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Is freezing your credit really enough to prevent identity theft?

Is freezing your credit really enough to prevent identity theft?

Finance
You can now add credit-report freezes to the list of best things in life that are free. As of Friday, consumers won't have to pay a fee to credit-reporting firms when they want to use a freeze to help protect themselves from identity theft. They would, however, need to contact each of the big three bureaus — Equifax, TransUnion and Experian — to cover all their bases. "I think this is a good partial step," said John Ulzheimer, a credit expert and president of The Ulzheimer Group in Atlanta. "You don't want to have people paying something t...
British Airways probes customer data theft

British Airways probes customer data theft

Business
British Airways says it is investigating "as a matter of urgency" the theft of customer data from its website and mobile app.The airline said personal and financial details of customers making bookings had been compromised. About 380,000 transactions were affected, but the stolen data did not include travel or passport details.BA said the breach took place between 22:58 BST on 21 August and 21:45 BST on 5 September."The breach has been resolved and our website is working normally," BA said in a statement "We have notified the police and relevant authorities. We are deeply sorry for the disruption that this criminal activity has caused. We take the protection of our customers' data very seriously."BA said anyone who believed they might have been affected s...
Student charged in elaborate digital money theft scheme

Student charged in elaborate digital money theft scheme

Technology
A Massachusetts college student who was named his high school's valedictorian for his savvy tech skills hacked into unsuspecting investors' personal cellphones, email and social media accounts to steal at least $ 2 million in digital currency like Bitcoin, according to documents provided by California prosecutors Wednesday. Joel Ortiz was taken into custody July 12 at Los Angeles International Airport ahead of a flight to Boston, according to prosecutors. The 20-year-old faces more than two dozen charges including grand theft, identity theft and computer hacking, court documents show. He's held on $ 1 million bail. The Santa Clara County, California, public defender's office, which is representing Ortiz, declined comment. A number listed for his home in Boston was disconnected. The elabo...
How this Grand Theft Auto stream is highlighting US gun crime

How this Grand Theft Auto stream is highlighting US gun crime

Technology
We hear a lot about how video games are to blame for violence, but how about a video game project that highlights violent gun crime in American society?That's what Professor Joseph DeLappe is trying to achieve with his Grand Theft Auto livestream, Elegy.Elegy is a "hacked" version of Grand Theft Auto 5 which you can find on games streaming platform, Twitch.In it, non-playable characters (NPCs) do nothing but shoot each other dead.But there's more to the action on screen than senseless violence. The stream is connected to American gun crime deaths from 2018. Every NPC killed in the stream represents one US citizen who has died this year in a shooting incident.The stream resets at midnight and the ...
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...