After Dinner Presentation to
New Year, 12 January 2013
A wide ranging cocktail of topics, aimed to entertain &
provoke thought & discussion
for the New Year.
No transcript or video copy. No
projector used. Sorry no digital
`slides' prepared (unlike last time)
that could also be published after. Lecture notes were just
a few hand written key word prompts. (Convener extended
invitation in good time, well in advance, but speaker's
schedule busied + Xmas + travel + illness, only allowed a
late re-commitment & preparation to speak).
Topics & Equipment (mostly in order presented)
- Faraday e.V.
- Julian H.
Stacey Systems Engineer to Computer Consultant
- Vector Systems Ltd a
British company & why Ltd not
- Business Associates
- Freelance Associates
- Previous talk to
Faraday (on Free Software)
- FreeBSD.Org with
about 24,000 ported packages
Foundation Now approaching a million dollars of donations
- Against Software
Patents, for Copyright
- Use a BSD, (perhaps NetBSD for most CPU support) :
licence is better for embedded hardware products:
Comparison of free and open-source software licenses
- Geode Wikipedia
- "Just because you'r paranoid, doesn't mean they're not
out to get you ! ;-)" ...
Consider where our technologies takes us.
- Never trust any monopoly. No company I've ever known
in the computing world that got near a monopoly, did not
try to abuse the monopoly to lock customers in.
Always lie to vendors eg mail order companies re Date
Of Birth etc ! (on principle, even if no particular
desire or need to evade),
- They have no need or right to know, (beyond
knowing you are an adult) they're not secure, &
there's cumulative risk of identity theft; They just
want a fairly unique randomiser ID, so just keep a
list of companies & random dates you quote them,
some laugh when told "I've forgotten what I told you
last time, but as policy I always lie for D.O.B."
At Gatwick airport, in departure hall, after
security check & passport control, Boots the
chemist demanded destination airport before they
would sell a single bottle of _Water_ !
( A trivial but symptomatic example of data
harvesting (to be moved elsewhere):
- After challenge, Boots mumbled it was
for customs, but didn't know or care to explain
Why, & refused water to the thirsty until
they forced an answer.
- People who don't clearly identify
their right & need (as opposed to desire) to
demand your personal information, don't deserve a
- A random incorrect destination airport
- A retrospective guess is it might have
been for VAT (on Water !?) inside or outside the
EU ? But it was not explained, & by then
Gatwick exhausts ones tolerance:
- They force you to dump or drink water
bottles before security check, before passport
- Then there's no taps even in toilets
to refill bottles with cold water (only warm
spray - unhealthy !) (I searched 2 &
- Then Gatwick reaps income, renting
shop space to Boots & W H Smiths to sell
- Then shop demands personal
information, before selling Water (not duty free
alcohol) for cash.
- It's foolish to habitually surrender personal info.
- Best habitually challenge the demanders right &
need to know _your_ private info.
- Better habitually give random/ false/ worthless
answers to the intrusive, to satisfy their nosiness,
unless they first satisfy Your right to know & agree
_Why_ they want to harvest Your data.
- Degrading databases with false / random information
reduces their incentive to harvest more of our personal
- Various ski
groups after paying for accommodation, have included
Ronald Regan & Donald Duck etc, for Austrian
overnight stay forms requiring name, country &
- Don't trust governments (who have legal back doors into
IP providers in at least both
UK 1 &
UK 2 &
Germany so they can spy on you.
- See what
info your browser gives to Every site it visits (& that's
before you consider cookies etc).
- Who in audience use an anonymising proxy ? Answer: 2 or 3
out of 22.
The danger of a world increasingly trapping people with
- How many so called `security' checks procedures &
devices are a waste of time, abusive infringements on liberty
making us Less secure ?
- Consider the repressive nation state that was here 60
years back; what greater dangers now with all this technology
available to help repress, if in the wrong hands ? Be they
some nation's government, monopoly, or criminal [cyber]
- Video clip - Trunk Monkey
- Video clip - Outsourcing
Video: Credit & debit cards
(& passports) now have RFID (RFID=Radio Frequency
Identification) allowing radio theft
- Dead link
Good link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLAFhTjsQHw
Video (Flash format) at youtube.googleapis.com
6 minute 9 seconds YouTube video
"WTHR_The Risk inside your credit card"
Notes from video:
- You can't turn off the RFID function in these
Indiana, channel 13 TV. CBC News,
- Captures Card no, & expiry date.
- Symbols to look for: 4 concentric arcs, Paypass,
from Walt August in video, sells covers etc. News tab
has more videos & linked to
- IC in Amex card was top left.
If you have technical/ security/ philosophical problems
or objections to Flash format:
It can be downloaded & viewed with tools all
locally built from verifiable source code. Using:
- Julian: What
RF (radio frequency) power level might be required to
overload & fry the IC (integrated circuit) ?
device to produce & direct the RF ?
is RFID IC hidden inside the card ?
we do not want to also fry the IC that connect to the 12
silver/gold contacts, nor do we want to damage the magnetic
strip, just the RFID IC.
- Athol: Could be read from much further away with a
- Other[s]: Transaction limit is 20 EU. (Some (Banks or
vendors?) had wanted 30 but were pushed down.
there a risk of repeatable transactions ?
- Peter: Drill a hole
- Julian: where
to drill ?
- Any volunteers who can arrange for X-ray of a card
please contact Julian who has a
card he could sacrifice for X-ray to then web document the
- After talk:
BBC 19 January 2013:
scanner instead of finger print scanner in Poland &
- RFID chip
- Derek Mullinger organised the event & introduced
- Tania Campbell gave first talk & took photos of
speaker, equipment & audience. (High res. photos
- Audience inc. feedback: Faraday e.V. & guests.
Notes for future Faraday talks: