Archive for the ‘database’ Category

BTC – Internal fraud and vulnerability to hacks is an ongoing problem across the nation. This has not been a good week for secured identity solutions entrusted to government or public databases. Try as you may, the blame does not lie on the immigrant but the operators and users of less secure technologies.

DMV Worker, State Trooper Charged In Bribery, ID Fraud Case


Seven people — including a state trooper and an employee of the Division of Motor Vehicles — have been charged in connection with a bribery and identity fraud scheme that allowed illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses, the attorney general’s office said Wednesday.

Denver’s website hacked twice in one week

The city and county of Denver website was pulled down Monday night after it was hacked, the second such attack in a week.

Hackers, peer-to-peer networks, human error all threaten health data security

“I spend about $1 million a year just protecting the Beth Israel Deaconess [hospital] records against the nefarious Internet. We’re attacked every seven seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Halamka says in an interview with Bio-IT World. “Half of the attacks come from Eastern Europe; half of the attacks come from Eastern Cambridge [Mass.]. Every September, 1,200 new hackers arrive–they’re called freshmen!”

BTC –  A little known federal criminal justice database instated at TSA checkpoints in 2007 may target flyers who exhibit dissent, witness or participate in an act of aggression or simply possess irregular looking luggage.  The purpose of the database was to zero in passengers who were physically resistant to TSA checkpoint procedures and to create pre-emptive data on people whom they anticipate retaliation from later.

Privacy advocates aware of the program say the criterion necessitating an add to the watchlist may be too broad, possessing no legitimate criminal threat to result in being entered into a criminal justice database.

“The results of the test will be put in a secure online database where students will be able to retrieve their results by using their bar code.”


BERKELEY, Calif. — UC Berkeley is adding something a little different this year in its welcome package — cotton swabs for a DNA sample.

In the past, incoming freshman and transfer students have received a rather typical welcome book from the College of Letters and Science’s “On the Same Page” program, but this year the students will be asked for more.

The students will be asked to voluntarily submit a DNA sample. The cotton swabs will come with two bar code labels. One label will be put on the DNA sample and the other is kept for the students own records.

The confidential process is being overseen by Jasper Rine, a campus professor of Genetics and

Development Biology, who says the test results will help students make decisions about their diet and lifestyle.

Once the DNA sample is sent in and tested, it will show the student’s ability to tolerate alcohol, absorb folic acid and metabolize lactose.

The results of the test will be put in a secure online database where students will be able to retrieve their results by using their bar code.

Rine hopes that this will excite students to be more hands-on with their college experience.

BTC – This blog’s hosting technology goes through Google. This lead came in from friend of the blog, JP of NCard who sends us stuff all the time. He’s a long time, sure footed opponent of the National ID card.

“The hackers got access to the coding in the password system that controls millions of users’ access to many Google services.”

A vast amount of info in one place

The new details seem likely to increase the debate about the security and privacy of vast computing systems such as Google’s that now centralize the personal information of millions of individuals and businesses. Because vast amounts of digital information are stored in one place, a single breach can lead to disastrous losses.

The theft began with a single instant message sent to a Google employee in China who was using Microsoft’s Messenger program, according to the person with knowledge of the internal inquiry, who spoke on the condition he not be identified. ::: MORE HERE:::

c/o  Nevada News Bureau

The Legislative Commission’s Subcommittee to Review Regulations will meet tomorrow afternoon to discuss the fate of the controversial “Real ID” in Nevada.

Citing concerns with both privacy and cost, numerous organizations have come out against the requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005 including the ACLU, Americans for Tax Reform, Gun Owners of America, Gun Owners of Nevada, Campaign for Liberty, the Cato Institute, National Immigration Law Center and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Though Congress has said the act is primarily intended to prevent identity fraud and has denied it would signal the dawn of national identity cards that could compromise the privacy of citizens, critics remain unconvinced.

“There is no security plan for protecting this information,” said a spokesperson from the Nevada chapter of the ACLU. “Instead, the federal government presumes that the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators will operate the database. However, this private association has no accountability to Nevada, and it is not bound by either the Privacy Act, which applies to federal agencies, or the Drivers’ Privacy Protection Act, which applies to state DMVs.”

Under the Real ID Act, states will be required to scan documentary evidence into a shared database including proofs of birth dates, legal and residency status and social security numbers.

Real ID cards will feature a two-dimensional, non-encrypted bar code containing personal information such as the citizen’s home address. Because the cards will not be encrypted, there are concerns that businesses and other organizations could potentially scan and store a customer’s home address along with other pieces of personal information.

If Real ID is fully implemented, a Real ID-compliant identification card will be required not only to board commercial aircraft but also to enter federal buildings including courthouses. :::MORE HERE:::

Anticipating these opportunities it appears some Indian IT companies had started gearing up even while the Bill was being debated. For instance Wipro Technologies, another major Indian IT company, claims that besides EHR, it has already started working on related IT applications to provide remote managed services, interoperability testing, digitization of medical records, and integration of EHR and public health records.

c/o International Beat, Indrajit Basu

The passage of Obama’s healthcare reforms Bill, which aims to ensure millions — 32 million according to Congressional Budget Office estimate — uninsured Americans get medical coverage may be US’s most sweeping health-care legislation in four decades. But while it rewrites the rules governing the world’s largest medical industry, America’s healthcare sector predicts that it will have to struggle to overhaul its IT systems in order to be ready for the ensuing healthcare reforms.

What’s more; while US’s healthcare IT is gearing up for a long-drawn mission to tackle extensive and expensive solutions, the Indian IT sector is looking forward to a multibillion-dollar opportunity from the legislation, which is “historic” according to many.

The bill that expands coverage to Americans who were so far been unable to afford medical insurance, is expected to bring in major changes in the medical insurance sector forcing them to overhaul their systems.

The sector would have to throw money, people and technology in order to prepare for the changes, say sources. “Consequently, a huge opportunity has opened up for the Indian IT outsourcing sector that already plays a significant role providing IT services to the US healthcare industry,” says a spokesperson of Infosys Technologies, the Nasdaq-listed Indian IT company, which is one of the largest IT outsourcing service provider.

India’s money-spinning IT outsourcing sector that earns close to $40 billion a year in providing IT outsourcing service to the US, reckons that Obama’s plan would need at least $20 billion to be spent of healthcare IT alone. Most of this money is expected to be spent of creating Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for all Americans by 2014.

Traditionally the American healthcare IT has been relatively slow in adopting technology, which has often come as a problem in upgrading its healthcare systems. But the new Bill would require a lot of automation in the healthcare system which means that the sector would have to integrate systems and create cutting edge technology-driven healthcare applications.

It would also require solutions to assist the US healthcare industry to prevent leakages and reduce costs and waste.

“That means trickling down of opportunities to Indian IT companies in the form of long-term partnerships with the US healthcare industry,” said another industry source.

Anticipating these opportunities it appears some Indian IT companies had started gearing up even while the Bill was being debated. For instance Wipro Technologies, another major Indian IT company, claims that besides EHR, it has already started working on related IT applications to provide remote managed services, interoperability testing, digitization of medical records, and integration of EHR and public health records.

Besides, a significant amount of business is anticipated from enrollments, claims processing and providing customer services with technology and tools.

The Bill is indeed set to change the face of healthcare delivery in the US. Besides focusing on extending healthcare to American citizens, it also aims at streamlining the entire administrative system to drastically cut the nation’s healthcare cost.

Thus, services such as finance and accounting, research and analytics will be high in demand as well since these too help in reducing cost and increase efficiency, say experts.

We would require all U.S. citzens and legal immigrants who want jobs to obtain a high-tech, fraud proof Social Security card. Each card’s unique biometric identifier would be stored only on the card; no government database would house everyone’s information.” – Senators Lindsey Graham and Chuck Schumer

BTC- I hope someone will tell these Senators there was already a billion dollar effort to create a national to international FBI database
to house the most comprehensive biometric catalogue in the United States. It is 2 football fields long and the public is not allowed to know where it is. How’s that for “transparency”? It’s been around since 2007.

Unfortunately, the term “transparency” is being twisted around against the American people not to mean “government accountability” but somehow to mean a super institutionalized state. In this type of state the only rights of the nation are the institutional rights and permissions granted by that state. Everyone is exactly equal: prisoners, immigrants, workers and government workers. This is the piece where the biometric worker ID card fits.

[Was this your idea of freedom, America?]

It’s part of the Always On Surveillance Society and it might make you wonder if the 2010 Census is just a dog and pony show. It’s globalized policy; which makes it more important than ever that you guard your private information and do everything you can to jamm up any assumptive networks using your 4th Amendment.

Unfortunately, fascism is commonly defined as Statist power as corporations rule the government, which legislates only for them and seeks only their interests.