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This 'old-fashioned' identity theft is just as dangerous as the cyber kind

This 'old-fashioned' identity theft is just as dangerous as the cyber kind

Finance
Hackers aren't your only risk when it comes to identity theft and fraud. Data breaches and hacks like those at Equifax, the IRS and Yahoo! tend to dominate the conversation — and no wonder. Breaches hit a record high in 2017, with 1,579 reported incidents exposing nearly 179 million records, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, which helps consumers dealing with identity theft and fraud. But in recent years, a little more than half of thefts of consumers' personally identifying information were classified as "non-digital," meaning they didn't involve — or at least, didn't start with — the thief e...
The Vaccines find the cure for losing their identity: Rock eases the malady

The Vaccines find the cure for losing their identity: Rock eases the malady

Entertainment
NCThe Vaccines considered breaking up the band after their 2015 albumThe rockers considered calling it a day after losing their identity on 2015 LP English Graffiti.Now back with a new line-up and fourth album, Combat Sports, they are aiming for No1.Frontman Justin Young told me: “I’d lost sight of what The Vaccines did that other bands didn’t do. I definitely didn’t know who we were or if we would go on for a while.“We were assimilating ourselves into that pop lane and reflecting what was going on around us too much.“Now I like the idea of making a record that is irrespective of the world around us.”The departure of drummer Pete Robertson made them take stock.GETTYJustin says that their drummer leaving the band caused them to re-evaluateJustin said: “A bowling ball came hurtling through t
Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas

Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas

Business
Identity theft is reaching "epidemic levels", according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group.ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be that individual and apply for loans or store cards in their name.A total of 89,000 cases were recorded in the first six months of the year by UK anti-fraud organisation Cifas.That is a 5% rise on the same period last year and a new record high."We have seen identity fraud attempts increase year on year, now reaching epidemic levels, with identities being stolen at a rate of almost 500 a day," said Simon Dukes, chief executive of Cifas."These frauds are taking place almost exclusively online. The vast amounts of personal data that is available either online or through data breaches is only maki...
Banksy's secret identity: Who is 'Robert'?

Banksy's secret identity: Who is 'Robert'?

Entertainment
Banksy's secret identity might have been revealed in a radio interview in which DJ Goldie referred to the artist as "Robert". The British DJ was talking to hip hop artist Scroobius Pip on his weekly podcast on Tuesday when he was asked about graffiti art being misunderstood."Give me a bubble letter and put it on a t-shirt and write 'Banksy' on it and we're sorted. We can sell it now," Goldie, a street artist himself, told Pip."No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over."Image:DJ Goldie is a graffiti artist himselfAwkward silence, change of topic and the internet goes crazy with speculation.Now, all paths are seemingly leading back to one man: Robert Del Naja, aka 3D.The Massive Attack front man, a friend of Goldie's, had been lin...