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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-11-14 13:33
  Subject:   [Digg] Frank Abagnale (Catch Me If You Can) on identify theft.
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  Mood:IN UR ACCNT PWNZING J00R $$$$!

He says it's even easier these days:

"It was all on paper," he said. "Now it's all done online. Electronic records just make it easier."

To illustrate, he pulled up a copy of a mortgage document he obtained electronically about Porter Goss, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. representative from Florida. The Social Security numbers of Goss and his wife were part of the document, though they were crossed out on the PowerPoint screen onstage.

"Technology breeds crime," said Abagnale, who designed the birth certificate form now used in Florida. There are "no con men anymore because the victim will never see them. They can be a thousand miles away." While banks and companies lose laptops and other records containing sensitive personal information, kids with cellphones secretly shoot pictures of checks being written in checkout lines of grocery stores. They can blow up the images on a computer and get all the information they need to commit bank fraud.

"Fraud has just gotten easier," he said. "I never in my life saw a simpler crime."


http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/special_packages/business_monday/15984965.htm
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Ashfae
  User: ashfae
  Date: 2006-11-14 20:45 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
This is a surprise?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-11-14 21:03 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
No, it's just fun to show it to people and watch then flip out. ;]
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Ashfae
  User: ashfae
  Date: 2006-11-14 21:08 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
True. Though it worries me that there are people out there who will go "Frank who? OMIGOD Leo DiCaprio played him in that one movie!!!" and only then take it seriously...

Never underestimate the power of celebrity association. Though hey, Mickey Mouse once saved my brother from dying in a car crash, so it's got its points.
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Richard "Pocky" Kim
  User: pockyman
  Date: 2006-11-14 20:47 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
a) Catch Me If You Can was a great movie, and I truly am in awe of Abagnale.

b) He is SO right. I'm surprised that there aren't five 'me's' buying games right now. @.@
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-11-14 21:04 (UTC)
  Subject:   Ever wonder...
...where all your money has gone? ;D
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Richard "Pocky" Kim
  User: pockyman
  Date: 2006-11-14 21:06 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Ever wonder...
Oh noes!

My munnie$!

Where is my munnie$!?

XD
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Alex Belits: iskra
  User: abelits
  Date: 2006-11-15 06:09 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Keyword:iskra
People are getting accustomed to the idea that everything that passes through computers is insecure and can harm them. As opposed to demanding from software developers to write secure software (and by "secure software" I don't mean "personal firewalls" and antiviruses), from government agencies and companies to adopt safe data handling policies (like umm... making SSN something less than a magical key to everything), and from themselves -- to become informed enough to keep their own data and systems safe (and yes, it includes using software that does not come from Redmond).

But nooooo, how can we skip yet another round of brainwashing if it both absolves us from some responsibility and allows us to avoid some learning. Who cares if this deprives people from the ability to use computers productively -- nothing that we have on our computers is important, right?
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