Week in Review: Aug. 20, 2010

Courts Crack Down on ID Theft, and How Secure are Online-Stored Check Images?A review of this with week's top stories by managing editor Tracy Kitten: After Gonzalez, U.S. Courts Are Cracking Down on ID Theft; and How Secure are Those Online Database that Store Check Images?

Cracking Down on ID Theft -- Since Albert Gonzalez, judges and legislators have begun to stiffen the penalties cybercriminals face for identity theft. Kim Peretti of PricewaterhouseCoopers, formerly a prosecutor for the Department of Justice, shares her views on shifting legal perspectives.

How Secure are Stored Check Images? -- Hackers will always figure out how to break into a website or an online account. Until all imaged information, and the online databases that house that information, are fully encrypted, images stored online will never be fully secure.

Account Takeover Pt. III: Back to Cash? -- One editor shares why she's scrapping the use of debit for cash. In fact, she suggests increases in card-skimming attacks, online breaches and cybercrimes will push more and more consumers in a similar direction.

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