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US Gov't To Issue Secure Online IDs 205

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Tom Groenfeldt reports in Forbes that the U.S. Postal Service has awarded a contract to SecureKey to implement the Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCXX) designed to enable individuals to securely access online services at multiple federal agencies — such as health benefits, student loan information, and retirement benefit information — without the need to use a different password or other digital identification for each service. SecureKey already operates a trusted identity service in Canada using identification keys provided by one of five participating Canadian banks. It allows Canadians to connect with 120 government programs online with no additional user names or passwords for everything from benefits queries to fishing licenses. The SecureKey program is designed to connect identity providers — such as banks, governments, healthcare organizations, and others — with consumers' favorite online services though a cloud-based broker service. The platform allows identity providers and online services to integrate once, reducing the integration and business complexity otherwise incurred in establishing many-to-many relationships."
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US Gov't To Issue Secure Online IDs

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  • Re:Super Timing (Score:5, Interesting)

    by drakaan ( 688386 ) on Wednesday August 21, 2013 @06:37PM (#44636827) Homepage Journal
    Plus, it makes identity theft that much more convenient!~
  • by TheNarrator ( 200498 ) on Wednesday August 21, 2013 @06:54PM (#44636945)

    You just have to send your id in the bottom 64 bits of your ipv6 address to access the internet. Why make the address space so large unless you were going to stuff authentication credentials into every packet? Then they could easily just turn you off whenever necessary.

  • by karlandtanya ( 601084 ) on Wednesday August 21, 2013 @10:04PM (#44638731) []

    Once your extreme views become fact, you're no longer a crackpot.

  • Re:Yes. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by EmperorArthur ( 1113223 ) on Thursday August 22, 2013 @12:31AM (#44639633)

    Agreed. I would love it if my drivers license was a smart card. Provided that it's initialized properly so the private key never leaves the card. The corporation could then act as a gpg keyserver. If everyone had easy to use public key cryptography, I'd call that a win.

    For people who keep talking about all businesses requiring it, have you looked at how the US does SSN. For non US readers, every American citizen is assigned a number at birth, or trying to work, etc.... Congress practically shouted that this number was not to be used for anything else. Take a guess how well that worked out. Identity theft in the US basically boils down to knowing someones name and SSN. The problem is EVERYONE NEEDS YOUR SSN. Hell, a Social Security card can be used in conjunction with a drivers license to prove US citizenship. I kid you not, since most people in the US don't have passports that's what they use. The card just has a name and a number on it. It never expires. Hell, because it's normally issued at birth there isn't even a photo.

    Now, back on topic. There are quite a few ways for this electronic ID to go bad. The most obvious is if the government or corporation has copies of the private keys. If so, then the system is useless. Another is if the government logged every authentication request. That's pretty easy for them to do.

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