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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: 3, Insightful) by bzipitidoo on Sunday August 18 2019, @09:48PM (2 children)

    by bzipitidoo (4388) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 18 2019, @09:48PM (#881873) Journal

    Authorities might try to ban these clothes. It's the sort of stupid thing they're prone to doing, as most high school students experience.

    Remember the idiotic export controls on encryption technology? We had 2 versions of Netscape, the export one with encryption keys of only 40 bits, and the domestic one with 128 bit keys.

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  • (Score: 2) by Acabatag on Monday August 19 2019, @12:58AM

    by Acabatag (2885) on Monday August 19 2019, @12:58AM (#881909)

    Yes, and you could be all edgy if you wanted and upload the 128-bit version to an offshore FTP site.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 19 2019, @01:49PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 19 2019, @01:49PM (#882114)

    Much like anti-mask laws exist, even though they're a complete violation of the first amendment. With mass surveillance becoming more and more of a threat, burkas are starting to look like a good idea for everyone.