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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Clearview AI has billions of our photos. Its entire client list was just stolen


The company claims to have scraped more than 3 billion photos from the internet, including photos from popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

The firm garnered controversy in January after a New York Times investigation revealed that Clearview AI's technology allowed law enforcement agencies to use its technology to match photos of unknown faces to people's online images.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

U.S. Charges 4 Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hack


KrebsOnSecurity has long maintained that the 2017 breach at Equifax was not the work of financially-motivated identity thieves, as there has been exactly zero evidence to date that anything close to the size of the data cache stolen from that incident has shown up for sale in the cybercrime underground.

However, readers should understand that there are countless other companies with access to SSN, DOB and other information crooks need to apply for credit in your name that get hacked all the time, and that this data on a great many Americans is already for sale across various cybercrime bazaars.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

1 in 3 consumers fear they will max out a credit card


More than one-third, or 37%, also said they have already maxed out their credit card and 14% said they have maxed it out more than once. WalletHub polled more than 700 people in January.

Still, most Americans continue to take on ever-increasing amounts of debt. According to data from the Read more . . .


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Experian hack exposes 15 million people's personal information


We all know about the Equifax breach of 2017. 

But what about the smaller breach in 2015 of another of the Big Three national credit bureaus, Experian?

 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Statement of Senate Intel Vice Chair Mark R. Warner on Charges Against Chinese Spies for Hacking Equifax


“That said, the indictment does not detract from the myriad of vulnerabilities and process deficiencies that we saw in Equifax’s systems and response to the hack. A company in the business of collecting and retaining massive amounts of Americans’ sensitive personal information must act with the utmost care – and face any consequences that arise from that failure. The legislation I have with Senator Warren would subject data brokers to a higher standard of care and is an important first step in data protection.”

 

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Chinese Hacking Is Alarming. So Are Data Brokers.


Using the personal data of millions of Americans against their will is certainly alarming. But what’s the difference between the Chinese government stealing all that information and a data broker amassing it legally without user consent and selling it on the open market?

Both are predatory practices to invade privacy for insights and strategic leverage. Yes, one is corporate and legal and the other geopolitical and decidedly not legal.
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Monday, February 10, 2020

Justice Department indicts four members of China’s military for Equifax hack


After the initial breach was announced on September 7, 2017, law enforcement officials and investigators turned their attention to China’s military. This was due in part to the fact that the Equifax data has never been found for sale on underground internet forums that usually involve the trade in this type of data to criminals who may use it to fraudulently obtain credit or tax return funds. 


By naming Chinese military officials, the Justice Department is finally confirming which nation’s military they suspect was behind the incident, which ultimately led to enormous upheaval at Equifax. The company’s CEO resigned, as well as its head of cybersecurity, Susan Mauldin, and chief information officer Jun Ying. 


Ying would later be sentenced to four months in prison for insider trading on the security incident before it was announced to the public, to profit from the information by $117,000.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week starts today


It would not surprise me if a victim of tax ID theft would also need to deal with credit theft.  Consumers can check their credit reports regularly for accounts that do not belong them.


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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Man surprised to receive over 50K letters saying same thing


Are computer errors (or even "coding errors") affecting your credit reports?   

Consumers can check their credit reports for free at annualcreditreport.
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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Why Your Credit Score Could Drop


The FICO score, one of the most widely used credit scores in America, is about to go through some major revisions. WSJ's AnnaMaria Andriotis explains what the changes are and why the current scores may be out of whack.

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