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These are troubling times for internet identity, with passwords being ravaged and real names being outed. How does a young web citizen keep himself secret and safe? By being a unique brand of nutjob, of course.
The feds have locked up an AWOL soldier because he tried to use Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s identity to pay his bills. Oops.
This week is International Fraud Awareness Week, and there’s no better time to brush up on your skills to make sure you don’t fall for online trickery designed to fleece you or convince you to give up sensitive personal information. Here are some tips to stay safe.
Police use of GPS tracking in investigations is something of a hotbed issue that calls into question how much privacy people are entitled to. But when it’s used successfully, as it was to arrest a California man who committed identity theft against 300,000 people, that argument becomes much more complex.
When Anon stuck their finger in the eye of many a Texan cop with their huge 3GB data dump, we were more interesting in the bigoted juicy stuff. Turns out, it was also an identity thief’s wet dream.
It’s one thing to have some sort of “noble purpose” when you grab nudie pics from a person’s computer. Extorting people for them and making money off their identities is quite another. That’s what 32-year-old Luis Mijangos did, and it’s completely vile.
If Facebook fraudster Iain Wood has taught us anything, it’s to distrust thy neighbour. Because sometimes thy neighbour stalks you on Facebook, steals your mail, then uses your personal information to rob you.
If you remember the privacy fiasco that Firesheep caused just months ago by allowing laptop-toting pranksters to hijack the Facebook accounts of unwitting public Wi-Fi users, then you’ll know the sort of tom-foolery that’s about to ensue now that FaceNiff exists. The app allows Android phones to sniff out and use Facebook accounts of other users on the same open wireless network with a single tap of the finger.