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Submission + - Near-field communication is a Greenfield of Security Risks (

CowboyRobot writes: "Near-field communication (NFC) is an emerging technology based on RFID and works by sharing information between smartphones when passed near each other.
On Wednesday at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Charlie Miller at Accuvant Labs demonstrated how this technology can be used to take control of some Android phones.

"The browser is the real attack surface for NFC-enabled smartphones, says Miller, who says he moved on from the low-level bug exploration to the browser in his research when that became evident. Along with fellow Accuvant researcher Josh Drake and George Wicherski from CrowdStrike, Miller demo'ed a live exploit developed by Drake and Wicherski where Wicherski waved his Android near Drake's and took over the device.""


Submission + - Black Hat: Card game turns you into White Hat hacker (

alphadogg writes: University of Washington computer scientists have created a tabletop card game that puts players in the role of White Hat hackers, taking on missions such as hacking into hotel minibar payment systems and converting robotic vacuums into toys. While the game is designed to be fun, and not necessarily educational, players will undoubtedly pick up security concepts. The game, called Control-Alt-Hack, is being introduced at the Black Hat security conference this week.

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