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Mexico: Authorities Warn on Modalities of Identity Theft

Mexico: Authorities Warn on Modalities of Identity Theft
Mexico, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) The theft of data via e-mail, phones and tablets are the methods most commonly used in Mexico for identity theft, today alerted the authorities. The National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection …
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Identity theft a growing problem in Oklahoma
That number is almost double the 9.9 million people who had their identities stolen in 2004. For information on what you should do if you are a victim of identity theft, contact the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at 405-521-3921.
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Authorities Looking for Suspects in Identity Theft Case

Authorities Looking for Suspects in Identity Theft Case
The sheriff’s office and Molina said people should file a report no matter where their stolen identity was used. “What that does is it protects them from the claims of the creditor saying you’ve got credit with us, you owe us money,” he said. “They can …
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Return Preparer Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud and Identity Theft in Arkansas
Mr. Taylor was one of eight defendants indicted on June 24, 2014 by a Federal Grand Jury as part of an investigation into a tax fraud and identity theft scheme in El Dorado and Crossett. The change of plea was accepted by the Honorable Susan O. Hickey …
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Ex-Monterey Park resident prison-bound for identity theft and tax refund scheme

Ex-Monterey Park resident prison-bound for identity theft and tax refund scheme
“As we approach tax filing season, those who might consider committing refund fraud and identity theft should be aware of the extremely negative consequences in doing so,” said IRS Criminal Investigation’s Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez.
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Dead People Are Vulnerable to Identity Theft, Too
The Office of Personnel Management says deceased people whose identities were stolen during a monumental OPM background check hack should also be provided ID theft protection. So, the agency is mailing notification letters addressed to the departed.
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Mail Theft? No. Identity Theft

Protect your identity, please. As identity theft rises in most states, especially in Texas these days, people are asking “the reason why myself?” Why must I be worried about it? Well, which an appealing concern which those who work in the Lone Star State are asking. Only recently, the State Comptroller’s workplace in Austin has actually announced that the previous year there’s been a breach associated with the personal information of 3.5 million people were kept subjected because of the agency on a computer server accessible to people.

The answer to the “the reason why myself?” real question is merely that these individuals, whoever Social protection figures along with other information that is personal have already been available by identity thieves experienced no control over whether their particular identifying information has been stolen or otherwise not. Those people whose data being transported because of the Texas Workforce Commission, the Teacher Retirement program of Tx and the workforce pension System of Tx to your unsecured computer host are in danger to be victims or identification theft.

As a retired instructor in Tx, i’m among these prospective victims. The difficulty had been found on March 31, 2011 now, April 13, 2011, the company is sending down letters to share with the 3.5 million folks of their misfortune. The expense of this mailing is reported to be $ 1.2 million.

The Texas attorney general’s company and FBI are investigating the breach just as one criminal matter! They have to think is a crime! Of course it really is a crime! Some comptroller employees were fired.

Why me personally? Well, we taught youngsters in Tx and, when the time had been appropriate, I retired. We reliable the Teacher pension program of Texas which includes full individual identification information on me personally. Just how can I have prevented this issue for myself? Beats me personally.

The Comptroller, Susan Combs has established a toll free phone range to respond to the event. They report that they’ll simply take no more than 19,000 phone calls each day. The lines are available 24/7, they say. We wonder basically should call that line. Possibly by Summer i possibly could get a response! The letters commence to be sent through mail today. We question if it is in alphabetical purchase or by agency or when I can get my page to-arrive.

The price of this call center is reported become $ 393,000. The agency isn’t spending money on credit tracking for people whose information ended up being subjected.

Really, at least i’ve a securing safety mailbox. I wonder what type of information will undoubtedly be inside letter We receive.

Only yesterday, I received when you look at the post an application to complete. It included my own information. Whoever stuffed the envelope which included the form also included the proper execution and personal information for another person. Luckily for her i’m a reputable individual and never an identity thief! I contacted the office just who delivered the shape and shredded others female’s type.

Why myself? The reason why you? Good luck to anybody inside precarious position. It really is unfortunate to think that we have actually locking security mailboxes, take outbound mail toward postal fall box, shred our private information , do our banking on line, monitor out credit reports and secure documents that must be preserved and now will always be at risk of having our identities stolen.

 

Jane Hercules, MS Ed is a professional in prevention of mail theft and mailbox vandalism. This woman is an instructor and long-time recommend for the kids. She thinks that nowadays there are steps adults must take to secure the well being and future of these people. Identity theft is increasing and there are methods to prevent it.

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Thwarting Identity Theft Attacks

Bank of India, one of the largest public sector banks in India has been in the forefront of introducing various innovative services and systems, one of them being StarToken Secure Internet Banking, powered by UNIKENs Rel-IDSM for its retail banking customers. With this technology being successfully rolled out to BOIs Internet banking users across India, chances are that such large-scale implementation of this cutting-edge technology might be a pioneering and game-changing event in the industry.

To protect their customers from internet fraud and identity theft, Bank of India is rolling out StarToken in phases, in line with its StarConnect branded Secure Internet Banking services. And StarToken is powered by the patented Rel-IDSM technology, developed by UNIKEN a product and technology innovation company based in Florida (USA) with their Innovation Centre in Pune, India. Rel-IDSM not only sets up a secure communication channel between the users PC and the banks servers, but also provides a secure browser and secure desktop, that can protect the customers against phishing, pharming, Man-in-the-Middle, Man-in-the-Browser attacks, spyware, malware, key-loggers, screen-scrapers, Trojans and soon.

Problem

Cyber attacks are getting more sophisticated by the day and frauds related to internet banking and online payment transactions are on the rise across the world. While we continue to educate our customers about what precautions to take, BOI wanted to implement an IT solution that could empower our customers to protect their own identity online and be able to do banking safely from any computing device without worrying about security, elaborates SameerJ. Ratolikar, Chief Information Security Officer, Risk Management Department, Bank of India. Today, two-factor authentication on our part is not enough the customer should also be given some means to authenticate the banks site in order to stop the phishing attacks. Furthermore, neither the bank nor the customer has any control on the network, so the customer should be able to connect to the bank on an encrypted communication channel over and above SSL. And this channel has to be unique and only be established with the bank and no one else. Also, the customers PC is exposed to multiple threats. The ideal security solution should protect the customer from such threats and allow him/her to bank even from an unsecure PC.

Solution

Offering the promise of meeting such stringent criteria, UNIKENs secure banking solution TruBankSM, powered by the innovative Rel-IDSM technology based on two-factor, mutual authentication at the network level, was deployed by Bank of India and system-integrated by HP.

To understand how this disruptive technology works, Dr. Pat Shankar, Chief Scientist, UNIKEN and advisor to US Dept. of Defense explains, Both the customer, as well as the customers access device are authenticated before providing the customer access to the banks servers. An encrypted private tunnel is then established between the bank and the client over which all the data can then be securely transmitted. This tunnel is over and above the SSL channel that the bank normally uses for its internet banking services. So now the bank and its customers can only connect via the secure access client, which has an in-built Secure Desktop and Secure Browser technology, which protects the customer against most of the known malicious spyware on users PCs. Additional authorization for all transactions including third party transfers and merchant payments using Net Banking is also required.

Effectively, this solution provides protocol-level authentication of both the client and the server, thus eliminating phishing, pharming and Man-in-the-Middle attacks. The TruBankSM client therefore also protects the customers from key-loggers, screen-scrapers, Trojans, malicious browser add-ons and helper objects. While these technologies isolate the customer from harm on their PCs, the Rel-IDSM Mutual Authentication and Encryption Protocol (RMAP) ensures that the customer only connects to the Bank and to nobody else. The protocol tunnels the https traffic providing an on-demand private network between the Bank and the TruBankSM client.

The solution complies with two-factor authentication and end-to-end encryption requirements issued by various regulatory agencies across the world and keeps Bank of India ready for future compliance requirements.

Result: Successful Implementation in Phases

Bank of India initiated the deployment of this technology in April 2010 and thousands of customers all across India have already been successfully migrated to the new technology. It is being rolled out in phases. Most customers are readily adopting this solution and complimenting the bank for its proactive efforts to provide them greater security in todays unsafe environment. The roll-out was completed smoothly with minimum interference with normal Internet banking usage. We have increased the online security levels by an order of magnitude without affecting the user experience. Rel-IDSM is already proving to be critical in making Bank of India one of the more secure banks in the world today, reported UNIKENs on-site team. Staying ahead of the technology curve is critical today when it comes to providing security. As attacks become more sophisticated by the day, innovative solutions and the end users eager acceptance will be the key to success something that had been the norm in the developed economies can now be seen in the Indian scenario, concludes Sanjay.

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