Last night, in the midst of former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, the camera cut away to an audience member holding up what is a familiar sight for the roughly 50 million Americans who participate in Medicare — a Medicare ID card.
While that ID card was a great image of what President Clinton was discussing, that simple act of airing a private citizen’s ID card, which displays one’s Social Security number as an identifier of their Medicare status, can seriously harm the identity of the citizen.
The video of the DNC attendee was aired on multiple stations covering the convention, including but not limited to PBS, ABC and MSNBC. The full video of the speech, including the medicare card moment, are also still up on YouTube.
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Hacking groups Anonymous and Antisec published a list of what they claimed to be 1 million Apple IDs earlier this week, saying that they had acquired 12 million IDs from a laptop of an FBI agent.
While the FBI has denied that the agency was the source of the alleged data hack, the groups insist that the FBI had this data, along with other identifying information like cellphone numbers and addresses.
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If all of this identity theft and hacking news is scaring you, turning to some more spiritual guides may help calm you. At least, that’s what some home sellers are turning to and they’re finding it rather effective.
In a fascinating story about unconventional sales tactics, Graham Wood takes a look at some of the divine strategies home owners are using to sell their homes faster. One woman buried a statue of St. Joseph in her yard and got an offer three weeks later. Some even suggest burning sage in the home to help clear the house and speed up a sale.
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