Archive for the ‘privacy’ Category

OV Chipkaart wiki forced offline by TLS

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

TLS (that incompetent company behind the OV-chipkaart) send lawyers after the owner of ovchipkaart.org. He didn’t feel like putting up a fight, so the information was taken offline. A real shame because the site offered good information on the contents of the OV Chipkaart. Offcourse with the proper knowlegde one can hack the card, but it was intended for educational purposes. Some I fully support, so here’s a link to a mirror. If by any chance that one goes down as well, let me know and I’ll put a copy online ;)

Sony and US judge gone mad

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Just when you think things can’t get any more idiotic, something like this comes along;

A federal magistrate is granting Sony the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz’s website from January of 2009 to the present.

Nothing new, we already knew Sony are nazis and the US is a 3rd world country, but if anything, this only encourages people even more to actively persuade their friends not to buy Sony crap. Personally I’m grabbing a glass of good whisky to celebrate on the day Sony finally goes up in flames.

edit:
While we’re at it. Here’s another scary story… Am I the only one who finds it strange they track down content sharing this hard, but when Wall Street and the likes screw up the entire worldwide economy, almost nothing happens… oh wait, Bush is also still at large… You know what’s going on in Libya? Bit harsh comparison, but similar battles and international judgments are in order against content providers and friends.

Pocket-sized OV-Chipkaart reverse engineering

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

For those interested in reverse engineering the OV-Chipkaart system (aka Dutch public transport card that’s currently being hacked to shreds because of gross incompetence of Trans Link Systems); here’s an setup that’ll work and fit in your pocket :)

Just a Pandora with a common RFID reader. With the proper knowledge you can whip up your own within a few hours ;)

Also fun would be to replace the reader with a custom Bluetooth capable setup (the Pandora already has Bluetooth). To help you on your way I’ll leave you with these URL’s: an ISO 14443 RFID module combined with a Bluetooth serial bridge. Put it in a lunchbox or something innocent looking and they’ll never suspect a thing.

For the security of citizens

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Ever heard of the INDECT project? It’s serious scary big brother stuff. Some excerpts:

The main objectives of the INDECT project are:

  • to develop a platform for: registration and exchange of operational data, acquisition of multimedia content, intelligent processing of information and automatic detection of threats and recognition of criminal behaviour or violence,
  • to develop a prototype of an integrated, network-centric system supporting operational activities of police officers, providing techniques and tools for observation of various mobile objects,
  • to develop a new type of search engine combining direct search of images and video based on watermarked contents and storage of metadata in the form of digital watermarks.

Funny how they also mention what this project … not do: “INDECT is a research project. The list of objectives DOES NOT include ANY kind of global monitoring of ANY society.”

You can bet each countries secret service will be granted access to this system. Even if it’s isn’t global, how about major cities? Very realistic option. Take a recent example like the city of Nice where they’re placing 626 CCTV cameras. Intended for crime, but now they’ll also be used for automated parking ticket issuing. Maybe Nice is a trial run?

Also how long will will it take for organisations and corporations start lobbying to have this kind of control.  I’m thinking along the lines of those secret ACTA meetings. The music and movie industry loves digital water marks.

To continue:  the INDECT methodology assumes (yes this is a direct quote!):

  • detecting specific crimes (like: Internet child pornography, promotion of totalitarian symbols, trafficking in human organs, spread of botnets, viruses, malware as well as terrorism, hooliganism and thievery), and, only then,
  • detecting specific criminals standing behind the detected crimes.

I’m sorry but “assumes”? With this kind of automated monitoring power they’d better not make assumptions. After all, assumptions are the mother of all fuckups ;)

Bye bye anonymous voting?

Monday, July 26th, 2010

A few years back we had electronic voting machines. After Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet found various weaknesses in the system (you could manipulate results and read a person’s vote through EM radiation), we the Dutch were back to red pencils and voting ballots.

Last year we got mandatory fingerprints in your passports shoved down out throats. As far as I know our (still demissionary) cabinet has only been talking about storing fingerprints in a central database, but considering their past decisions it’s likely our privacy gets shot to hell again.

Now combine the ballots with fingerprints and who can guarantee there won’t be a mischievous department or organisation trying to match fingerprints on ballots with an unwelcome vote? Think about it…