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So much for security, then.

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So much for security, then.

The Daily Mail hired a computer expert to check the security of data on the new super-wonderful National ID card.
He cracked it and cloned it within 12 minutes.
http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/08/06/237215/uk-national-id-card-cloned-in-12-minutes.ht...
Deep joy.
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Re: So much for security, then.

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Re: So much for security, then.

Quote from that DailyMail link:
"Adam Laurie is no ordinary hacker. In the world of computing, he is considered a genius - a man whose talents are used by government departments and blue-chip companies to guard against terrorists and cyber-criminals."
I am quite sure that the truth of the matter is that he had access to some information, a key if you like, that will be a heavily guarded piece of information that is not really available.
There is an area of technology, I shall not say which, Mr Lauire and cohorts would turn up and show us 'how he hacked this technology' and really it was not hacking at all.
Now if the comment from the DailyMail is with regards to a service he provides, which is http://www.thebunker.net/ then it holds some truth, but not relevant to this article at all.
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Re: So much for security, then.

Even with Godsell4's explanation, very worrying especially after the McKinnon business.
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Home Office officials said they were working on a response to the story, and would issue a statement later today.

We wait with baited breath!
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Re: So much for security, then.

Baited or bated?  Cheesy
bait - tease: harass with persistent criticism or carping
bait - lure, entice, or entrap with bait
bait - anything that serves as an enticement
bait - attack with dogs or set dogs upon
bait - something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
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Re: So much for security, then.

Hooray! Someone else who actually knows how to spell that phrase properly. I normally end up asking people if their breath smells of maggots. Wink
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Re: So much for security, then.

The .gov response is already out I think http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/07/id_card_hacked/
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Quote from: Be3G
Hooray! Someone else who actually knows how to spell that phrase properly. I normally end up asking people if their breath smells of maggots. Wink

See http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/bated-breath.html for the reason behind the spelling.
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Re: So much for security, then.

Whatever HP - you clearly understood the gist of the thing anyway.  Wink
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Re: So much for security, then.

Dear Poppy, how dare you come on this forum and make such an error in your English? You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself.
In future when you are posting a reply you must use Google and search the internet for websites that will help you use the the correct phrases with right context and spelling. The complete works of Shakespeare would be a good place to start. Please read them immediately.
I look forward to your posts in the future that will be absolutely word perfect, which is what it appears is required for the Lets All Write Perfect English Or Be Taken To Task About It Plusnet Community forum.
Edit: Inserted missing full stop.
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Re: So much for security, then.

It's only in jest, Santiago. 'Baited breath' is a particularly humorous mistake to those who notice it, because of what the mistake actually means (i.e. as I mentioned earlier, breath smelling of maggots or something like that).
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Whatever HP

I guess you missed the humour of the reply.  Sad
Especially the relevance of  Cheesy (cheesy)  Grin
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Re: So much for security, then.

You see what problems these computer experts create when they go around cracking secure databases Roll eyes
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