With This Device, Employees' RFID Badges Really Aren't Safe

At this week's Black Hat conference, security expert Fran Brown plans to demonstrate technology that can clone any passive RFID badge within a three-foot radius.

What's the Latest Development?


At this week's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Bishop Fox security expert Fran Brown plans to demonstrate his new invention, which he says criminals can use to clone any passive RFID card -- the kind used by employees around the world, including those working at "every single Fortune 500 company" -- to gain access to secure buildings and areas. He claims the device has a 100 percent success rate, and in his presentation he will also show audience members how to make their own version. 

What's the Big Idea?

Black Hat's purpose is to demonstrate how systems can be hacked as well as how those systems can be defended more strongly. Although passive RFID systems have never been especially secure, a person with nefarious intentions would have to be within inches of a card to get any data. Brown's device can collect data from any card within a three-foot radius. He says, "[T]he way I think of RFID hacking is that it’s where Web application security was 10 years ago. Until people are [using RFID hacking for malicious purposes], no one is going to be motivated to do anything about it."

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at TechNewsDaily

Hashtag politics: 4 key ways digital activism is inegalitarian

Many believe that the internet has made it easier for us to participate in political activism. But is that really true?

Videos
  • Protesting in person is costly in terms of money and resources; some people have children to take care of, jobs that can't be away from, or may not have time to attend a planning event.
  • The internet was supposed to be a way to sidestep this barrier to political activism. But this doesn't consider the other barriers preventing poor and working-class folks from participating in digital activism.
  • In particular, these people lack ASETs: access to computers, the skills to use them, the empowerment necessary to feel that using Twitter or other social media is for them, and the time to make use of digital platforms in an effective way.
Keep reading Show less

The 5 most intelligent video games and why you should play them

Some games are just for fun, others are for thought provoking statements on life, the universe, and everything.

(Photo from Flickr)
Culture & Religion
  • Video games are often dismissed as fun distractions, but some of them dive into deep issues.
  • Through their interactive play elements, these games approach big issues intelligently and leave you both entertained and enlightened.
  • These five games are certainly not the only games that cover these topics or do so well, but are a great starting point for somebody who wants to play something thought provoking.
Keep reading Show less

The Danish shoot down Trump's plan to buy Greenland, call the idea 'absurd'

The bid to buy Greenland is unlikely to become seriously considered.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Greenland and Danish officials alike think the idea is ridiculous.
  • The island is an autonomous state, and it's unlikely the Danish would sell it because of yearly subsidies costs.
  • After hearing the Danish Prime Minister call the idea absurd, Trump cancelled their forthcoming meeting.
Keep reading Show less