THE DAILY MAIL has revealed that it is possible to hack and clone a UK ID card in twelve minutes, or roughly the time it takes to scan through a copy of the newspaper, hurl it into a bin, and have a shower.
The Mail often has an agenda and it is well acknowledged that one element of that is ramming the threat of illegal immigrants down its readers' throats. Today's story sees it hire two security experts, get them to clone a card, and then tell us how easy it was. Thus reminding us how easy it might be for immigrants to come over here and take our jobs and single women using cloned cards.
As long as they manage to hire their own highly skilled security professional as a hacker, of course.
For its well-balanced and sensitive piece, The Mail flipped a card in the direction of white hat hackbag Adam Laurie who managed to clone it using a Nokia phone and a laptop in no time at all.
Flushed with success after changing just about every piece of personal data on the card Laurie added the message, "I am a terrorist - Shoot on sight." Something the Mail called a "chilling twist" but just sounds like overkill to us, if you'll pardon the pun.
Rarely not known for alarmist editorialising in its 'news' stories, the Mail said, "Laurie's fake card could be used to fool banks, commit fraud and maybe even illegally claim benefits or free NHS care. More disturbing still, it could be used to cover the tracks of terrorists planning atrocities on British or foreign soil. By any sensible measure, his demonstration, as part of a special Mail investigation, should be the final nail in the coffin of the Government's £5.4-billion ID scheme."
Police are advised to be on the lookout for a mid-40s security expert going by the name of McLovin. µ
Oh and it'll also help give aural pleasure
But it might still not be enough to make virtual reality super appealing
And a ridiculous competition
Now you can talk to your silly-looking earbuds too