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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.

Violate HIPAA, Go to Jail

- A Seattle man recently pled guilty in the first criminal conviction under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that went into effect a year ago.

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- A bill (S.B. 117) that would have limited the use of Social Security numbers by companies has been vetoed by Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich. Ehrlich noted that one provision of the bill would make it more difficult for citizens to do business with insurers. Opponents of the bill had argued that it would have prohibited companies from using the Social Security numbers of consumers on electronic transmissions even with the owner's approval.

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- A bill (H.R. 1731) designed to increase criminal penalties for identity theft was signed into law (P.L. 108-275) by the President. The law creates the crime of aggravated identity theft for crimes that involve felonies, such as bank or mail fraud. This crime carries a sentence of two additional years in prison added to the felony conviction. Those who commit identity theft while also perpetrating a criminal act will be given an additional five years in prison.

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- FTC addresses the appropriate proof of identity needed by consumers to block identity theft.

Japan Fingerprinting Foreigners

- Foreigners that refuse to be fingerprinted upon arrival will be deported.

British Government Loses Private Data of 7.5 Million Families

- The data, contained on two computer discs, was lost in the mail and has stoked fears of widespread identity theft.

Quick Bytes: Home user insecurity

- Home computers are used to store personal information, such as health records, and to perform sensitive transactions, such as banking. But the security of these computers is weak at best, a new study shows. Almost two-thirds of the 329 users polled have been infected by a virus, and another 18 percent didn't know whether they had been; half the users weren't sure whether they currently were infected. Eighty percent admitted having spyware installed, with an average of 93 components on each computer (the most spyware components found during a scan was 1,059). And 63 percent don't use a firewall. @ More from the America Online and National Cyber Security Alliance Online Safety Study

Quick Bytes: Quick Bytes: Old crime, new tricks

- Hackers steal customer information and then demand money in return for not disclosing the compromise. How common is this scenario? A recent study shows that 17 of 100 companies surveyed have been so threatened, and many of those threats came from insiders. Almost a quarter of respondents said they would contact their legal department if so threatened, yet 59 percent were unsure whether their legal counsels were qualified to give advice (another 12 percent said they definitely were not). @ The Carnegie Mellon study, Enumerating and Reducing the Threat of Transnational Cyber Extortion against Small and Medium Size Organizations.

Identity theft

- Another new Arizona law (formerly H.B. 2116) prohibits a person or business from using more than five numbers that are reasonably identifiable as part of a Social Security number on any card that is required for the person to receive goods or services or on any materials that are mailed to an individual. The law is an expansion of a law approved in a former legislative session that prohibits the use of a person's Social Security number as an identifier for any commercial business.

Spitzer Admits Defeat on Licenses for Illegal Aliens

- Widespread popular and political opposition to the plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens in New York has led the governor to kill the plan.

Rising Trend of Fraud, ID Theft

- More than 635,000 complaints were made in 2004 to Consumer Sentinel, a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint database. Of these, 61 percent represented fraud, and the remainder identity theft.

Quick Bytes: ID theft

- With identity theft costing Americans billions of dollars each year, financial institutions are under pressure to make account information more secure. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has issued a study of ID theft and account hijacking in which it outlines technological tools and other recommendations designed to mitigate this threat. @ Putting an End to Account-Hijacking Identity Theft is available via SM Online.

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