Database Used By Government To Spy On You... Hacked
from the as-expected... dept
There's nothing particularly surprising about this. It's exactly what plenty of people have been predicting since the government started their various projects to tie together various databases of personal info into one grand system. The latest version of such a database, dubbed the MATRIX, has been used for various things such as giving everyone a "terrorist quotient" to find out just how much of a terrorist you really are. Well, it turns out that much of the personal data used in the MATRIX system is from a company named Seisint, owned by Reed Elsevier Group's Lexis Nexis (yes, it's a company owned by a company owned by a company). Seisint is quite similar to Choicepoint, who is having their own problems with data leakage. In this case, though, it wasn't the company handing out the info to crooks, but the crooks breaking in and taking it. In other words, if you were already worried about Choicepoint having leaked your data, get out to your mailbox and see if you've got a letter from Lexis Nexis telling you that they've leaked your data to identity thieves as well. Once again, this shows that no matter what you do personally to protect yourself against identity theft, you're at the mercy of a bunch of big companies who are always going to leak data. Isn't it about time we started to think of better ways to deal with this sort of thing? Obviously, what we're doing right now isn't working.