First Advisor

Hart, Douglas I.

Second Advisor

Ina, Donald J.


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Software Engineering and Database Technologies


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

100 pages


The Internet, which was originally developed for academic purposes, has expanded and been applied to commercial and business enterprises. It is possible to purchase airline tickets, check bank balances and communicate through e-mail with each other through the Internet. These services can all be performed relatively easily with the proliferation of Internet Service Providers and the lower cost of Personal Computers. The development of the Internet has also had a huge impact on businesses with the growth of e-commerce, e-banking and the tremendous growth in email traffic. There is however a negative impact to this development of the Internet with the rise in on-line criminal activity. The increasing use of the Internet has resulted in the development of on-line identities for users. There can be a great deal of sensitive and personal information associated with an on-line identity and gaining access to these privileges can provide cyber criminals with access to personal resources such as bank account details, credit card information etc. This type of activity has given rise to the term "identity theft". This project will present an introduction to Microsoft Cardspace and how it relates to dealing with identity theft, the theory behind the application and present practical demonstrations of how the technology can be implemented using Microsoft© .NET framework technology.

Date of Award

Spring 2011

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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