Investigating identity theft

Ferreira, Maria (2009) Investigating identity theft. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    With the increased rate of identity theft and constant bombardments from the media on the loss or theft of peoples' personal identifying information, it is apparent that identity theft is a major concern and the term is becoming even more popular globally. The role of technology in the crime has been blamed for the widespread scope and rapid increase of the crime, as has the apparent lack of security awareness measures to protect personal information. Finding answers to this phenomenon will provide a better understanding of the crime and its surrounding issues. Using both primary and secondary research to investigate the crime of identity theft, this report will seek to clarify the explanations owing to the rise in the crime and the problems associated with stolen identities. Evidence gathered from the primary research will be analysed and compared to the secondary research findings to determine if a correlation exists and to provide recommendations on the best approach to mitigate risks associated with identity theft. The results from the research conducted indicate that identity theft although greatly linked to technology is also influenced by low-tech methods of both enacting the crime as well as misusing the stolen identities. There is also a clear indication that more effort is required to educate populations of the risks associated with the exposure of personal information in a bid to reduce the level of identity theft occurrences.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/676

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