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UPS is warning that subsidiary UPS Stores suffered a point-of-sale malware attack that compromised numerous card transactions over a seven-month period. All told, 51 of its U.S. franchised center locations across 24 states were infected, which may have resulted in attackers compromising customers' personal information and payment card details, thus placing them at risk of identity theft and fraud.

About 105,000 credit card and debit card transactions were compromised in the data breach, UPS spokeswoman Chelsea Lee tells Information Security Media Group. The number of customers affected has not been revealed.

Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals, recently announced hackers stole personally identifiable information from 4.5 million patients. It appears medical records and credit card numbers were not stolen. 

Victims include patients who, in the past 5 years, were treated by Community Health affiliated doctors or referred to the hospital network by outside doctors. Experts determined the hackers were based in China and that they attacked in April and June earlier this year. 

Since Social Security numbers were involved, those affected are strongly encouraged to take identity protection precautions. That's because criminals could use the stolen information to open bank accounts, get credit cards, take out fraudulent loans and act in other ways that could destroy victims' credit health.

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Over 10% of children are currently victims of ID Theft.

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RGJ wants from PERS the name of the employee, dates of hiring and retirement, government employer, final salary and retirement benefit. With that information it will be very easy for an Identity Thief to get the additional information on thousands of retirees they need to steal their identities.

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In 2013, the Reno Police Department reported arrests on suspicion of 127 charges of forgery, 244 charges of using a forged item, 373 charges of obtaining money under false pretenses, 342 charges of using or obtaining another person’s identification, and 567 charges of credit card fraud.

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If the information is made public ALL retired state employees will be at risk of identity theft. "In 2011, respondent Reno Newspapers, Inc., doing business as the Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ), submitted a public records request to PERS seeking the following pension information: the names of all individuals who are collecting pensions, the names of their government employers, their salaries, their hire and retirement dates, and the amounts of their pension payments. RGJ's request originated as part of an investigation concerning government expenditures and the public cost of retired government employee pensions." (129 Nev., Advance Opinion 88 IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEVADA)
Identity thieves will be able to engineer targeted phishing scams using this information. They will be able to mis-represent themselves as PERS employees and gain the few addition pieces of personal Identifying information needed to steal NV retired employee's identities and money.

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Tax identity theft is the largest category of identity theft reported to the FTC,
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