New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of blockchain (distributed ledger, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed. Assigned to the USPS, the first of today's patents addresses techniques for a digital trust architecture. Assigned to Telepathy Labs, the second patent addresses techniques for social engineering identification and alerting.
10,419,218, "Methods and systems for a digital trust architecture," assigned to the United States Postal Service.
In some aspects, methods and systems for a digital trust architecture are provided. In some aspects, the architecture includes a user account provisioning process. The provisioning process may make use of in person verifications of some personal information to ensure authenticity of the user information. Once the authenticity of user information is established, an account may be created. The user account may include a user email account, with integrated access to digital certificates linked to the user account. Account creation may also automatically publish the new user's public key in a publicly accessible directory, enabling encrypted email information to be easily sent to the new user.
10,419,475, "System and method for social engineering identification and alerting," assigned to Telepathy Labs, Inc.
A method, computer program product, and computer system for identifying potential social engineering activity associated with one or more communications on a first communication channel of a plurality of communication channels. Restriction of at least partial access to at least a second communication channel of the plurality of communication channels may be requested based upon, at least in part, the identification of the potential social engineering activity associated with the one or more communications on the first communication channel.