Europe Creates a Potential Target for Bad Actors

August 9, 2018

The goal, most agree, is to keep sensitive information out of the hands of hackers and crooks, right? European officials might be planning to fly directly in the face of that logic, after we read a recent article in The Register, “Think Tank Calls for Post-Brexit National ID Cards: The Kids Have Phones, So What’s The Difference?”

Things got dicey here:

“The government intends to assign EU citizens unique numbers based on either a passport or national ID card number…he system will be accessed via GOV.UK or a smartphone app, and the report praised the security and privacy credentials promised for the database of citizen numbers…The data will be kept on Home Office servers in a tier 3 data centre, with individual pieces of information stored and encrypted separately.”

So, let’s get this straight? All of Europe will have its personal information on file in one location and they are just publicly telling the bad guys where to find it? What could go wrong? Google seems to be rolling out a program to warn governments when they are being hacked, which makes Google more “useful” to certain authorities.

But bad actors gravitate to data collections which have significant value. The ID card repository may become a high profile target.

Patrick Roland, August 9, 2018

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