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Looking for a Job? Phishers Are Looking for You.

On Saturday, The Washington Post ran a story I wrote on a phishing scheme that targets job seekers who have posted their resumes on popular job sites such as Monster, Career Builder and Yahoo Hot Jobs. This particular scam came with an Onion-esque flourish. One of the supposed employers,, called itself "the world's fastest growing news organization," and lured aspiring journalists to give up personal information during the application prospect. The news on the Web site, as one victim realized too late, doesn't update as often as, say does, and consists of stories with timely headlines such as...


By Annys Shin | February 12, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (22)

Is Identity Theft Decreasing?

I was somewhat relieved when I saw a headline the other day proclaiming that a comprehensive study had shown identity theft was in steady decline. After all, no matter how careful you are about shredding, installing firewalls on your home computer or using different passwords, in the end there's little you can do to stop rings of overseas hackers or the loss of a government or company laptop that happens to have the personal information of millions of people on it. Alas, the study in question, a telephone survey of 5,000 people by Javelin Strategy & Research, and sponsored by...


By Annys Shin | February 6, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (12)

Keeping a Low Virtual Profile

On Sunday, my colleague Sara Kehaulani Goo wrote about the growing phenomena of daters running background checks before doling out the first kiss. But just as public sites such as Intelius and US Search allow you to snoop on others, you should consider running a search on yourself to find out how much personal information is floating around out there. There are a plethora of sites that any halfway-thorough Nancy Drew or Hardy boy could mine to build a complete dossier. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Totty recently wrote up a handy guide to opting out of such sites. (Subscription...


By Annys Shin | February 1, 2007; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)


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