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HOPE Number Six (2006): "Can Security Detectors be Hacked?" (Download)

HOPE Number Six (2006): "Can Security Detectors be Hacked?" (Download)

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Sunday, July 23, 2006: 11:00 am (Area "B"): Today we are challenged by a multitude of security detectors. But can they be beaten? This talk will deal with their vulnerabilities. The electromagnetic spectrum will be explained along with how waves propagate. Paul Renda will discuss security systems like X-ray backscatter and mm wavelength microwave along with possible defenses. Most of the talk will focus on the ubiquitous metal detector - the walk-through and handheld variety.

The question of whether radio frequency devices can compromise security will be explored. Front door and back door attacks (coupling modes) will be defined. The urban myth of radio frequency devices/weapons will be discussed. It will all top off with a discussion of Carl Jung and King Hubbert and how they relate to terrorism.

This talk is dedicated to Paul's cousin Tommy Farino, a New York Fire Department captain who died on 9/11.