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::sigh:: These guys just don’t get it January 6, 2007

Posted by Steve in General Wittering, Moans, Whinges and Rants, Techie Stuff.
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This video appeared on YouTube yesterday, posted by researchers at Cambridge. They’ve managed to make a Chip and Pin card reader run a Tetris game

[YouTube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=wWTzkD9M0sU]

Now this is scary stuff, it seems that it is possible for these allegedly tamper proof card readers to have the program running on them replaced with something arbitrary. Which means that somebody could replace it with a program which looked exactly like the interface you normally get on such a reader but have it take the card details and PIN number and store it.

But, the people commenting on YouTube seem more concerned with slagging off the guy’s Tetris abilities. I give up.

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1. Phil Emerson - May 1, 2007

And then people ask me why I pay for everything in cash? The more I know about computers the less I trust them… or the people that use them. 🙂


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