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Proper Perspective
to focus on this as a "problem of computer hackers" is to mis-address the real problem -- which is the use of insecure operating software and symmetric identifications

what is the full cost of hacking today ?

not just the loss of cash and merchandise: there is also the loss of labor employed in attempting ineffective defenses.   defenses which can never be effective because they fail to address the root of the problem: insecure operating software and compromised symmetric identifications

a secure operating system will not allow itself to be compromised by the activity of an application program .   that is the starting point as it is critical to portecting the security software needed for authenticating and protecting documents and transactions .

it is probably necessary to design and deploy a KEK -- key encryption key device

the KEK would carry a copy of GnuPG or PGP plus the related keyrings.    it must be a single purpose device so that updates can be stictly controlled -- not like a "smart" phone .

the KEK is an identification carrier and as such would need to be maintained by facilities that are currently responsible for validating identifications: Credit Unions, DMV, County Clerk, Notaries and such .

the KEK could then be used to authenticate and protect form 1040.

symmetric ID such as traditional name, address, DoB, SSN, phone number, mother's maiden name, e/mail are known as "PII" -- and are hopelessly compromised.  

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