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Articles and videos from The NY Times on identity theft, including information on how personal information is stolen, and how to prevent the theft of private information, credit card numbers and social security numbers.

Five top banks no longer use Social Security numbers to verify a customer’s identity, though the nation’s biggest banks still use them, a new report finds.
Posted: March 20, 2013, 10:59 am
More than 12 million people were victims of identity fraud in 2012, a new report finds.
Posted: February 21, 2013, 11:55 am
Three pallets of floor tile, ordered by a man using someone else’s credit card, were delivered in front of a Brooklyn building and haven’t been seen since.
Posted: January 19, 2013, 3:32 am
A former astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California sued NASA, claiming its background checks violated his privacy rights. He lost the case, but his claim now has proved true.
Posted: November 28, 2012, 1:49 pm
Gov. Nikki R. Haley said state officials had not done enough to stop computer hackers who recently stole millions of personal financial records from the state’s Department of Revenue.
Posted: November 21, 2012, 12:51 am
The theft of tax information from a South Carolina computer system appears to have been the largest cyberattack ever on a state government.
Posted: November 6, 2012, 1:01 am
A hacker broke into the state’s computer system, exposing 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers.
A shift by the Social Security Administration to limit access to its death records is beginning to slow research, such as assessments of hospital safety and efforts to spot consumer fraud.
Posted: October 8, 2012, 5:56 pm
Hackers dumped thousands of personal records from some 50 universities — including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Princeton, Johns Hopkins and the University of Zurich — online Monday. The hackers, who call themselves Team GhostShell, tried to justify it by saying they were protesting changing education laws in Europe and spikes in tuition fees in the United States.
Posted: October 3, 2012, 8:34 pm
Sock puppetry, or adopting an imaginary persona to praise your own writings and criticize your enemies, is a time-honored art that thrives online.