Thursday, 6 August 2009
The Words Hoisted And Petard* Spring To Mind
I am no geek, because I do not understand the technology, but when at a 'Hackers Convention' FBI Agents ID cards (using the same technology as proposed for UK ID cards) can trigger a camera to take a photo of the FBI Agent, can you imagine the carnage if this was hooked up to something a little more lethal like an IED.
Anything man made can be replicated and can be defeated. One of my colleagues had a cheque that had cleared his business account in April for £15 000, cloned and was passed by Nat West again last week.
In terms of real security, just keep it simple the rest is just security theatre
"Security theater is a component of the culture of fear.
Critics such as the American Civil Liberties Union have pointed out that the benefits of security theater are temporary and illusory since after such security measures inevitably fail, not only is the feeling of insecurity increased, but there is also loss of belief in the competence of those responsible for security. "
Any takers for ID cards now ?