Chapter 7

SmartKey Attacks

Chapter Outline

Introduction

In the middle of the ought years, while the public was gripped by headlines of Hurricane Katrina, escalating conflict in Iraq, North Korea’s nuclear aims, and George W. Bush beginning his second term as President of the United States, another topic of concern percolated through the media, sending shivers of unease through the populace. Various reporters and columnists began talking about “bump keys” and “bumping locks” in stories that captivated and frightened many people. I was interviewed more than once on this topic, appearing on TV while a news anchor sat in my kitchen as she learned how to use a bump key. ...

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