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March 30, 2011

Take a [Social Security] number


A reader writes, "Can you believe this? Social Security numbers right in the open, for anyone to come and steal."

I put my Crack Research Team on it and they drilled down, reporting that all of the Social Security numbers belonged to people who are deceased:

As a long-time reader of spy fiction and non-fictional memoirs of those in the field, I know that intelligence agencies build new identities by using the name of someone who died as a child as the basis for creating an entire persona, starting with applying for a Social Security number using that individual's name.

The publication of existing Social Security numbers won't interfere with such methodology.

March 30, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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