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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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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Adam Singer, Esq.: Today's Verdict Interview


I enjoyed sitting down for a TV interview at the studio for NYC's own legal news show Today's Verdict.  Topic was credit report errors and how consumers can monitor their reports for free via annualcrediterport.com.  

Here is that interview: Read more . . .


Friday, December 13, 2019

'Social credit score': China set to roll out 'Orwellian' mass surveillance tool


The system that critics call an Orwellian national-level control system has been dubbed the Social Credit System (SCS) and was set for launch in the coming year, although recent reports from China now say the rollout could be delayed until 2021.


The massive system has been tested in several major Chinese cities and uses millions of surveillance cameras linked to supercomputers containing massive databases. Face and voice recognition technology then identifies and monitors people with the goal of controlling behaviors that range from dissident political activity to jaywalking, ostensibly as part of a financial credit monitoring system similar to those used in the West.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

How to get a free credit report


Monitoring your credit report is a smart and simple way to be proactive about your finances. Checking your credit report regularly can help you spot fraud early and ensure the correct information is reported to the credit bureaus. 

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Adam Singer's Appearance on Today's Verdict


I enjoyed sitting down for a TV interview this week at the studio for NYC's own legal news show Today's Verdict.  Topic was credit report errors and how consumers can monitor their reports for free via annualcrediterport.com.  

(Also a pleasure meeting and watching the interview of Commissioner Salas of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.
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