Can’t go a day without Corrections copping some flak one way or another. Here’s another
A computer hacker has demonstrated how home detention bracelets can potentially be fooled into letting criminals roam free.
The Department of Corrections last night denied the vulnerability affected prisoners under its care – but the hacker said its systems ran on the same cellular network he exploited.
William Turner yesterday demonstrated his ability to defeat electronic monitoring bracelets relying on the cellular phone network through a practice known as “spoofing”.
Mr Turner, known in the industry as Ammon Ra, showed Wellington’s Kiwicon conference how a bracelet could be wrapped in foil, preventing it from reporting its location, then the signal mimicked by a laptop using a $500 transmitter and some custom software.
Mr Turner then instructed the “spoof” transmitter to report movements, despite the hacker and his bracelet remaining on stage.
Well, that’s home detention out of the range of options for anyone with a modicum of computer expertise. It also make a joke of Kim Dotcom’s new ankle jewelry, if you think about it. Read more »