# Blogger proves flaws in Ecuadoran security system by hacking president's identity

Paul Moreno, an Ecuadoran blogger, discovered a flaw in the country's national online identity database, which he demonstrated by hijacking the identity of President Rafael Correa. He was briefly arrested, but was released after a vociferous Twitter campaign that prompted action from the president, who personally ordered Moreno's release. Moreno triumphantly announced his victory on Twitter.

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1. “The third was a set of two numbers from an identity card, which he simply guessed.”

??? Unless he was happy with a 1% chance of success, there’s more to this part.

2. Sean Nelson says:

I would like some more information on the numbers that he “simply guessed”.  There must be more of a pattern than is mentioned in the wired article.  The number combination he guessed is:

V23444 – E5444

Even understanding that the first character will be only A, E, or V, that still leaves 9 base-10 digits of entropy in addition to those two 3-character slots.
If my understanding is correct, the number of permutations could be calculated with 3*10*10*10*10*10*3*10*10*10*10 =  9,000,000,000  (because 3 letters and 10 digits are possible in each position)

An online attack should be pretty infeasible with that many guesses.  At 10 guesses per second, it would take an average of about 14 years.