The Times is a pretty popular newspaper here (I always have to ask the locals, since there are so many). A couple of weeks ago, subsequennt to our Chip & PIN relay attack, I got a call from a journalist regarding the use of Chip & PIN cards in petrol (gas!) stations (there has been a surge of fraud lately, particularly in these shops). This is the resulting article with my quote below:
Saar Drimer, a security expert and researcher at Cambridge University, also said he had stopped using his cards at petrol stations. â€œThe more we look into the ways that you could be defrauded, the more worrying it becomes. Cash is always better to use because there is no record and youâ€™re not giving away any of your secrets,â€ he said.
After talking to the guy I learned that he first called Steven, who refused to spoon feed him the quote that he was after. Namely, “I recommend people not use Chip & PIN cards at petrol stations.” Then, he called me, the media novice. I told him many things, among them that I don’t own a car and therefore, I don’t use petrol stations. He then massaged the questions such that I gave him the above (general) quote, which he wrapped in an untrue preamble. Ah, well, I should have known.
One of the things I told him was that I wouldn’t use those stand-alone ATMs because they are easier to manipulate (attachements or complete fakes, etc.); a point he wanted me to elaborate on. However, that may have put him in a bind because his point was that people should use cash in stations, but where would they get it? From the station’s ATM…
Anyway, next time a journalist type calls I’ll cut the bullshit and ask him what exact quote he is after and see if I am comfortable saying it. Someone suggested that next time I should write it down for him so there are no mistakes, and that’s what press releases are for. Lesson learnt ;)