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Submission + - RFID card readers and software

d3ac0n writes: I'm looking to get my hands on an RFID card reader and software to hook to my Ubuntu Linux laptop (Although using Windows is not out of the question) to use in a demo for my boss.

My work is considering going to an RFID card security system. I have been involved in preliminary discussions about the security of the systems we are considering and have been in opposition to an RFID system due to it's basic insecurity.

I have been asked to demo several exploits to RFID, but need to get my hands on the proper equipment and software. The material I procure has to be able to read and write most of the major RFID card systems, as well as credit card systems (we are also looking into RFID POS equipment for several Kiosks we have, many outfits are offering combo packages.)

I have been looking around most of the standard places (Ebay, Google, etc.) But there are many different options out there. I am specifically looking for the type of system that someone attempting to either surreptitiously sniff credit card data from our public kiosks or obtain access to our corporate headquarters might use. I suspect these would be two different setups, and I'm willing and able to buy whatever may be needed, but would prefer the types of cheap and easy to obtain units that a freelance crook might use.

What hardware/software combos do you suggest? Please be specific, and include links to downloads and/or websites where I can buy equipment if possible. I have been given about two weeks to prepare, (the discussions are just beginning on this) so it's not an emergency, but the quicker I can get started the better.

Submission + - Roundtable: The state of open source (

iwjason writes: "InfoWorld has put together a roundtable discussion on the State of Open Source, including interviews with Bruce Perens, Eric Raymond, Google's Chris DiBona, IBM's Bob Sutor, Microsoft's Sam Ramji (who says MS doesn't compete with open source), and the folks behind open source products and projects Alfresco, EnterpriseDB, Mulesource , Hyperic, Asterisk, and MySQL. The discussion covers patents, Linux opportunities on the desktop, the economics and business of open source, missteps and infighting in the open source community, and ESR basically saying that closed-source programming is the today's dark age equivalent of bad sanitation from which all diseases spring."

Submission + - SPAM: FBI Looks Into Chinese Role in Darfur Site Hack

Amy Bennett writes: "ITworld is reporting that the Save Darfur Coalition called in the FBI last week after discovering that someone had gained unauthorized access to its e-mail and Web server. Allyn Brooks-LaSure, a spokesman with the group, doesn't know who is behind the attacks, but he said the IP addresses of the computers that had hacked his organization were from China. Save Darfur has been trying to get China, one of Sudan's largest trading partners, to pressure Sudan's government into stopping the mass killings in Darfur's ongoing civil war. 'Someone in Beijing is trying to send us a message,' Brooks-LaSure said."
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Submission + - SPAM: Storage revolution shuffling IT jobs

alphadogg writes: The growing flood of data that enterprises create and consume is doing more than giving rise to new storage technologies. It's also changing who is responsible for storage within IT departments. Now, with network-attached storage, storage-area networks, virtualization and other technologies shifting information and processing around within enterprises, a variety of changes are happening in the storage adminstration ranks. "With the sheer complexity of some companies' information infrastructures, you wonder whether one person can really get their hands around it all," says Pund-IT analyst Charles King.
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Submission + - The Death of Windows XP ( 1

bsk_cw writes: Although many Windows users intend to hold onto their copies of XP until it is pried from their cold, dead fingers, Microsoft fully intends to phase out the OS in favor of Vista. If you're unwilling to move to one of the alternatives, and really don't like Vista, the least you can do is be aware of what's in store. David DeJean offers a rundown on Microsoft's timeline for Windows XP, why the company does things that way, and what you can do about it.

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