Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
breach/breech, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, definitions, grammar, Security, spelling
Which is correct?
When schools implemented fingerprint scanners for sign-ins, media reported that students could exploit gummy bears to ______ system security.
A breach is a break, in this context — note the similar spelling. Breeches, as we’ve noted before, are pants.
This post is based on an odd but true story: After some Australian schools installed fingerprint scanners, ZDNet Australia and other media reported that students could breach the devices’ security by impressing their fingerprints into gummy bears and then getting pals to sign them in by sticking the candies over their own fingers. As Bruce Shneier suggested, it would be easy enough to destroy the evidence — just eat it.
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