud Becky Wittrock Equifax In

IRS Suspends Insecure ‘Get IP PIN’ Feature

Citing ongoing security concerns, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has suspended a service offered via its Web site that allowed taxpayers to retrieve so-called IP Protection PINs (IP PINs), codes that the IRS has mailed to some 2.7 million taxpayers to help prevent those individuals from becoming victims of tax refund fraud two years in a row. The move co
Publish At:2016-03-11 07:20 | Read:1942 | Comments:0 | Tags:Tax Refund Fraud Becky Wittrock Equifax Get Transcript Ident

Experian Breach Affects 15 Million Consumers

Kicking off National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with a bang, credit bureau and consumer data broker Experian North America disclosed Thursday that a breach of its computer systems exposed approximately 15 million Social Security numbers and other data on people who applied for financing from wireless provider T-Mobile USA Inc. Experian said the compromise
Publish At:2015-10-03 11:10 | Read:1406 | Comments:0 | Tags:A Little Sunshine Data Breaches Latest Warnings Equifax Expe

IRS: 330K Taxpayers Hit by ‘Get Transcript’ Scam

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) disclosed today that identity thieves abused a feature on the agency’s Web site to pull sensitive data on more than 330,000 potential victims as part of a scheme to file fraudulent tax refund requests. The new figure is far larger than the number of Americans the IRS said were potentially impacted when it first acknow
Publish At:2015-08-18 04:15 | Read:1249 | Comments:0 | Tags:A Little Sunshine Web Fraud 2.0 annualcreditreport.com Assoc

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Security Freeze

If you’ve been paying attention in recent years, you might have noticed that just about everyone is losing your personal data. Even if you haven’t noticed (or maybe you just haven’t actually received a breach notice), I’m here to tell you that if you’re an American, your basic personal data is already for sale. What follows is a primer on what you can do to
Publish At:2015-06-08 11:15 | Read:3480 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Tools 1-888-5-OPT-OUT anthem breach ChexSystems cre


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