by Mike Masnick

Shock: Identity Theft (Still) Often An Inside Job

from the just-realizing-this-now? dept

For years and years people have been pointing out that all those suggestions on how to avoid having your identity from getting stolen are pretty much useless considering how many ID theft scams are really inside jobs from companies who have access to all your data. So, of course, now that we're seeing all of these massive data leaks (some accidental, some on purpose by inside employees), we're hearing, yet again, that inside employees are one of the biggest issues in identity theft. Of course, if everyone has known this for so many years, how come no one's done anything about it? All of these companies that let minimum wage employees have full access to all your data and trusted them not to be tempted when scammers offer them $10 per report should be held responsible for not putting in place better systems to protect your data. This isn't a new problem by any means, and the fact that these companies chose to ignore it seems like negligence on their part.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Jun 2005 @ 5:05pm

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    Our group processes all of the personal income taxes for a large state. Our employees are typically seasonal workers who we hire only during the peak processing season. Most of them are well behaved and take their jobs seriously, but we have had quite a few incidents of people trying to steal SS#, addresses, bank account numbers (direct deposit refunds). Our systems don't protect the data well and management doesn't see a reason to spend development effort to make it harder for an employee to obtain this information.

    BTW, we are an outside contractor, not state employees. I suspect the only way we would improve our system is either by forcing us to accept full liability for any losses incurred or by legistrative changes within the state in question. I suspect neither will happen anytime soon. Especially the former as "losses incurred" is difficult to determine in an identity theft case.

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