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Submission + - How To Steal Cars: A Practical Attack on KeeLoq->

An anonymous reader writes: KeeLoq is a cipher used in several car anti-theft mechanisms distributed by Microchip Technology Inc. It may protect your car if you own a Chrysler, Daewoo, Fiat, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Volvo, Volkswagen, or Jaguar. The cipher is included in the remote control device that opens and locks your car and that activates the anti-theft mechanisms.

Each device has a unique key that takes 18 billion billion values. With 100 computers, it would take several decades to find such a key. Therefore KeeLoq was widely believed to be secure. In our research we have found a method to identify the key in less than a day. The attack requires access for about 1 hour to the remote control (for example, while it is stored in your pocket). Once we have found the key, we can deactivate the alarm and drive away with your car.

This research is the joint work between 3 research groups: the computer science department of the Technion, Israel, the research group COSIC of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and the math department of the Hebrew University, Israel.

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Submission + - Yuniti Offers ValidationID Options to Users

mateuscb writes: "Created by StrikeForce Technologies (SFKT), ValidationID verifies user identity, ensuring a real person is using the site. This reduces spam and other harmful communications that are known to take place on social networks. ValidationID works by matching up your information with data found from public records and credit reports in order to verify your identity."
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Submission + - Quantum RAM->

KentuckyFC writes: If you want to build a quantum computer, you're going to need qauntum RAM. Now a group from MIT and elsehwere has designed just such a device, reports the arXivblog.com. "Quantum RAM like most quantum things is just like plain old vanilla RAM except all a-ghostly and a-spooky. Brrrrr."
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