Not seeing a problem here

There is a fuss over the new smart cards for dumb people having the pin number printed on them. I can’t see the fuss myself, after all these are people who can’t remember to take one little pill each morning so you can hardly expect them to remember a 4 digit pin number, can you?

On Monday, Fairfax Media reported the personal identification numbers (Pins) for the payment cards being rolled out to 2600 young beneficiaries were the last four digits of the card numbers.

A signature was also required but security experts said that was no longer considered sufficient safeguard.

Bennett has asked for a full briefing from MSD this week.

”But to be honest, they’re as secure as a credit card really.”

A lot of people still verified their credit card with a signature and, while it was not the most modern practice, MSD did not have concerns about security, she said.

The pin was used to open the account, but identity was verified by signature.

MSD was ”quite sure” that was safe. She did not believe it raised concerns about ongoing security issues within MSD.

As usual though there are those who will rort the system. Proving that no matter how hard you try there is always some bottom feeding scum wanting to have a lend of the system:

However, Bennett said she had heard anecdotal evidence about misuse of the payment cards.

”I can’t stop individual practice really, we have some bizarre things that happen; you know people buy 10 cooked chickens and then go and sell them in the car park.”

Batteries were the most purchased item on the cards because they were easily onsold, while food was being swapped for cash, she said.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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