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.
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