Data Breaches Rarely Lead To Identity Theft

from the hype-and-reality dept

Earlier this year, it seemed like you could hardly go a day or two without hearing about yet another data leak by some company or another and how everyone's data was at risk. Of course, now some are beginning to realize that very few of those data leaks actually resulted in identity theft scams. Of course, that shouldn't necessarily make anyone feel better about them. It could just mean that so much private data about people is available that your chances of being "picked" are much slimmer. Safety thanks to the ubiquity of available information just isn't that comforting.
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    Bob, 25 Oct 2005 @ 12:25am

    Zzzz..

    Perhaps.

    But information related to an individual's identity does not expire, it persists indefinitely. The social, maiden name, birth date and other pertinent information could be accessed readily at a later date. The ramifications remain the same 20 years after the theft as to the day it is first stolen. So the amount of time in this case is irrelevant, as is the article.

    After reading I found it to be boring, the article's author spewing off a plethora of facts and figures, but drawing no conclusions from any of it. A rehash of what we've heard before.

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