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Chaser Motorcade Fools APEC Security

The boys from The Chaser staged a remarkable stunt last Friday, with the full footage shown on tonight's show. Basically they mocked up a motorcade and headed for the secure zone of the APEC conference. Much to their surprise they were waved through two checkpoints before deciding to turn around before they got into real trouble. The incident made the news world-wide.

Bruce Schneier covers the social engineering aspects of it far better than I could. Predictably the authorities were outraged at the stunt, but I hope some serious questions are asked in the post-mortem of APEC. In my view, the biggest security exercise ever seen in Australia fell at the first hurdle. It seems likely we were very lucky that a genuine terrorist didn't have the same idea.