Identity Theft

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Your IT Technician Has Just Informed You That Your Business Has Suffered a Data Security Breach. Now What Should You Do?

Data breach incidents continue to make headlines. The Yahoo data security breach—affecting more than one billion accounts—announced late last year is a recent example. Data security breaches affect companies of all sizes, and...more

Fourth Circuit Weighs In on Article III Standing in Data Breach Suits

Earlier this month, the Fourth Circuit weighted in with the most recent decision in the developing case law on Article III standing in data breach litigation, a topic that we have been covering extensively on this...more

Good Advice for Everyone: Ten Steps to Avoid Big Trouble

On both a business and individual level, there are ten easy steps you can take now to avoid big trouble later. If you address just five of these items this month, you will be half way there. Originally published in the...more

Keeping Your Company’s Data Safe This Tax Season

Tax-related identity theft is nothing new, but tax season 2016 took tax schemes to a new level. Last year, our cyber experts advised a large cluster of clients (public and private companies) over a period of only two...more

Protecting Employee Information From W-2 Phishing Scams

The IRS recently provided an update on a growing scam targeting employers. The scam generally operates as follows: criminals devise methods to create emails that appear as though the message has been sent from an...more

Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud Highest Ever in 2016

A study released by Javelin Strategy & Research has concluded that the number of identity fraud cases in 2016 rose 16% from 2015, costing victims $16 billion in losses. This includes both identity theft and credit card fraud....more

Tax Filing Fraud

Tax returns and W-2s are information rich documents that contain the name and Social Security Number of an employee, as well as information concerning their salary and address, and personal behavior and characteristics (e.g.,...more

IRS Issues Warning of “Dangerous W2 Phishing Scam”

We always see a surge in W2 email phishing schemes this time of year, as it is tax time, and many individuals are filing their tax returns in order to get a quick refund. So are criminals and cyber-hackers. ...more

Safeguarding Your Company from Cyber Tax Crimes - Take Action Now!

As if tax season was not bad enough, the U.S. Internal Revenue Services ("IRS") recently issued an urgent alert warning that cybercriminal phishing scams are utilizing a new, more dangerously effective method for large-scale...more

Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other...more

Eighth Circuit Remands Proposed Settlement in Target Data Breach Class Action

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has remanded a $10 million settlement in the Target data breach class action on the grounds that the district court had not rigorously analyzed the propriety of the class...more

Information Security and Privacy Group News: Phishing Alert: Employee W-2 Information at Risk

It's happening again. This time last year, there were a substantial number of phishing attacks all over the country targeting employee W-2 information. According to the IRS, phishing and other schemes jeopardizing tax...more

IRS and Others Renew Warnings About Fraudulent Emails Targeting Employee Tax Information

With tax season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), state tax agencies, and tax industry groups recently renewed a warning about Form W-2 email spear-phishing scams. ...more

Privacy Tip #71 – It’s Tax Time and the Thieves are Out in Droves

Just when I thought everyone knew about the continued W2 schemes, where phishing emails are used to get company employees’ W2 forms so the thief can file a false tax return and get a refund, several additional clients have...more

Social Security Number Privacy Policies: A How-To Guide

Social Security Numbers (“SSN”) were originally established by the Social Security Administration to track earnings and eligibility for Social Security benefits. Because a SSN is a unique personal identifier that rarely...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #3

Last week, there were developments in two cases in different Pennsylvania courts involving employer liability—or lack thereof—for data breaches involving employee personally identifiable information (PII). A Pennsylvania...more

Governor Cuomo Unveils Cybersecurity Proposals Including Cyber Incident Response Team

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of cybersecurity proposals that are designed to protect consumers and government entities from cybercrime and identity theft. One of the proposals includes the creation of a...more

Do As We Say, Not As We Do: Audit Reveals Unencrypted IRS Emails Put Taxpayer Data at Risk

With tax season around the corner, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun its yearly campaign to educate taxpayers on the importance of protecting their personal information. However, a recent audit of the agency’s...more

Privacy Perils: Identify Theft and Social Networking

Identity theft through social networking is on the rise. Hacked accounts may be used to impersonate you and potentially cause reputational harm, or may even link the hacker to your financial account information and...more

What you should know about identity theft

Take precautions in giving your personal information as people with ill intentions may misuse it. Dubai: As alarming as it sounds, you could be the next victim of identity theft.The phenomenon is becoming more prevalent...more

Lessons from the Wells Fargo Scandal

Financial institutions must meet standards for safeguarding customer data given the particularly sensitive information they hold, and regulators have been stepping up their efforts to provide guidance on just how they must do...more

California Amends Identity Theft Requirements for Debt Collectors

The California legislature has amended the existing requirements for debt collectors who receive consumer claims of identity theft with the Identity Theft Resolution Act (“Act”). See AB 1723; Cal. Civ. Code § 1785.16.2. The...more

Sixth Circuit: Substantial Risk of Harm and Mitigation Costs Sufficient to Confer Standing in Data Breach Case

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a petition for an en banc rehearing of its September 12 decision in Galaria, et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nos. 15-3386/3387). In...more

Data Breach Class Action Case Dismissed Against Barnes & Noble

A federal judge in Illinois dismissed the class action lawsuit filed against Barnes & Noble stemming from a data breach in 2013. The breach occurred when credit and debit card PIN pads were compromised at 63 Barnes & Noble...more

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Visits From the Ghosts of Claims Past and Claims Future

Cybersecurity awareness month is nigh upon us again, and thus perspective is in order. 2016 brought us the first collection and analysis of the nascent claims history of the burgeoning cyber-insurance market. On August 27,...more

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