Tech experts plot to catch identity thieves

From USA Today:

The topic of data protection stole the show at the RSA Conference on computer security here this week. Identity theft and corporate espionage were dominant themes among the 15,000 attendees.

And with good reason. Data are the new currency of the Internet age for legitimate — and illegitimate — businesses, says Howard Schmidt, former chief information security officer of eBay who now is a consultant. Data have never been shared as quickly, and in such vast amounts.

But as millions of Americans use personal data to shop and bank online, and as more companies store data electronically, they remain targets for online fraudsters, Schmidt and others said.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, security experts, politicians and other analysts offered their takes on the problems, and suggestions to fix them

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