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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: 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'.

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