Mar
26
2012
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Interesting stuff about Sky and NDS and hacked ONDigital viewing cards

Interesting stuff on the Guardian website today about ONDigital.

Once upon a time there were two pay TV systems in the UK, Sky & ONDigital. Sky worked through a dish and ONDigital through your TV aerial.
One day pirate viewing cards for ONDigital appeared, long after Sky had eradicated hacking of their own cards with the launch of the series 10 card from NDS.

ONDigital couldn’t build a real service if they couldn’t raise subscriptions, and they couldn’t raise any money when everyone in the UK was watching all their pay content for free.

Rumblings on the web today alleged that NDS (Israeli company who provide card technology to Sky) may have paid hackers to research the vulnerability of the systems used by ONDigital, and that the research may have found its way outside NDS, again allegedly.

Read the full story from The Guardian here and here.

Watch the BBC Panorama documentary here

Read all about NDS here

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Mar
25
2012
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Contactless Barclaycards have a risk of online fraud

It’s possible to read out the details of a recent Barclaycard without making a physical connection to it – according to Channel4 News.

The latest Barclaycard includes a contactless RFID type chip, which works in a similar way to an Oyster card (UK London Underground Travel Card). Some of the latest mobiles can read these chips too. It’s now been shown that the card number, expiry date & card holders name can be read just by holding a smartphone against someones wallet. Those details can then be used to order something through Amazon, even though you still don’t have the 3 digit security code.

Full article is here.

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Mar
16
2012
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Sign petition to stop compulsory wireless smart meters in homes

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/19513

Fibre optic network for Smart Meters

Responsible department: Department for Energy and Climate Change

To protect the long term health and security of UK citizens, and particularly the health of our children, we the undersigned demand the Government adopt a wired fibre-optic network for Smart Meters. Consumers should have the option of wired Home Area Networks at no additional cost. Provision must also be made for people with Electro-Sensitivity to keep their analog meters and be supplied with shielding materials where necessary.

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