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Equifax mass ID theft leads USA to rethink on Social Security number

White House Looks at Replacing Social Security Numbers White House, Equifax Agree It Might Not Be an Amazing Idea to Use Social Security Numbers as IDs
Laurie Berry | 05 Октября, 2017, 18:05

The White House is pushing a plan to replace Social Security numbers as the main way people identify themselves - and as a protection against data breaches like Equifax that affected almost 150 million.

Social Security numbers were never meant to be a standard way of ensuring someone is who they say they are, experts say, but filled that role as more and more parts of the economy began relying on those nine digits. The breach effectively compromised the national identification number of almost half of the entire country. But stolen social security numbers can be used by criminals to open bogus accounts or for other types of identity theft.

The White House cybersecurity coordinator has an unlikely ally in the move away from Social Security numbers in former Equifax CEO Richard Smith. "I think that way is something different than an SSN, a date of birth, and a name".

Talking to Bloomberg, Bruce Schneier, a fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, pointed to India's wide-scale rollout of Aadhaar, a unique number provided after collecting biometric information. It would make it much more hard to forge identities, enhance user privacy, and provide a new, secure communication channel between the government and individuals.

He said the administration has asked officials from several agencies to come up with ideas for "a better system" which may involve cryptography.

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"It's a flawed system that we can't roll back that risk after we know we've had a compromise, " Joyce said.

Smith said his Social Security number has been compromised at least four times and said, "that's just untenable". Rob Joyce, a special assistant to Trump, said at a Washington Post event on Tuesday that administration has directed federal agencies to look for ways to phase out the use of SSNs as identifiers.

They want to scrap social security numbers altogether and have people use private keys, longer strings of codes, or digital DNA fingerprints.

The original intent was to track United States workers' earning to determine their Social Security benefits.

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