Tuesday, July 7, 2009

US Social Security System Open to Identity Theft and Fraud

The nation’s Social Security numbering scheme has left millions of citizens vulnerable to privacy breaches, according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, who for the first time have used statistical techniques to predict Social Security numbers solely from an individual’s date and location of birth.


The findings, published Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are further evidence that privacy safeguards created in the era before powerful computers and ubiquitous networks are increasingly failing, setting up an architecture of vulnerability around personal digital information.


To read the full New York Times article, please click here.

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