(KUTV) Imagine this: tons of personal information gathered together and posted online for anyone to see.
A Holladay woman stumbled upon a website containing thousands of names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and even credit card numbers. Concerned that the information might be used by an identity thief, she decided to Get Gephardt.
Michelle Kuhn received a phone call that annoyed her. “I got a phone call that seemed to be kind of a crank call.” She wanted to know who had placed the call, so she searched the number online. The website she found scared her. “It had names and phone numbers and home phones, cell phones, addresses, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, passport numbers, dates of birth all on it,” said Kuhn.
Michelle decided to search her own phone number and, sure enough, it brought up a ton of information. Only, it’s not her information, it’s information for someone in Orem named HUU Duane Schmidt.
“Having your personal information out there is just kind of weird and creepy,” Kuhn said. “But it’s not your information. It’s fake information.”
It turns out all the information on the website is bogus.
According to Hibbard Engler, the man who built the website, the site contains 250-million identities. The southern California database consultant says his wife has been a victim of identity theft, so he went to work designing the site to thwart future identity thieves. “It helps hide our real identity to have fake ones out there,” Engler said.
Hibbard points out that just about everybody’s personal information is out there in one way or another. Even if you think it’s secure, there have been countless stories of security breaches, and hackers gaining access.
To help protect your identity, 2News has organized another shred-fest. For more information, click here: http://www.kutv.com/news/features/local/stories/vid_3767.shtml
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