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iPhone and other devices can spy on you via the accelerometers? So? Here’s EVERY hardware hack I know*

Doing the rounds again this week is the old news that the accelerometers in various devices, notably the iPhone, can be used to spy on a users input. In 2009 they were claiming 80% accuracy on iPhone 4.(1) Tiny variations in the movement of the phone can be decoded to tell almost exactly where people …

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Yes, it’s a crime-and-lock related news round-up!

A new initiative to boost confidence in the UK police has been launched.  Islington, Lewisham and Havering in London are having specifically targeted ultra-local posters at bus stops and other “street level” locations on roads and other locations that are deemed to have a crime or anti-social behaviour problem. http://content.met.police.uk/Campaign/localpolicing R2D2 on steroids? Or a …

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How good and how secure is your PIN?

I ran across some interesting info this evening about the results of statistical analysis on numerical passwords (Personal Identification Numbers, AKA PIN numbers, or, more correctly, just PINs) by Nick Berry, who now works as Facebook’s Data Scientist. The article is well worth a read. http://www.datagenetics.com/blog/september32012/index.html is a direct link. Or, if you prefer, he’s …

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From the old days: 5 doors, one mad bloke; A day in the life of a Warrant Locksmith

(I wrote this in 2007 and found it saved as a draft today. Not much has changed since this was written. The only thing that has gone up is the hold times… Enjoy.) Me, I’m not biased. You come across as stoned, fine, come across as mad, fine. But this guy, he was special. Like …

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