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Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online by Chris Weber, William Chan, Gary Bahadur

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Identity Theft

Identify theft is the most damaging and personally invasive of new illegal cyberactivities. It is a crime in just about any country to steal someone's identify. The use of technology and the Internet has made it very simple to become someone else. When someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data that is identity theft. Fraud is very closely linked to identity theft in many cases. In the U.S., online databases carrying everything from your Social Security number to your driver license information, which can be hacked and stolen. When criminals try to become you, they steal as much information about you as they can, such as bank account or credit card numbers, telephone calling card numbers, your home address, ...

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