A report from WatertownDailyTimes.com:

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While never smiled upon by law enforcement authorities, young people have long looked upon obtaining fake identification as a rite of passage.

Having a phony driver’s license meant a minor could buy alcohol for himself and his friends. And for those entering college who weren’t yet old enough to purchase liquor legally, this was a true perk. Freedom from parental rule plus a fake ID equals happiness!

Decades ago, it was easier to dummy a driver’s license — particularly before they required photos. But states have invested considerably into making them more difficult to forge.

As the technology to create IDs has improved, so have the resources to fake and obtain them. Many people can now get phony driver’s licenses over the Internet. But this increases the risk that those seeking fake IDs will have their identities stolen in the process.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this week warned college students about the dangers of trying to obtain fake IDs online. He said investigators with the state Department of Motor Vehicles have found dozens of cases over the past few years of young people being scammed by overseas companies.

In attempting to purchase a fake ID, young adults provide personal information su……….. continues on WatertownDailyTimes.com.

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A report from WDIV Detroit:

You’ve heard the data breach horror stories, hackers hitting big targets from major retailers to the federal government.

Don’t forget, there’s a lot of personal information stored at major academic institutions.

“You think about college campuses, they are rich with data, right? So the obvious, you have student data, people coming and going to school for the first time and they’re registering for classes and they’ve got all this information they have to give the institution. That’s all very valuable data to cyber criminals and the like,” says Michael Kaiser, of the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Kaiser says universities could be a prime targets for identity theft and some are just catching up to that idea. “They may not always be aware of how much data they have. And, that starts with any kind of organization looking at, what is the data we have on this campus, what are the crown jewels of that data, and what are we doing to protect it?”

Students need to protect themselves

Kaiser says students need to be ready to protect their personal information and their school’s network as well.

“It starts at the very basic level of every user who’s accessing a network, simple things like software pa……….. continues on WDIV Detroit.

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