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 […]
Brief photos and talking points about obvious security fails.
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 […]
In this misstep, let’s take a look at those pretend screens that show you’re being watched.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Still out in Boston (like last week), and we have another misstep. This time, I take you with me into the Men’s Room. But not too far, you see, because you don’t have to look too hard to see a potential misstep. I call this a potential misstep because, without violating several laws, I cannot […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]