Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Old News? Researchers predict SSNs, crack algorithm

This story is curious to me. About 13 years ago I taught some banking security classes with a chap who could do this in his head. I always assumed the algorithm was widely known in certain circles.

"Social Security numbers have a predictable pattern, according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, who have developed a reliable method of cracking a person's SSN based on data gleaned from multiple sources, including profiles on social networking sites."

Search Security Coverage: Researchers predict SSNs, crack algorithm putting identities at risk

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