Banks Fail To Prevent Chip & Pin Thesis From Being Published

Cambridge University has refused to entertain a request made by the UK Cards Association to censor a thesis written by a student which details a flaw in the chip and pin system technology.

Cambridge student Omar Choudary's thesis, The "Smart Card Detective : a hand-held EMV interceptor", didn't go down well with the UK banking trade body which tried to get it removed from the public domain.

In a letter sent by Melanie Johnson of the UK Cards Association, the trade body asked the university to remove the thesis from public access as it was worried that it might lead the general public into believing that the chip and pin system used in credit cards for transactions was not secure.

However, Ross Anderson of Cambridge University's Computer Laboratory, warned UK banks that the university was not a corporate hierarchy.

“You seem to think that we might censor a student’s thesis, which is lawful and already in the public domain, simply because a powerful interest finds it inconvenient. This shows a deep misconception of what universities are and how we work,” he wrote back.