E-ZPass Is Being Used To Track Your Car Far From Tollbooths

Via Forbes, a video from a Defcon conference presenter who hacked his E-ZPass and found that his car’s location was being tagged continuously while he drove through New York City:

He hacked his RFID-enabled E-ZPass to set off a light and a “moo cow” every time it was being read. Then he drove around New York. His tag got milked multiple times on the short drive from Times Square to Madison Square Garden in mid-town Manhattan…and also on his way out of New York through Lincoln Tunnel, again in a place with no toll plaza.

At Defcon, where he presented his findings, Puking Monkey said he found the reading of the E-ZPass [in non-toll situations] “intrusive and unsettling.”

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  • jasonpaulhayes

    All-seeing instrument. Supreme perception
    Omnifocal accumulator
    Thief of integrity. Its gaze upon the blind
    Information divinity by man designed

    The lives of all they occupy. Their eyes in dismal gloom
    The all-piercing, dead oculi – mirrors of our doom
    Oblivious to the trespass as you gaze into the black
    The demon of surveillance insultingly staring back
    - Into you

    Meshuggah – The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance

  • BuzzCoastin

    I had my first EZ-Pass in 1992
    and I can’t believe
    it took 21 years to discover the obvious

  • Haystack

    At this point we should just assume that any data we store on a network is public, and any device that can be used to spy on us will be…and make decisions accordingly.

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