Social Security number security flaw

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Social Security number security flaw

Postby Judge Roy Bean » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:21 pm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/06/AR2009070602955.html?hpid=topnews

Researchers have found that it is possible to guess many -- if not all -- of the nine digits in an individual's Social Security number using publicly available information, ...
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Re: Social Security number security flaw

Postby Mr. Mephistopheles » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:35 pm

I read a different article earlier today that noted new SSN's will be randomly generated beginning sometime this year.

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Re: Social Security number security flaw

Postby Doktor Avalanche » Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:54 am

Mr. Mephistopheles wrote:I read a different article earlier today that noted new SSN's will be randomly generated beginning sometime this year.


That should slow the guessers up, what, another fifteen seconds?
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Re: Social Security number security flaw

Postby Mr. Mephistopheles » Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:50 pm

Doktor Avalanche wrote:
Mr. Mephistopheles wrote:I read a different article earlier today that noted new SSN's will be randomly generated beginning sometime this year.


That should slow the guessers up, what, another fifteen seconds?


It is supposed to help a lot by doing away with the "regional codes" where SSN thieves can figure out the first 5 digits simply by knowing where and when a person was born.

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Re: Social Security number security flaw

Postby jg » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:50 am

This in no way qualifies as news.
See, for example, http://www.ssa.gov/history/ssn/geocard.html


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