Major data brokers hacked and American data sold for millions on fraud websites for months

“An identity theft service that sells Social Security numbers, birth records, credit and background reports on millions of Americans has infiltrated computers at some of America’s largest consumer and business data aggregators, according to a seven-month investigation by KrebsOnSecurity.

The Web site has for the past two years marketed itself on underground cybercrime forums as a reliable and affordable service that customers can use to look up SSNs, birthdays and other personal data on any U.S. resident. Prices range from 50 cents to $2.50 per record, and from $5 to $15 for credit and background checks. Customers pay for their subscriptions using largely unregulated and anonymous virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin and WebMoney.”

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Personal Security Panel Discussion

Want to learn more about security and how to protect yourself on your computer?

CyberOU will be hosting a Personal Security Panel Discussion on Thursday, September 12th from 3 – 5 pm in the Elliott Hall Auditorium that is aimed to inform everyone about basic security. Come prepared with questions, and learn how to become a security ninja.