Identity theft is the stealing of sufficient information and proof of identity to pass oneself off as another person, operate their bank accounts, etc. This is a particularly common global problem, based on systematic forms of information stealing by malware or other forms of information theft. Identity theft is a criminal offense around the world. Hackers and organized crime are generally held responsible for the culture of identity theft.
Examples of Identity Theft:
|Stealing credit card details|
Stealing passwords or components of an online identity
Stealing or forging materials related to someone's official identity records
Pretending to be someone else, and carrying out business in that name
FTC information on how to deter and detect identity theft