My next favorite black hack is using near field communications (NFC) to get into a smartphone. I guess something perverse in me enjoys the thought of messing with the carefully quaffed world of the credit card companies who are promoting mobile payments these days.
The session description says it all: “Using technologies like Android Beam or NDEF content sharing, one can make some phones parse images, videos, contacts, office documents, even open up Web pages in the browser, all without user interaction. In some cases, it is even possible to completely take over control of the phone via NFC, including stealing photos, contacts, even sending text messages and making phone calls.”
It’s an added bonus that the presenter is Charlie Miller, a member of the product security team at Twitter. It will be refreshing to hear from an engineer who not only uses Twitter but works for it. You do tweet, don’t you, Charlie?