Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Now you see it, now you don't?

Emphaiss mine

"The National Identity Register, essentially, will be a secure database; ...hack-proof, not connected to the Internet...not be accessible online; any links with any other agency will be down encrypted links." - Meg Hillier to Home Affairs Select Committee (verbatim)
"The National Identity Register, essentially, will be a secure database; it will not be accessible online; any links with any other agency will be down encrypted links." - Meg Hillier to Home Affairs Select Committee (Hansard)
Can you say backpeddle from a stupid statement?
Hat Tip: Ideal Government

8 comments:

Benedict White said...
10 Apr 2008 00:01:00  

To be fair Dizzy, it would be easy peasy to make it hack proof. Completely in fact.

What you do is collate all the data on one computer, and when that is done, you turn it off, booby trap it, encase it in concrete and then drop it in the Mindanao trench. Job done.

It does of course present some problems with accessing the system, but it would be hack proof ;)

Semaj Mahgih said...
10 Apr 2008 04:56:00  

I fear vvery greatly the hands into which the responsibility for this is vested.

dizzy said...
10 Apr 2008 05:56:00  

Benedict, you missed an important part off your paraphrasing of Eugene Spafford's security pinciple. He also added on the end "Even then I wouldn't bet on it."

Anonymous said...
10 Apr 2008 09:59:00  

Dizzy

Is Hansard allowed to misreport like this? Changing "bollocks" to "bollards" I can understand - but deleting an entire phrase which adds meaning to the statement, however irrational, is out of order.

SP

Anonymous said...
10 Apr 2008 10:01:00  

Benedict

How would you know that it hadn't been hacked?

SP

machiavelli said...
10 Apr 2008 11:46:00  

Put the 2 together and it implies that it will be on a computer system that have an internet connection.

In which case it's hackable.

Anonymous said...
10 Apr 2008 14:04:00  

What's your source for the verbatim? Were you in the committee room with a notepad, or is it published on the Net somewhere?

And on what date did all this take place?

dizzy said...
10 Apr 2008 14:19:00  

it wason the telly and reported across the press. nice try though.


 

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