December 26, 2008

spill the beans

Posted in Idioms at 11:38 pm by Feng

spill the beans – Disclose a secret or reveal something prematurely [dict]

A basic principle in the cryptographic research is that unconditionally trusted third parties do not exist. In other words, no one is absolutely trustworthy – not even the law-enforcement authority.  Here is an example from BBC. The UK police maintain a central criminal database which contains valuable information. However, one cop wanted to make money out of it. He abused his trusted role by contacting the convicted offenders and threatening to spill the beans on their crimes unless he was given “hush money“. Of course, he got what he derserved.

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3 Comments »

  1. Amy said,

    no more new posts for 09?

  2. Feng said,

    huh, you remind me that I’ve been sloppy lately 🙂

    I’ll try to get back on this …

  3. Amy said,

    excellent! I am looking forward to your new posts!


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