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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: 5, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Sunday August 18 2019, @06:48PM (6 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday August 18 2019, @06:48PM (#881829)

    I'm thinking of civil disobedients who run their own plate scanners, streaming realtime to other civil disobedients who are 10-200 miles away, fuzzing the database in a way that's difficult to filter.

    If you're just putting the Fed's plate numbers all over the place, they're already on the "green list" and ignored by the fishing expeditions.

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  • (Score: 2) by sjames on Monday August 19 2019, @05:08AM (5 children)

    by sjames (2882) on Monday August 19 2019, @05:08AM (#881990) Journal

    How about a network of license plate readers updating a public website with the current location of politician's cars in real time?

    • (Score: 1) by nitehawk214 on Monday August 19 2019, @02:38PM (4 children)

      by nitehawk214 (1304) on Monday August 19 2019, @02:38PM (#882138)

      I have to imagine they have thought of this and already made it illegal. "What is citizens start tracking US? Better stop that right now."

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      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday August 20 2019, @01:36AM (3 children)

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday August 20 2019, @01:36AM (#882424)

        It's all public domain - if politicians want to show their faces in public, we can see that and: freedom of speech... If we happen to see that face get into a car with a visible license plate...

        At this point, an old disused smartphone has the hardware and power to run a networked plate scanner, just stick it on the back of a flipped down sun visor and you're part of the network.

        Next up: federal politicians give themselves permission to drive around in anonymous vehicles.

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        • (Score: 1) by nitehawk214 on Wednesday August 21 2019, @02:48PM (2 children)

          by nitehawk214 (1304) on Wednesday August 21 2019, @02:48PM (#883148)

          Do any senators actually drive their own cars? I assumed each has private drivers from a federally paid for pool.

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          • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday August 21 2019, @03:48PM (1 child)

            by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday August 21 2019, @03:48PM (#883186)

            I think you're right about the motor pool, although that's a very different way to be tracked...

            At one time not long ago (according to a friend who lived in DC), several senators would walk to work at the capitol and occasionally get mugged on the way...

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            • (Score: 1) by nitehawk214 on Thursday August 22 2019, @05:47PM

              by nitehawk214 (1304) on Thursday August 22 2019, @05:47PM (#883732)

              Well, I know President Grant got a speeding ticket... on his horse.

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