I'm a big conspiracy theorist, as some of you well know.
I quit doing point-of-sale PIN transactions about three years ago.This is why
Hackers and other nefarious types can obtain your card number, PIN, and in some cases, your bank account number during a point-of-sale transaction where you use your PIN. Wal-Mart and Office Max have both had their customers' numbers hacked and stolen.
Now banks are trying to pin those losses on the consumers, up to $500. Yeah, right. *stabs*
I wonder how much this third-party merchant paid to have their company name expunged from the notification letters? And how often it's happened in the past.
I've been reading No Place to Hide
, and it's terrifying how easily identity information is obtained and used. ( I thought it was funny )
So, funny. Funny in an ohmygodwerealldoomed kind of way. Big brother doesn't have to watch you; you're keeping track of yourself just fine. Click, click, click, and they've got you pegged.
Even if you are only marginally interested in how the government tracks people, at least pick this book up to read the chapter on how a program was used to generate a list of possible terrorists that could have been involved in the 9-11 attacks. That program picked more than a half-dozen of the actual hijackers on the first run-through, with the least specific data filter.
It's tough to reconcile, eh?