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Security breaches and identity theft are becoming an increasing concern for consumers as hackers continue to target large retailers. Target, Sally Beauty Supply, Neiman Marcus, Home Depot, Michaels, Dairy Queen and Kmart are among retailers recently hacked. These incidents have resulted in stolen personal information such as phone numbers, addresses, emails, and credit card information. As a result of these breaches, affected consumers are more likely to fall victim to identify theft. The following is a summary of retailers who recently suffered a data breach. Reports suspect hackers were able to infiltrate…

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On May 9, 2013, Federal prosecutors issued indictments against eight individuals for hacking and theft.  The case revealed the methods used by hackers to gain access to debit card numbers that were ultimately used to withdraw $45 million. Hackers gained unauthorized access to credit card processing companies and conducted what hackers term “unlimited operation”.  Unlimited operation is an attack where debit cards account balances and withdrawal limits are removed.  In this case, attackers performed unlimited operation on several prepaid MasterCard debit cards and then distributed the card numbers and pins…

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Security researchers have identified a new malware called Dexter that specifically targets Point of Sale (POS) systems such as cash registers and scanning stations to obtain credit card numbers.  As of December 12, 2012, Dexter had infected systems in 40 different countries with the majority of infected systems residing in North America and the United Kingdom.  The malware-infected machines a few months ago, just in time to steal data from many of the holiday shoppers. Dexter steals credit card data by recording downloaded files from the POS device and retrieving…

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Last month my fish tank sprung a leak. I have a 775-gallon bow-front aquarium so it made quite a mess. I managed to save most of the fish; praise the Lord! When the water settled and my floor was mopped, I began looking for a fish tank that would not break a seal like that. I decided to get an acrylic aquarium without seals to break. The only mistake I made was in my choice of stores. Oscar’s Exotic Fish had the lowest price on the net but the worst…

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