When obscurity fails

Frank Pasquale has this interesting take on what happens when security through obscurity fails (hat tip to Instapundit) :

Two recent stories illustrate the web’s disruptive potential. Farhad Manjoo of Slate covers the recent uptick in lockpicking fan sites, and Jeffrey R. Young of the Chron describes a new test clearinghouse. Both raise tough questions about what happens when “security via obscurity” starts breaking down.

With the internet, when security through obscurity fails, it fails in a big noisy way. In a way these two examples (locks and tests) are example of areas where obscurity failed in small ways many years ago, but now is failing in a much larger fashion because of the information amplification of the internet.

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