2018 Cyber Crime Year in Review - Breaches, Hacks, and Scams

2018 was a year for some of the biggest data breaches of all time. The resulting identity theft, scams, phishing attacks, and ultimately fraud had a significant effect on consumers and businesses.

Thankfully there are organizations like the FTC and Identity Theft Resource Center that keep statistics on these events and the impact they have.  The statistics they gather and report allow us to see clearly how large the impact of these events really are.

Are Your Frequent Flyer Miles Safe?

As a predictable outcome of the 2017 Equifax data breach, identity thieves are coming up with new and creative ways of using the personal information that was exposed. The Equifax data breach and other recent data breaches have exposed over 179 million individuals’ personally identifiable information.  Hackers can use this data along with other information to hack your frequent flyer account and steal your miles.

Are Undocumented Illegal Aliens Paying Income Taxes?

The answer is for the majority, yes.  According to the IRS, non-citizens paid approximately $23.6 billion in total taxes in 2015.  This number does not include those individuals that are using someone else's social security number to work illegally.  According to The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c) organization, undocumented immigrants contribute to state and local taxes paying about $11.74 billion a year.

USPS Informed Delivery An Identity Fraud Thief's Dream Come True

Imagine if you will, a service that allows you to apply for credit in another person’s name then notifies you as to when the credit card will be delivered to their mailbox, so you know exactly when to be at the right time and right place to intercept their email.  We’ll that service exists today, and our Government provides it. It’s USPS Informed Delivery, and it’s open to all.