No More Signatures! Am I Still Safe?
If you have used a credit card in North America in the last month, you may have noticed that you were not asked for a signature. That may have come as a surprise. It turns out to be a good thing! In a March 2018 Infographic, Visa says that that the dollar amount of counterfeit […]
How My Phone Became My Door Key
The Internet of Things trend sees appliances, home entertainment devices, vehicles, and many more things being connected to the Internet. A related trend replaces even more mundane things with Internet connectivity. Keys are a recent addition to the trend. Test-Driving the Hilton Digital Key Test-sleeping? Whatever… A few days before a recent trip in which […]
Backoff, Apple Pay, NFC & Point-of-Sales Systems. How Safe are They?
The BBC is reporting that the big Home Depot hack attack started in April of this year. It’s scary to think of all the credit card numbers stolen from them, not to mention other victims of similar attacks. The tool often blamed for the attack is “Backoff”. According to an interesting article at American Banker, […]
NFC a Security Risk?
Ever since NFC appeared, I been waiting for it to be used as the basis of an attack. I’m not particularly delighted to report that my concerns have been vindicated: Security researchers at the EuSecWest Conference in Amsterdam demonstrated an attack which allowed them to install any file onto a Samsung Galaxy S3 via NFC. The good […]
Exploring Near Field Communication (NFC)
The Android world is abuzz with NFC! It’s been quietly supported since the Gingerbread release but seems to have come alive now that ICS (Android 4.x) is finally being shipped on new devices. So what is NFC and what is it for? NFC is as I’m sure you know, an acronym for Near Field Communication. […]