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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Hapless hackers: But for an 'a'

Stacks of Stones  (by Audrius Meskauskas)
The Bible has plenty to say about the importance of choosing words carefully. Quotes such as “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from troubles” (Proverbs 21:23) certainly get that point across.

Criminals might be a lot better off if they heeded this, and other, biblical advice.  Some bank hackers recently tripped themselves up by misspelling the word “foundation.”  In substituting an “a” for the first “o,” they did themselves out of an extra billion.

This isn’t to say that people should improve their spelling in order to become better thieves. Yet it illustrates how words, and even individual letters, can make or break a situation.

So weigh those words carefully.  Sticks and stones may break your bones, but stacks and stones could be downright deadly.


Copyright March 13, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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