Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action

Researchers: Social Security Numbers Can Be Guessed

07 Jul 2009 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

This excerpt is from an article in today's Washington Post:

Researchers have found that it is possible to guess many -- if not all -- of the nine digits in an individual's Social Security number using publicly available information, a finding they say compromises the security of one of the most widely used consumer identifiers in the United States.

Many numbers could be guessed at by simply knowing a person's birth data, the researchers from Carnegie Mellon University said.

The full article can be found at:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/06/AR2009070602955.html?hpid=moreheadlines

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