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The Mysteries of Knowledge

I read the other day that the whole "what's your porn star name" thing - when you take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name, or your first pet's name and the first street you lived on, or whatever - is a clever social engineering scam to find out the answers to people's online security questions. I am very impressed, and kicking myself that I never noticed.

Word of the day: gyascutus: "a fictional quadruped, whose legs are longer on one side than the other to facilitate living on a hillside." (from wikipedia). Hee. Mentioned by the wonderful Graeme Garden. Nobody's pointed out the fact that Scots have been describing haggises like this for years; all the references I've found are American.

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pisica
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
That's exactly why I don't do that meme.

Though it's actually very helpful in reminding me what aitkendrum's mother's maiden name is, not that I need to know it.
pickwick
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
I don't have anything online that asks me those security questions anyway, but I can't believe I didn't notice - duh!
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pickwick
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
Heh, cool - so it seems to be quite a common thought.
poliphilo
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
And the pornstar name thing was such fun too.....
redatt
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
Hee! Very clever :o) I think I did that meme once, but anyone trying to break into any of my online accounts would be very disappointed. I always either make up my own security question or answer less than truthfully, because it always struck me that any security measure that relies on information that anyone you've known for a while might know isn't very clever.

Yes, I know, I'm cynical and suspicious and un-trusting ...
dave_t_lurker
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
I do the same for those questions. I never answer truthfully.
dibsy
Jun. 7th, 2006 08:14 am (UTC)
How do we know that you're telling the truth about that?
fortuneandglory
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
Psst... any idea what's happening with those two jobs going at your place? I went for the interview and written assessment a week last Monday, but I still haven't heard...
pickwick
Jun. 7th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Hey, I see you didn't get it :( Sorry to hear that... I didn't even know there were two jobs going, thought there was just one! They tell us *nothing*...
redatt
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
"a fictional quadruped, whose legs are longer on one side than the other to facilitate living on a hillside."

Ha-ha! I love the idea. A creature that can only walk in one direction or in a huge circle (round a hill).
pickwick
Jun. 7th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
Yup, I've always thought it was a particularly cool idea, myself. The males go one way and the females the other way, so when they meet they can mate :D
mind_expander
Jun. 7th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Ummmmmmm, no, that doesn't work. Think about it.....

Most animals need to be going the same way to mate. Except monkeys.

;)
pickwick
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:38 am (UTC)
And humans :p It all depends on what these animals look like!
momentsmusicaux
Jun. 7th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC)
Of course the way to catch one is to creep up behind it and then whistle. It turns round to see you, and then because it's unable to balance that way (there are two sub-species of course, the clockwise and the anti-), it topples over, rolls down the hillside and breaks its neck.

And I'm kicking myself a little bit too, though you never have to include your primary school's name.
pickwick
Jun. 7th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
Nooo, they're not subspecies, they're the sexes! So that they can meet up and mate! Otherwise fully correct, though :D
nextian
Jun. 7th, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)
I ... sincerely doubt that, if only because we've been playing that on the back of schoolbuses since I was in second grade, if not earlier. When I was in second grade, I don't think anyone even knew what the internet was.

However it's an intriguing second use of it ...
pickwick
Jun. 7th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
I did wonder - thought the game had been around for a while - but it does seem weird that it uses exactly the same information as the most common security questions. Snopes has nothing, unfortunately...
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