Government-issued documents are the most popular target for identity thieves. And the tactics cyber criminals use to get them are growing more sophisticated. Those findings from the latest Federal Trade Commission data on consumer complaints. Each year, the FTC gathers data using a secure, online system. The Consumer Sentinel Network logged a million complaints in 2010. Nearly a fifth cited identity theft, making that the top concern among citizens. The most common goal of ID theft is to fraudulently obtain government benefits, according to the FTC report.
This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily Cybersecurity Update brought to you by Tripwire. For more cybersecurity news, click here.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.