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- 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 .

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. The report, National and State Trends in Fraud & Identity Theft, breaks down complaints by state. Consumer Sentinel receives contributions from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, attorneys general offices, and other sources such as Better Business Bureaus. @ Link to the Consumer Sentinel report via SM Online.

Identity theft.

- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has announced plans to reintroduce identity theft legislation. Feinstein, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, introduced similar legislation in the previous Congress which was approved by the Senate but was not taken up by the House. The legislation would prohibit the sale or display of Social Security numbers to the general public, set national standards for database security, and establish guidelines for companies that send customer information overseas for processing.

United Kingdom: Thousands of Security Jobs Held By Illegals

- A government review has found that 5,000 illegal immigrants are employed in U.K. security jobs, some sensitive in nature.

Congress Probes the Terrorist Watch List

- Government investigators recommend strengthening the quality of the watch list data and its redress system.  (Updated)

RFID: A Primer

- This 39-page document, from The National Academies Press, provides an overview of RFID technologies and applications, and it outlines common objections, such as privacy concerns, and responses--including strikes, boycotts, and protests against businesses such as Benetton that have decided to implement RFID.

Quick Bytes:Biometric standards released.

- A paper from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines technical acquisition and formatting requirements of biometric credentials for Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, which calls for identity credentials that are interoperable between agencies. @ Link to NIST Special Publication 800-76, Biometric Data Specification for Personal Identity Verification, at SM Online.

Worth a Look

- The art of phishing has become not only widespread but increasingly sophisticated as well. These scams can bring unwary surfers to identical versions of their online banks that at a casual glance are impossible to tell from the real thing. @ Find out how to get the Netcraft Toolbar at SM Online.

Biometric standards released

- A paper from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines technical acquisition and formatting requirements of biometric credentials for Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, which calls for identity credentials that are interoperable between agencies. @ Link to NIST Special Publication 800-76, Biometric Data Specification for Personal Identity Verification, at SM Online.

Worth a Look

- The art of phishing has become not only widespread but increasingly sophisticated as well. These scams can bring unwary surfers to identical versions of their online banks that at a casual glance are impossible to tell from the real thing. @ Find out how to get the Netcraft Toolbar at SM Online.

Identity theft

- Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has signed 11 new identity theft bills into law. The bills contain a number of provisions including making identity theft a felony in Michigan and prohibiting businesses or public utilities from denying service to identity theft victims. The bills also prohibit any company from requiring a Social Security number as a condition for doing business. The bills also prohibit photographing, recording, or electronically transmitting personal information taken without consent from credit, debit, and ATM cards.

Impeccable Credentials

- One card that works across the government as an ID and for access is a step closer to reality. In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a standard specifying the architecture and technical requirements for a common identification standard for federal employees and contractors, such as a smart card with embedded biometric data.

Impeccable Credentials

- One card that works across the government as an ID and for access is a step closer to reality. In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a standard specifying the architecture and technical requirements for a common identification standard for federal employees and contractors, such as a smart card with embedded biometric data. The first part of the standard gives minimum requirements for a personal identity verification (PIV) system that meets the control and security objectives of HSPD 12, while the second part provides the technical requirements, such as card elements and system interfaces, to support the control and security objectives as well as to maintain interoperability. PIV-I mandates, for example, that a detailed background investigation be completed before ID credentials are issued. It also requires that the applicant appear in person at least once during the process and that he or she present two forms of identification in original form. The Federal Information Processing Standard 201, Personal Identity Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors, is available at SM Online.
 




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