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Ongoing research projects of the University of Applied Sciences Lübeck

Published on 29 May 2016

The University of Applied Sciences Lübeck reports on the research project VISIT

Training package to protect against identity theft

VISIT FH Lübeck Forschungsprojekte

Prof. Dr. Granow 2014-09 – 2017-01

The Police Chief Magazine

Published on 10 Mar 2016

The Spread of Identity Theft – Developments and Initiatives within the European Union

…Despite increasing attention devoted to the topic of Identity Theft within the European Union, authors and policy makers still identify a number of reasons why Identity Theft is not as significant a problem as it is in the United States. These reasons often relate to attitudes and actions set forth by governments, businesses, and citizens.

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The Guardian

Published on 10 Jan 2016

Data and computer security – As easy as 123456: the 25 worst passwords revealed

If your password appears on this list, you should probably change it right away. Good news! People are still astonishingly bad at picking secure passwords, and if you run your fingers across the top row of your keyboard, you will probably type seven of the 15 most-used passwords at once.

When we say “good news”, we mean “good news for people who want to break into password-protected accounts”, of course. If you are one of the people with a bad password, that is very bad news indeed.

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ASW Bundesverband Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft announces VISIT conference

Published on 30 Oct 2015

ASW Federal Association | Alliance for Security in Business e.V. informs its members about identity theft

ASW Newsletter 30.10.2015

Background report
Title: “Identity theft – starts with individuals and does not stop at companies”

Author: Stephan Lehmann, Result Group GmbH

“Even though the topic in Germany has increasingly come into the public eye, Germans – compared to, for example, the British, Chinese and Americans – are relatively unconscious when it comes to the actual protection of their own individual data a representative survey published in the ‘Harvard Business Review’ and shows that, generally speaking, the knowledge of sharing data and information – deliberately or unconsciously – is very low, with only 25 percent of respondents knowing that their data tracks indicate give their opinion and only 14 percent were aware that, for example, their previous internet use is recognizable2.
A project supported by the European Commission by January 2017 with partners from Germany, Portugal and Finland focuses particularly on the common weaknesses that are commonplace: private information (address, date of birth), financial data (bank and credit cards), mobile data carriers (Smart phones, tablets) and ICT-based data so that identities can be more effectively managed and protected. During the course of the project, it was found that there is still no uniform definition of the offense “identity theft” and thus the penalty is made more difficult. In addition, victims of this form of crime have the problem of substantiation, since the criminal act took place in and with their name.

In November 2016, the results of the project will be presented to the general public, bringing together ID management, law enforcement and ID theft experts to share best practices. In addition, current trends and measures to reduce identity theft in European partner countries will be analyzed to accelerate the dissemination of successful prevention models.

Screen shot of the ASW Newsletter KW 44-15, p. 8 (only German)

ASW news 44-15. Konferenz

Insider Monkey Blog

Published on 10 Jun 2015

11 Countries with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft in the World

In 11 countries with the highest rates of Identity Theft in the world, this crime has become rampant. Developed countries has been facing this problem for some time now, but as other countries develop their Internet infrastructure and more and more people turn to online banking, Identity Theft has started to be a major issue worldwide.

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Published on 10 May 2015

Number of Identity Theft victims rises by a third

The number of people falling victim to Identity Theft in the UK has risen by almost a third, new figures suggest. The BBC has learned that criminals are increasingly using internet forums to buy and sell data. They use the information to open bank accounts, obtain credit cards and commit fraud in other people’s names.

Fraud prevention agency Cifas said the number of victims rose by 31% to 32,058 in the first three months of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014.

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University of Jyväskylä | Faculty of Information Technology

Published on 01 Sep 2014

Project Website Partner Finland


Published on 10 Jul 2014

Forschungsprojekt: Uni deckt 100.000 Fälle von Identitätsdiebstahl auf

Kursieren meine Daten in Hackerforen? Diese Frage soll ein Online-Service des Hasso-Plattner-Instituts der Uni Potsdam beantworten. Nach knapp zwei Monaten hat das Tool bereits mehr als 100.000 Warn-E-Mails verschickt.

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