identity theft

Watch Out For The Identity-Stealing Spambots Of Instagram

The latest crop of spambots on Instagram are employing a trick even slimier than just buying fake followers: They’re stealing profiles. As The Verge reported today, some Instagram users are getting followed by their bot doppelgängers, profiles made up entirely from their ripped-off images.


The Evolution Of ATM Skimmers

In a little over a decade, ATM skimmers have gone from urban myth to a wildly complex, ever-evolving suite of technologies that has the potential to be the worst nightmare of anyone with a bank account. Here’s a look at how quickly skimmers have evolved — and why they’re increasingly impossible to spot.


Hackers Can Use The Labels On Your Snail Mail To Mess You Up Online

Think hacking starts and ends online? Think again. Forbes took a look at the damage an identity thief can do using just the address label on the magazines you subscribe to, and the answer ain’t pretty.


Creepy Belgian Advertisement Actually Stole Someone's Identity

You’ve undoubtedly been warned about how it easy it is to get your identity stolen online. But we just never learn. Clearly, it’s going to take a little something more to hit the message home. Something like, oh, stealing an actual person’s identity, terrifying him and creating what might be the creepiest ad in modern memory.


US Tax Office Accidentally Publishes Social Security Numbers Online

You’d think the US Internal Revenue Service would be the one organisation you can trust with your personal information. Think again. Thanks to a cock-up, the agency just put tens of thousands of the numbers out on the internet for anyone and everyone to see. Fantastic.


An Imprisoned Hacker Invented An ATM Attachment That Stops Skimmers

Valentin Boanta has a lot of free time on his hands — five years worth, to be exact. That’s because Boanta is currently serving a prison sentence for, according to Reuters, “supplying gadgets to an organised crime gang used to conceal ATM skimmers.” So with all that time to think about what he’s done, the apparently penitent prisoner spent six months developing an ATM add-on to prevent the exact crime that put him there in the first place.


Identity Thieves Caught By Instagramming Dinner

You might think it’s all fun and games when you’re Instagramming your dinner before you dig in, but former identity thief Nathaniel Troy Maye will tell you otherwise; doing just that got him arrested.


The Four Easiest Ways To Get Your Identity Stolen

Identity theft is a huge black market industry, costing consumers in the US $US1.52 billion in 2011 and stealing headlines all last year. Here are four habits that all but guarantee you’ll become just another statistic in 2013 — and how to break them.


Facebook Helped The FBI Bust An International Crime Ring

Facebook: it lets you find out way too much about your weird cousins, aids you in stalking your exes, and now it helps feds fight crime. In partnership with the FBI, Facebook assisted in nabbing a giant international crime ring that had been stealing the identities of people and doing $US850 million in financial damage.


Try These Criminal Tricks to Stalk Yourself: It’s Seriously Creepy

A new report out from security company ALLOW shows all the tricks that identity thieves use to stalk their victims. None of it’s particularly sophisticated, but holy hell is it creepy.


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