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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday August 18 2019, @03:15PM   Printer-friendly
from the GIGO dept.

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, @04:47PM (13 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @04:47PM (#881799)

    That only works if every single shirt is different. Otherwise it is one simple filter and a small story is fixed. If they are all different. Oh no more filters.... If they bother to do it.

  • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @05:34PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @05:34PM (#881809)

    You mean like comment filters that won't let you post about Dick Niggers only fucking the young pussy.

    Yeaah. Dick Niggers.
    We never fuck no old pussy.
    We fuck a whole lotta young pussy.

    Ain't no license plate dresses gonna distract us from the pussy.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday August 18 2019, @05:39PM (2 children)

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Sunday August 18 2019, @05:39PM (#881813) Homepage

      A hot lesbian who can write "Hello World" in Python and is claiming to be a "nerd hacker" tells male sex-starved geeks, "I'm hot, buy my shit." Film at 11.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @06:23PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @06:23PM (#881824)

        #!/usr/bin/env python

        import sys

        def main ():
          return reduce(lambda b,c:(lambda x:(lambda r=sys.stdout.write(chr(x)):x)())(c+b),  [32,40,29,7,0,3,-67,-12,87,-8,3,-6,-8,-67,-23])

        main()

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @11:20PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @11:20PM (#881887)

          Nice!

  • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Sunday August 18 2019, @05:34PM (8 children)

    by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Sunday August 18 2019, @05:34PM (#881810) Journal

    1. print and distribute 1,000 shirts with your company logo and plate on it
    2. wait a bit for your plate to be filtered out
    3. drive like hell, park anywhere, you're invisible!

    Could work for a courier company.

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    • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday August 18 2019, @05:37PM (4 children)

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Sunday August 18 2019, @05:37PM (#881811) Homepage

      I always had fantasies about just having a motorized plate shield or something that can flip back and forth between a fake out of state plate and a legit plate. Fortunately they took down the red light cameras on my way to work and I don't give a fuck about other plate readers because I am a law-abiding citizen.

      • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Sunday August 18 2019, @06:22PM (1 child)

        by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Sunday August 18 2019, @06:22PM (#881823) Journal
        Japanese speed rocket motorcycles - fast, maneuverable, easy to pass through narrow obstacles that would block a slowpoke Harley, basically impossible to catch if you know the ins and outs of the local industrial park. THOSE were the days.
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        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @06:38PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @06:38PM (#881828)

          You may not know it but they usually just corral you. They will catch if they can. But usually they are just trying to make sure you do not splatter anyone else. Then when you eventually hurt yourself they have a new organ donor. Then some paperwork. Then go have a coffee and talk about what a lunatic you are with their buds.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 19 2019, @01:42PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 19 2019, @01:42PM (#882111)

        and I don't give a fuck about other plate readers because I am a law-abiding citizen.

        The government doesn't care if you're a law-abiding citizen. Example: Asset forfeiture, where the government simply steals your money and property without due process.

        Authoritarian governments, which to some degree or another is all of them, will find ways to destroy you if they wish to do so.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 19 2019, @02:47PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 19 2019, @02:47PM (#882145)

          Also, wtf is a law abiding citizen? The laws are intentionally so complicated that everyone is guilty of something. If you step out of line, they will bring up charges.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @06:32PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 18 2019, @06:32PM (#881826)

      Or end up with all the tickets.

      Or the license plate group just revokes your plate and fines you.

      OR you end up with a lawsuit in front of a judge trying to explain your behavior.

      Or you get pulled over by a cop and they just arrest you for driving 'like hell'.

      Or add they add another filter, speed > 20MPH. Or sizeOfObject > 5meters.

      We as computer people like to have some fantasy where the outside world stays static and we are the flexible ones who can nimbly work around the man. The 'man' usually has a much more simple way to take care of people https://xkcd.com/538/ [xkcd.com] That works for about 2 seconds as the people writing the filters and laws get a good chuckle then get a new filter/law just for you.

      • (Score: 2) by linuxrocks123 on Sunday August 18 2019, @07:18PM (1 child)

        by linuxrocks123 (2557) on Sunday August 18 2019, @07:18PM (#881836) Journal

        I'm not going to defend his particular idea, but, in general, it is possible to work around "the man". In high school, I used a proxy to get around content filters that were blocking email sites etc. Could they have adapted? Yeah, but they didn't even know, so they didn't. Even in China, it's quite possible to get around the Great Firewall, and, although the government does adapt, it adapts slowly, and is not nearly as nimble as the people circumventing them. A lot of debt collection agencies are just now catching on to debtors putting their spare cash into prepaid gift cards to avoid bank garnishments.

        You can be nimble, and, although The Man isn't static, he is much slower than you can be. That's not a fantasy: it's true.

        • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 19 2019, @07:50AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 19 2019, @07:50AM (#882023)

          Even in China, it's quite possible to get around the Great Firewall, and, although the government does adapt, it adapts slowly, and is not nearly as nimble as the people circumventing them.

          Being cynical here, it's currently possible for technically clued people to circumvent things like the Great Firewall as that's what the leadership want...a 'relief valve' and a way of compiling a nice list of refusenik candidates who use it for future recruitment, re-education or removal.

          The man, especially in China, is playing the long game..multiple long games..he might be apparently slow to adapt, but there's a saying about rope, and the results of giving enough of the stuff...when it comes down to it, the man doesn't have to be technologically 'nimble' to deal with perceived internal threats when he has the police, army and vast territories for those threats to be 'disappeared' unto if they become too 'troublesome'.