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May 19, 2010

No honor among thieves

The Miami Herald reports that when police stopped a vehicle with (presumably) false plates, they (allegedly) found the occupants in possession of numerous stolen electronic benefits transfer cards in the names of prisoners. They had been using them to withdraw benefits payments/food stamps. It's not entirely clear from the article how the "names and personal information of inmates found on websites" were actually used to apply for the cards, but it certainly points to a failure of the corresponding identification and authentication controls.

Makes a change from abusing the identities of the dead I suppose.

All the best,

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