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Podcast - Identity Mixer: Letting The Right People Know Just Enough (up to IBM Research Computer Science Blog)
The first major cyberattack of 2015 targeted a major U.S. health insurance provider. The hackers got hold of names, birthdays, social security numbers and personal addresses of an estimated 80 million people. The insurer and the FBI are trying to mitigate the damage and forestall future attacks.
But what if computer scientists could restrict and contain the sensitive data that retailers of all kinds get from you to verify your identity — before the hacker attacks?
In this episode of Inside IBM Research, Gregory Neven, a cryptographer in our Zurich lab, suggests that such an authorization mechanism is already being tested out with major organizations in Germany and Australia. Identity Mixer is an open source, cloud-based technology that encrypts, or securely encodes, your generic identity so that hackers cannot steal personal data — and websites will not have the near-impossible burden of protecting it.