Identity Theft News

Seattle Jury Convicts Hacker for Massive Capital One Breach

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury on Friday convicted a former Seattle tech worker of several charges related to a massive hack of Capital One bank and other companies in 2019. Paige Thompson, 36, a former Amazon software engineer who …

Massachusetts Health Firm Reports Cyber Attack

A major medical imaging and outpatient surgery firm in Massachusetts has reported a cyber attack that may have compromised the medical data and identity of millions of patients. Shields Health Care Group said it recently became aware of suspicious activity …

Restaurateur Whose Business Was Raided by Sheriff Gets $5M

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County officials approved a settlement Wednesday with a restaurant owner in metro Phoenix who claimed in a lawsuit that then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office had defamed him and violated his rights about seven years ago when investigating …

Identity Theft Stings, but Hard to Pin on Specific Attacks

NEW YORK — Equifax 2017. Marriott 2018. Capital One 2019. Data breaches through hacking attacks are distressingly common these days, and personal details about you can lead to identity theft, such as credit cards and loans in your name. But …

Watchdog Says FEMA Wrongly Released Survivors’ Personal Information

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. The …

HSB: A Third of U.S. Consumers Have Been Notified of a Data Breach

About one-third of U.S. consumers (34 percent) have been notified that their data has been breached, according to a survey released by The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB), part of Munich Re, and one in five have …

Car Parts Maker Says Scam Got Tax Info for 2,400 U.S. Workers

A Swiss company said Wednesday income tax information was stolen for about 2,400 workers in the United States, putting them at risk of identity theft just as many are awaiting tax refunds. Autoneum North America Inc. said the data included …

As Chips Cut In-Store Fraud Credit-Card Thieves Move Online

The adoption of credit-card chip technology by U.S. retailers is having an unintended consequence: Criminals are moving from brick-and-mortar stores to the internet. The use of stolen card data to pay for merchandise on websites, in mobile apps and by …

Fraud News Around the Nation

New Jersey Theft Ring Preyed on People Selling Cars on Craigslist Two New Jersey residents and a Florida man are facing charges they were the ringleaders of a vehicle-theft scheme that focused on people selling cars on Craigslist. The state …

Indiana Business Owner Working to Stop Identity Theft at Gas Pumps

It’s supposed to be a convenience, but more and more, card swipes on gas pumps are being abused by criminals to steal customer’s data. Skimming is when a criminal installs a piece of malicious hardware to a card reader, usually …