This is an interesting story. I hope more people learn that nobody is looking out for their welfare unless they do it themselves and that they need to cover their own asses in the digital world as much, if not more, than they need to do in the physical world. -- Panic is the new patriotism
Thanks to you and HA Nut for keeping track of the updates as this story continues to unfold..your link really is scary..Mat did not do anything we would not normally do..but how many of us would have been able to even get that far without the media coverage this is getting.
Here's yet another article with a proposal to improve authentication security through "visual preferences" or "psychometrics".
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... Jakobsson has proposed an alternative type of biometrics he refers to as "Visual Preferences".
For lack of a better term I am using the phrase "Mental Biometrics" or "Psychometrics." Whatever it ends up being called, an imprint or a snapshot of a user's personality is taken using a unique mnemonic which is then challenged via an authentication mechanism that uses pictures.
These pictures would be easy for the user to remember, but extremely difficult for a hacker to challenge. During the enrollment process, the user is given a long list of pictures of various objects and activities, and then chooses a series of those which they then have to remember based on what they actually like or dislike. ...
The credit card added to amazon was not stolen. It was made with one of the many available fake credit card number generators. Apparently this is easy because the credit card numbers have conform to a simple checksum that can be calculated with a Luhn algorithm.