Identity theft is the act of impersonating someone else on a computer system, for malicious purposes - i.e. without their knowledge or consent.

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How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?

At some point I told a friend that it's dangerous to reveal your birth date (kind of like your social security number or your mother's maiden name), because it's a crucial piece of information for ...
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Are social security numbers useless by themselves?

If 453.7 million social security numbers have been issued to date. And there are only 1 billion = 1000 million distinct 9 digit integer pairs. Then that means if I were to make up any 9 digits, that ...
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Is BSI’s process good? (Informing email address owners that their address/password (of unknown/different accounts) was stolen)

The German BSI (Federal Office for Information Security) claims to have got a list of 18 million email addresses and passwords – supposed to be the result of identity theft. They allow to check if ...