Identity theft is becoming a bigger problem in the United States. As technology becomes more sophisticated, hackers are finding more and better ways to steal our identities. And the theft isn’t limited to adults.
August 07, 2013 — CSO — Brute force attacks to pry login credentials from content management sites like blogs have been growing as more data robbers use a short-term gain for a bigger pay-off later on.
Such sites are attractive targets because they tend to be less secure than other environments -- such as financial services -- and since they're interactive by design, "drive-by" malware planted on them can infect a lot of users quickly, said David Britton, vice president of industry solutions at 41st Parameter.
Hacking is what computer criminals (or hackers) do when they try to penetrate a computer system by foiling its security features. Although there is a subculture of hackers that do it as a kind of sport for the intellectual challenge, others are malicious or criminal in intent. “Hacktivists” are a new class of hackers that are politically motivated or have a cause. Once they penetrate a system, they seek to cause damage by changing or destroying data, profit from stealing it or use it to embarrass a company or government agency.
AllClear ID released its 2012 Child Identity Theft Report, which showed that a disturbing 10.7 percent of the children in the study were victims of ID theft -- 35 times higher than adults.
Identity thieves have stolen the tax refunds of more than 490,000 dead people since 2008, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The thieves typically claim that a dead person is their dependent when they file taxes.