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Flippin' sweet!

Maybe IBM does have a sense of humor.

“Knock it off, Napoleon! Just make yourself a dang quesa-dilluh!”.
This phrase, from the movie Napoleon Dynamite, is the cipher key IBM are using to publish encrypted XML at this year’s Wimbledon grand slam. But is this a rather glaring lapse in security, or simply an anticipatory nod to curious hackers, many of whom surely rank amongst the fans of this quirky 2004 movie?

Phase Two tells the tale.