Attackers Exploiting Security Procedures
In East Belfast, burglars called in a bomb threat. Residents evacuated their homes, and then the burglars proceeded to rob eight empty houses on the block.
I've written about this sort of thing before: sometimes security procedures themselves can be exploited by attackers. It was Step 4 of my "five-step process" from Beyond Fear (pages 14-15). A national ID card make identity theft more lucrative; forcing people to remove their laptops at airport security checkpoints makes laptop theft more common.
Moral: you can't just focus on one threat. You need to look at the broad spectrum of threats, and pay attention to how security against one affects the others.
Posted on April 30, 2007 at 12:27 PM • 29 Comments