Krypt3ia

(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

Spot The FED Goes HI-TECH

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Feds at DefCon Alarmed After RFIDs Scanned

LAS VEGAS — It’s one of the most hostile hacker environments in the country –- the DefCon hacker conference held every summer in Las Vegas.

But despite the fact that attendees know they should take precautions to protect their data, federal agents at the conference got a scare on Friday when they were told they might have been caught in the sights of an RFID reader.

The reader, connected to a web camera, sniffed data from RFID-enabled ID cards and other documents carried by attendees in pockets and backpacks as they passed a table where the equipment was stationed in full view.

The Rest

Nice! Now, just how stupid is it that all these folks had their ID’s on them in the first? Really, you go to a con you lose all your ID man! You would think too that these guys would get the whole “match face to data” thing because this is the trend in much of the surveillance world now. So many systems are tied together and audit comings and goings in the very places that they need the ID for in the first place…

I guess its just this time the tables were turned and the watchers were the watched eh?

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/08/10 at 14:03

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  1. I posted a column to Internet Evolution you might be interested in. There are some well-meaning people who appear to be grossly misinformed about just how damaging cyberwarfare can be, and some who are advocating using spaceburst nukes for EMP strikes against our enemies.

    http://www.internetevolution.com/author.asp?section_id=689&doc_id=180258&

    Rob Hansen

    2009/08/11 at 05:13

  2. I will take a read later tonight.. I have some ruminating to do…

    crabbyolbastard

    2009/08/11 at 18:24


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