I want to see posts like this back up for discussion because hacking and identity theft is growing rapidly right now. Very few news stories covering
this are getting attention in the MSM and the problem is getting seriously out of hand.
I thought it was bad news for all the celebrates that had their sensitive personal information made public by hackers, but celebs have stalkers and
people after them all the time, oh well. I didn't think much about the Target credit card information theft when it happened over the holidays, I
never shop there.
What a stupid attitude I had. I thought that it was an isolated incident due to a cyber-security problem or perhaps it was an inside job. Then Neiman
Marcus got hacked too. Regardless, just the shear number of credit/debit card numbers and their owner’s names, 110 million at Target, should have
gave me pause. These hacks were accomplished with a sophisticated operation using a customized version of a point-of-sale malware called Blackpos. It
captures the track data information stored on the magnetic strip on the backs of credit/debit cards during the checkout transaction.
So what do I have to worry about? I use my debit card around our local towns, No Target or Neiman Marcus around here, what are the chances anyway?
Well, my debit card information was stolen somehow over the last month or so. It started with charges from one of the big 3 credit rating companies.
Foolishly I thought that these charges were related to a wire transaction I did, but it was a huge red flag I ignored until I got a call from a retail
store about an order they couldn’t send without verifying it. They left a message with an order number that I checked at their website, and sure
enough, someone got hold of one of my debit card's information and was on a shopping spree.
Well, before any money got used, I put a block on the card and transferred the balance over to another account at the same bank. The following day I
went through the process for stopping the charges and changing my card number. The bank had caught it before I did and by that time over a dozen
charges were made from all over the States and Mexico totaling over two grand.
So my information has been hacked, most likely includes my SS#, date of birth, address and other personal information. It must be being sold on black
market websites, piecemeal and wholesale for really cheap. I’m just now researching the steps I need to take to protect myself, what a fargin’
Needless to say I’m researching all the hacking going on, and it is truly disturbing. Target and Neiman Marcus are just the ones who admitted what
happened, as many as ten to twenty big stores have been hacked and aren’t admitting it yet. It doesn’t stop there, it gets worse. Hacking for
sensitive personal information has been going on at major banks, data brokers, government agencies, and the list goes on and on.
I think what happened to me was that my card was hacked at a Major (hint) retail store (that has not admitted any data theft yet) that I never used my
card at before until right before the suspicious charges occurred. Then I believe it was sold to someone who then bought my SS# DOB, matched up the
address and used the card to check my credit report. Now they have the full package for sale.
I’m upset at all the steps I’m going to have to take now, but these wide spread hacks that are coming from criminals, terrorists and foreign
countries, and the black market sale of that information, that worries me more. It is going to foul up our economy really bad, really quick. Add some
infrastructure hacking attacks from a rival foreign country at the right moment and our economy is toast.
The nature of the content - names, social security numbers, previous addresses, dates of birth, etc - suggest that a credit agency might have been
Data Broker Hackers Also Compromised NW3C The same miscreants responsible for breaking into the networks of America’s top consumer and business
data brokers appear to have also infiltrated and stolen huge amounts of data from the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), a
congressionally-funded non-profit organization that provides training, investigative support and research to agencies and entities involved in the
prevention, investigation and prosecution of cybercrime
edit on 1-3-2014 by MichiganSwampBuck because: typo
edit on 1-3-2014 by MichiganSwampBuck because: for clarity
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