In 2014, 85 percent of people took steps to prevent identity theft, according to ARAG, a provider of legal insurance.
Gemalto revealed that in the first six months of this year a total of 888 data breaches occurred, compromising 246 million records worldwide.
Three women from Houston, Texas, stand accused of engaging in an identity theft scheme in which one of them, a contract employee of the Department of State Passport Agency, was in charge of stealing personally identifiable information of persons applying for a passport.
A member of the identity theft and credit card fraud ring known as Carder.su was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison for selling stolen and counterfeit credit cards over the Internet.
Data breaches are affecting consumers nationwide and residents in and around Washington, D.C.
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