ID fraud reaches ‘epi­demic’ lev­els

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RUS­SIAN SE­CU­RITY COM­PANY Kasper­sky Lab has re­sponded to re­ports that iden­tity fraud is a “very real and grow­ing threat” by sug­gest­ing that poor pass­words and pub­lic Wi-Fi are mak­ing it too easy for crim­i­nals.

The com­ments came af­ter fraud pre­ven­tion ser­vice Ci­fas re­leased a re­port that found there were 89,000 cases of ID fraud in the first six months of 2017, and that 90% of them were car­ried out on­line. That is a 5% in­crease on last year, and enough of a rise for Ci­fas to start talk­ing about an epi­demic.

“We have seen iden­tity fraud at­tempts in­crease year on year, now reach­ing epi­demic lev­els, with iden­ti­ties be­ing stolen at a rate of al­most 500 a day,” said Si­mon Dukes, CEO at Ci­fas.

“Th­ese frauds are tak­ing place al­most ex­clu­sively on­line. The vast amount of per­sonal data that is avail­able ei­ther on­line or through data breaches is only mak­ing it eas­ier for the fraud­ster. Crim­i­nals are re­lent­lessly tar­get­ing con­sumers and busi­nesses and we must all be alert to the threat and do more to pro­tect per­sonal in­for­ma­tion.”

Kasper­sky adds that in­dus­try should do more to safe­guard cus­tomer data.

“Iden­tity fraud is a very real, and grow­ing, threat. The re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect against it is shared be­tween banks, on­line stores and other on­line providers, govern­ment and con­sumers. On­line providers, for ex­am­ple, have a duty of care to safe­guard the per­sonal data of their cus­tomers. How­ever, con­sumers must be vig­i­lant and do all they can to min­imise the risk of their per­sonal data be­ing stolen,” said David Emm, prin­ci­pal se­cu­rity re­searcher at Kasper­sky Lab.

“Cen­tral to this is hav­ing up-to-date and ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­net se­cu­rity soft­ware on all con­nected de­vices, in­stalling op­er­at­ing sys­tem and ap­pli­ca­tion up­dates promptly, us­ing strong and unique pass­words, ap­ply­ing cau­tion when us­ing pub­lic Wi-Fi net­works, be­ing aware of our dig­i­tal foot­print and not re­veal­ing too much in­for­ma­tion about our­selves on­line.”

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