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Re: Red team attacks vs. cracking

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On Tue, 30 May 2006 15:09:25 -0700
Paul Johnson <baloo@ursine.ca> wrote:

> On Tuesday 30 May 2006 14:15, Linas Žvirblis wrote:
> > Paul Johnson wrote:
> > >> See, if you visit a bazaar, I bet a helpful guy with a Russian
> > >> accent can sell you a perfectly valid passport for less than
> > >> $50.  Several years ago, a friend of mine actually asked someone
> > >> at the Stadion 10-lecia in Warsaw, and was led to a guy with a
> > >> number of blank Polish IDs for ~$25 each...
> > >>
> > >> That's about what checking government-issued IDs is worth.
> > >
> > > Perhaps in that part of the world, yes.
> >
> > Oh, THAT part of the world. Wait a minute, what part of the world?
> > Can you name any country in which you cannot buy fake IDs?
> >
> > I might have misunderstood you, but you comment sounded like an
> > insult towards Eastern Europe.
> No, I'm saying that the availability and penalties for a fake ID vary
> enough by international jurisdiction that what may be true for
> eastern Europe is not necessarily true for the rest of the world.  If
> you want to construe an observation about variations in availability
> of certain goods and services as an insult, so be it, but that was
> not the intent.

We have to remember, after all, that severe fines and penalties are
enough to deter people from doing bad things on the black market. This
is why there are no illegal drugs in the United States.

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