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TODAY’S IDENTITY THEFT & SCAM NEWS

Motorcycle Gang Busted for Hacking and Stealing Over 150 Jeep Wranglers
Friday, June 02, 2017
bleepingcomputer.com
US authorities say that after identifying a Jeep Wrangler, a scout would have to obtain the car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), a code printed in the car’s dashboard, or another location on the car. Scouts would pass the VIN to their leader, who would then pass the code to a key cutter via Facebook. According to court documents, the key cutters had found a way to access a proprietary database containing replacement key codes for Jeep Wrangler models.

Inside Google’s Global Campaign to Shut Down Phishing
Friday, June 02, 2017
wired.com
Some phishing specialists believe that emphasizing user training is the real key to stopping phishing, but as Aaron Higbee, the CTO of the user-training firm PhishMe, puts it, “We need technology to do as much as it can. For Google they have to pursue that.” Focusing on technological solutions plays to Google’s strengths.

Identity Theft Feeds on Social Security Numbers Run Amok
Friday, June 02, 2017
bloomberg.com
Social Security numbers, which identify the retirement accounts Americans build up over a lifetime of paycheck deductions, are taken in the vast majority of data breaches, simply because they are ubiquitous. They’re a juicy target. Together with other basic information, like name and date of birth, the Social Security number is a passport to a person’s identity. Unlike a credit card number, which can be instantly canceled, the SSN serves most people for their entire lives, with some 496 million issued since the first batch of cards went out in 1936. Its use as authentication for personal accounts has expanded the opportunity for fraud.

Man Sentenced for Identity Theft in Scheme to Defraud Retirement Accounts
Friday, June 02, 2017
bankerandtradesman.com
Marseille approached Jasmine Banks, who, at the time, worked as a customer service employee at Mercer Inc. in Norwood. Marseille used Banks to obtain personally identifiable information and bank account information for individuals whose retirement accounts were administered by Mercer.

Credit Card Breach at Kmart Stores. Again.
Friday, June 02, 2017
krebsonsecurity.com
For the second time in less than three years, Kmart Stores is battling a malware-based security breach of its store credit card processing systems.


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