A listing for infants’ personal data, including social security Number and Date of Birth, also known as ” fullz, that came out of the pediatrician’s databases, according to healthcare security company Cynerio (Cynerio)
The personal data of babies is now available on the Dark Web.
Younger children, even newborns, — now have a social security number, but of course they have never done purchases, which means that they have a “perfect” credit history. Hackers sell the information on these days with a full “how to” for the buyer, explaining the steps to file fraudulent tax administration or an application for a credit card without getting caught.
As the child grows up, he or she might discover that they have been hacked. And it will be difficult or impossible to correct a credit history problems or fraudulent purchases.
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Experts tell Fox News the technology really works.
“From what our researchers have seen, there is a market on the Dark Web where the stolen data is distributed via the channels to the end users,” said Leon Lerman, the CEO of Cynerio, a healthcare security company, based in New York. “The hackers, who are at the top of the black market value chain, sell raw patient data in bulk.”
Interestingly, Lerman says in this case is educating the public-the parents-can’t help it. With most of the security risks, a part of the answer is to refuse personal information, unless it is absolutely necessary. But the parents must register the child with the new SSN.
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Ron Schlecht, managing partner at BTB Security, says the problem with the hacked data for young children is that it can be combined with other data. For example, because the SSN and date of birth of the data is real, the hacker can build a credit record the use of a false name and address. Even denied attempts to apply for credit cards to help build up the history, ” he says.
“It is a form of fraud that combines real information with false information,” he said.
Mounir Hahad, the head of threat research at Juniper Networks, said it is even at the point where the youngest children are likely to assume that they are hacked by the time they reach the age to obtain a credit card, a new mortgage or buying a car. “It is no longer a question of protection against theft, but instead protect ourselves from the fall-out,” he explained.
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According to Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee, another problem is that parents don’t bother to check if there is already a hack for several years. So the theft is “safe” on the Dark Web, unless the parents check the history routinely.
“Depending on how intensive the data are abused, the child a year to rehabilitate, and their identity and reputation restored,” says Davis. “In extreme cases, you may need to get a new social security number.”
A solution? Business expert and author Aaron Young says that parents should think about whether they really need to hand out personal information for babies.
“Please note, that allow you to have your children’s identifying information,” he says. “Why does the doctor have to that? Why does the school need?”