Since the computer breach that allowed hackers to view
8 million credit card numbers in the system of Omaha-based
processing company Data Processors International, consumers
are asking: "When will legislation be passed that truly
protects consumers from identity theft?" Too late for
the 55,000 students, former students and employees of the
University of Texas whose identities were compromised when
a hacker broke into the UT system and gained access to their
Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses and names last February.
"We flat out messed up on this one," said Dan Updegrove,
vice president of UT's information technology.
The culprit of the UT break-in has since turned
himself in. That's the best the would-be-victim Longhorns
could hope for. What's in store for identity theft victims
without such luck? Ask Derek Bond. Bond, a 72 year-old British
man, was imprisoned for two weeks in South Africa last February
after the FBI wrongly identified him as a wanted fugitive.
He was freed when the real fugitive was arrested in Las Vegas.
The U.S. Attorney's Office believes this crook had been using
Bond's identity as far back as 1989.
It's a situation all too familiar to Malcolm
Byrd. Byrd has been arrested several times, had his driver's
license revoked twice, lost pay while sitting in jail, lost
a job and almost had his children taken away by child protective
services -- all because a criminal continues to use his identity.
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