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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.
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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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SALT LAKE CITY — Wi-Fi hijacking may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but in reality, it's something you could be at risk for every day. Imagine sensitive information like passwords and account information, stolen right off your phone while it's sitting in your pocket. Security Researcher Troy Hunt introduced us to the Wi-Fi Pineapple. You may be familiar with the gadget, but it’s what you don’t know that could hurt you. ...
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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.
Although the Nevada Public Employees' Retirement System has said it plans to release some member information possibly this week, the Reno Gazette-Journal continues to seek all of the data that the Nevada Supreme Court has ruled is open to the public.
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Tax identity theft is the largest category of identity theft reported to the FTC,
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Nice article, Bruce.  Appreciate the share.
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Over 10% of children are currently victims of ID Theft.
Your child could be a victim, and you don't even know it.<br />
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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.
In the past week, I've received many calls, emails and letters from people who received a letter from the state Public Employees' Retirement System.
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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.
Investigators believe the woman arrested on suspicion of 27 fraud charges this month might have several more coming her way because so many instances went unreported, a characteristic of a type of crime that authorities say is committed hundreds of times
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A Reno woman was arrested on Monday, January 13, for 27 counts of identity theft and using identifying information of another with intent to harm.
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The best protection is to file as early as possible. The 1st to file wins. Don't let the ID Thief win.
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Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist (CITRMS®)
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  • Demarest & Associates, LLC
    Owner, 2011 - present
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    Gen Mgr, 1999 - 2010
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My purpose is to build a culture of security in the everyday lives of individuals and among the employees of businesses.

I want to make it a habit for each of you to protect your Personal Identifying Information.
 
I want every Small Business to protect the Personal Identifying Information of their employees and customers while growing and protecting their business.

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