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Obamacare Users Urged to Change Passwords After Heartbleed Virus


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The heartbleed virus has government officials concerned enough to ask Obamacare users to change their passwords.Administration officials say it's just a precaution and there is no indication that the healthcare.gov site has been compromised.But, after a review of the government's vulnerability to the perplexing heartbleed Internet security bug, they're telling Obamacare users to change passwords-- including those with accounts on the popular Whitehouse.Gov petitions page.A message to be posted on the health care website says, "we have taken steps to address heartbleed issues and reset consumers' passwords out of an abundance of caution."The heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology designed to protect online accounts.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Stock Trading Closed for Good Friday; Mazda Recalling More than 100K SUVs


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. markets were closed for the holiday. But is Good Friday good for stocks? Historically, stocks tend to trend down on the Monday after the holiday.  Meanwhile, Mazda is recalling more than 100,000 Tribute SUV's in cold weather states to fix rusting frame parts. The model years 2001 to 2004 sold in 20 states where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads may have the problem. copyright 2014 abc news radio

Wine in a Paint Can? Yes, Really!


McCann Vilnius(NEW YORK) -- Beaujolais Nouveau has long suffered an unflattering comparison to paint thinner for its bright, cidery aromas that fly in the face of soft, juicy Merlot or peppery Cabernet Sauvignon. But a European ad agency has turned that association on its head with some striking new packaging -- a paint can, of course. Each year, McCann Vilnius, the oldest ad agency in Lithuania, creates a limited-edition packaging design for the latest Beaujolais Nouveau vintage. For 2014, the agency chose to wink at the fact that too much red wine can stain one's teeth and released "Couleur Nouveau" in a purple paint tin. A color chart on the back of the can even indicates the shade your teeth will turn depending on how many glasses of wine are consumed. But with the stunt-marketing vessel only available in limited quantities, many may purchase them for sheer conversation pieces rather than actually imbibing. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Workers Collect Thousands in False Injury Claims


ABC News' Cecilia Vega confronts Vincent Lamantia, an ex-cop who allegedly lied about suffering from depression due to post-9/11 trauma and collected thousands in disability payments. (ABC News)(NEW YORK) -- Every year, countless people rake in thousands of dollars by faking an injury to collect on disability payments. Vincent Lamantia, 43, from Staten Island, N.Y., is allegedly one of those fraudsters. In online videos, Lamantia appears to be very brazen, giving others advice on how to make easy money. He is one of many former New York City police officers and firefighters who were recently indicted for claiming fraudulent psychological ailments in order to collect social security benefits. Lamantia allegedly lied about suffering from depression from post-9/11 trauma, and collected nearly $150,000 in disability payments. Despite saying he was too ill to work, he was working for an energy company and traveling to exotic countries, like Indonesia, according to prosecutors. He is heard in one online video bragging about money coming in at his job saying, “They keep paying us. They keep downloading money every single week. We’re getting emails that said, 'Congratulations, you have money.'" ABC News approached Vincent Lamantia for comment, but he declined to speak. Many of the indicted former officers left a trail of evidence posted online, including Glen Lieberman, a retired police officer who claimed mental illness, but was found smiling on a jet ski in a photo posted on Facebook. Lieberman's lawyer told ABC News the photo was taken before he became sick. Luis Hurtado collected almost half a million dollars for a claimed back injury. But, at the time, he was an active owner and martial arts teacher at “VIP Karate” school in Florida and currently has his picture posted on their website. The defendants in this case all pleaded not guilty. These former officers are among the many individuals who are accused of claiming a fraudulent injury. Experts estimate that false injury claims cost insurance companies billions of dollars a year, which trickles down to taxpayers and raises their premiums. Questionable claims are up 24 percent from last year. Cathy Cashwell, from Oak Island, N.C., was another individual accused of wrongfully collecting worker’s compensation. In her 2004 claim, Cashwell said a shoulder injury while working as a postal worker prevented her from standing, running, reaching or grasping. Yet, she was spotted on the show The Price is Right, running up to the podium, jumping in excitement and spinning the wheel. She also posted all her vacation photos online, and was seen zip-lining and hang-gliding on Facebook. She subsequently pleaded guilty to fraud. Valerie Scroggins, a former New York City bus driver, claimed that a severe shoulder injury prevented her from getting behind the wheel. In 2006, detectives tracked her down in Europe playing drums at a concert with her band, ESG. She pleaded guilty on Sept. 19, 2008 to “attempted fraudulent practices." Chicago-based private investigator Bob Kiehn makes it his job to catch impostors, with the help of his spy gear. “It’s those people that are raising the insurance premiums…that’s why I do this," Kiehn told ABC News. Keihn and his company can save insurance companies millions of dollars a year by detecting fraud. He’s caught people on camera, such as Marwan Khouri, who reported severe back and neck injuries and yet was seen on video using a pick ax. Khouri's lawyer told ABC News the video does not show the extent of Khouri's injuries. But Khouri was denied all compensation after an insurance commission ruled that he had lied. There was also a steel worker, who was collecting money for a shoulder injury, but was caught by Kiehn on video working with a power saw to cut through ice while ice fishing. While Kiehn makes it harder for people to commit these frauds, there are many people who are willing to take that risk. “The best way and only way of beating the system is completely staying in your house, not leaving for three to five years," Kiehn said. "Because anything you do outside of that -- and we’re there -- we’re going to get it.” Watch the full story on ABC News' 20/20 tonight at 10 p.m. ETCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Security Breach May Have Affected 2.6M Michaels Customers


payphoto/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(IRVING, Texas) -- Three months after learning of a possible security breach, Michaels announced on Thursday that it has discovered evidence confirming it was indeed attacked.The arts and crafts chain said in a statement "that systems of Michaels stores in the United States and its subsidiary, Aaron Brothers, were attacked by criminals using highly sophisticated malware that had not been encountered previously by either of the security firms" running the investigation.Approximately 2.6 million cards used in Michaels stores between May 8, 2013 and Jan. 27, 2014, and 400,000 cards used between June 26, 2013 and Feb. 27, 2014 at 54 Aaron Brothers stores may have been affected."The affected systems contained certain payment card information, such as payment card number and expiration date, about both Michaels and Aaron Brothers customers. There is no evidence that other customer personal information, such as name, address or PIN, was at risk in connection with this issue," Michaels said in the statement.So far, the retailer has received "limited" reports of fraudulent card use. Michaels says the incident is now fully contained and the malware no longer presents a threat to shoppers at either store.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Walmart Sends Chills Through Money Transfer Business


Walmart(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) -- Big changes are coming to the money transfer business. Walmart announced on Thursday that it’s entering the market, leaving competitors shaking in their boots. Walmart-2-Walmart will be available to customers on April 24. The world's largest retailer says the money transfer service will allow customers to "transfer money to and from more than 4,000 Walmart stores nationwide for up to 50 percent less than similar offerings on the market."Walmart teamed up with Euronet Worldwide’s Ria Money Transfer for the new service. It will have two pricing tiers: customers will pay a fee of $4.50 for transfers up to $50 and $9.50 for transfers up to $900. Shares of MoneyGram fell nearly 18 percent after the announcement. Western Union shares, meanwhile, are down more than 5 percent.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Wedding Registry App Lets Couples Add Items from Anywhere


Zola(NEW YORK) -- Couples heading to the altar can now add items from multiple stores to one simple registry.Brides-to-be can use their smartphones to scan the bar codes of products in any store or add links from online retailers with the new app from Zola, which launched Thursday. And users aren’t limited to products -- they can also add dance lessons, wine tasting tours, cooking classes or honeymoon funds to their registry."We want couples to be able to register for anything they want -- products, honeymoon cash, experiences,” Zola founder and CEO Shan-Lyn Ma told ABC News.More than 10,000 couples have signed up since Zola launched its website in October. The new app, only available on iOS, adds a fun feature called Blender."It’s a quick and easy way to browse and add products to their wedding registry,” Ma said. “You swipe right to add and left to dismiss -- similar to Tinder.”The feature pulls products and experiences from multiple vendors, all sourced directly by Ma’s team.“Our ultimate goal is to provide all the things someone might love to have with their fiancé, to create their lives together,” she said. "Whether that’s stuff for the kitchen or the home or a honeymoon."The app is also more interactive than a traditional registry. Couples can create collections to group similar products together and also add comments to let friends and family know why they want a particular item.Instead of posting a link to Bloomingdale’s or Bed, Bath and Beyond, couples share their Zola link."We found the vast majority of couples today have a wedding website of some kind,” Ma said. “So they post the link there.”When friends or family find a gift they want to purchase, they pay through Zola’s website and the couple gets an alert those funds are in their account.The couple makes the final purchase.Ma acknowledged it’s an extra step, but says that way the couple can control when the product gets shipped."Couples said this was a big problem,” she said. “It was hard to plan when your gifts would arrive or manage the returns process. We found people were having boxes arrive unexpectedly. They weren’t sure if they wanted to open them, or keep them or return them. We developed a tracker so you can device when and what will be sent to you.”The app is free and will expand to other mobile platforms within the next few months.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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