Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Safer Swiping While Voting And Globetrotting

Safer Swiping While Voting And Globetrotting:

A new study from Prof. Avishai Wool of Tel Aviv University's School of Electrical Engineering finds serious security drawbacks in chips that are being embedded in credit, debit and 'smart' cards. The vulnerabilities of this electronic approach — and the vulnerability of the private information contained in the chips — are becoming more acute. Using simple devices constructed from $20 disposable cameras and copper cooking-gas pipes, Prof. Wool and his students Yossi Oren and Dvir Schirman have demonstrated how easily the cards' radio frequency (RF) signals can be disrupted. The work will be presented at the IEEE RFID conference in Orlando, FL, this month.

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