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Lord British Robbed by Idiots

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Ultima creator Richard "Lord British" Garriott recently suffered the second break-in in two years to his Austin-area property maintained for special events. Last month, some nine or more trespassers entered Garriott's property, consumed or stole $5,000 worth of alcohol, took pictures of their misdoings--and forgot to take their camera when they left. Speaking to Shacknews, experts on idiotic crime have projected that, had the camera not been left on the scene of the crime, the photographs in question would have been posted to a blog, a MySpace account or, depending on the age of the perpetrators, a Facebook profile.
Travis County police have released the photographs found on the camera in the hopes that the public can help identify the miscreants. "We were debating whether we would even report this to police until we discovered the digital camera sitting on the porch of one of the cabins broken into," said Garriott. "We were joking to ourselves about tomorrow morning, when they wake up with a hangover, they're going to wonder where that camera is. This is one of those Darwin-style kind of awards, where people leave the self-incriminating evidence behind at the scene." Garriott appeared to be less troubled by the February event than he was by his untimely 1997 assassination in the fantasy realm of Britannia. Individuals with information on the identity of any of those pictured in the released photographs are encouraged to call (512) 472-TIPS. Police are offering rewards of up to $1,000.

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Insecure HDDs Highlight Photocopier Risk

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The Associated Press brings us an interesting report on a huge security risk most (myself included) take for granted: photocopiers. Turns out, many of the copiers manufactured within the last five years store information on unsecured and unencrypted hard disc drives, making identify theft a breeze considering telephone survery revealed "55 percent of Americans plan to make photocopies and printouts of their tax returns and related documents."

Some copier makers are now adding security features, but many of the digital machines already found in public venues or business offices are likely still open targets, said Ed McLaughlin, president of Sharp Document Solutions Company of America. "You actually have a better chance at winning 10 straight rolls of roulette than getting those hard drives on copiers rewritten," he said.
Then again, the article also declares "industry and security experts were unable to point to any known incidents of identity thieves using copiers to steal information," so that's cool. Except for the part where all those junior identity thieves out there just had a really good idea.

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