Identity thieves have many ways to steal and abuse your personal and financial data. But there are also many ways you can fight back, even if you belong to a group that’s experienced higher rates of ID theft.
Nigeria – home to 160 million residents – is launching a national identity smart card that will include biometrics and an EMV payment application. At the end of August the first residents of Nigeria received their copy of the eID, a contact, polycarbonate smart card that replaced the current printed plastic identification document.
The Internet used to be called “A domain for the nerds,” until everyone began to use and depend on it. Today, cybersecurity is viewed the same way - that quote is from a White House official earlier this year. Recognizing that cybersecurity is a comprehensible, manageable challenge for all of us is a key step towards a solution.
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.