Stories by Erik Larkin

Simple hack unlocks card-protected doors

At the Defcon security conference in Las Vegas a hacker and Defcon staffer who goes by the name Zac Franken demonstratede how a small home-made device he calls Gecko can perform a classic man-in-the-middle attack on the type of access card readers used at office doors around the country. Gecko is simply a small, programmable PIC chip with a wire connector on either side. Once it's connected to the wires behind the card reader, it's not only trivial to use a 'Replay' card to get through the door. You can also disable the system so that nobody else can come in behind you.

Popular programmes suffer wave of internet attacks

Internet criminals are increasingly targeting popular applications like backup software and web browsers instead of the operating systems that run them, according to a new report from government and industry security experts.