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Security Breach Leaves 45,000 at Risk of Identity Theft

Posted in Business, Economy, Identity Theft, Legal, News with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2009 by truthwillrise

June 24, 2009 – 6:30pm
By Sun Staff

On Tuesday Cornell informed more than 45,000 current and former members of the University community that their sensitive personal information — including name and social security number — had been exposed when a University-owned laptop was stolen earlier this month.

The breach exposes many Cornellians to the possibility of identity theft, and the University said it will provide protective services to those affected, including free credit reporting, credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services to those affected by the breach.

A University employee, described as “a member of the Cornell technical staff” had access to a computer containing the sensitive data for the purposes of correcting file-processing transmission errors, according to the University.

The files on the computer containing the names and social security numbers were not encrypted and the laptop was left in a physically unsecure environment, which violates University policy, according to Simeon Moss ’73, director of Cornell University Press Relations.

Moss said that the data on the laptop contained “no other sensitive data elements” besides names and social security numbers and the University is “confident” that it has identified everyone whose data was on the computer.

The stolen computer stored the social security numbers of 22,546 students (10,597 of whom are alumni) and 22,731 faculty and staff members (of whom 4,284 are retirees or other separated employees), according to Moss.

New York State Police have launched an investigation to find the thief and locate the computer.

State Police Investigator Aaron Lewis told The Sun on Wednesday that there is a chance that the person who stole the laptop does not know that it contains such sensitive information.

“There is no indication that this is a sophisticated type of operation to steal people’s identities,” Lewis said. “It appears to be more of a crime of opportunity.”

Lewis said that investigators have interviewed people involved in the incident as well as the Cornell employee who had custody of the computer. Thus far, however, there are no further leads and the case remains open, he said.

The employee who had the computer is not a suspect in the investigation, Lewis added.

Cornell officials have only said that the employee violated University policy by leaving the laptop in a physically unsecured location, and characterized the person’s actions as “unintentional.” They have declined to comment on whether the person was still employed or has been the subject of any disciplinary action.

Lewis also cautioned that since the breach has been widely reported in the media, there is now a greater chance that someone will realize that the laptop contains the sensitive data.

“It’s obviously a Cornell computer and has a Cornell sticker,” Lewis said.

Laptop thefts on college campuses like Cornell occur somewhat frequently, he said, and most never get recovered.

Both Lewis and University officials declined to comment on when and from where the laptop was stolen.

“Cornell informed us within a few days that [the laptop] possibly has sensitive information on it,” Lewis said.

“It did take the university some time to make sure that they knew all the information that was on the computer,” Moss said.

Moss said that while Cornell Police would assist other law enforcement agencies, they are not involved in the investigation. The Ithaca Police Department said it was not involved in the case.

While officials said there has been no indication that the exposed data has been abused, the incident shines light on the broader issue of security and the vulnerability of private information in the digital age.

Last June, a computer at Cornell used for administrative purposes was hacked, and the University alerted 2,500 students and alumni that their personal information had potentially been stolen. In 2005, the University alerted over 900 individuals that their personal information was stored on a computer that had been inappropriately accessed.

Lewis said that those affected by the recent data breach should follow Cornell’s protocol. There is no need to call local or state authorities unless one’s information is stolen and used in an unauthorized way, he added.

Cornell said it will provide credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services through Kroll, Inc. at no charge to affected individuals. The University said it will provide those individuals with more information about how to access the services in a letter sent via U.S. mail.

Moss said on Wednesday that the cost to the University of providing these services was not available and likely unknown at this point.

“Given the importance that Cornell places on data security, this is truly an unfortunate situation,” Vice President for University Communications Tommy Bruce said in a statement on Wednesday. “We apologize to all those who have been affected, and we are dedicated to resolving this matter fully.”

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They Denied Us So They Would Not Have to Ram Us!

Posted in Attack on Freedom, International Bankers, New World Order, News with tags , , , on June 25, 2009 by truthwillrise
by Cynthia Mckinney
The Israelis are hopping mad. And they’re flexing their muscles in all the ugly places. They can’t ram us again without sparking an international uproar, so they’re trying to stop us from leaving the port at all. The Limasol, Cyprus Port Authority which controls the port of Larnaca also, sent their inspector to Larnaca with a letter saying that the boat failed inspection, only thing, the letter was written BEFORE he even arrived in Larnaca to do the inspection! Reuters is doing the story at this very moment saying that we were prevented from leaving due to Cypriot authorities. We just learned from a Cyprus government source that pressure is being applied by Israel to deny us departure credentials. It appears, then, that Israel is putting us into contortions because they don’t want us to take cement into Gaza. After white phosphorus, depleted uranium, DIME, cluster bombs, F16s, death, destruction, and mayhem. All of *this* over a few bags of cement. Can you believe???

1. Read the Haaretz article here, showing Israeli concern about us taking cement to Gaza
2. Hear the interview with Don Debar on the contortions we’re being put through by Cyprus Port Authority
3. Read the Reuters article here (interesting that the story broke in Israel and not Cyprus!!)
4. Individuals have already started to contact the Cyprus UN Mission and their DC Embassy to inquire why they are arbitrarily not allowing the Spirit of Humanity and the Free Gaza to set sail.

1. Here is the Ha’aretz article:

Last update – 17:00 18/06/2009
Activists plan to send Gaza cement, in violation of Israel blockade
By Reuters and Haaretz Service

Activists campaigning for an end to Gaza’s blockade by Israel will sail to the Hamas-run enclave from Cyprus despite the presence of the Israeli navy, they said on Thursday.

Two boats, including one carrying cement and building supplies — materials not permitted in by Israel over fears that they could be used for military purposes — will sail from Cyprus on June 25, the multi-national Free Gaza Movement said.

“We are taking 15 tons of cement, which is just a token of how much the Palestinians need, because the Israelis won’t allow building supplies into Gaza,” said Greta Berlin, a representative of the group.

The group started regular shuttles to Gaza from Cyprus in August 2008, but was turned back by the Israeli navy on its last journey in mid-January of this year.

Israel tightened a blockade on Gaza in 2007 after the Islamist Hamas took control of the enclave, a strip of land that is home to 1.5 million people.

Israeli forces bombed and then invaded Gaza in late December 2008 in a bid to rout out militants lobbing rockets into Israel, badly battering its already decrepit infrastructure.

Related articles:
U.S. ups pressure on Israel to end Gaza blockade
Ex-president Carter urges Obama to remove Hamas from U.S. terror list

2. Hear Greta Berlin and I explain what is happening with the purposeful delay of our departure

http://www.livestream.com/wbaix

3. Read the Reuters article:

 12:54 25Jun09 -Cyprus halts aid boats bound for Gaza Strip

LARNACA, Cyprus, June 25 (Reuters) – Cyprus stopped two

boats planning to carry aid to the Gaza Strip in defiance of an

Israeli blockade from leaving port on Thursday, officials said.

The U.S.-based Free Gaza Movement had been planning to take

33 activists to Gaza with medical supplies and cement, a

material that Israel does not allow into the Palestinian

territory devastated by a short war that ended early this year.

The Free Gaza Movement started sending regular aid voyages

from Cyprus to Gaza in August 2008, but one of its boats was

involved in a collision with an Israeli vessel in December, and

was turned back on another mission in January.

Cypriot shipping officials cited inspection requirements for

stopping the two vessels, a small ferry and a sailing boat, from

leaving port two hours before their scheduled departure.

Both vessels had travelled to Gaza before.

“One of the ships was only recently registered in Cyprus and

under Cyprus law it has to undergo inspection before being given

permission to sail,” said Serghios Serghiou, head of Cyprus’s

Department of Merchant Shipping. “(The second) … did not apply

for any inspections before sailing.”

Israel tightened a blockade on Gaza in 2007 after the

Islamist group Hamas took control of the enclave, a tiny sliver

of territory home to some 1.5 million people.

Israel bans imports of cement, steel or other building

supplies to Gaza, saying militants could use them for military

purposes. One of the vessels was to carry 15 tonnes of cement.

Israeli forces bombed then invaded Gaza in late December

2008 with a declared aim of ending cross-border rocket attacks

from the Hamas-ruled territory.

The war damaged infrastructure and hurt an economy already

hobbled by years of isolation.

(Writing by Michele Kambas, editing by Lin Noueihed)

((michele.kambas@thomsonreuters.com; 357 22469607; Reuters

messaging michele.kambas.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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ID theft turns area college student’s life upside-down

Posted in Business, Economy, Identity Theft, Legal, Life Improvement, News with tags , , , , on June 25, 2009 by truthwillrise

By Kim Lamb Gregory (Contact)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

 For 18 years, someone has been using the identity of Maria Gonzalez to lease cars, get credit cards and apply for bank accounts. The identity thief has inflicted heavy damage on Gonzalez’s credit rating. Photo by Rob Varela

For 18 years, someone has been using the identity of Maria Gonzalez to lease cars, get credit cards and apply for bank accounts. The identity thief has inflicted heavy damage on Gonzalez’s credit rating.

 Ventura College student Maria Gonzalez is a victim of identity theft. Gonzalez and her mother think someone took her mother’s purse when Maria was 2, and the person has been using her ID ever since. Photo by Rob Varela

Ventura College student Maria Gonzalez is a victim of identity theft. Gonzalez and her mother think someone took her mother’s purse when Maria was 2, and the person has been using her ID ever since.

 Maria Gonzalez said she quickly felt overwhelmed when she began trying to fix the problems inflicted by someone who’d been using her identity for 18 years. Photo by Rob Varela

Maria Gonzalez said she quickly felt overwhelmed when she began trying to fix the problems inflicted by someone who’d been using her identity for 18 years.

 Ventura College student Maria Gonzalez is a victim of identity theft. Gonzalez and her mother think someone took her mother’s purse when Maria was 2, and the person has been using her ID ever since. Photo by Rob Varela

Ventura College student Maria Gonzalez is a victim of identity theft. Gonzalez and her mother think someone took her mother’s purse when Maria was 2, and the person has been using her ID ever since.

 Maria Gonzalez said she quickly felt overwhelmed when she began trying to fix the problems inflicted by someone who’d been using her identity for 18 years. Photo by Rob Varela

Maria Gonzalez said she quickly felt overwhelmed when she began trying to fix the problems inflicted by someone who’d been using her identity for 18 years.

Maria Gonzalez is never late with a bill. She has a 4.0 grade-point average at Ventura College and holds down a job as a switchboard operator. But she is often treated like a deadbeat.

“I can’t get an apartment, I can’t purchase a car. I’m rejected for credit cards at Penneys and Target,” she said. “I have the worst credit.”

That’s because somebody else has been using her Social Security number for about 18 years.

“I’m not comfortable ever,” said the 20-year-old.

Gonzalez is a member of an expanding group of identity theft victims in the United States. The Federal Trade Commission says identity theft was the No. 1 complaint received by its Consumer Sentinel Network in 2008. Twenty-six percent of the 1.2 million complaints the network received last year concerned identity theft — more than 300,000 complaints.

It’s become such a problem that a representative from the FTC went before a U.S. House subcommittee last week to discuss recommendations for preventing the kind of misery that has consumed much of Gonzalez’s life.

The first time Gonzalez realized there was a problem was when she went to register at Ventura College in 2006. Newly graduated from Oxnard High School, the 17-year-old wanted to earn an associate degree in criminal justice and psychology, and later attend a four-year university.

Thief had done a lot more

“I was registering and I found out I had a balance owed of $58,” Gonzalez said. “I said, ‘Excuse me, I’ve never attended Ventura College before.’ ”

Someone else had attended Ventura College using her name and her Social Security number. Before long, she would realize the ID thief had done a lot more.

The college issued her a special student identification number so she could register. Gonzalez immediately went to the Social Security Administration branch office in Ventura to figure out what was going on.

Gonzalez learned that whoever had stolen her identity had worked at some fast food restaurants. The thief had accrued about $30,000 in benefits, which the Social Security office clerk removed. Gonzalez said she was then given a pamphlet and one sheet essentially telling her to contact credit card companies and the police department.

“I think they figured I was just a kid and they had other things to concern themselves with. I honestly felt like they didn’t take me seriously,” Gonzalez said.

The acting regional manager of Ventura’s Social Security office, Mary Walters, said she can’t speak for something that happened three years ago, but it is office policy to be courteous to all customers. And it is policy to refer ID theft victims to the Federal Trade Commission, which is responsible for fielding ID theft complaints.

Gonzalez thinks the Social Security office should do more.

“Regardless, you take the time to explain what to do,” Gonzalez said. “You don’t just say, ‘Here’s the paper, figure it out for yourself.’ ”

‘The rules of the game’

Gonzalez felt completely overwhelmed. Linda Foley, founder of the nonprofit San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center, said Gonzalez’s reaction was not surprising.

“You’re thrown into this foreign world,” Foley said. “You don’t know the rules of the game. You don’t know you’re in a game. You don’t know who to talk to for advice.”

Gonzalez had no idea the Identity Theft Resource Center existed. Foley said most people don’t know because the agency, which helps ID theft victims all over the U.S., doesn’t have the budget to advertise.

Instead, ID theft victims start hacking away at their problem, calling credit card companies, filing police reports and getting nowhere, Foley said.

That’s exactly what happened to Gonzalez. She lives in Oxnard with her mother, Maria Cordona, 46, who is divorced from Gonzalez’s father.

After puzzling over it, they finally figured out Gonzalez’s information must have been stolen when Cordona’s purse was stolen 18 years ago, when Gonzalez was 2.

During that time, the thief worked, leased a Ford and didn’t pay for it, and defaulted on credit cards.

Gonzalez filed a report with the Oxnard Police Department, and it was assigned to Detective Rick Kline. His investigation has shown that the person with Gonzalez’s information has tried to open accounts in Port Hueneme, Oxnard and as far away as Bakersfield.

Kline said about 700 identity theft cases cross his desk every year, and he’s probably fielded about 2,000 cases since Gonzalez filed hers. Kline said catching these criminals is often like trying to catch smoke.

“It’s a crime that’s increased all over because it is a really easy crime to do,” he said. “There are almost no witnesses.”

Kline said he is willing to write a letter vouching for Gonzalez as she tries to clean up her credit.

Betsy Broder, assistant director of the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, said the process for ID theft victims is being constantly streamlined. Broder and a spokesman from the Identity Theft Resource Center spoke Wednesday in Washington, D.C., before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Information Policy.

Broder briefed the subcommittee on increased security in the public sector, such as removing Social Security numbers from military identification cards. She recommended similar precautions be taken in the private sector.

In 2006 — the same year Gonzalez discovered her problem — the Bush administration formed the President’s Identity Theft Task Force. It has launched a number of initiatives to assist identity theft victims when they begin “the arduous task of repairing their credit and restoring their good names,” Broder said.

It’s a huge, time-consuming pain to make calls, take notes and do everything necessary to clean up credit, but victims like Gonzalez have no other choice, Broder said.

“It’s really important she take the time to very carefully assess the damage and keep meticulous records,” Broder said. “It sounds like a tremendous burden, but at the end of the day, it makes a big difference.”

 

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Abagnale: ID theft, fraud 4,000 times easier today

Posted in Business, Economy, Legal, Life Improvement, News with tags , , , , on June 25, 2009 by truthwillrise

By Alex Goldman on June 24, 2009 8:14 PM

NEW YORK — Frank Abagnale, whose life story was the inspiration for the movie “Catch Me If You Can” about an imposter on the run from the FBI, spoke about crime today at the technology management conference of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).

The former imposter and thief has now worked for the FBI for 35 years, helping the agency fight the kind of crimes he committed as a teenager years ago. “What I did is now 4,000 times easier,” Abagnale said.

“I needed a Heidelberg press. I needed to handle color separations, chemicals, and typesetting,” he added. “Now a criminal can go into a hotel and choose their victim from the advertising outside their window, say Continental Airlines. They can get the logo from the company Web site. They can type the company name to repeat in the background. They can pull a picture of an airplane taking off. In 15 minutes, they can make a four color check that’s prettier than the check that Continental actually uses.”

Abagnale said there’s too much information. When he committed fraud, he invented bank names and addresses, but today’s criminals don’t need to. A criminal could call accounts receivable and say they wanted to pay an invoice and get not just Continental’s bank but also the account number and routing numbers. “Tell a company you want to pay them and they’ll tell you everything,” he said.

A criminal can call corporate communications and ask for the annual report. “On page three are the signatures of all the company officers. It’s black on white glossy, camera-ready art,” he said.

Advising the FBI

Of course, Abagnale has been advising the U.S. government on how to prevent this sort of thing for some time. “I worked with the Treasury Department to redesign the currency. In 1996, we changed it for the first time in 72 years,” he said.

He added that the effort continues with a new $5 bill this year and a new $100 bill soon, but the Treasury cannot withdraw old bills.

He works on other projects regularly. “I do the same thing today that I did then. Corporations give me their ATM machine and I see if I can get around it.”

But systems are only as secure as the people who run them. “I get to walk around the TSA today but all I’d need to do is get to one person and if they lack character or ethics, the system is doomed and I get on board with the bomb. In 2008, white collar crime cost America $900 billion and it’s growing every year. When I was asked about aid to Katrina victims, I predicted that 40 percent would go to fraud. Crime is now easier, faster, and harder to detect.”

He said that young people should be taught ethics and values. “It has nothing to do with religion; it’s about character and ethics,” he said.

The biography

Abagnale had been invited to the conference to tell his life story, and he did so:

“I was born in Bronxville, N.Y. and attended a Catholic school. One day, I was taken out of class and sent to White Plains because my parents were divorcing. I had no idea what was going on or what family court was. When I got there I was told to go up the steps and meet my parents. I found them in a court room. The judge beckoned me forward and he read from a paper. He never acknowledged me. He said I would have to choose a parent to live with. I ran out. My mother didn’t see me for seven years and I never spoke to my father again.”

“I took the New Haven and Hartford Railroad, as it was then called, to New York City. My father had a stationery store here. I got jobs in stationery stores making small amounts of money but I soon realized I couldn’t support myself.”

“I was six feet tall and had a little grey hair. I was 16 years old but decided to lie about my age. I altered my IBM card and changed my birth date from 4/48 to 4/38. I was making more money, but I was still drawing on an account my parents had set up for me. When I needed money, I would write myself a check for $5 or $10. The checks started to bounce.”

“One day at 5 PM I was walking down 42nd Street past the Hotel Commodore, now the Hyatt, and I saw an Eastern Airlines flight crew. I heard a noise above me. It was a New York Airways helicopter landing on the Pan Am building.”

“I decided to call Pan Am. I told them I needed a uniform. They said don’t you have a spare and I said yes, but it’s in San Francisco. They said you know this will come out of your paycheck and I said yes. They said go to the Well Built Uniform Company.”

“A Mr. Rosen fitted a uniform for me. I asked to pay by check and he said no. I asked to pay with cash and he said no. He asked me to fill out a form and my employer would pay and I said that was better.”

“I went to La Guardia because that was the closest airport and tried to figure out how to get on a plane. Finally I got hungry and went to a bar and ordered a sandwich. Two TWA pilots sat down next to me and asked me what equipment I was on. I did not know the jargon. I said, ‘GE,’ which was the wrong answer. They asked me what Pan Am was doing at La Guardia since it only flew out of JFK and I said I was on my way there and left quickly.”

“I learned that as good as it was to have a uniform, it was useless without an airline ID. I looked up ‘Identification’ in the Yellow Pages. I called some places and finally one told me that the airline IDs were made by the 3M company so I called them up to discuss quantity and price for a large order. I asked for a sample but the paper they handed me had ‘SAMPLE’ written across it. I said will we also have to buy this equipment? If so, why don’t you show me how it’s used and for a demonstration, make a card for me.”

“I had a card but it had no logo. I couldn’t type, print, or write on the glossy card. I passed a hobby shop and bought a jet liner model. I threw away the parts and used the sheet of decals. Pan Am says I flew a million miles but I never stepped on board one of their flights and that’s true because I was afraid that someone would ask me why their ID was different than mine. So I flew everyone else.”

“When I got there, I found out where the flight crew stayed and I signed in a binder. Pan Am was billed for my cash and meals. Also, I could cash personal checks at the hotel. I learned that every airline honors each others’ personal checks.”

“At 18, I quit because the FBI took out a John Doe warrant on me. Based on interviews with people, they thought I was 30 years old. I moved to Atlanta Geogia and into the Riverbed Apartments. On the application form, it asked my profession and I nearly wrote ‘airline pilot’ but then it asked about my employer and supervisor. I thought about it and realized I needed a profession that would explain why I had a car and a nice apartment so I said I was a doctor. At the condo, a nosy interviewer asked what kind of doctor I was. I said, ‘medical doctor.’ Eventually, I said ‘pediatrician.’ I thought I was safe because it was an apartment for singles, so there would be no children”

“One day a real pediatrician moved in. He was separated from his wife and lonely. He kept trying to talk to me. I went to Emory University and read the latest medical journals. I was waiting for him every day. I’d follow him into his apartment. ‘Hey, you know what they’re doing up at Mayo?’ If he went to the bathroom, I’d talk through the door. Eventually, he started avoiding me, which is what I wanted.”

“But one day I got a call from the hospital where he worked. They said that they needed to have a full doctor overnight in an administrative capacity. I said I wasn’t licensed to practice in Georgia, but they got me a temporary license. I gave it a shot and no one doubted I was a doctor.”

“I passed the bar in the state of Louisiana and became a lawyer. I studied the law there, which is based on the Napoleonic code, for two months, and passed the bar exam. I was licensed by the state and worked for the Attorney General.”

“I did things nobody had ever done before. I bought a Burroughs 1000 magnetic encoder and put it in a bank and for one day everyone deposited their checks into my account.”

“One day I arrived late at O’Hare airport in Chicago and it was closing. I noticed that everyone — Hertz, Avis, Eastern, Delta — was putting their cash in a night box. I rented a bank guard uniform from a costume store and hung up a sign that said, ‘Box out of order. Leave cash with guard on duty’ and they did! How could a box be out of order? Nobody asked me.”

“But every criminal gets caught. I was arrested in the French town of Montpellier on an Interpol warrant from the Swedish police. I was convicted of forgery. I entered the Maison d’Arret weighing 198 pounds and left weighing 109 pounds. Steven Spielberg told Barbara Walters that he felt it was important for me to go back and see my exact prison cell and that he was shocked to find it was a blanket with a hole in the floor for the bathroom.”

“Then I was extradited to Sweden and served in a penitentiary in Malmo. Then I was arraigned in the U.S. and sentenced to 12 years. I had served four years in Virginia when the U.S. government offered to take me out and into service until my sentence was complete or my parole was served.”

“This February, I celebrated 35 years with the FBI. I’ve been married for 33 years and have three sons.”

“Spielberg said he chose to tell my story not to glorify what I did but because of what I did for my country for over thirty years.”

“I was a child. I did immoral, illegal, and unethical things and they will always be a burden to me. Few men are worthy of being called ‘daddy.’ I needed a father and mother and it’s not popular to say so, but divorce is a devastating thing to deal with. I cried myself to sleep every night until I was 19. I spent Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in foreign countries in hotels. Only a fool would think they could break the law and not get caught. My kids ask my wife why I get up in the middle of the night and go downstairs and sit in front of the TV and don’t turn it on.”

“I have a lot to regret. When I was in jail I was thinking about my dad and how I’d see him again and say I was sorry but one day while I was in jail he slipped on a subway staircase and hit his head and died.”

“I owe everything to this country. This country gives everyone a second chance. I’ve turned down three pardons, including one from the last President.”

“I met my wife while working undercover. I broke protocol and told her who I was. She married me against the wishes of her parents. God gave me a wife and she gave me three kids and she changed my life. Prison didn’t rehabilitate me — she did. Anyone here who’s a parent, you know that the last thing you worry about every night as you head hits the pillow if your kid. The definition of a man — I’d like to say this since it’s just been Father’s Day — is not money, skills, or achievements. A real man loves his wife and is faithful.”

Today

Today, Abagnale has a Web site and has written five books on identity theft. He works for the FBI and also takes speaking engagements.

He gave attendees three pieces of advice on avoiding identify theft.

1) Don’t write a lot of checks. He noted that checks are stored in a data warehouse in the clear and are handled by people making a low hourly wage.

2) He told everyone to buy a shredder and not just any shredder. He said that ribbon shredders produce garbage from which the FBI can reconstruct a bank statement in 60 minutes. He said crisscross shredders produce garbage from which the FBI can reconstruct a bank statement in 8 hours. He said that microcut shredders produce confetti from which the FBI cannot reconstruct the original. Although all are for sale, “what’s to think about,” he asked.

3) He told attendees to use a credit monitoring service that will provide immediate alerts, instead of monthly or quarterly letters and that monitors all three credit services.

“I live my life 99.5 percent risk free,” he said. “I don’t use checks and I don’t use a debit card. I spend the credit card company’s money. If someone runs up a $1,000 bill on my cell phone, I don’t dispute it with AT&T — I dispute it through Visa. In the TJ Maxx case, people who lost debit cards waited 2 months for their money, and people who lost credit card numbers got a new credit card within 10 days.”

“For my kids, I gave them a supplemental credit card attached to my account and the bills came to me. I told them if they were spending a lot of time in a bar, I’d know about it. I paid the bill on time every month and when they graduated from college, they had a credit score of 770 and were able to buy a car and a house,” he said

“I’m not worried about shopping online,” Abagnale said. “I use my credit card. My liability is zero.”

Abagnale said he even uses his credit card instead of a bank card to get cash from an ATM machine.

Companies must do better

“Every company should be asking what it can do to protect the identity of its customers. Why do banks allow tellers to see information like a social security number? They should have to go to a separate screen to request that information. There’s software from companies like IBM and Novell that costs $100,000. Why can’t banks differentiate based on how they protect their customers? There’s no excuse not to have that,” Abagnale said.

“There should be only five instances when you need to use your social security number: to get a driver’s license, to get a loan or open an account at a bank, to put your children in school, to get health care, and to pay taxes,” Abagnale said.

He added that government can do better too, certainly with voting machines. “I like optical reader systems,” he said. “Once you introduce software, you introduce the ability to manipulate it.”

He concluded by saying that most problems are about morals and ethics. “We can build in security, but that won’t solve the issue of the character of the younger generation. Crime is getting worse,” he said. “I was raised Catholic and taught right and wrong. I chose the wrong path but my parents had given me the ropes I needed to pull myself out of that world. We live in a society that doesn’t teach Ethics in school. Many Fortune 500 companies have no code of ethics.”

 

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Documents Back Saudi Link to Extremists

Posted in 9/11, False Flag Terror, New World Order, News, Stupid Government Tricks, the 9/11 Files with tags , , , , on June 25, 2009 by truthwillrise
ERIC LICHTBLAU
The New York Times
June 24, 2009

 

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Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of Sept. 11 victims provide new evidence of extensive financial support for  Al Qaeda and other extremist groups by members of the Saudi royal family, but the material may never find its way into court because of legal and diplomatic obstacles.

 

The case has put the Obama administration in the middle of a political and legal dispute, with the Justice Department siding with the Saudis in court last month in seeking to kill further legal action. Adding to the intrigue, classified American intelligence documents related to Saudi finances were leaked anonymously to lawyers for the families. The Justice Department had the lawyers’ copies destroyed and now wants to prevent a judge from even looking at the material.

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