Sciweavers

Share
FUN
2010
Springer

Cracking Bank PINs by Playing Mastermind

10 years 2 months ago
Cracking Bank PINs by Playing Mastermind
The bank director was pretty upset noticing Joe, the system administrator, spending his spare time playing Mastermind, an old useless game of the 70ies. He had fought the instinct of telling him how to better spend his life, just limiting to look at him in disgust long enough to be certain to be noticed. No wonder when the next day the director fell on his chair astonished while reading, on the newspaper, about a huge digital fraud on the ATMs of his bank, with millions of Euros stolen by a team of hackers all around the world. The article mentioned how the hackers had `played with the bank computers just like playing Mastermind', being able to disclose thousands of user PINs during the one-hour lunch break. That precise moment, a second before falling senseless, he understood the subtle smile on Joe's face the day before, while training at his preferred game, Mastermind.
Riccardo Focardi, Flaminia L. Luccio
Added 11 Feb 2011
Updated 11 Feb 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where FUN
Authors Riccardo Focardi, Flaminia L. Luccio
Comments (0)
books