What is Two Factor Verification? ¬†(Or 2FA, for the nerds)
It is when you log into a web site with a password, but then it sends you a TXT/SMS with a PIN code that you need to enter to gain proper access to the site.
And guess ¬†what?
Patenting something, and inventing something, are two different things.
But then we’re used to Kimmi-boy being larger than life.
In 1996, the then-Kim Schmitz filed for¬†a patent¬†entitled “Method for authorizing in data transmission systems”. The patent has a priority date of 29 April 1997, and it does indeed describe a two-factor authentication system. The user logs into a service, triggers a secondary authentication request, and this is fulfilled by SMS.
But Ericsson filed¬†a patent¬†titled “User authentication method and apparatus”¬†with a priority date of 24 June 1994 that also covered 2FA using a pager or phone. A later patent¬†filed by Nokia¬†["Method for obtaining at least one item of user authentication data"] with a priority date of 23 February 1996 resembles even more closely the 2FA approach used on the web today.
Kim Dotcom’s patent through the European Patent Office¬†was cancelled¬†in 2011¬†after opposition from Ericsson.
On his Twitter page, Kim Schmitz/Dotcom describes himself an “innovator”. To earn the title, you’ve got to introduce something new.
Kim Schmitz/Dotcom – in this case at least – doesn’t appear to have done so.