Operators of communication in the US intend to take on the role of online-user identity

Verizon, AT & T, T-Mobile and Sprint presented the “Project Verify” initiative, which can replace passwords.

This week, the four largest US telecommunications companies Verizon, AT & T, T-Mobile and Sprint presented a new initiative, according to which they can play the role of online users. According to journalist Brian Krebs, the initiative was called “Project Verify”.

“Project Verify” assumes that sites will refuse passwords and will authenticate users based on data unique to each mobile phone and account (location data, user reputation and physical characteristics of the device). According to the authors of the initiative, this approach will provide users with a more convenient way to verify their identity when registering on sites, and also replace passwords and one-time verification codes for authorization in existing accounts.

Telecommunications companies insist that the project will improve the authentication process, because only they will have access to unique signals and opportunities for validating users and their devices. This includes data such as the approximate location of the user in real time, information about how long he is a customer of the company and for how long he uses his smartphone, as well as information about the internal components of the smartphone (including those tied to each SIM card cryptographic signatures).

Currently, the development of the application “Project Verify”, which will be shipped with pre-installed software on devices sold by Verizon, AT & T, T-Mobile and Sprint. The idea is that third-party sites will be able to allow this application to authenticate users

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