Fingerprinting your files

Thursday, 5 August 2004, 10:54 AM EST

Three cryptographers at Stanford University recently came up with a clever solution to the persistent problem of identity theft on the Internet. Wily hackers in Russia, China, and other countries send out piles of e-mail messages looking like they came from some financial institution such as Citibank or Paypal. Millions of consumers get these messages, which have embedded HTML links in them that take the unsuspecting recipient to look-alike websites run in faraway places. You're prompted to enter a username and password and then—wham—the hacker has the keys to your bank account.

By Simson Garfinkel at Technology Review.

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