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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday August 18 2019, @03:15PM   Printer-friendly
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Garments from Adversarial Fashion feed junk data into surveillance cameras, in an effort to make their databases less effective.

The news: Hacker and designer Kate Rose unveiled the new range of clothing at the DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. In a talk, she explained the that hoodies, shirts, dresses, and skirts trigger automated license plate readers (ALPRs) to inject useless data into systems used to track civilians.

False tags: The license-plate-like designs on a garment are picked up and recorded as vehicles by readers, which frequently misclassify images like fences as license plates anyway, according to Rose (pictured above modeling one of her dresses). The idea is that feeding more junk data into the systems will make them less effective at tracking people and more expensive to deploy.

[...] Fashion fights back: Though it's the first to target ALPRs, this isn't the first fashion project aimed at fighting back against surveillance. Researchers have come up with adversarial images on clothing aimed at bamboozling AI, makeup that lets you hide your face from recognition systems, and even a hat that can trick systems into thinking you're Moby.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @04:15PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @04:15PM (#881783)

    More advanced face recog tech uses an invisible IR grid projector to determine 3D features of the face or of the whole body, 2D pictures will be of no use as a mimicry.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @04:21PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @04:21PM (#881787)

    Sure but the whole point is to increase the cost of getting it right. It will force those using these systems to get the 'more advanced' ones and pay more.

    Also the body has curvature as well. Sure you and I may know the difference but if the computer can't tell the difference between a fence and a license plate then it probably can't tell the difference here either.

    I wonder if the computer thinks the license plate number of the fence is IIIII. On the flip side if my license plate number was IIII maybe the reader will think it's a fence.