Social In-Security Numbers nicked AGAIN!
So here we go again with ANOTHER 800,000 people who's finances could be ripped limb from limb because some twit couldn't secure a computer and the GAP "NEEDS" to use the SSN as an identification method. Un-encrypted to boot!
It sounds like the Gap's IT people need to conquer the huge "GAP" between their ears.
Have any I.T. people working for the US Government ever thought to come up with a way to use a P.I.N. number or password in conjunction with the damned social security number?????
You know, kind of like how credit card companies have the extra 3 digits on the back of the card that you use when the card cannot be presented in person? Nothing more than simple fraud prevention, DUH!!!!
Even the Motor Vehicle departments know enough to scramble the digits.
Few people realize that there are existing laws on the books that expressly forbids the use of Social "Insecurity" numbers by anyone other than the Federal government.
So our lame brained government requires the SSN to identify people, everyone else adopts it's use, the Fed's don't take them to court for breaking the law and now the whole idea of the SSN is utterly useless because the Russian Mafia now has everybody's identity.
I'm beginning to be convinced that all this identity theft is a HUGE conspiracy to make people beg the government to put RFID chips in their left arms so they will feel "safe again".
The only thing that will make me feel safe regarding SSN is one of those RSA keys that generate a 256 character passcode that changes every 30 seconds.
That and making identity theft grounds for justifiable homicide with the victim getting to choose just exactly which long lingering, painful death the perp gets.