Sunday, March 15, 2009

ID Theft and US PAssports - A new Vulnerability. Click for link to story

We've talked and written a great deal about "composite" identity theft. that's where someone makes up a fake person by stealing pieces of information from real people. Now we discover that US passports are being obtained using these constructed identities.
"Using counterfeit documents and the identities of a dead man and a 5-year-old boy, a government investigator obtained American passports in a test of security measures. Despite efforts to improve passport security since the Sept. 11 attacks, the investigator fooled passport and postal service employees on four separate applications, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office." From the New York Times article
In the never ending saga of trying to connect a flesh-and-blood human being with a name, birth date, birth place, and Social Security number once again we discover n this problem with passports how difficult this has become. The bad guys have a thousand ways of getting information and creating legitimate looking personalities and authentications.

As a society we are stuck between onerous and almost impossible verification techniques and "customer friendly" delivery of vital documents such as a passport.

Stay tuned to this blog for further exploration of how that might eventually happen.

Keep your documents safe!


At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Verr Are Ya Papers! Please! I know this one all to well & have not only reduced myself (finacially & publicly)to almost non existant on paper, I now am at LEAST 3 different people on paper But no one mistakes Me, outspoken, in-debt, not worth the time to take advantage of, ect... but this is not a Jan, Crash Course. So, Kudos for the awareness with your course.


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