Latest Alessandro Acquisti Stories

2011-08-01 08:00:00

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It is possible to identify strangers and gain their personal information - perhaps even their social security numbers -- by using face recognition software and social media profiles, according to a new study by Carnegie Mellon University's Alessandro Acquisti and his research team. The results of the study will be presented Aug. 4 at Black Hat, a security conference in Las Vegas. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20020422/CMULOGO ) "A...

2009-07-07 10:40:00

Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that the nine-digit social security number, which each individual guards as sacred, can be predicted by using accessible personal information found on public records or online social networks. "It's good that we found it before the bad guys," Alessandro Acquisti, associate professor of information technology and public policy at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, said of the method for predicting the numbers. In Tuesday's edition of...

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