While a breach involving tax refund fraud would normally get posted to the companion blog, DataBreaches.net, here’s a case where a data breach and the investigators’ surveillance tools collide. Jamie Ross of Courthouse News reports:
The federal government’s use of a “stingray” device to track down a suspected ID thief has become an issue in the man’s 73-count indictment.
Daniel Rigmaiden was arrested and federally charged with 35 counts of wire fraud, 35 counts of identity theft, two counts of mail fraud, and one count of unauthorized computer access. Federal investigators used a “stingray” to trace Rigmaiden’s card to an apartment he was renting under an alias.
A stingray simulates a cell phone tower to pinpoint a suspect’s location and listen in on conversations.
Read more on Courthouse News.