The son of a prominent Russian politician has been convicted in Seattle of 38 charges related to stolen credit card information, including 10 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of obtaining information from a protected computer, the US Justice Department announced on Thursday.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.