What they didn’t realize is that someone had stored their FULL social security numbers inside the HTML source code on the website. This sensitive information was being sent to every visitor on the website, whether they realized it or not. In cases like the one in Missouri, the professor wanted to make the public (and teachers) aware that their data was being put at risk.
But what could happen when a hacker or someone with ill-intentions stumbled across the same information? Identity thieves commonly use your social security number to obtain access to your bank accounts, medical records, and other information that can cause you and your family significant harm.