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Social Security Numbers: Identification Is Not Authentication

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Executive Summary

The sky is not falling. Knowing SSN is not necessarily enough to give an attacker control over finances or steal identity. It depends on the context and on what other information he or she has. As the Social Security Office has rightly, if a little evasively, pointed out, Acquistion and Gross have not "Cracked a code for predicting an SSN".

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