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Identity Thieves

- Who is your typical identity thief? He’s young, works alone, and isn’t particularly tech savvy, says a new study.

DHS Cuts Cost of Secure Licenses

- DHS has stretched out implementation deadlines to make it cheaper on states to implement REAL ID.

Wisconsin Vendor Exposes Residents to Identity Theft

- For the second time in little over a year, a vendor hired by the state of Wisconsin has included recipients' Social Security numbers on the postal labels of official correspondence.

Biometric Technologies and Verification Systems

- Security professionals looking for texts on the cutting edge of technology often find few on the shelf. They will, however, benefit from this finely honed text by John R. Vacca.

Cell Phones Secure Online Banking

- Bank of America has rolled out a new form of Internet authentication, already popular overseas, for its online banking services.

Vein Recognition Use Grows

- A biometric technology that identifies users by the unique vein pattern on their fingers or hands is becoming more popular.

Identity theft.

- A bill (S. 153) that would establish the crime of aggravated identity theft has been approved by the Senate and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

Fingerprint Collection Increases at Dulles

- DHS has begun collecting 10 fingerprints per international visitor to increase security and accuracy. The policy will extend to all ports of entry by the end of 2008.

Canvassing the Campus

- How universities are addressing risks that range from terrorism to identity theft.

Identity theft

- A new bill (S.B. 1279) proposed in the California Legislature would increase corporate responsibility in cases where the personal information of customers was compromised. The bill expands on a law passed last year that requires companies to notify customers when their computerized information is accessed by an unauthorized party. The new bill would extend consumer protections to other data types such as stored voice mail messages. Pennsylvania

Scam Check.

- When an e-mail arrives from your bank asking for personal information, it's only natural to suspect a scam. A quick check of a Web page from MailFrontier, a company offering protection against spam and scams, might help confirm your suspicions. The company has compiled a number of advisories and statistics, and a host of common phishing scams, and a Scam of the Week. @ Check out the "E-mail Threat Info Center" via SM Online

Identity theft.

- A bill (H.R. 1731) designed to increase criminal penalties for identity theft has been signed into law (P.L. 108-275) by the president.

NIST Gives Fingerprint Systems a Whorl

- A testing body's attempt to clarify which fingerprint products perform best has devolved to fingerpointing. Recent testing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that NEC Corporation, Groupe SAGEM, and Cogent Systems produce the most accurate fingerprint matching, identification, and verification systems. But the results of the testing, which evaluated 34 products from 18 vendors, also yielded objections from companies that didn't fare as well.
 




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