Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Feeling secure yet? Yeah, me neither.

Bruce Schneier relays this amazing story on what he labels "State-Sponsored Identity Theft":
In an Ohio sting operation at a strip bar, a 22-year-old student intern with the United States Marshals Service was given a fake identity so she could work undercover at the club. But instead of giving her a fabricated identity, the police gave her the identity of another woman living in another Ohio city. And they didn't tell the other woman.

Oddly enough, this is legal. According to Ohio's identity theft law, the police are allowed to do it.
Consider this a reminder that the authorities may not always have your best interests at heart. Especially these days.


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