Side-Channel Hacking Unmanned Aerial Drones

By Robert Vamosi | 3/1/12 8:26 AM

In a cryptography talk at this week's RSA Conference in San Francisco, researchers announced they were able to crack the keys used in the Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 Bitstream Encryption Mechanism.

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Satphone Encryption Cracked

By Robert Vamosi | 2/9/12 2:49 AM

In places where cellular communications is not possible, satellite phones have been used. These include sites of war, third-world countries, and out atop the ocean blue. Now a team of German researchers have found that encryption used in the popular GMR-1 and GMR-2 phones is mathematically weak.

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Inexpensive Side Channel Attacks Threaten Smartcard Security

By Robert Vamosi | 6/24/11 3:23 AM

Researchers at the 7th Workshop on RFID Security and Privacy 2011 (RFIDsec11) in Amherst, Massachusetts, will demonstrate this weekend a way of observing (and therefore decoding) the encrypted RFID signals from common contactless smartcards. While side channel attacks (SAS) are not new, the method they propose to observe the electronic leakage of data is considerably less expensive than previous methods and thus provides a real world threat as RFID comes into the mainstream.

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