[Abbenay] Using an AVR as an RFID tag + rant + project
Sebastian A. Liem
sebastian at liem.se
Sat Jan 23 12:17:37 CST 2010
I'm interested, lets talk on in person.
On Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 6:43 PM, Leo Nordwall
<nordwall at interactingarts.org> wrote:
> A programmable chip and a resistor is all it takes to make a tag!
> There is source code for making EM4102 tags. That is the most common tag in
> the world as far as I know. It has no encryption and basicly transmits a
> number sequence when there is a reader sending radio waves to it.
> It is used for many things, for example in almost every residential access
> control card system, in booking systems, some library cards, hotels, baggage
> claim systems, rental etcetera. I'd say that residential access control is
> the most common use, for booking washing machines, to open doors to storage
> spaces, bike parking and so on. That tag type is not used in subway or bus
> ticketing systems.
> The wholesale of tags to landlords in Sweden is more or less monopolized by
> a company called Aptus. I believe that a majority of companies owning
> residential real-estate have been investing heavily in these insecure
> systems to save money and increase profits by eliminating the need of people
> working on location with maintenance. As an added bonus, you can also
> surveil and track residents. I'm still puzzled by the decision process
> behind these expensive orders.
> Didn't anyone check if the new system was secure before wasting soo much
> money on basicly removing all locks everywhere? I am writing an a feature
> article for a large Swedish magazine on these matters. I'm also a bit
> worried about being tracked - even though I haven't even done anything!
> What's up with that? In order to expose this, I've done lots of research (in
> public sources mind you), so that I can make statements that are based on
> actual facts.
> It's also a very interesting technology, which unfortunately only seems to
> be used for tracking people and making things unsecure and generally
> dangerous for everyone. :) I have a RFID reader and a few EM4102 tags but
> would like to test if methods like the one mentioned in the article (there
> are several others) actually works. It has to be tested. (Responsibly.) It
> would be quite a scandal if it did and if it was easy to do. I can imagine a
> few people in positions of authority who might have to reconsider such
> irresponsible deals in the future. We'll see.
> If you are interested in helping out with this research, write on the list,
> write directly to me or talk to me at a meet. I'm currently not on a
> // Simulacra
> PS. I realize this kind if enquiry is a bit sensitive but think I've been
> clear enough about the purpose (journalistic) and limits of this research.
> On this matter the Swedish law is very firm - it is illegal to surveil
> journalists in order to acquire information about the identity of someone
> who has provided information for these purposes. It's also illegal for
> journalists to expose people to the authorities. This goes if you are
> requesting to remain anynomous. (Which I will assume if anyone is interested
> in discussing this unless one chooses not to be anynomous.) This is
> regulated in Grundlagen i 1 kap. 1 § 3 st tryckfrihetsförordningen
> (TF)<https://lagen.nu/1949:105#K1P1S3>which actually is an interesting
> read. Read it.
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