This is a sneak preview of IR Watch. In this issue the main article, Identity Thefts through Search Engines, covers quite old and well known incidents wherein social security numbers have been released for the entire world to see. These are accessible through search engines.
Although not a new problem, facilitating a SSN, even a portion of it, has been labeled as an enabling crime. This is a must-read topic for those conducting data mining and web mining at the intersection of information assurance and homeland security.
Ironically, the biggest offenders are government agencies and universities.
During the week, we will blog on other sections of the newsletter.