Identity Theft news stories
Online identity theft is rising in NZ - here’s what to do about it
It may start with a few stolen details online, but it could end with thousands of dollars missing or worse, a reputation down the drain.
Anniversaries remind us to review identity risks
World Password Day provides a timely reminder for ordinary citizens and organisations to stop and think about the risks associated with digital identities.
The future of digital identity: the need for systems reform
Identity credentialing, proving you are who you say you are, needs to catch up to the technologies available. Currently, most organisations use simple means.
5% of Kiwis experienced identity theft in 2021 - report
Norton has found 5% of New Zealanders experienced identity theft in 2021, and 10% have clicked on a fraudulent package notification link in the past 12 months.
New research reveals data privacy still a big worry for Kiwis
New Zealanders are becoming increasingly worried about their personal data privacy, according to a new InternetNZ survey.
Online payment fraud losses to exceed $206 billion, driven by identity theft
The pandemic has led to a surge in synthetic identity and account takeover fraud, which threaten the security of entire accounts, alongside associated payment data.
Phishing emails harvest personal details from LinkedIn members
MailGuard has intercepted phishing emails designed to harvest personal details from LinkedIn members.
Data breaches enabling blackmail, extortion and intellectual property theft
Data breaches and cyberattacks are no longer just an online issue.
New research by Netacea into digital fingerprint and identity thief
Bot detection and mitigation company Netacea has published new research into the Genesis Market, an invite-only deep web marketplace that trades in digital fingerprints and enables buyers to impersonate victims online.
Gamers targeted as identity theft, bullying and cheating increases online
More than a tenth of gamers have had their ID stolen – which could be worth as much as $347bn globally, according to new research.
Dark web monitoring and how it can help protect online identities
As many as 1 in 6 New Zealanders have been a victim of identity theft, and the consequences can be disastrous - and it may lead to more than just financial loss.
Trend Micro tackles identity theft with new security suite
"The consequences of this malicious activity can have a significant impact on the lives of the victims for years to come."
KiwiSaver firm Generate hit by data breach
Between 29 December 2019 and 29 January 2020, the company alleges that an ‘unidentified’ third party gained access to its online application system and captured personal information belonging to some of its members.
Sephora hit by data breach; Asia & A/NZ user passwords cancelled
The breach potentially exposed personal information such as names, dates of birth, genders, email addresses, and encrypted passwords, as well as users’ beauty preferences.
Security breaches of great concern to consumers
“These findings show many people are seeing the damage of cyber crime or identity theft firsthand.”
Identity theft is on the rise — users must respond
Of course, identity theft isn’t a purely online phenomenon. Criminals can use details found in the post or from discarded documents.
Interview: Unravelling the myths of chatbot security and identity theft in banking
“People shouldn’t be worried about internet banking. They should be worried about what information they’re giving people who can impersonate them.
Out with credit cards & in with identity data: Cybercriminals take fraud to new levels
Cybercriminals are ditching the ‘quick buck’ methods of stealing credit cards and are instead going after identity data.
Identity and Access Management
How the future will blur the lines of authentication & identity management
According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report, 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged stolen or weak passwords.
New Zealand Bankers' Association joins Fraud Awareness Week 2017
“Fraudsters are always coming up with new ways to steal our money. They trick people into handing over personal information."
Smartphones are the new battleground for ID theft as hackers hone their craft
The power of technology is awesome, yet it is important to understand that as this power continues to progress, people must make a tough decision .
Interview: Sophos reveals the criminal underbelly of the dark web
The dark web may be a place that most of us have heard of as a murky underworld for cybercriminals, but also where most internet users daren't tread.
Aussie startup pre-empts hackers with smartphone tech that blocks NFC attacks
All it takes is for malicious code to be injected through the NFC feature on a smartphone and a hacker pushing out malicious RFID signal to a phone."
Protecting your identity - what every Australian needs to know
Your identity is as dear to you as your life. Now, imagine having your identity stolen from you without your knowledge.