Social Security Numbers Deduced From Public Data (available on e.g. Facebook)

Interesting article on Wired. Researchers are able to predict correct Social Security Numbers based on minimal information, like date of birth and birth town they mined from social network sites.

Excerpt:

After developing an algorithm […], the researchers tested their results using information on birthday and hometown taken from a social networking site […] . Again, they were able to predict Social Security numbers with a high degree of accuracy.

Again, this confirms my recommendation to NEVER use personal information on public social network sites like Facebook etc. Don’t put your real birth date, birth town etc. on there, it is bound to be used for things much less harmless than birthday reminders.

Full Wired article at:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/07/predictingssn/

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