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Mar 12

State Updates Extortion Laws to Cover Identifiable Info

Posted by caragarretson in VirginiaSpamidentity theftidentifiable informationextortion laws


Virginia is updating its extortion laws to include threats to expose personally identifiable information, which is exactly what a member of the state's House of Delegates experienced last summer.

According to a report by Washington, D.C., NPR affiliate WAMU, Delegate David Bulova, representing Fairfax county in Northern Virginia, received an email from a person claiming knowledge of Bulova's social security number, and demanding $30,000 to keep it private. Bulova assumed the e-mail was spam, and ignored it.

Jul 01

Twitter imposters should be publicly embarrassed

Posted by caragarretson in WSJtwitteridentity theft


Last month I wrote an article about enterprises being ill-equipped to block Web 2.0 threats. But here's one I hadn't considered; your company being impersonated on Twitter.

According to an article this week in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required to view full article online), some companies are suffering from imposters who open accounts at the microblogging site with a user name that sounds similar to the target company's name, and then tweet about that company. 

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