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From Network World (Michael Cooney)
Researchers at IBM have developed software that uses optical character recognition and screen scraping to identify and cover up confidential data.
According to IBM the driving idea behind the MAGEN (Masking Gateway for Enterprises) system is to prevent data leakage and allow the sharing of data while safeguarding sensitive business data. Read the full story [Network World].
The number of identification theft cases surged in 2008, according to a report (.pdf) based on the Federal Trade Commission’s annual data.
In 2008, ID theft was by far the biggest complaint to the FTC, representing 26 percent of complaints. The next biggest complaint — third party and creditor debt collection scams — represented only 9 percent of complaints.