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Colbert on AOL Debacle (Video)  (View post)

Joe [PersonRank 0]

Friday, August 18, 2006
16 years ago4,048 views

yeah, Bruce Schneier reported on the "typing fingerprint" previously

Stephen Glynn [PersonRank 1]

16 years ago #

Not sure how accurate the PSYlock system is – they've apparently got an online demo at
but I can't get the link to load – but that presumably checks to see if it recognises the operator as the person it's supposed to be. Collecting a database of 'fingerprints' and then trying to collate them against each other would be a very different matter, particularly when so many of the samples would, presumably, be collected from two-finger typists entering only one or two words.

The technique was certainly used in WW2. A relative (now dead) was then a RAF morse operator, receiving signals from occupied France. She and her colleagues were certainly trained to recognise agents' morse signatures, and agents were, apparently, trained to vary their signature to indicate if they were transmitting under duress.

Martha [PersonRank 0]

16 years ago #

Colbert is great as usual. He makes a good point by suggesting to search fake terms, even if it is a bit paranoid like a dude making fun of Jessica Simpson's hairstyles on

Thank you for sharing this story with me!

Robert Marshall [PersonRank 1]

16 years ago #

I wonder if Colbert realizes somebody already thought of that, and automated it with a Firefox extension...

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