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Bah-Humbug: Targeting Children’s Identities During the Holiday Season

Two recent massive breaches appear to be targeting children’s identities—attacks on VTech and Hello Kitty. Stealing the identities of children is not only far more morally egregious than targeting adults, the crimes will likely not be uncovered for many years—no one expects their child’s identity to be stolen, and therefore do not monitor for such activity. It is usually detected when a child matures and seeks to secure credit for a student loan or first auto loan, only to find these credit facilities unavailable at a critical point in young adulthood.

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