Smart cards also open to attack

Tuesday, 19 November 2002, 11:35 AM EST

Sydney University engineering student Ryan Junee has demonstrated a smart card attack for his final year thesis, using a method called "differential power analysis".

Using software he developed and a cathode ray oscilloscope (CRO), Mr Junee showed that cards using Data Encryption Standard (DES), or even triple-DES, could be interrogated to reveal secret information such as keys and PINs.

The method determines the calculations being carried out on the chip by observing the card's power usage. It requires observation of the card carrying out 200 processes, which takes about nine hours.

Another method, called inferential power analysis, can extract information from a secure card in a single application.

[ Read more ]




Spotlight

Over 225,000 Apple accounts compromised via iOS malware

Researchers from Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech have unearthed a scheme that resulted in the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware. All in all, some 225,000 valid Apple accounts have been compromised.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  
DON'T
MISS

Tue, Sep 1st
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2015 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //