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Can I ask you, Mr Hughes, while we're on this subject, the Inquiry has heard evidence from Mr Nott, who says that he drew to Vodafone's attention the security vulnerability that existed from having a default PIN in the late 1990s, and indeed the Inquiry has had evidence that the matter was dealt with by Vodafone in a radio interview soon afterwards, at which time the advice was to change PIN number. Why didn't Vodafone do more back in the late 1990s when Mr Nott drew the problem to your company's attention and instead wait until 2001 to introduce a more secure system?

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