Anthem Hack Exposes Millions of Children – Show Notes March 21, 2015

Millions of Children Exposed to ID Theft Through Anthem Breach

anthemfacts_com“Every terrible outcome that can occur as the result of an identity theft will happen to the children who were on that database,” said Adam Levin, chairman and founder of IDentityTheft 911. “Criminals will use those stolen Social Security numbers to open accounts, get medical treatment, commit tax fraud, you name it.”

The Social Security number was never supposed to be used as a national identifier, but it’s become that. For an identity thief, that nine-digit number is the brass ring. It’s the skeleton key that unlocks your life.

A child’s number is even more valuable. Here’s why: For most minors, their number is pristine – it’s never been used and is not yet associated with a credit file. That means there’s very little chance that the credit reporting agencies are monitoring it.

So a criminal can take that stolen number, combine it with someone else’s name, address and birth date to create a fake ID – what fraud fighters call a “synthetic ID” – that can be used for all sorts of fraudulent purposes.

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How Your USB Cables Are About to Change Forever

USB-C is faster, smaller and more flexible and Apple is the first to use it.

The Life Extension Blog: Soda May Accelerate Aging

Researchers surveyed over 5,000 Americans between the ages of 20 to 65 years. They sampled healthy adults with no prior history of diabetes or heart disease. Soda Aged Cells by About Five Years. Telomeres, the end caps of DNA strands that serve as a marker for aging, were found to be shortened in people who drink just one can of soda a day.

Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand

While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan.

Microsoft has tried, unsuccessfully, to shake off the negative image of Internet Explorer over the past several years with a series of amusing campaigns mocking Internet Explorer 6. The ads didn’t improve the situation, and Microsoft’s former Internet Explorer chief left the company in December, signalling a new era for the browser.

The Next Windows Is Coming Way Sooner Than We Thought

The next generation of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 10, will launch as early as this summer. Microsoft will take the unprecedented step of making the upgrade available for free, even to “non-genuine” Windows users, an oblique reference to pirated versions of the operating system.

GPS Jammers and Maritime Security Threats

Capt. Moskoff spoke of the danger of hostile actors using simple GPS-jamming devices, which are readily available from the Internet. Such “jammers” could “paralyze ship traffic and operations at U.S ports, and that would cause just one port an economic loss of $1 billion per day.”

Currently, North Korea is the world’s biggest jammer of GPS.