Jul 7, 2009

SSN Predictability

Carnegie Mellon has conducted a study in which they proved the predictability of Social Security Numbers in the U.S. given that date and location of birth are known. Because it is a common practice to tie an individual's SSN to his/her bank accounts, phone bills, drivers license, or practically anything, I'd love to see whether organizations in the U.S. will move more and more toward what their counter parts in Europe are doing -- namely to check the individual's social security number, the government ID number, and various other details about the individual.

This study will also be presented at BlackHat at the end of July.

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