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Showing posts from May, 2007

Welcome to Mark Baggett - In Depth Defense

I am the course Author of SANS SEC573 Automating Information Security with Python. Check back frequently for updated tools and articles related to course material.

What are the last 4 digits of your SSN?

Note to readers:  This very old blog entry still gets a pretty high amount of traffic.  I rarely, but sometimes do get nasty emails from people telling me that I am "teaching people to steal identities".   If we assume that I am the only person in the world capable of reading the instructions published on the Social Security Administrations (SSA) website, that explain the same thing I have here, then I agree with you.  But if that were true then people not smart enough to understand the SSA's website would probably be stumped by this as well, so we are still safe.   If I was the only one who could understand that website that might make me the smartest person in the world!! (in which case who are you to question my wisdom?)  I asked my wife about the possibility that I was the smarted person in the world and she confirmed for me that I am not (she is still laughing for some reason).  
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