Here’s a religious hack:
You want to commit suicide, but it’s a mortal sin: your soul goes straight to hell, forever. So what you do is murder someone. That will get you executed, but if you confess your sins to a priest beforehand you avoid hell. Problem solved.
This was actually a problem in the 17th and 18th centuries in Northern Europe, particularly Denmark. And it remained a problem until capital punishment was abolished for murder.
It’s a clever hack. I didn’t learn about it in time to put it in my book, A Hacker’s Mind, but I have several other good hacks of religious rules.
Posted on April 14, 2023 at 3:06 PM •
What is it with sports and spying this month? Now it’s the Chinese spying on the Danish women’s soccer team.
Posted on September 18, 2007 at 2:05 PM •
Criminals are breaking into stores and pretending to ransack them, as a cover for installing ATM skimming hardware, complete with a transmitter.
Note the last paragraph of the story—it’s in Danish, sorry—where the company admits that this is the fourth attempt they know of criminals installing reader equipment inside ATM terminals for the purpose of skimming numbers and PINs.
Posted on March 9, 2006 at 1:40 PM •
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.