Monday, December 22, 2008

Speed Camera 'Pimping' Attack Highlights Public Identity Weaknesses

Adam O'Donnell writes on the ZDNet "Zero Day" Blog:

In a brilliant physical-world example of what happens when too much value is placed upon open identification systems for determining reputation, a group of high school students are setting off speeding enforcement cameras using fake license plates belonging to their enemies.

According to an article in the D.C. area Montgomery County Sentinel, high school students are generating photorealistic replicas of their enemies license plates, placing them on their vehicles, and blowing through speeding cameras. Obviously people who have been victimized by this attack are upset, but at least one anonymous individual hits the nail on the head:

"The practice of sending speeding tickets to faceless recipients without any type of verification is unwarranted and an exploitation of our rights."

More here.


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