Identity Pathology

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A list of various ways in which identity information can be misused or misappropriated on the internet.


User private data is required for release of web resources. Minimizing the amount of data released or its misuse after release is the object of this effort to collect a list of the various attacks and their mitigations.

There are three entities that are in play here.

  1. The user on a user device (aka a user agent).
  2. The resource provider (aka a relying party.)
  3. Identifier and Attribute Providers.


  • Attacks at the user device or user agent.
    • User private data, including credentials used in authentication.
    • Data of the user's contacts data.
    • Interception of legitimate user connections to valuable resources, including elevation of priviledge.
  • Attacks on the transmission of user private data.
    • Interception of legitimate user connections to valuable resources.
    • Misdirection or misleading connection to attacker sites.
    • Man in the middle attacks.
  • Spoofing attacks at the resource site.
    • Using data acquired by social engineering.
    • Initiating connections through other compromised sites, including compromised Identifier or Attribute Providers.
  • Misuse of user private data.
    • Releasing data to others.
    • Data breaches.