Innocense of Denmark

"Trust is a reducer of social complexity" by Pelle Sten
“Trust is a reducer of social complexity” by Pelle Sten (Flickr)

I continue to be astounded at how vulnerable Danes and Denmark are to cyber criminals.

Everyone needs Java installed to operate NemID, the authentication mechanism that is used by every government IT system and accepted as a mechanisms for almost all large business too (e.g. banks). Admittedly NemID itself uses a decent two factor authentication system, but an entire country with Java installed.

You need to give your social security to everyone. Video rental stores, dentists, language schools, they all need it. As a consequence there have been some mega breaches of the database. There is no current way to change it either, so it is likely that bad actors have CPR numbers for most adult Danes.

Everyone is in the phone directory by default. People put their names on the their doors and post boxes. It is identity theft paradise and Danish online retailers pay a heavy price for it.

All these systems are interconnected too. I was amazed when I got my passport picture taken at a local studio and they informed me that part of the price was automatic submission of the photos to the passport bureau.

Wonderful convenience. Just what IT should be. But wide open to exploitation?

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