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Submission + - Feds' radios have significant security flaws ( 1

OverTheGeicoE writes: The Wall Street Journal has a story describing how the portable radios used by many federal law enforcement agents have major security flaws that allow for easy eavesdropping and jamming. Details are in a new study being released today. The authors of the study were able to intercept hundreds of hours of sensitive traffic inadvertently sent without encryption over the past two years. They also describe how a texting toy targeted at teenage girls can be modified to jam transmissions from the affected radios, either encrypted or not.
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Feds' radios have significant security flaws

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  • I do not see a way totally around this, regardless, there will be ways to cause some havoc or some other problem will prevail.. creating a secure radio that is not going to be really expensive, or be user friendly enough for the less advanced users to use is a bit of a stretch. Even if we did.. give it a few years and someone will figure it out with another toy....

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