Security? It's the wetware, stupid!

Security? It's the wetware, stupid!

Summary: Forget the technology: when it comes to security, here's a salutary reminder that it's the wetware that's the problem.So there I was this morning, nipping down to out to get a pint of milk, when I hear someone reading out a string of numbers.

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Forget the technology: when it comes to security, here's a salutary reminder that it's the wetware that's the problem.

So there I was this morning, nipping down to out to get a pint of milk, when I hear someone reading out a string of numbers. I look round.

There's a man reading a string of numbers -- loudly -- off a credit card into a mobile phone. He's in the middle of a small shopping precinct, right next to a coffee shop within easy earshot of several people enjoying a morning coffee outdoors.

The man then proceeds to read the expiry date, helpfully preceded by the words: "And here's the expiry date", yada yada, followed by: "and the number on the back is 319", followed by his name. Spelt out slowly and carefully, just in case anyone should miss it.

You couldn't make it up...

Topic: Networking

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  • Security? It's the wetware, stupid!

    'Against stupidity, the very gods themselves contend in vain'

    Friedrich Schiller
    Tezzer-5cae2
  • Security? It's the wetware, stupid!

    Trust, Stupidity or Ignorance?

    Oh hang on a minute, maybe this person was a criminal who took the biscuit by ordering goods in public!?
    roger andre
  • Security? It's the wetware, stupid!

    That's incredible! 6 months from now when he looks at his bank balance, credit card bill or credit rating, he's not going to have a freaking clue how it happened!

    That's both the funniest and the saddest thing I've read all day!

    The global public wonders why the economy is in the trash!
    Xwindowsjunkie-e92c6
  • Security? It's the wetware, stupid!

    Never under estimate the stupidity of the masses.
    roger andre
  • Security? It's the wetware, stupid!

    For the sake of completeness, could you just spell out his details in full? ;)
    Jake Rayson