Tag - hackers

Prevent Identity Theft: 5 Simple Tips to Stay Safe Online


I know that even as you’re reading this, you’re still trying to find an answer to the question “is Jon Snow dead or not,” so let me start by telling you this: Winter is coming.

Now here’s why:

$16 billion were stolen from 12.7 million U.S. consumers in 2014, according to The 2015 Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research. That’s a new identity theft victim at every TWO seconds. 15% of all identity thefts are carried out online. The number of people falling victim to online theft in the UK grew by 31% to 32,058 in the first three months of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014.

Another study shows that over 2 Million Americans are victims of Medical Identity Theft, an increase by nearly 22% from last year. And let’s not forget about the recent Anthem breach, the largest healthcare breach in U.S. history, which could affect up to 80 million Americans; the recent username and password theft from Forbes.com; the Kickstarter users’ contact info hack and the massive data breach at Target.

These numbers are scary and the future is not looking at all bright. I told you winter was coming. Jokes aside, online identity theft is a real and close threat to each and every one of us and it’s only going to increase with the boom in online connectivity. So it’s time we talked really seriously about this.

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New Red Couch Show Episode!

The collaboration between the US government and hackers has been a hot and caused a lot of controversy during the last years.

Now, another incident raised again the attention to this subject, when a group of hackers claimed responsibility for attacking the US Court System website and the US authorities denied it. So we decided to looked a bit deeper into it in our latest Red Couch episode. We actually interviewed the European Cyber Army, the hacker group that claimed the attacks on the US Court System website, so watch this episode now to see what they said: Read More

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