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Windows 7: Oops: Plastic kids toy threatens national security

11 Aug 2011   #1
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Oops: Plastic kids toy threatens national security

A pink $30 wireless toy can jam expensive digital radios used by the FBI, Secret Service, and other federal agencies, CNET has learned.

Expensive high-tech digital radios used by the FBI, Secret Service, and Homeland Security are designed so poorly that they can be jammed by a $30 children's toy.

A GirlTech IMME, Mattel's pink instant-messaging device with a miniature keyboard that's marketed to pre-teen girls, can be used to disrupt sensitive radio communications used by every major federal law enforcement agency, a team of security researchers from the University of Pennsylvania is planning to announce tomorrow.

Converting the GirlTech gadget into a jammer may be beyond the ability of a street criminal for now, but that won't last, says associate professor Matt Blaze, who co-authored the paper that will be presented tomorrow at the Usenix Security symposium in San Francisco. CNET obtained a copy of the paper, which will be made publicly available in the afternoon.
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Security flaw found in feds' digital radios | Privacy Inc. - CNET News
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11 Aug 2011   #2

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To this day furby is not allowed in any classified or elevated security area.
This is an actual DoD policy.
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