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First, welcome, Ben. However, I'd have to vehemently disagree with you that security breaches are blown out of proportion. First, as you stated 3vi1, you're talking about millions of records (names) here and it will likely take a long time for things like credit card purchase theft and other uses of that data, to manifest themselves. Do you think a crook that stole this private data is going to run right out and do something with it when the heat is on and folks are investigating? Do you think they'd even try to so much as traffic that data elsewhere or sell it? No, this is a long term deal, folks. Victims of these breaches need to put those credit history checks in place for years and cancel credit cards etc. You never know it might hit sometime down the line.
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Someone deserves to lose their nuts over this, IMO.
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I agree there not blown out of proportion. However I disagree with the rest of what you say Dave_HH. This may be a long term deal but that tapes probably already been sold out of the country. People will pay a lot of money for that many ID's then hit bank accounts social security cards etc. There was an incident of 3 houses within 20 miles of me. They were rented in one subdivision all three by one individual but under 3 identities. He put a bunch of old furniture in them even had a car sitting in the garage of one . Either way he had them rented for a long time. From what I understand but he built grow houses in the basements, and grew high quality marijuana in them. I am not sure of the length of time but I am positive it was over a year. The neighbors almost never saw anyone in them and sooner or later got suspicious thats how he got busted. But what I'm saying is intelligent criminals if you can call them that don't work like we'd think. But i'd say long term is a mistake if those ID's were'nt already sold for a couple million at least . But the effects will be long term your right on that.
It's just an aweful situation for so many people. I have helped a few people who have had their identity comprimised and can tell you that post id theft is actually terrifing for those folks whom are hooked by chain to their credit.
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