Monthly Archives: July 2012

Blowing Up Safes in Britain, a Historical View (also neurophone, lifehacking, security)

The side of safecracking you don’t see very often… a quite scholarly look at the practice of opening safes with explosives. Neurophone: It’s worth noting that the Neurophone can create significant tinnitus after using it. The tinnitus seems to last anywhere from minutes to fractions of an hour, maybe longer. Subjectively it seems to be […]

The History of SSH (and Neurophone writeup: it works!)

Lots of neat stuff comes from Finland — including Linux, Abloy locks, and SSH. The link’s a concise perspective on the larger issues that forged SSH: both the Cold War paranoia that had the entire country thinking security, and the key-escrow / backdoor debate that inspired the software’s author to make it as secure as […]

Committing Fraud with Disappearing Ink (and Neurophone, lifehacking)

Classic assumption attack. Assumption: ink on paper is permanent, and can be trusted to ensure bags of money end up with the right person. Attack: use ink that isn’t. Defenses: Have your bookkeeper use a Sharpie. Chemically or physically test the inks. Or, best yet, make the system closed-loop by adding feedback — check the […]

Researchers Fake Iris Scans With Contacts (and lifehacking)

Lifehacking tips: Eating lots of bread/gluten makes you smart and happy, while sugar makes you fat and easy to manipulate. Or at least those are the correlations I’ve observed over the last few months. (This may explain why so much advertising promotes high sugar foods and low-carb diets.) Any thoughts on why? On to the […]

Opening Hotel Door Locks with an Arduino (and lifehacking)

So it turns out about half the hotel locks installed worldwide can be opened in a quarter of a second with an Arduino plugged into a port on the outside of the door. Don’t think I need say much more. Rather more elegant than an under-the-door tool (though the latter is easier to make if […]

Ring Ring Failphone: Smartphone user? Websites can possibly see your phone number

Visiting a website from a smartphone? If you’re on Verizon or T-Mobile (also Cricket and MetroPCS), your phone number is included in the headers of every HTTP request you make. D’oh. Especially since (as covered here a few times) just about anyone these days can translate your cell number into your location. And do it […]

Teaching Kids to Hack (and neurophone)

According to the link, Singapore is making a big push towards exposing high school and college students to advanced network-security knowledge — particularly talks on how malware and attacks work. Even if parts (or even the majority!) of the material goes over the average high-schooler’s head, knowing the mindset is absurdly useful. As much as […]