Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Airline passengers could face id-theft threat from discarded boarding passes


Recently, media outlets have reported personal security risks to airline travelers from discarded boarding passes with printed bar codes. Is it safer to stick with smart phone passes?

Hackers might be able to combine information obtained from barcode decoders with social media posts to guess passwords and eventually obtain PII, CBS reported in October 2015 here.
 
Yet, the practical risk for most travelers of an actual identity hack from such an event sounds remote.  My own name, being somewhat unusual, makes this more difficult.  You still wonder how banks and financial institutions give mortgages and car loans to people who don’t exist.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Company seems to offer a plug-in that would simulate https everywhere


This promoted story appeared on ABC’s Yahoo link (for Good Morning America).  It looks like a sales pitch. “1 Reason Not to Go Online if you live in US”, link.

The article purports to claim that signing up for this “limited service” provides what sounds like essentially the same protection as https everywhere.

Maybe someone knows if a product off the shelf can really do this.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

States can levy additional penalties on illegal immigrants who commit id theft to get work


The Washington Times reports that states can imposed their own penalties on illegal immigrants who commit identity theft to get a job, as in the front page story Tuesday May 3, 2016, top banner, here.

The Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio on Monday.

The Lifetime film "Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story" (2004, dir. Robert Dornhelm) comes to mind, as a true story where this really happened.

Wikipedia attribution link for Maricopa County (Phoenix) AZ courthouse.  (author “Tony the Marine”).