A Hotel Lock Vulnerability Fixed - With A Cost

By Robert Vamosi | 8/20/12 6:22 AM

On a special Day Zero Briefing at Black Hat USA, Mozilla software developer Cody Brocious demonstrated how a device that cost less than $50 can crack the encryption used by Onity, one of the larger hotel room lock vendors. Now Onity has proposed a solution, but with a cost.

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Perfect Parking ... Defeated?

By Robert Vamosi | 1/25/12 7:20 AM

Finding a parking space may be easier in the near future, thanks to mobile apps that can pinpoint available spots on a map. However, in the rush to install such technology, technical issues remain unresolved.

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Will Virtualization Halt ATM Skimming?

By Robert Vamosi | 1/4/12 5:56 AM

In a partnership with VMWare, Diebold is readying its first zero-client ATM in a renewed effort to thwart skimming attacks.

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"War-Texting" Car Alarms

By Robert Vamosi | 7/26/11 3:25 AM

Researcher Don Bailey of iSec Partners has been cataloging devices communicating through cellular networks for some time. Earlier this year he showed how simple devices designed to report your location can be spoofed, almost trivially, through text messaging. Now Bailey is back with a new presentation at next week's Black Hat USA, where he plans to show how car alarms can fall victim to similar attacks. Car alarms are vulnerable in part because they receive messages from a control server on Internet-ready cellular networks.

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