|FBI widens probe of debit-card theft
The FBI has expanded its investigation into a debit
card fraud that has mostly affected 200,000
consumers in the Western United States, saying that
the case might be linked to other debit card thefts
around the country.
Starting late last year, banks and credit unions,
mostly in California, began issuing new debit cards
after some account holders discovered fraudulent
withdrawals at overseas ATMs. Banking officials said
they traced the problem to a security breach
involving at least one major retailer.
|Carelessness causes identity theft concern
More than two weeks ago, University of Northern Iowa
officials discovered that a laptop containing the
W-2 forms of some 6,000 employees had been hacked by
a remote virus. UNI sat on this information for a
few days before releasing it to those affected. Now
the university has gone to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls
Courier to make its case and defend its choice to
wait so long.
UNI has stated that the virus does not appear to be
a data-miner, and so it is unlikely that the hacker
was able to get any sort of information. They say it
is unlikely that the hacker had any idea about the
actual data on the computer.
This is just another example of a security breach in
a desktop computer or removable storage device.
Personal information will never be secure until its
storage is limited to secure servers.
|Major Player in Identity Theft Scheme Arrested
Six months of living the high life for two Monterey
County men came to an abrupt halt this month after
their arrest on federal charges of identity theft
and mail fraud. Raymond Garbin, 29, of Marina, and
former Monterey resident James Fitzgerald, 28, led a
chaotic but extravagant existence, driving luxury
cars and staying in a suite at Seascape Resort in
Aptos, authorities said, while they forged and
counterfeited driver licenses and checks between
June and January.
A federal indictment filed on Feb. 1 charges them
with conspiracy related to possession of stolen mail
and fraud, alleging they used stolen identities to
obtain credit cards, cash and property.