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House proposal would imprison SSN fraudsters

A sweeping new proposal scheduled for a preliminary vote Wednesday contains criminal penalties for unauthorized sales and fraudulent uses of Social Security numbers, but are there too many exceptions?

By Jul. 17, 2007


House panel backs SSN limits

By Jul. 28, 2006


GSA vulnerability highlights dangers of SSNs as IDs

A recently fixed vulnerability at the U.S. General Services Administration highlights the dangers of using your Social Security Number for identification. Federal and state laws restrict use of SSNs by public and private organizations.

By Mar. 23, 2013


DARPA SpaceView enlists amateur astronomers

The SpaceView program will reach out to amateur astronomers in an effort to protect satellites from space junk orbiting the Earth.

By Nov. 12, 2012


Millions of SSNs lifted from South Carolina database

Slipshod security at the state Department of Revenue leads to a massive security breach: 3.6 million Social Security numbers are stolen. The state's population is approximately 4.7 million.

By Oct. 26, 2012


How to respond to a data-breach notification

When a company contacts you about a potential loss of your personal data to hackers, you may be left wondering what information was stolen and the potential consequences.

By Aug. 20, 2013


House panel slaps limits on sale of Social Security numbers

Panel approves a bill that backers say will help fix the problem of Social Security number misuse and identity theft. But it has a long and uphill battle to go before it becomes law.

By Jul. 18, 2007


IRS Web site opens door to phishers

A new IRS site that allows taxpayers to check on the status of their refund checks could lead to users being phished.

By May. 8, 2008


Return to perspective: The iPhone, privacy and parenting

A reflection on a fiery response to my 4th of July posting about the dangers of defaulting one's way through the iPhone activation process.

By Jul. 6, 2007