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The Cybersecurity Play That Doubled Once – Will Double Again

Not long ago, a relative of mine was the victim of identity theft. And I have to tell you that I really felt for the entire family.

The thief ran up nearly $20,000 in charges, opened new accounts and tried to open others.

And I can tell you that the frustrations over the losses (most of which ended up being covered) were dwarfed by the helplessness that came whenever new charges showed up – and the worry that was spawned by never finding out how the whole mess started.

As we watch the headlines about data breaches and cybercrime – and watch as the violations move closer and closer to home – those worries only escalate.

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    Will Jack Lew be the New U.S. Treasury Secretary?

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    U.S. President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate Jacob "Jack" Lew as the new U.S. Treasury secretary, according to a number of reports released today (Wednesday.)

    The nomination could be announced as early as Thursday.

    Lew would replace current U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner who made it known he would leave the White House by month's end.

    Sources say President Obama had to convince Geithner, the former head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, to remain in the position for the duration of the president's first term. Geithner was ready to leave after the nasty debt fight during the summer of 2011.

    The appointment comes as the budget battle on Capitol Hill is heating up.

    Lew would immediately have to tackle major debates in Washington, focusing on what to do with the country's $16.4 trillion debt ceiling (reached on Dec. 31) and how to handle the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts.

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