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Why the Social Security number needs a digital update | Fifth Domain
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Why the Social Security number needs a digital update | Fifth Domain

The paper Social Security card has been a staple of American life for nearly a century, but researchers say this bedrock of federal identification is due for a digital update in the face of clever cybercriminals.

“Modernizing the [Social Security number] gives the U.S. an opportunity to fix one of the internet’s most pressing problems: authentication,” according to an October report from McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The report comes as cybercriminals have preyed on the nine-digit number. Anywhere between 60 to 80 percent of Social Security numbers had been reported stolen by 2015, and there have been more large-scale breaches since, according to the study.

Source: Why the Social Security number needs a digital update | Fifth Domain