Category Archives: security

Academic paper: hacking with RF replay attacks

If you’re new to RF hacking you may have heard the term “replay attack” and wondered what it takes to implement one. In this academic presentation Practicing a Record-and-Replay System on USRP a group of researchers from the Shenzhen Key … Read more

Dissertation: security analysis of contactless payment cards

Here’s an interesting academic document we found related to hardware hacking. In this published doctoral dissertation, Timo Kasper from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, presents in detail his efforts in analyzing the security of Mifare smart cards. “The tools are first … Read more

NSA wants to build quantum computer to penetrate “hard targets”

The Washington Post is reporting that the NSA is building a computer to defeat all forms of encryption commonly used to ensure privacy of personal communications and data. The project seeks to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” which would … Read more

CCC Video: Extracting keys from FPGAs, OTP tokens and door locks

This presentation on extracting keys from FPGAs, OTP Tokens and door locks is from the recent Chaos Communications Conference (CCC) in Hamburg, Germany. In it David briefly introduces implementation attacks and side-channel analysis (SCA) in particular, along with related methods … Read more

Android privacy controls appear, disappear in 4.3 – 4.4 transition

in Android, security by the machinegeek | 2 comments

Apparently what “the Google” gives, “the Google” can take away. Recently Android was being lauded for adding additional privacy controls to Android 4.3+, allowing users to install apps while denying some of the apps’ attempts to collect the user’s data. … Read more

Secure Drop open source project

“SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system managed by Freedom of the Press Foundation that media organizations use to securely accept documents from anonymous sources. It was originally coded by the late Aaron Swartz.” SecureDrop is dependent on the Tor … Read more

The street lights really ARE tracking you

Reuters has reported that overhead street lights are being retrofitted with multi-sensor capabilities. One such platform being used is known as Netsense by Sensity. The Sensity site describes the platform thusly: NetSense integrates LED lighting, sensors, high-speed networking, cloud computing, … Read more

Blackhat Euro: cheap open source USB drive write blocker

At last year’s Blackhat Europe con, Philip A. Polstra, Sr. from the University of Dubuque gave a presentation detailing how to protect your USB security drive toolkit from auto erasure by the target machine. He describes the design of an … Read more

Advice: what to expect when authorities confiscate your electronics

It’s unfortunate that we have to consider these matters, but with governments worldwide obsessed with violating the privacy of ordinary citizens we found a well documented post which puts some flesh on what some naively view as skeletal paranoia. In … Read more

HITB Amsterdam 2013: Aircraft RF hacking

At the recently concluded HackInTheBox 2013 (HITB) conference German security consultant Hugo Teso has once again drawn into question the security of aero comms. In a presentation at the Amsterdam conference, Hugo highlighted the security vulnerabilities of the Automatic Dependent … Read more