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Mager Twitter Tour

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A friend of mine, Andrew Mager, recently got the chance to go through the new Twitter offices in San Francisco. He took the opportunity to snag a few photos, which you can see here. If you haven’t investigated Twitter, you should take a look. There’s a great security community on Twitter herded by Quine of n0where.org. It’s a great way to keep up to the minute with what’s happening in the world of infosec.

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Written by jcran

August 16, 2008 at 5:51 PM

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Defcon MBTA Madness!

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Wow, the MBTA is in deep shit. If you haven’t heard about this, 3 kids from MIT did some analysis on the MBTA fare system and found out how bad it actually is. We’ve (jabra + quine + myself) debated whether the card is actually storing $$ value, and it turns out it is. Check out this VA report published by Wired and the corresponding article. So now they’ve been issued a restraining order, and weren’t allowed to talk at Defcon. Here’s hoping they get off of this, as it has ramifications for security research:

Marcia Hoffman of the EFF (Stolen from Wired):

“Basically, what the court is suggesting here is that giving a presentation involving security to other security researchers is a violation of federal law,” she said. “As far as I know, this is completely unprecedented, and it has a tremendous chilling effect on sharing this sort of research. . . . And we intend to fight it with everything we’ve got.”

I’ll post more info on the highlights from BlackHat / Defcon soon.

/me heads off to buy an RFID cloner + pay EFF dues.

Written by jcran

August 12, 2008 at 3:52 PM

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