Messin' with Texas Deriving Mother's Maiden Names Using Public Records

@inproceedings{Griffith2005MessinWT,
  title={Messin' with Texas Deriving Mother's Maiden Names Using Public Records},
  author={Virgil Griffith and Markus Jakobsson},
  booktitle={ACNS},
  year={2005}
}
We have developed techniques to automatically infer mother's maiden names from public records. We demonstrate our techniques using publicly available records from the state of Texas, and reduce the entropy of a mother's maiden name from an average of close to 13 bits down to below 6.9 bits for more than a quarter of the people targeted, and down to a zero entropy (i.e., certainty of their mothers maiden name) for a large number of targeted individuals. This poses a signi cant risk not only to… CONTINUE READING
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