Entries by Jeffrey Goldberg

Why is this information sensitive? The deeper Equifax problem

As the world now knows Equifax, the credit rating company and master of our fates, suffered a data breach in May and June 2017, which revealed to criminals details of 143 million people. (I would have liked to say, “143 million customers”, but that is very far from the case. We have no control at all over Equifax and other credit rating companies collecting information about us. We are neither their customers nor users.)

The revealed data includes:

Social Security numbers
Dates of birth
Addresses
Driver’s license numbers (unspecified number of these)
Credit card numbers (209,000 of these)

When back doors go bad: Mind your Ps and Qs

This is going to be a long and technical article, but the point can be stated more simply: The kinds of security architectures in which it is easy to insert a back door are typically less secure than the security architectures in which it is hard to insert a back door. The back doors that […]