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Add one more news story to all the others about how your private data is not secure in any database.

In May, a gang of hackers demanded $10 million ransom in exchange for not posting the personal information of millions of Virginia residents on the Internet.

Yikes, I’m from Virginia!

The Virginia Department of Health Professions confirms that there was indeed a recent breach of its servers.

If marauders get your name, birthday, and social security number, they can make life a living hell for you. Some of these jokers commit crimes in the name of the identity they stole. Guess who ends up getting arrested.

No, the databases are not secure. Still, Big Brother keeps trying to compel us to stick all our private data in one huge database to be tethered to a national ID card. The latest approach is to require all state ID cards to follow federal data and biometric protocols. And then link every state database together until it’s all one big database. The fate of this federal project is uncertain, since — thank goodness — some state governments are refusing to play along. But the feds will keep trying.

If the government succeeds, cyber terrorists would need to pull off only one big hack attack to jeopardize the privacy and security of every card-carrying American.

I’m against being forced to be a sitting duck. How about you?

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor


  1. The “Real ID” as it used to be called has been getting pushed towards the states since 2005. In the original (and I believe current) legislation they wanted to equip all of these cards with and RFID tracker. This is a matter of personal sovereignty, and no one should be forced to be traced and tracked just because the federal government thinks it’s a good idea.

  2. J Glasser says:

    Big brother; I guess the way to the “cashless society” so Big Brother can see what you eat (see- NYC- fates-I beleive that you had an essay on it;)buy (porn? drugs?) etc.

    I prefer cash, and to be left alone.

    What happened to the rright to privacy?

    (The first Supreme Court ruling that- as far as I know-had anything to do with private sexual behavior- Griswold Vs Conneticut- – the decision was based upon the right to privacy).

    seems the government wants to take it away.

    Closer and closer to the (odf) Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and Mao’s China.

    My 5 cents

  3. Dr. T says:

    “If marauders get your name, birthday, and social security number, they can make life a living hell for you.”

    No, they need much more than that. Those pieces of information are readily available on almost anyone, and we don’t see much identity theft. The data thieves would need addresses and phone numbers to proceed, and they would need criminal partners inside a bank or a credit card company to steal IDs and (temporarily) profit from the ID thefts.

    That’s why I am unconcerned about this data theft, despite being a former Virginia physician who is listed in that database.

    The real problem we have is the misperception that birth dates and Social Security numbers are private. In college our student ID cards displayed our Social Security numbers. Driver’s licenses have birth dates and many (including Virginia’s) displayed Social Security numbers. Our Virginia bank recommended adding our Social Security numbers to our checks, because all the stores would write it down anyway. One should therefore conclude that birth dates and Social Security numbers are no more private than names, addresses, and phone numbers. Anyone who has opened a bank or investment account in the past five years knows that cannot do so without lots of info and a legitimate photo ID.

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