- How to watch ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8, episode 2 for free Today 7:00 AM
- Gendry is making a new weapon for Arya Stark—but what is it? Today 6:30 AM
- The live-action Halo series could be Showtime’s most ambitious project yet Today 6:00 AM
- How to watch Turner Classic Movies for free Today 5:30 AM
- How to watch Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao online for free Today 5:00 AM
- ‘Star Trek’s Jonathan Frakes calls out your lies with this new meme Saturday 3:46 PM
- #JusticeForLucca trends after video shows police slam Black teen’s head into pavement Saturday 3:11 PM
- The internet is shocked to learn that Goombas do, in fact, have arms Saturday 2:02 PM
- PayPal, GoFundMe cut off armed militia that detains migrants at border Saturday 1:16 PM
- Barnwood theft may be on the rise because of ‘Fixer Upper’—and fans aren’t having it Saturday 12:23 PM
- Literary Twitter calls out Dzanc Books for Islamophobic, racist novel Saturday 11:40 AM
- How to watch Crawford vs. Khan online Saturday 10:00 AM
- Beyoncé has 2 more projects coming to Netflix after ‘Homecoming’ Saturday 9:53 AM
- How to watch Danny Garcia vs. Adrian Granados for free Saturday 9:00 AM
- The ‘Feeling Cute Challenge’ turns ugly after correctional officers abuse it Saturday 7:30 AM
Trump administration looks to replace Social Security numbers as IDs after Equifax hack
Photo via frankieleon/Flickr (CC-BY)
Different options are being explored.
The administration has asked federal agencies to look into vulnerabilities in using retirement benefits identifies and replacing the existing system, according to Bloomberg News.
“I feel very strongly that the Social Security number has outlived its usefulness,” Rob Joyce, special assistant to the president and White House cybersecurity coordinator, said at theWashington Post‘s Cybersecurity Summit on Tuesday. “Every time we use the Social Security number, you put it at risk.”
Equifax CEO Richard Smith, who stepped down following the breach, also told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday that Social Security numbers were not a reliable form of verifying identities anymore.
“The concept of a Social Security number in this environment being private and secure—I think it’s time as a country to think beyond that,” Smith said, according to TechRepublic. “What is a better way to identify consumers in our country in a very secure way? I think that way is something different than an SSN, a date of birth, and a name.”
Joyce said the administration is looking into a “modern cryptographic identifier,” such as public and private keys. The problem with Social Security numbers, Joyce reportedly said, is they cannot easily be changed if they become compromised in a cybersecurity breach.
Earlier this summer, Equifax announced that its data had been breached, affecting 145 million people. The stolen data included Social Security numbers, addresses, driver’s license data, and birth dates. Top executives have left the company and members of Congress have called for an investigation and introduced bills to reform the consumer credit industry.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).