Thursday, March 5, 2009

Identity in a crisis

SiliconRepublic
Opportunistic data thieves are taking advantage of the recession to steal personal data from jobseekers, as well as glean data from the computers of bankrupt firms.

Criminals will always target the vulnerable. During a recession, one group most vulnerable to data theft is jobseekers; your CV builds up a detailed profile of your working life and contains information such as your date of birth and address. Should this fall into the wrong hands, your identity and credit rating are on the line.

Businesses are also at risk. As layoffs occur, discarded, redundant computers and exiting employees greatly increase the risk of data theft and possible abuse.

Firms with little or no policy regarding data protection are now in a high-risk category.

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