All articles from: January, 2010

The dark side of mobile Augmented Reality

As smartphones become more popular, the use of mobile Augmented Reality (AR) applications has increased. But there lurks a “dark side” to Augmented Reality. One that is not being publicly discussed, that affects us on many personal, civil, criminal, and national security levels.

A (temporary) countermeasure for the Verizon Droid pattern lock bypass

It has been observed that, as long as a Bluetooth device is paired, AND CONNECTED, to the Droid; the pattern lock bypass vulnerability does not occur.

Ramifications of smart-phone security problems, Droid or otherwise

In the time since TechCrunch and The Washington Post covered my disclosure of the Droid pattern lock bypass, I have been asked about the implications of this flaw for Motorola Droid owners.

Verizon Droid pattern lock bypass

One of the interesting features of Android smart-phones is the pattern lock screen. Instead of a four digit PIN, the phone is secured with a “pattern” of four to nine dots, arranged in a 3 by 3 square. This results in a possible 3,024 to 362,880 different combinations. Sounds pretty secure, right?

The GSM encryption “hack,” & how it affects you

The Wall Street Journal reports that German “hacker” Karsten Nohl demonstrated how it was possible to break the security of GSM cell phones, and to monitor conversations and text messages as they take place. However, before anyone starts fearing for their privacy, let us assess the real risk posed by this so-called breakthrough.