Identity Theft Search Engine Not Such A Wise Idea
from the look,-there's-me dept
With all of the data breaches that have been in the news lately, it’s understandable that many people would like to know if their personal information was part of the lost data (hint: it probably was). To meet this need, a new site is offering a way for users to search a database of social security numbers and credit cards that have been exposed. This seems problematic for several reasons. As some are pointing out, it seems dangerous to get internet users into the habit of submitting their personal data on the internet to anyone but the most trusted sites. Even if this particular site is completely legitimate, its mere existence will probably spawn shadier imitators. Furthermore, because the site also offers anti-identity theft solutions, that require the user to enter in more personal information, its own database is likely to be a juicy target for attackers. And then there’s the problem of what the user is to do once they see their social security number in the database. Obviously the site would like people to sign up for its own service, but barring that, there’s no obvious next step after someone discovers that at some point their personal data may have been disclosed. While monitoring may be an important tool in combating identity theft, throwing a service out there as a come on for a specific identity theft solution, does not seem like a particularly good idea.