In 2015 I had my identity stolen by some very smart people. These people attempted to open new lines of credit through numerous retailers, online shopping sites, and even quick-cash loan sites. The only way I was able to detect them was through a credit monitoring service I had set up several years before and had pretty much forgotten about. I was able to to stop them before any real damage was done. In my efforts to find out who these people were, I learned a lot about cyber crime and how little is being done to stop it.
My wife will be the first to tell you that I can be somewhat stubborn at times. I didn’t like the fact that someone was trying to steal from me and nothing was being done about it. The more I learned about cyber crime the more angry I got. There is a lot of misinformation out there and the majority of people on the web don’t know just what kind of vast, cesspool of a battlefield the world wide web really is.
So here I am. My goal is to use my above-average knowledge on the subject of cyber crime to help you put on a bio-suit before you post that next picture on Facebook while sitting on a public wi-fi at Starbucks.
As a teenager back in the 1980’s I used to run a Bulletin Board System in Houston called the Dark Side of the Moon. It was a 2400 baud modem dial-up system running a simple software program called GBBS with a 60 megabyte hard drive tied to an Apple //e home computer. It was state of the art at the time including a robust message board system and a large library of software downloads. I have re-generated my nerd powers from those days to begin deep dives into the internet and learn as much as I can about how it works and, more importantly, how the very smart cyber criminals out there take advantage of it to steal from you.
Hence, The Dark Side of the Moon returns, 30 years later. I hope that I can help you protect yourself and stay informed of the real threats against you.