If there was any doubt that ALOA was completely clueless about basic
security principles that doubt has been removed. ALOA has issued a press
release with regard to bumping, which they admit has been a flaw in lock
design for at least 75 years. The press release goes on to say that bumping,
which again they admit has been a lock vulnerability for at least 75 years,
was not a problem until whistle blowers exposed it. Now, ALOA claims it is a
problem not becuase of the lock industries fatally flawed lock designs, but
because the public was made aware of the vulnerability. The brain surgeons
at ALOA apparently feel that professional burglars, whom one would expect
might tend to devote a fair amount of their time figuring out how to break
into things simply failed to learn of this flaw in the 75 years that ALOA
claims it has existed. Of course they fail to provide any evidence
whatsoever to back this up and don't even bother to explain exactly how one
would know if a difficult to prove covert method of entry were a widespread
problem or not. I guess they didn't know about pick guns AKA snap guns which
exploit the same vulnerability either.
The well known and repected organization security.org had this to say about
ALOA's press release:
"ALOA clearly believes that "security through ignorance" should be the rule.
If nobody knows about a vulnerability, then it does not pose a threat.
Evidently, if we "kill the messenger" that will surely take care of the
LOL It's hard to sum it up any more logically or succinctly than that.
The full security.org response (which rips the ALOA position to shreds) can
be found here:
For a good laugh the ALOA press release can be found here:
- posted 15 years ago