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CRYPTO-GRAM

For a while now, I've been a subscriber to Bruce Schneier's Crypto-gram, a monthly newsletter about security and cryptography. I like it; it covers a lot of interesting topics, has good references, and is written by someone who understands a lot of the issues but still has a sense of humor about them. He has a nice way of slipping in little bits of humor in with everything else.

The first topic of this month's newsletter are the national id cards being discussed. Here's an amusing tidbit from his writing about it:

How can IDs fail in practice? All sorts of ways. All four components can
fail, individually and together. The cards themselves can be
counterfeited. Yes, I know that the manufacturers of these cards claim
that their anti-counterfeiting methods are perfect, but there hasn't been a
card created yet that can't be forged. Passports, drivers licenses, and
foreign national ID cards are routinely forged. I've seen estimates that
10% of all IDs in the US are phony. At least one-fourth of the president's
own family has been known to use phony IDs.


Heh, that's great.
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