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					CSC101 FINAL PROJECT




                by
  Sally Fletcher & Nicole Seguin

         December 11th, 2003
Contents
 What is Internet Identity Theft?
 Technology
     How hackers obtains our information
 Why  Internet ID theft is used?
 Recent Talk
 Social issues
 How to protect yourself
 Impact on Society
 Conclusion
What is Internet Identity Theft???
      Internet Identity Theft: Unauthorized persons
       wrongfully obtain and use another person's
       personal data.

      The victim does not know!

      Greed/desire drives identity theft.

      Instant, anonymous, and worldwide reach of the
       Internet allows identity thieves to thrive and hide
       more efficiently.
      FBI calls internet identity theft one of the
        fastest growing global crimes of fraud and
        deception!
      500,000 to 700,000 Americans become
        internet identity theft victims each year.
Technology
   Cookies
   Public database access
   Multiple users on same machine
   Viruses
   Software applications
   Email - password crackers - worms
   Keyboard loggers
   High speed internet
Why is it Used???
          New account creation

          Obtain credit

          Account takeover

          Email accounts/passwords

          Transfer money

          Apply for loans
          Social Security # usage
            Especially    by college students

          Sell personal information

          Online purchasing/banking

 = ECONOMIC GAIN & PERSONAL
 SATISFACTION FOR THE CRIMINAL
Recent USENET Newsgroup Talk of
    Internet Identity Theft.....
    NY times login and password disputes!
    How many people provide correct information?
    Creating bogus profile names.
  How does one keep track of which names were
 used for what?
 Someone     posting highly offensive newsgroup
 articles using your Internet ID.
    Report complaint immediately to FTC!
         FTC Internet Identity Theft Complaint Form
           Social Issues
 Loss of reputation
 Loss of credit
 Major inconvenience
 Average cost to consumer    whose identity is
stolen=
       ~ $6,000+
 ~12 months for a victim of identity theft to notice
the crime
 Major trusting issues
      -may never establish feeling of privacy again!
Long term affects!
Victims basically need to start all over again.
           Some Interesting
              Stats…..
                                                    Internet Identity Theft Reports
    Gender of Theives                                      Referred by FTC

21%                                        60,000                                 48,252
                                           50,000
                      male
                                 Reports
                                           40,000
                                           30,000
                      female               20,000
                                                                     16,775
                                                        6,087
               79%                         10,000
                                                0
                                                         2000         2001            2002
                                                                     Years

     Internet identity theft is the top complaint filed to the FTC
            The FTC'S Top 10 Consumer Fraud Complaints
Identity theft= not if but when!!!
     So protect yourself!!!
         Use only one credit card online!
         Check Merchant Privacy Policies
         Know who/why you are giving information online!
         Monitor credit history/reports/bank accounts
         Be aware of cookies on computer
         Change password regularly
         Cautiously receive/send email
         Be sure to log off after using computers
       Clear hard drive when selling/giving away
      computers
         Install computer virus programs/firewalls/spyguard
               Anti Spyware Software - Detects and eliminates Spy Software
       Impact on Society


 Identity is ones most prized possession
 No control over custody of your information!
 Banks have no legal responsibility of refunds
 Clearing up bad credit reports can cost $500-$1,000
 Good cyber security is no longer just self-defense; it
helps protect the welfare of us all in our highly
connected world.

    Victims face nightmare of laborious
paperwork, lost time, lost money, and stress!
                     Conclusion
  Technology is advancing, but unfortunately, cyber-crime is advancing
right along with it.
Most of us do not know exactly how new technologies actually work=
more vulnerability to high-tech thieves.
   ID theft protection has become a cold comfort.
 Its impact has caused many individuals, businesses, institutions, and
organizations problems!
 Passing more protection bills and increasing the punishment for
committing this crime is a continuous act in progress.
   This crime must be contained in the present and stopped in the future!!!!
For More Information visit
   the S&N Inc. site on
Internet Identity Theft…..



  All You Need to Know About Internet Identity Theft
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