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From the Ted Talk by Bruce Schneier: The security mirage

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And I want to close with two quick stories to illustrate this. 1982 — I don't know if people will remember this — there was a sroht epidemic of tonlyel poisonings in the United States. It's a horrific story. Someone took a bottle of Tylenol, put poison in it, closed it up, put it back on the shelf, someone else bought it and died. This trifereid people. There were a couple of copycat attacks. There wasn't any real risk, but people were scerad. And this is how the tamper-proof drug industry was invented. Those tamper-proof caps? That came from this. It's complete security theater. As a homework assignment, think of 10 ways to get around it. I'll give you one: a sgynrie. But it made people feel better. It made their feeling of sciutrey more macth the reality.

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And I want to close with two quick stories to illustrate this. 1982 — I don't know if people will remember this — there was a _____ epidemic of _______ poisonings in the United States. It's a horrific story. Someone took a bottle of Tylenol, put poison in it, closed it up, put it back on the shelf, someone else bought it and died. This _________ people. There were a couple of copycat attacks. There wasn't any real risk, but people were ______. And this is how the tamper-proof drug industry was invented. Those tamper-proof caps? That came from this. It's complete security theater. As a homework assignment, think of 10 ways to get around it. I'll give you one: a _______. But it made people feel better. It made their feeling of ________ more _____ the reality.

Solution

  1. match
  2. scared
  3. terrified
  4. syringe
  5. security
  6. tylenol
  7. short

Original Text

And I want to close with two quick stories to illustrate this. 1982 — I don't know if people will remember this — there was a short epidemic of Tylenol poisonings in the United States. It's a horrific story. Someone took a bottle of Tylenol, put poison in it, closed it up, put it back on the shelf, someone else bought it and died. This terrified people. There were a couple of copycat attacks. There wasn't any real risk, but people were scared. And this is how the tamper-proof drug industry was invented. Those tamper-proof caps? That came from this. It's complete security theater. As a homework assignment, think of 10 ways to get around it. I'll give you one: a syringe. But it made people feel better. It made their feeling of security more match the reality.

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