Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

2/2/2021
07:30 PM
50%
50%

FTC: ID Theft Doubled in 2020

The Federal Trade Commission said a surge in reports of identity theft occurred amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received 1.4 million reports of identity theft in 2020 - twice the number from 2019.

The agency released the new data as part of its kickoff of Identity Theft Awareness Week.

"Repeatedly, identity thieves targeted government funds earmarked to help individuals and small businesses hard hit financially by the pandemic," the FTC said in a post today.

Related Content:

Average Ransom Payments Declined Last Quarter

Special Report: Special Report: Understanding Your Cyber Attackers

New From The Edge: Fighting Fileless Malware, Part 1: What Is It?

Last year, the FTC logged 394,280 reports related to government benefits fraud (mostly unemployment insurance benefits) versus 12,900 such reports in 2019. The agency received 99,650 business or personal loan fraud reports in 2020, up from 43,920 in 2019, and tax identity fraud cases reported to the FTC went from 27,450 in 2019 to 89,390 last year.

Read more here

 

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
News
Former CISA Director Chris Krebs Discusses Risk Management & Threat Intel
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  2/23/2021
Edge-DRsplash-10-edge-articles
Security + Fraud Protection: Your One-Two Punch Against Cyberattacks
Joshua Goldfarb, Director of Product Management at F5,  2/23/2021
News
Cybercrime Groups More Prolific, Focus on Healthcare in 2020
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  2/22/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
Building the SOC of the Future
Building the SOC of the Future
Digital transformation, cloud-focused attacks, and a worldwide pandemic. The past year has changed the way business works and the way security teams operate. There is no going back.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-8032
PUBLISHED: 2021-02-25
A Insecure Temporary File vulnerability in the packaging of cyrus-sasl of openSUSE Factory allows local attackers to escalate to root. This issue affects: openSUSE Factory cyrus-sasl version 2.1.27-4.2 and prior versions.
CVE-2020-36254
PUBLISHED: 2021-02-25
scp.c in Dropbear before 2020.79 mishandles the filename of . or an empty filename, a related issue to CVE-2018-20685.
CVE-2021-27670
PUBLISHED: 2021-02-25
Appspace 6.2.4 allows SSRF via the api/v1/core/proxy/jsonprequest url parameter.
CVE-2021-27671
PUBLISHED: 2021-02-25
An issue was discovered in the comrak crate before 0.9.1 for Rust. XSS can occur because the protection mechanism for data: and javascript: URIs is case-sensitive, allowing (for example) Data: to be used in an attack.
CVE-2020-9051
PUBLISHED: 2021-02-24
** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: none. Reason: The CNA or individual who requested this candidate did not associate it with any vulnerability during 2020. Notes: none.