ID Theft News

Credit Firm Experian Dealing with Fallout from T-Mobile Customer Breach

Experian, the world’s biggest credit data firm, could face fines and class-action lawsuits as well as reputational damage from the data breach at its U.S. business, according to analysts covering the company. Experian’s shares fell about 4.5 percent to their …

Data Stolen on 900 Southern California Mental Health Patients

Authorities say personal information on 900 Los Angeles County mental health patients was stolen but it’s unclear if any of it was misused for ID theft. The Los Angeles Times reported documents with Social Security numbers, birth dates, medical and …

MasterCard Offers Zero Liability on ATM Transactions

MasterCard Inc., the world’s second largest debit and credit card company, said it is extending its zero liability policy in the United States to include all PIN-based and ATM transactions. Zero liability protection means the account holder will not be …

Security Expert Practices ‘Cyber-Hygiene’ to Guard Against ID Theft

You won’t find security expert Michael Chertoff doing silly everyday things like using public WiFi, logging in with the same password on every site he uses, clicking on dubious links or falling for a phishing scam. Chertoff, former secretary of …

Attorney General Supports National Notification Standard for ID Theft

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, citing the recent massive data theft at retailer Target Corp., urged Congress on Monday to enact a national standard for notifying consumers about such breaches. “This would empower the American people to protect themselves if …

ID Theft Complaints Up in Illinois, AG Says

The Illinois Attorney General’s office says the number of identity theft complaints received by her office climbed 18 percent last year. Lisa Madigan says her office received about 3,000 complaints in 2013, up from about 2,500 the year before. They …

IRS Reports Big Jump in Identity Theft Probes

The Internal Revenue Service started 1,492 criminal investigations into the use of tax returns to commit identity theft in the year that ended Sept. 30, a 66 percent increase, the agency said today. The data release comes less than a …

How Identity Theft Ruined Alabama Victim’s Finances, Career

Air National Guard Maj. Zane Purdy was making more than $100,000 a year working for a defense contracting company when his identity was stolen and sold to a tax fraud ring. Now, Purdy makes $7.25 an hour at a Krystal …

Citi Skimped on ID Theft Protection for Data Breach Victims: Reuters

After a massive data breach last month, Citigroup did not offer its hacked clients the same degree of identity-theft protection that many other companies provide, drawing criticism from privacy advocates. Citigroup, which had over 360,000 credit card accounts exposed last …

Survey: Businesses Not Doing Enough to Protect Against Discrimination, ID Theft

Nearly a third of Americans report that businesses are not doing enough to protect them from workplace discrimination and identity theft. A recent survey by the Chubb Group of Insurance Cos. found that one in three people surveyed said, compared …