Tag Archive | ID Fraud

Hacked: former Presidents’ Family Email Accounts & Photos

The Secret Service is investigating a theft from hackers on personal emails and photos belonging to the Bush Family. Such material was posted to the Smoking Gun website last night. A report by the Smoking Gun details that the emails covered a period from 2009-2012 – six accounts now compromised, it appears.

Those hacked were George H.W. Bush, his daughter Dorothy Bush Koch – who’s also the sister of George W. Bush. The other hack was on Jim Nantz, sportscaster and family friend of the Bush’s.

The hacker titled “Guccifer” posted in an account, which was purposeful for posting the material. On Friday, the Bush family’s spokeperson confirmed such hack. It was also confirmed by Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan.

More details can be found within the Washington Post.

AntiSec theft of FBI data a lie

The Anonymous group AntiSec has claimed to have mined around 12 million Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) from a FBI laptop, after the hack was claimed to have been part of a Java vulnerability. News has been booming with Java vulnerabilities lately, so this is a very believable story. AntiSec published their list to prove the group had the data. The data is used as identifiers for iPhone and iPad devices.

AntiSec’s reason stated includes that it wanted to expose the FBI’s tracking of Apple device users.

However, the FBI has came back with a press release statement:

The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.

That was published on the FBI site.

Therefore, all this was just a tactic to draw attention to themselves.

 

Change your Password on All Social Networks!

From the LinkedIn breach to eHarmony to Last.FM breaches – other social networks may be targeted. Sadly, users fall in to this trap everyday of having their password stolen. And believe me, security experts push password security tips…but users ignore them ALL the time!

Facebook has published a banner on the top of the news feed telling users to check out security tips on the following page:facebook.com/about/security

This is also just days after many companies, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google plus others joined in The Ads Integrity Alliance. This was launched last Thursday and has Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in New York also as a charter member.

OnGuardOnline.gov provides awesome tips. Included is one just like this, which helps understand social networking safety for children: onguardonline.gov/articles/0012-kids-and-socializing-online

 

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