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ChoicePoint Incorporated

Hacking It

Avi Rubin is known for annoying large companies and important people. Two years ago, the Johns Hopkins University professor first alerted the country to troubling vulnerabilities in electronic voting, much to the consternation of election officials and machine-maker Diebold Election Systems. Then earlier this year, Texas Instruments similarly was none too pleased when Rubin's team of what he calls "super geniuses" broke the encryption on its wireless gas payment cards and car keys - a potential threat to millions of consumers. In both cases, Rubin and his team of graduate students publicized their findings to prove that: a. it can be done, and b. nothing is safe in this...