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South Korean ID system to be rebuilt from scratch

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:04:04 -0400
Message-ID: <5441CA94.80209@digitalbazaar.com>
To: Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
South Korean ID system to be rebuilt from scratch

The ID numbers and personal details of an estimated 80% of the country's
50 million people have been stolen from banks and other targets, say

Things we should avoid:

There are several reasons that the ID cards have proved so easy to steal:

Identity numbers started to be issued in the 1960s and still follow the
same pattern. The first few digits are the user's birth date, followed
by either a one for male or two for female.

Their usage across different sectors makes them master keys for hackers,
say experts

If details are leaked, citizens are unable to change them

The government required net-users who wanted to deal with banks or shops
online to use a Microsoft product, ActiveX, to provide a digital
signature but critics say it was a simple password that could easily be


-- manu

Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny, G+: +Manu Sporny)
Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
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