The dark and increasingly dangerous world of identity theft is often presented to us as mere personal chaos revolving around fake credit card charges. While this is a valid concern, the emerging dimension of this threat is far more sinister. Today, identity theft has morphed into something far more odious: “identity assumption.” This fast-growing crime now facilitates many drug deals and massive fraud.
But that is just the beginning. It is only a matter of time before another major terror event occurs in which identity assumption is a key component. Security professionals are extremely reticent to divulge exact details lest they provide the roadmap for an upstart identity assumption ring; however, amid growing concerns, they are now willing to talk in general terms.