Category: Missteps

Brief photos and talking points about obvious security fails.

Misstep 30: How didn’t this register?

Keys left in register

Are we really at the 30th misstep blog? This is crazy, since it was just a fluke of an idea… And here I am on Feb 19th writing posts that won’t even drop until mid-June. I hope you’re enjoying the series as much as I am while I find these and write about them. I […]

Misstep 29: Easier Than Cloning People

I’ve talked about bar codes in the past, but usually it was an exposed bar code — not so much about a reader. Barcodes: Are easily readable and reproducible by machines Are difficult to “rotate”, that is, change them when they are used Contain parity bits to make reading them more consistent when they are […]

Misstep 27: Keys to the Kiosk

Kiosk with Exposed Wiring, Systems

Today, we’re going to take a look at a little piece of automation. Many folks see self checkouts in their grocery store, but my local hardware store uses these kiosks for something else. These are near the customer service area, and allow people with returns to swipe their credit card, and enter a UPC to […]

Misstep 26: The Keylogger that Couldn’t

Windows 98 Login Screen

Today, I take you back 20 years to the year 2000 — I’m in highschool now, taking a Visual Basic programming course. By this point, I had already been building applications (such as key loggers, spamming tools, and music players). The keyloggers were to capture keystrokes and trigger “hacks” or “mods” in games, not to […]

Misstep 21: Shim Shimmity

You can easily tell how far ahead I am in my security blogs, considering this is scheduled to post in early April and there’s a Christmas Tree ornament hanging from this cabinet, but I digress. The Misstep This lock doesn’t even try to fit these knobs, it can easily be moved around to get over […]

Misstep 19: Unshackled

Today takes us to Boston, MA. A beautiful albeit cold coastal town with some of the most fantastic seafood you can buy. It is an area that, not too long ago, was mostly factories and shipyards — now is the Seaport district — a bustling area of hotels and restaurants and businesses. With all of […]

Misstep 18: Wearing your Password

This photograph looks like a typical retail checkout counter, albeit blurry and pixelated. I stopped in here recently and realized that the employees were all wearing name tags that also had a bar code visible (it appeared to be PDF417-formatted). Uses for Bar Codes in Retail Besides for the occasional terrible gas station that relies […]

Misstep 17: Keys in the Ignition

Today? Hyperbole. Keys are in-fact often left in this type of vehicle, but there’s no ignition and you can’t really drive off in them. That aside, I do see keys left in jetways at airports an awful lot: Above, Midway Airport, Chicago. (December 2019) Boston Logan, MA (BOS) Charleston, SC (CHS) And another, Midway Airport […]