The prestel exploit...
Posted Feb 18, 2006 17:20 UTC (Sat) by dps
In reply to: UK holds Microsoft security talks (BBC)
Parent article: UK holds Microsoft security talks (BBC)
Last time I heard about it there was a less well publicised telephone number that corresponded to a prestel test system. This, without any exploitation or prompting, told you the prestel administrator's user name and password. This was an early example of security through obscurity not working.
I suspect if the UK government does get a back door into windows vista that the law will be changed to allow it. I also suspect that there is no backdoor, or other key recovery/bypass technology, that is safe from abuse by criminals.
P.S. Last time I head about it not having the keys, and therefore being unable to decrypt the incriminating data, *is* a good enough excuse for neither doing it nor giving the authorities the required keys.
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