Originally posted by paperclip
When you apply for this card, they take your fingerprint and store it in a secure central computer together with your photo. The print is stored on
the card too.
Okay, so it makes identity checking a lot more reliable if your're being checked at a security point by people who are equipment to make maximum use
of the card. But print-scanners are expensive, and I seriously doubt that every store in America is going to get one, and those using identity theft
are unlikely to try and use it in those sorts of places. More likely, they'll have a cheap remote scanner, because the faster you move people in and
out of the checkout line, the more profit per hour you can make.
First method of identity and account theft: You walk up, swipe your stolen biometric card at the weak scanner, and it's ironclad proof of your
identity. You can write checks from a stolen checkbook, pay directly from the bank account, or use whatever accounts were programmed into it. Buy your
gas, groceries, etc... and no one will know till the charges show up, days or weeks later.
Second, more serious method of identity theft: Since the reader
equipment is a lot cheaper than the creation equipment, you can simply buy a
card reader, or make one from radio-shack components, wait for the decryption software to come out on a warez site. Viola! Every card you steal, you
can simply read with your scanner to get their account numbers, social security number, residence, figerprint, photo, and any other information
available. Your big-time identity theives will love this, because with enough subtlety and restraint, you could do it indefinitely without ever being
Originally posted by paperclip
Nobody is tracking you, no country in the world has that much resources to track everyone at any given point in time.
Correction, no one is tracking you unless they take an interest in you
. Then your every move is tracked. And it's not like it would take a lot
of resources. You simply route the use-info to one server that stores each location for each person on the watch list. You then route the information
to various filter servers, depending on what kind of information you want to know. Those filter servers can then send their info to another server to
cross-reference things such as who lives at the address you just visited, or what kind of business it is and who owns it. Finally, the cross-reference
and filter servers send their info to a report server, which packages it in a nice neat orderly format, easily readable, to be called up or printed
out from any terminal connected to it.
You don't have to have a watchman on you 24 hours a day, all you have to do is plug a name into the watch server, and collect a report at your
leisure. Considering the storage, processing, and bandwidth abilities of servers in America, I'd say you could easily have a very detailed watch list
of 50,000 names per group of the above servers. Probably less, but I'm being conservative. Your average price for per group of servers would be about
$1 million, but we'll say $5 million, to include the cost of software, bandwidth, extra storage, etc....
$5 is nothing. We've got "starving rich" who have $5 million, and cry about how poor they are on TV. I doubt the U.S. would need to watch more than
50,000 people, but say they want to watch ALL of them... Let's do the math.
America's population is approximately 295,884,656
. At 50k people per server
group, that's 5918 server groups. At a cost of $5 million per group, that's $29,590,000,000. Now let's just up that to $30 billion, to account for
housing, electricity, and maintenance for these servers.
You can now call up the specs on anyone in America, in an instant, for as long as the system has been in place, for $30 billion a year.
That's a lot of money, but the Pentagon "loses" more money than that per year, and the buget is somewhere in the trillions... $30 billion is not
only possible, it's easily hidden. Since the facility wouldn't be any larger than your average warehouse, you could fit it in a secure base, like
Papoose or Groom, and the only people who would ever know would be the people who can check the database reports. Even the people maintaining the
servers probably wouldn't know what was actually in
the databases, their job would just be to maintain them. Every other step of the process
can be automated.
This is why I am worried. It's not what the cards have already done or not done, it's the potential of the system for abuse.
[edit on 4/14/2005 by thelibra]