[funsec] Google Helps Bumbling Burglars Steal $12K
fergdawg at netzero.net
Wed Jul 11 00:06:06 CDT 2007
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Via The Colorado Springs Gazette (props, Google Watch).
The two burglars had door keys, pass codes and combinations for the safes
at a Colorado Springs indoor amusement center.
But when it came to actually opening a combination lock, they did what most
of us do when were stumped they called Google to the rescue.
The burglary at Bigg City, formerly Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center, turned
into a comedy of errors early June 10. The burglars tried to disable a
security camera by repeatedly spraying it with WD-40 it only cleaned
the lens and spent an hour and 15 minutes trying to open three safes,
apparently unaware that some types require the dial to be turned two or
They finally did a Google search for how to open a safe and how to
crack a safe on a computer in the next room.
Theyre not professional safe people, said Colorado Springs police
detective Chuck Ackerman. No, theyre not.
On the other hand, the Google query apparently worked: The burglars
havent been caught, and they did get about $12,000.
- - ferg
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"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
Engineering Architecture for the Internet
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