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You say it here, it comes out there...
From: Nick Selby <nick.selby () gmail com>
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 08:16:21 -0500
Just thought I would give some recognition to Dave for bringing an
information security issue to national attention, and thence to the Senate.
It was quite wonderful hearing Dave's words coming from a Senator's mouth
(or at least, from his press machine).
"...[T]here are two important reasons why biometrics won't work, and why
the old-fashioned password is still a better option: a person's biometrics
can't be kept secret and they can't be revoked...Since a person can't
change their fingerprint or whatever biometric is being relied upon, it's
'once owned, forever owned.' That is biometrics' major failing and the one
that will be hardest to overcome." - Dave Aitel, USAToday, 12 September
"Passwords are secret and dynamic; fingerprints are public and permanent.
If you don't tell anyone your password, no one will know what it is. If
someone hacks your password, you can change it—as many times as you want.
You can't change your fingerprints. You have only ten of them. And you
leave them on everything you touch; they are definitely not a secret.
What's more, a password doesn't uniquely identify its owner—a fingerprint
does. Let me put it this way: if hackers get a hold of your thumbprint,
they could use it to identify and impersonate you for the rest of your
life." - Al Franken in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on 20 September 2013 (
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- You say it here, it comes out there... Nick Selby (Sep 23)