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GAO: State Department Issued Passports to Registered Sex Offenders

- The U.S. State Department issued about 4,500 passports during fiscal year 2008 to registered sex offenders, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The State Department says there is nothing it can do about it within the law.

The Only Kind of Identity Theft That Could Kill

- Medical identity fraud isn't only incredibly expensive, it could be the only kind of identity theft that could kill.

Puerto Rico to Void More than 5 Million Birth Certificates Attractive to Identity Thieves

- Easy-to-obtain Puerto Rican birth certificates are such a hot commodity among identity thieves that the territory has voided any issued through tomorrow, June 30, effective Sept. 30.

What the Nose Knows

- The nose may someday be used as a biometric identifier, but more research is needed to determine whether the capture technology is reliable and cost effective.

Survey Finds Facebook Users Think Privacy Policy Revision "a Bad Thing"

- Facebook users almost unanimously dislike the social networking site's new privacy policy, according to a small survey released this week by Sophos.

You Won’t Get Skimmed Again

- Payment card fraud can be completely eliminated, says security expert. (Reporting from ISC West 2010)

Identity Theft

- Americans overestimate the risk that identity theft will occur online, a new survey reveals. The higher risk is still offline where 90 percent of identity theft occurs via methods such as mail theft.

Quick Bytes

- Online ID theft risk is overestimated. The problem lies more in the real world.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Data Security

- A bill (H.R. 2221) that would set out requirements for ensuring that data security has been approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The full House of Representatives has not announced whether it will bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Real ID

- A bill (S. 1261) that will repeal the REAL ID Act of 2005 and replace it with an alternative ID program has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senate has not announced whether it will consider the measure.

Identity Theft

- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a person cannot be convicted under a federal statute forbidding aggravated identity theft unless the person knowingly misappropriated the identities of others.

The Criminal Records Manual—Criminal Records in America

- A first-rate manual for security professionals that have to conduct background searches.

Fake ATM Rips Off Hackers at Vegas Convention Center

- A fake ATM machine was discovered in the convention center of Las Vegas' Riviera Hotel Casino, ripping off guests and hackers attending the Black Hat and DefCon hacking conferences inside the convention center.
 




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