IDENTITY THAT CAN'T BE STOLEN

OVER THE PAST MONTHS, the drip-drip-drip of information from the headquarters of the TJX companies, just up the road from me—operators of such stores as TJMaxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls—has focused my attention on the problem of identity theft. It now appears that in the major security breach that became evident in January, at least 45.7 million credit and debit card numbers in the company's database have been stolen. Security specialists are calling it the biggest breach of personal data ever reported (see The Boston Globe, March 29,2007).

The threat is that thieves can use the stolen card numbers, and the names associated with them, to make fraudulent purchases. Or even worse, to set up whole new accounts that victims will be able to disentangle only with some time and effort—if ever.

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