Identity Stealing Attacks

Identity Stealing Attacks

Lech J. Janczewski (University of Auckland, New Zealand) and Andrew M. Colarik (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-583-2.ch009


In recent years, several feature films have been produced based on the concept of stealing an identity. As a result of deliberate or accidental changes to personal records, a person can cease to exist on paper, or someone else can acquire a person’s identity. These film directors’ concepts are not products of their rich imaginations, but are a reflection of reality. Quite often, we read about such accidents happening. Stealing an identity is a favorite step in the preparation of terrorist and cyber-terrorist attacks, and all of us, IT managers in particular, should be vigilant about such possibilities.

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