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Password reuse puts online users details at risk

Tash Shifrin

Lack of coordination between online user authentication systems is helping identity thieves as users struggle to handle multiple passwords, a UN agency has warned.

The Geneva based International Telecommunication Union urged businesses and regulators to consider streamlining identification and authentication systems to increase the security of personal data on the internet.

In a report released ahead of the ITU’s Telecom World 2006 conference in Hong Kong, the agency warned that computer users now need so many passwords and user names that many simply reuse the same identification details on multiple sites.

“This may cause security breaches, and leave them vulnerable to the machinations of identity thieves ever increasing in number and inventiveness,” the ITU report warned.

IT added: “The lack of coordination in identification systems is a source of growing inconvenience to users and needs to be addressed rapidly.”


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