1997-06-08 - Re: Steak Knife Decryption

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From: nexus@eskimo.com (Brian Lane)
To: Cyberdog <eric@clever.net>
Message Hash: e16659d246544cbe4a0d1ce9dd3041cc7e19949de1b710430e3119509a74d976
Message ID: <339a38b3.40212914@mail.eskimo.com>
Reply To: <199706070521.WAA11195@netcom11.netcom.com>
UTC Datetime: 1997-06-08 05:00:47 UTC
Raw Date: Sun, 8 Jun 1997 13:00:47 +0800

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From: nexus@eskimo.com (Brian Lane)
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 1997 13:00:47 +0800
To: Cyberdog <eric@clever.net>
Subject: Re: Steak Knife Decryption
In-Reply-To: <199706070521.WAA11195@netcom11.netcom.com>
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On Sat, 7 Jun 1997 21:42:55 -0400, you wrote:

>>On Fri, 6 Jun 1997, Mike Duvos wrote:
>>> An interesting twist on rubber hose decryption in the case of the
>>> murder of Jonathan Levin, son of the top executive of media
>>> giant Time Warner.
>>> Police believe his ATM card was stolen, and he was then jabbed
>>> with a steak knife until he revealed the PIN.
>>A "duress" PIN which cancels the account would be a good addition;
>>similar to the "duress" code on home security systems that appear to
>>disarm the alarm but send a silent alarm to the monitoring station.
>I would want my account to remain active but instruct the machine to
>dispense marked cash in case I'm outside in the trunk.

  I definitely would not want an emergency PIN to fail to dispense
unless it dispensed some 00 buckshot. Now that's a thought. Enter the
number backwards and you get a shotgun blast to the chest.

  A Good Idea(tm) would be to have a reversed PIN number red flag the
ATM and
alert the police (as well as forward the videotape to the proper

  A gun would have been a good idea for Levin to own, but probably
would not
have helped him since it was a student that he knew and trusted. He
didn't feel threatened until it was too late for him.

  Also, if the card was one of the Visa Debit cards (or even a real
visa card
for that matter) there are tons of places that it can be used without
a PIN number or submitting to an ID check. Grocery stores and gas
stations are
two examples, although you cannot get cash from anywhere without using
the PIN
number (that I know of).


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Brian C. Lane             http://www.eskimo.com/~nexus                      KC7TYU
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