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  • A White House Mass Pardon for Identity Thieves

    11/19/2014 4:32:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    resident Obama is poised to show his "compassion" this week by granting work cards to an estimated five million illegal immigrants through an imperial executive order. As for the vast, untold number of law-abiding citizens whose identities have been stolen by foreign law-breakers, two words: Tough luck. Social Security card fraudsters have made out like bandits thanks to the White House. Their victims are about to get kicked in the teeth again. Two years ago, when Obama launched his first administrative amnesty known as "DACA" (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the White House gave aid and comfort to illegal alien...
  • Court Says the Gov't Can Impersonate You on Social Media — and There’s Not Much You Can Do About It

    10/08/2014 3:29:20 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct. 7, 2014
    Federal Court Says the Government Can Impersonate You on Social Media — and There’s Not Much You Can Do About It Imagine finding out you have a Facebook page that you didn’t actually create. It has your name, your private photos and all of your personal information — none of which you posted. That’s the discovery New York resident Sondra Prince made. Prince, formerly Sondra Arquiett, alleges that after she was arrested on drug charges in 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used the photos on her confiscated cellphone to create Facebook profile in her name and without her consent....
  • Obama's Justice Department Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman’s Name

    10/07/2014 7:38:27 AM PDT · by wrhssaxensemble · 16 replies
    The Justice Department is claiming, in a little-noticed court filing, that a federal agent had the right to impersonate a young woman online by creating a Facebook page in her name without her knowledge. Government lawyers also are defending the agent’s right to scour the woman’s seized cellphone and to post photographs — including racy pictures of her and even one of her young son and niece — to the phony social media account, which the agent was using to communicate with suspected criminals. The woman, Sondra Arquiett, who then went by the name Sondra Prince, first learned her identity...
  • Yet More IRS Employees Busted for Stealing Taxpayers' Identities

    10/01/2014 12:19:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | Sep. 29, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    It's hard to keep up with the privacy-threatening shenanigans at the Internal Revenue Service, but let's give it a try. Just days after revealing that the tax agency's failure to follow its own rules put the private data of 1.4 million people at risk, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration publicized the sentencing of Tax Examining Technician Missy Sledge for aggravated identity theft and mail fraud, and IRS employee Monica Hernandez for making and subscribing a false income tax return, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. According to the Inspector General's Office, "as part of her official IRS duties,...
  • Has anybody had their financial info stolen and used?

    09/30/2014 6:12:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 57 replies
    Today is payday for my daughter. This morning she checked her bank account and found a charge for almost $700 from an Apple store in California. We live in SC. She had to go to the bank and try to get it straightened out. It will be several days before she gets her money back. How does this happen and what can you do to protect yourself? I am outraged and feel like the chances of catching who did it are slim.
  • Schumer wants 'bill of rights' for Social Security identity theft victims

    09/18/2014 10:53:02 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    newsday.com ^ | 9/18/14
    ALBANY, N.Y. - Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a so-called "bill of rights" for victims of Social Security identity theft. The New York Democrat said Wednesday that he's pushing legislation that would enhance the penalties for thieves who use a person's Social Security number without their consent.
  • Home Depot (HD) Hack Could Be Biggest Card Breach Ever

    09/10/2014 6:39:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 9, 2014 | Richard Davies
    By Richard Davies @daviesnow Sep 9, 2014 9:03am Home Depot (HD) Hack Could Be Biggest Card Breach Ever Morning Money Memo: The huge hacking attack against Home Depot’s payment systems could turn out to be the biggest breach of any retailer’s data so far. The company confirmed the data break-in but did not say how many credit and data cards are affected. The total could be as much as 60 million, according to several experts. That would be far more than the total number of cardholders impacted by the breach at Target stores. There is no evidence that any debit...
  • Arrests Made in Mpls. Connected to Multimillion Dollar Cellphone Theft Ring

    08/12/2014 7:12:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/12/14 | Cassie Hart/AP
    Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday for their connection to a worldwide crime ring involving stolen cell phones and identities, which was centered in the Twin Cities. Many cell phones were bought with stolen identities from Minnesotans and sold for profits of up to 1,000 percent in places like China, according to federal investigators. Twenty people were involved in the sale of potentially tens of thousands of stolen phones, which could be worth tens of millions of dollars, according to officials. Some of the suspects appear to have a criminal history involving; theft, assault and using a fake name.
  • Police Chief Signed Tea Party Leader Up for Gay Dating Site as Political Payback

    08/05/2014 4:13:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 4, 2014 | Mark Meckler
    In Campbell, Wisconsin, political retaliation has sunk to a new low. Police Chief Tim Kelemen just closed a plea deal for using local Tea Party leader Greg Luce’s personal information to sign him up for gay dating websites, pornography websites, and – the icing on the cake – HealthCare.gov. These actions could fall under the definition of identity theft, which carries serious penalties. Depending on the severity, the fraudulent use of another’s identifying information could earn up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Why did the police chief flagrantly break the public’s trust? Over a political disagreement....
  • Ex-Fresno IRS employee charged with ID theft of co-workers

    07/23/2014 9:33:11 PM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | July 22, 2014 | Bee Staff and News Services
    Federal prosecutors say a former Fresno IRS employee stole the identities of her co-workers and opened credit cards to go on shopping sprees with friends. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said Tuesday that 30-year-old Viririana Hernandez and three others stole $1.2 million from 160 people, many of them IRS employees. Prosecutors say they bought home goods, jewelry and clothes. A grand jury on Friday indicted the four Fresno County residents on 23 counts, charging them with conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say the alleged identity theft unfolded from June 2012 to January 2014. Prosecutors say Hernandez, who had...
  • Wisconsin chief who allegedly signed tea party leader up for gay dating sites to be charged

    07/18/2014 9:21:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-18-14 | AP
    A prosecutor plans to charge a western Wisconsin police chief with a misdemeanor for allegedly registering a tea party leader on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites. Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger told The Associated Press he plans to charge Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen with misdemeanor unlawful use of a computerized communication system Thursday afternoon. Kelemen would face up to $1,000 in fines and 90 days in jail if convicted, but would still be able to stay on as police chief. Only those with felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions related to domestic violence are...
  • UPMC: As many as 27,000 employees' personal info exposed in breach

    04/21/2014 7:21:49 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    WTAE ^ | April 18, 2014 | Marcie Cipriani
    PITTSBURGH —As many as 27,000 UPMC employees may have had their personal information exposed in a data breach and nearly 800 have been victimized by tax fraud, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit confirmed Thursday evening. "We want to assure our patients that no patient information was breached," media relations director Gloria Kreps said in a statement. Employees of the several Pittsburgh-area hospitals told Pittsburgh's Action News 4 that they received a packet in the mail, telling them that their information was stolen and what they need to do to protect themselves. "We're telling our employees that they should take steps...
  • Death Certificate Used to Steal Woman's Identity

    04/10/2014 6:01:55 AM PDT · by xzins · 6 replies
    CBN ^ | Thursday, April 10, 2014 | Heather Sells
    Identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, can include credit card fraud, government identity theft and medical identity theft. It can also include stealing the identity of someone who has died, as Ohio fraud victim Lindsey Reichheld recently discovered. While the family of Amy Reichheld mourned her death, the identity thieves got busy. Their strategy was to simply spend $10 to purchase a copy of her death certificate. When Reichheld inquired about who was behind the purchase, she said a town official told her, "Anyone can walk in and they don't keep track of it."...
  • The Target Breach & Why You Should Care (Hint: It’s Your Money)[Ever shopped at Target?]

    04/10/2014 2:19:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    21CT blog ^ | January 29, 2014 | Scott Spinola
    Without personally knowing any cyber criminals (I think using hackers is unfair to… well, hackers), we can probably assume they are not very different from other criminals in that they do what they do for a few basic reasons: •Ego: defacing websites to gain street cred •Ideology: wreaking havoc to make political statements or wage asymmetric warfare •Money: engaging in good old-fashioned criminal capitalism (to the tune of $3 trillion) It’s this third motivation that is in the news the most, and it’s not because these criminals are infiltrating banks and making off with the loot. In fact it’s...
  • [Credit] Card skimmers found at LIRR ticket machines

    04/08/2014 8:25:43 AM PDT · by topher · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Updated: Apr 08, 2014 5:56 AM CST
    NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Credit card reading devices and tiny hidden cameras attached to ticket vending machines were discovered at the Baldwin train station during a routine inspection last week, said the Long Island Rail Road. MTA police are investigating and have reportedly identified a suspect.
  • States probing massive data breach of Social Security numbers

    04/04/2014 7:36:11 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 51 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 4/04/2014 | Steve Johnson
    In what could be one of the biggest data breaches in history, the federal government and authorities in several states are investigating the criminal sale of Social Security numbers, bank account data and other personal information for up to 200 million U.S. citizens.
  • Identity Theft Protection is it worth it?

    03/12/2014 5:49:44 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 39 replies
    Me | March 12, 2014 | Me
    Is identity theft a real enough problem to warrant $10/month monitoring service? I must decide whether or not to get the service but to initiate it I must trust the service with a lot of personal data.
  • Millions and Millions of Stolen Credentials Just Waiting to Be Bought Online

    03/01/2014 3:48:59 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Wire ^ | 2-28-14 | Danielle Weiner-Bronner
    Link only. Read article at source.
  • British man charged with hacking Federal Reserve

    02/27/2014 7:46:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 27, 2014 4:17 PM EST | Larry Neumeister
    A British man accused of hacking into U.S. government computer networks was charged in a new indictment unsealed Thursday with infiltrating the Federal Reserve’s computers. Lauri Love, 28, of Stradishall, England, was charged with computer hacking and aggravated identity theft, which carry a potential penalty of up to 12 years in prison. He initially was arrested in Great Britain in October and released on bail after he was charged under a United Kingdom law that permits the arrest of anyone who starts attacks from the U.K. on computers anywhere in the world. …
  • Target, Neiman Marcus and other security breaches: organized crime?

    02/25/2014 6:43:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2-25-14 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Last December, Target announced up to 40 million credit cards and debit accounts may have been stolen in a sophisticated cyber theft intrusion of the corporate computer system; since then, other retailers have reported break-ins with similar hallmarks. Could this be the work of organized criminals? “There is certainly a real element of sophistication here,” said Michael Sutton, a cyber security expert with Zscaler who's monitoring the Target case. “There would have needed to be some reconnaissance up front to understand the network that was being targeted, the hardware and software that they were going after. They would have had...
  • Medical Identity Theft and Obamacare

    02/07/2014 3:58:31 PM PST · by gooblah · 2 replies
    NationalReview ^ | February 7, 2014 6:19 PM Comments 0
    Most identity theft in the United States is medical-related, according to a recent report from the Identity Theft Resource Center. The survey was released even as certain aspects of Obamacare enrollment have raised concerns about identity theft and consumer privacy.
  • Man’s personal info stolen after using Obamacare website

    02/05/2014 10:51:08 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Captitol City Project ^ | February 5, 2014 | By Joe Schoffstall
    A Virginia man’s personal information has been stolen after he signed up for Obamacare on the healthcare.gov website. Now, he’s questioning if the website is the reason why. “There’s a possibility someone got my personal information from your website,” Virginia Beach resident Rich Guillory said in a video shot by WVEC-VA while speaking on the phone. “They knew my name and they had my number” — along with his address and social security number as well. he day after he signed up on the website, he got a call from someone claiming they could help him with finding health insurance....
  • Time for smartcards

    02/03/2014 1:28:40 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3 Feb 14 | John J. Mulligan
    The data breach that struck our company spotlighted the sophistication of criminal hacker networks operating across the globe. We know the attack created significant concerns for millions of customers. We will learn from this incident and we will work to make Target, and the wider business community, more secure in the future. One step American businesses could now take that would dramatically improve the security of all credit and debit cards: adoption of chip-enabled smartcards. The technology is already widely used throughout the world. For many reasons, the United States has been slow to embrace the technology at home. We...
  • Kim Kardashian's identity stolen by Lake Mary man in celebrity scheme [Biden, Michelle, Gates]

    02/01/2014 5:51:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 31, 2014 | By Amy Pavuk
    A 19-year-old who lived at home with his mom and worked at a local call center stole the identities of America's rich and famous — including Kim Kardashian and the head of the FBI — and took over their financial accounts..... ...Earlier this week, Flores learned he'll spend the next 3 1/2 years in federal prison for his identity theft scheme..... ....At the time, Flores was already facing criminal charges in state court, where he was accused of taking private information from a coworker's personnel profile and having his colleague's paycheck directly deposited into his own bank account. Flores was...
  • Surprise: California Hires Convicted Felons to Administer Obamacare

    01/30/2014 12:19:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 29, 2014 | Guy Benson
    You may recall when Kathleen Sebelius said this, under questioning from Texas Senator John Cornyn: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cornyn: “Isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check, even though they will receive sensitive, personal information from individuals they help to sign up for the Affordable Care Act?” Sebelius: “That is true. States could add an additional background check and other features but it is not part of the federal requirement.” Cornyn: “So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual, unbeknownst to them?” Sebelius: “That is...
  • California’s Obamacare Scandal

    01/29/2014 9:56:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/29/14 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    At least 43 convicted criminals are working as Obamacare navigators in California, including three individuals with records of significant financial crimes. Although some of the offenses are decades old, and although convicted criminals account for only 1 percent of the 3,729 certified enrollment counselors in the state, Californians still have good cause to be concerned about their privacy. Even a single crooked navigator could do significant harm to the public. That’s because when navigators sign consumers up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, they have access to lots of private information, including Social Security numbers, home addresses, and...
  • Police Arrest Illegal Aliens With Ties To Massive Target Credit Card Breach

    01/20/2014 6:47:48 PM PST · by montag813 · 27 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-20-2014 | TRN
    Police have arrested two Mexican illegal aliens on fraud charges in the first arrests tied to the December Target credit card breach -- a stark reminder of the frequent involvement of illegal immigration and identity theft in the U.S.On Sunday, Police arrested 27-year-old Mary Carmen Garcia and 28-year-old Daniel Guardiola Dominguez both from Monterrey as they tried to cross into the U.S. from Reynosa with 96 fraudulent credit credit cards in their possession, said Police Chief Victor Rodriguez. Account information stolen during the Target security breach was used to produce the credit cards. The illegals, both from Monterrey, Mexico, used cards...
  • 2 Arrested at Texas Border in Credit Card Fraud Case Following Target Data Breach

    01/20/2014 8:11:14 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    kstp ^ | 1-20-14 | Leslie Dyste
    Police in South Texas say account information stolen during the Target security breach is now being divided up and sold off regionally as evidenced by the arrest of two Mexican citizens in connection to 96 fraudulent credit cards. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Monday that 27-year-old Mary Carmen Garcia and 28-year-old Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, both of Monterrey, Mexico, used cards containing the account information of South Texas residents. The chief says they were used to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise at national retailers in the area. The two were arrested on Sunday morning trying to...
  • Computer Security Expert: Obamacare Website Security ‘Much Worse Off’ Than Before

    01/19/2014 3:24:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 19, 2014 | Staff
    The Obamacare website is even less secure than it was in November, David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, told Fox News Sunday. Kennedy testified before Congress Thursday that the site was “100 percent” insecure and personal information for consumers at healthcare.gov was at risk, Reuters reports: Before the hearing, Kennedy told Reuters the government has yet to plug more than 20 vulnerabilities that he and other security experts reported to the government shortly after HealthCare.gov went live on October 1. Hackers could steal personal information, modify data, attack the personal computers of website users and damage...
  • ONE in SEVEN New Mexico Obamacare Navigators Is Listed in FBI’s Crime Database

    01/16/2014 6:57:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    We’re from the government and we’re here to help. One in seven Obamacare navigators in New Mexico is listed in the FBI’s crime information database.But these “experts” are here to serve you.New Mexico Watchdog reported: An investigation by the National Review, one of the leading conservative media outlets in the country, reports that one in seven navigators in New Mexico hired to help consumers work their way through the Affordable Care Act appeared on the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database.But an official with the state’s Affordable Care Act Implementation Projects emphasizes that while a person’s name may turn up on the FBI database, it does not mean they pose any risk to...
  • Judge Makes Order To Investigate Obama’s Social Security Number

    01/13/2014 5:33:39 PM PST · by Jayster · 70 replies
    The Patriot ^ | 1/12/2014 | The Patriot
    It took years for Watergate to unravel fully. The controversy over Barack Hussein Obama and his past, along with fraudulent documents continues to make headlines. Yet, the items needed to actually verify who Obama is continue to be kept from the public eye. Well, that all may be about to change. Attorney Orly Taitz may have just found a chink in the federal government’s armor in protecting Barack Obama from scrutiny, following a judge’s ruling over her Freedom of Information Act request from the Social Security Administration.
  • Cyber experts uncover 2 million stolen passwords to Web accounts

    01/10/2014 1:15:39 AM PST · by legalservicesbc · 8 replies
    http://www.reuters.com ^ | December 5, 2014 | Robert Galbraith
    <p>Researchers with Trustwave's SpiderLabs said they discovered the credentials while investigating a server in the Netherlands that cyber criminals use to control a massive network of compromised computers known as the "Pony botnet."</p> <p>The company told Reuters on Wednesday that it has reported its findings to the largest of more than 90,000 websites and Internet service providers whose customers' credentials it had found on the server.</p>
  • Laptop containing Social Security numbers of South Carolina Health Insurance Pool members stolen

    12/30/2013 7:13:08 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Post and Courier ^ | December 29, 2013
    Complete Headline: Laptop containing Social Security numbers of South Carolina Health Insurance Pool members stolen in October Officials with the South Carolina Health Insurance Pool are investigating the theft of a laptop that contained Social Security numbers and names of people participating in the program, which provides insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Obama Administration Knew of Healthcare.gov Security Risks Before Launch (19 vulnerabilities)

    12/20/2013 6:17:14 AM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 19, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Documents provided to the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform reveal that the Obama administration knew of security vulnerabilities within Healthcare.gov prior to Oct. 1, but launched the website anyway. Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said Health and Human Services (HHS) officials showed a “disturbing lack of judgment” by going ahead with the site’s launch and putting Americans’ personal information at risk. Results of a security assessment conducted by a contractor on the site, MITRE Corporation, found that 19 security vulnerabilities remained unaddressed on Oct. 1. Eleven of the 19 vulnerabilities “significantly impact the confidentiality, integrity and/or availability of...
  • Target holiday cyber breach hits 40 million payment cards

    12/18/2013 7:38:18 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Payment card data was stolen from an unknown number of Target Corp customers starting on the busy Black Friday weekend in a major breach at the U.S. retailer, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Secret Service is investigating, according to a spokesman for the agency, which safeguards the nation's payment systems. Target officials did not respond to requests for comment. Investigators believe the data was obtained via software installed on machines that customers use to swipe magnetic strips on their cards when paying for merchandise at Target stores, according to the person who was not authorized to...
  • Thousands of Obamacare sign-ups disappear into HealthCare.gov black hole

    12/15/2013 2:50:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 14, 2013 | Katie McHugh
    Nearly 15,000 enrollment records from Americans trying to sign up for Obamacare never made it to insurers — but the federal government does not know which records never made it to which insurer. The federal analysis merely compares the number of times Obamacare enrollees clicked “enroll” to the number of plans HealthCare.gov sent to insurers, according to The Washington Post. Consumers who send the vanishing enrollments, or “orphan files,” are not notified that their information has not been processed and an insurer did not receive sensitive financial and health-related data, meaning that they could be in for an unpleasant surprise...
  • Congressman to Constituents: Proceed on Healthcare.gov At Your Own Risk

    12/03/2013 11:21:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 3, 2013 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.) is warning his constituents to not go on healthcare.gov, the Obamacare website, unless they’re “willing to accept the risk that their identities will be stolen.” The online health care exchange has been beset with glitches since its launch, with one particularly alarming issue being users having their personal information compromised. The Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday that the marketplace is even more vulnerable to security breaches since the administration “fixed” Healthcare.gov, according to a cyber security expert. Brooks, therefore, bluntly said he would not recommend anyone from his district, Alabama’s 5th, go on the...
  • TDI Proposes New Rules for Health Navigators (Texas Department of Insurance)

    12/03/2013 3:32:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | December 3, 2013 | Becca Aaronson
    To address privacy concerns raised by state leaders, the Texas Department of Insurance on Tuesday proposed additional rules for the so-called navigators directed to help Texans find health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act. “In Texas, we are being vigilant about safeguarding privacy and keeping personal information out of the wrong hands,” Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber said in a statement. “These proposed rules address insufficiencies in federal regulations and make the training and qualifications of navigators in our state more readily apparent to consumers and service providers.” Gov. Rick Perry requested in September that the state insurance department establish...
  • ObamaCare Website Is Like 'IdentityTheft.Gov'

    11/21/2013 7:07:34 AM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 21, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Security: Computer security experts testify that the unfinished health care marketplace portal places the personal information of millions at risk on a poorly designed and built site that is a hacker's dream. Not only is the poorly designed and still only partially built ObamaCare website, Healthcare.gov, vulnerable to attack by computer hackers, it already may have been comprised, cybersecurity expert David Kennedy told a House Science, Space, & Technology Committee hearing on Tuesday. "Hackers are definitely after it," said Kennedy, CEO of data security firm Trusted SEC. "And if I had to guess, based on what I can see ......
  • Woman Signs Up For Obamacare And Has Identity Stolen

    11/20/2013 10:50:42 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 75 replies
    Off the Grid News ^ | November 13, 2013 | Daniel Jennings
    Experts’ warnings of Obamacare website’s complete lack of security apparently have been justified. The website gave at least 3 unknown individuals access to a woman’s Social Security number, address, and other data that could be used for identity theft. Customer service operators at Healthcare.gov’s 1-800 number told Lisa Martinson about the unauthorized access when she called in to change her password. When Martinson asked for her information to be removed from the site she was told it would take 5 days.
  • COULTER: TO SPEAK TO A NIGERIAN PRINCE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE, PRESS '1' NOW

    11/13/2013 6:25:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Ann Coulter website ^ | November 13, 2013 | Ann Coulter
    In a weird confluence of the nation's two most pressing issues -- Obamacare and our insane immigration laws -- this week we found out that the tens of thousands of "navigators" hired by the government to enroll people in Obamacare will include convicted felons. Despite some "navigators" having already been exposed as having arrest warrants against them, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has no plans to screen out the criminals. (But rest assured: If your identity is stolen as a result of trying to sign up for Obamacare, no one will be more upset about it than...
  • O-Care site seen as fertile ground for hackers

    11/13/2013 9:47:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2013 | Ben Goad
    HealthCare.gov is ripe for cyber attacks targeting personal information, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee charged Wednesday. The site is vulnerable bcause the federal agency charged with ensuring the security of government websites played virtually no part in its development, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said. Apart from two e-mails and a phone call, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not participate in the Centers’ for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) development of the enrollment portal for the landmark health law, McCaul said. “DHS had effectively no input into the security of HealthCare.gov, despite it being arguably the most...
  • Why the President Will Euthanize HealthCare.gov in 2014

    11/13/2013 12:41:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 12, 2013 | Michael Astrue, former HHS general counsel & commissioner of Social Security
    The launch of the health exchanges has produced diverse images of failure: blank screens, improperly released Social Security numbers; a White House official undermining congressional oversight on September 6, 2013, with a phony security certification; and political appointees blaming their failures on unexpected enthusiasm for the exchanges—a fiction reminiscent of Cold War Soviets touting food lines as evidence of enthusiasm for a five-year agricultural plan causing widespread starvation. One of the most striking recent images was that of a shaken president twice reciting the toll-free number for the exchanges. He did so to encourage frustrated Americans to abandon HealthCare.gov temporarily...
  • The Truth about Navigators: James O’Keefe reveals corruption at heart of president’s program

    11/11/2013 11:46:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The National Review ^ | November 11, 2013 | John Fund
    James O’Keefe, the guerrilla videographer who helped bring down ACORN (the “community organizing” group that Barack Obama worked for as a lawyer and trainer) and got NPR’s president fired, is back. This time, his undercover investigators focused on Obamacare’s “navigators,” the nearly 50,000 people who, in the words of the Department of Health and Human Services, “will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans” on the Obamacare exchanges (at least when they’re finally working). The total value of grants doled out for nonprofits and community organizations to hire navigators...
  • Singaporean Man Batman bin Suparman Jailed for Stealing Brother's Bank Card, Authorities Say

    11/11/2013 2:19:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013
    The man with the unusual superhero-like name has his own fan club on Facebook — and a penchant for getting in trouble.A Singaporean man with an unusual superhero-like name turned out to be a villain who consumed drugs and stole from his brother. Batman bin Suparman, which means Batman son of Suparman in the Malay language, was jailed on Monday for two years and nine months for various offenses, including stealing his brother's automated teller machine card to make withdrawals, media reported.
  • IRS lost $4 BILLION to identity thieves in 2012 as it targeted the tea party

    11/11/2013 5:47:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11-11-13 | Katie McHugh
    The Internal Revenue Service sent $4 billion to identity thieves filing fraudulent tax returns in 2012, at the same time it was devoting resources to invasive politically targeted audits of not-for-profit groups, according to a recent report released by Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George. The IRS, which is now overseeing Obamacare’s complicated implementation and collecting its tax penalties, sent 343 tax refunds to a single address in Shanghai, and another 655 tax refunds to one in Lithuania, according to CBS News. A statement detailing a similar report filed by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found 1.1 million...
  • Con Men Prey on Confusion Over Health Care Act

    11/10/2013 12:37:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 9, 2013 | Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Susanne Craig
    To the list of problems plaguing President Obama’s health care law, add one more — fraud. With millions of Americans frustrated and bewildered by the trouble-prone federal website for health insurance, con men and unscrupulous marketers are seizing their chance. State and federal authorities report a rising number of consumer complaints, ranging from deceptive sales practices to identity theft, linked to the Affordable Care Act. Madeleine Mirzayans was fooled when a man posing as a government official knocked on her door. Barbara Miller and Maevis Ethan were pitched by telemarketers who claimed to work for Medicaid. And Buford Price was...
  • Goodwill caught selling donors' personal information

    11/06/2013 7:07:14 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 16 replies
    WHTR Channel 13 ^ | November 5, 2013 | Bob Segall/13 Investigates
    INDIANAPOLIS - Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana has launched an internal investigation after 13 Investigates discovered the charity has been selling tax returns, medical records, social security numbers and other sensitive information mistakenly donated by its customers. The personal information WTHR found for sale at Goodwill Outlet Stores has angered donors, shocked law enforcement and raised policy questions about the charity, which receives 1.9 million donations annually. The problem was first identified by a longtime Goodwill donor and shopper. Her tip to Eyewitness News triggered an undercover investigation that, according to police, exposes a safety and security threat to anyone...
  • Security hole found in Obamacare website

    10/30/2013 11:28:52 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 33 replies
    CNN via Yahoo ^ | 10/29/13 | Jose Pagliery
    The Obamacare website has more than annoying bugs. A cybersecurity expert has found a way to hack into users' accounts. Until the Department of Health fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset your Healthcare.gov password without your knowledge and potentially hijack your account. The glitch was discovered last week by Ben Simo, a software tester in Arizona. Simo found that gaining access to people's accounts was frighteningly simple:
  • Obamacare’s Huckster ‘Navigators’: Poorly screened community organizers could prey on applicants

    10/24/2013 12:28:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 24, 2013 | John Fund
    There is good news and bad news regarding Healthcare.gov. The good news is that despite the systemic failure infecting much of the site, there is one essential component — the federal data hub — that is working as it was designed. The data hub links federal-agency records together to determine whether an applicant for health insurance is eligible for subsidies. The bad news is that because the data hub is the largest consolidation of personal data in our nation’s history, it will become a magnet for identity thieves. This isn’t idle speculation or fearmongering. Michael Astrue, who was commissioner of...