Freak-out of the Week: THIS is How Easy It Is to Lose Your Identity

Herbert H. Thompson, a security strategistin New York, writes on just how easy it is to get access to your bank account, email, and identity, recounting his hack of a friend named “Kim”.

In Kim’s case some of that information came from a blog, but it could just as easily have come from a MySpace page, a sibling’s blog (speaking of their birthday, mom’s name, etcetera) or from any number of places online.

Queue a check of all my information. I also found the information mining via inference rather clever. Maybe an attacker can’t see your browsing history, but looking at your cache (specifically CSS files) gives just as good of information.

How I Stole Someone’s Identity: Scientific American.

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