Are you living in an identity theft hotzone?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Yesterday a report from Experian revealed that incidents of identity theft in the United Kingdom have risen 66 percent in the last year, with most victims living in London.

According to Experian, residents in College Gardens in Tooting, south London, were almost five times more likely to fall victim to identity thieves than average.  Other hotzones – which saw more than four times the usual level of reported ID fraud according  to Experian – were scattered across the country. Great Cambourne near Cambridge, the village of Far Cotton, Northampton and the large housing estate of Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees were singled out for attention.

The fact is, however, that cybercriminals looking to steal information for financial gain will take whatever they can get their hands on, and that users everywhere should ensure their identities are protected online…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.