Identity Finder Warns Comedian that Identity Theft is no Laughing Matter
On Monday, September 3rd, Daniel Tosh of Comedy Central’s TOSH.O show issued a challenge the Identity Finder team couldn’t resist:
Daniel Tosh offered to retweet the first person to get the right answer. That night he retweeted:
@danieltosh 40, 320
— Kaelan (@ThisIsTug) September 4, 2013
While 40,320 is the mathematically correct number of permutations of 8 digits in 8 places, it is the wrong answer to the question, “What is the maximum number of guesses it would take before you could live the good life?” In less than one second, Identity Finder found the answer: It’s actually just 144. If he owns a Discover Card there are only 129 possibilities, and if owns a MasterCard, Identity Finder narrowed it down to just 36 guesses. In short, Daniel, even if it took 10 seconds to try each one, your credit card could be hacked in less than a half hour.
The Identity Finder team started with a list of all 40,320 possible permutations, but it took Identity Finder’s Sensitive Data Manager 7.0 just one second to narrow the list to 472 possibilities:
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Next, many of those 472 are obsolete or older cards such as Diners Club. We know Tosh is way too young and cool for those, so Sensitive Data Manager automatically eliminated older and obsolete card types. That leaves us with a list of just 144:
Of those 144, 129 are Discover and 36 are MasterCard. Especially knowing Daniel’s secret penchant for Discover Card, a hacker could be living the high life in less than 30 minutes, by testing each one (even if it took 10 seconds per try).
So, assuming that Daniel Tosh has a healthy line of credit, and his credit card isn’t maxed out, some identity thief could already be “living the good life.”
Thanks for helping us “get smarter, faster“, Mr. Tosh.