Sunday, October 15, 2006
Get you aluminum hat onTHe Chicago Tribune has an article today, titled "Weapons of identity destruction" - an interview with Dr. Stephen Haag, who is called "an expert in emerging technologies," and "who has written dozens of books on technology." I did find a Dr. Stephen Haag at the University of Denver - he's a professor of MIS in the business school - who seems to fill the bill. But nothing in that bio indicates an expertise in either identity or terrorism.
In the interview, he foretells the possibility of "identity terrorism":
Not your normal virus, though.
"Identity theft occurs in many ways--people stealing laptops, spoofing e-mails, sending out phishing e-mails. ... Those people who have the stolen identities would sell them to a terrorist group.
What the good doctor doesn't cover is how these 'very small pieces of software' would actually work, and what form the 'transaction failure' would take. Would I simply need a new password? Change of address? New credit card number? What's the mechanism supposed to be???
But, just like in the bad science fiction movies of the 1950's, he ends on a portentious note: "Realistically, this is something that can happen at any point in time. ... This, theoretically, is something very much that could happen tomorrow."
Look to the skies!
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