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Terry Lingle
11/27/05 12:46
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Clearwater
Canada


 
#104235 - smart cards
Responding to: Steve M. Taylor's previous message
For an indication of the effort that is put into cracking smart cards just search for DSS satellite cracks. To the individual this service is worth $100 / month. To the company it is a billion dollar industry.
That system started with primitive smart cards and is up to 5th generation cards now with no end in sight.
From what I have read the consortium behind the DSS satellite system is extremely proactive in dealing with these issues. They apparently go as far as locking out the memory chip in the receiver thus making it necessary to either buy a new receiver or remove the memory chip from the mother board and mount it into a header for a parallel programmer to reset the locks and reinstall the correct code.
Even that does not seem to deter these hackers who are trying to save $100/month
I can only guess the ramifications of trying to protect something that has real significant value such as banking information or secret company documents.

Fortunatly most software used in embeddedd systems is so dedicated that it is easier to roll your own than steal it because to use it you must also steal the hardware.
Terry





List of 29 messages in thread
TopicAuthorDate
code lock breakers      Erik Malund      11/21/05 06:39      
   I doubt      Jan Waclawek      11/21/05 07:00      
      I said so, and I mean it in the proper c      Erik Malund      11/21/05 07:32      
         this won't help      Jan Waclawek      11/21/05 09:53      
   Manufacturer      Ian Bell      11/21/05 07:57      
       would do that if breaking specific chip      Erik Malund      11/21/05 08:01      
      vulnerabilities      Jan Waclawek      11/21/05 09:48      
         I am sure they do know      Ian Bell      11/24/05 15:26      
            Out of spec      Jerson Fernandes      11/24/05 22:19      
            manufacturer      Jan Waclawek      11/25/05 00:39      
               Maybe...      Robert Revens      11/25/05 08:49      
                  Danger Will Robinson?      Ian Bell      11/27/05 08:36      
   There might be a way      Bert Van Den Berg      11/23/05 23:54      
      DMCA      Craig Steiner      11/24/05 00:02      
         Mean MCU hardware locks are broken ?      Anil Gupta      11/24/05 01:58      
            Look here      Robert Revens      11/24/05 02:05      
               But no body knows how it is done      Anil Gupta      11/24/05 02:36      
                  This link shows an example      Chris Kelly      11/24/05 05:59      
                  lockbreakers      Jan Waclawek      11/25/05 00:46      
         US Federal Anti-Hacking Laws      Bert Van Den Berg      11/24/05 07:35      
         USA Only      Ian Bell      11/27/05 08:38      
         Exactly      Steve M. Taylor      11/27/05 10:26      
            smart cards      Terry Lingle      11/27/05 12:46      
               DSS cracking      Steve M. Taylor      11/27/05 13:42      
                  TV decoder      Bert Van Den Berg      11/27/05 23:31      
                     Deported ?      Steve M. Taylor      11/28/05 09:24      
                        Nah, I like the Coast Guard      Bert Van Den Berg      11/28/05 10:49      
                           swings and roundabouts      Steve M. Taylor      11/28/05 11:58      
                  Black Friday ?      Terry Lingle      11/28/05 00:29      

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