Chipmaker NXP, formerly Philips Semiconductors, is taking Dutch Radboud University to court on Thursday to prevent researchers publishing their controversial report on the Mifare Classic chip.[From NXP sues to silence Oyster researchers | The Register]
We don’t yet know what the outcome of this was, and I have no idea of the legal rights and wrongs, but I did notice this response this morning:
Dutch semiconductor manufacturer NXP is making a mistake suing Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, says Karsten Nohl, a University of Virginia graduate student who worked with others to break the MIFARE cryptographic algorithm.[From Nohl: NXP making ‘terrible decision’ : Contactless News]
In this interview style session, chairman David Birch, Consult Hyperion, will lead a more light-hearted and informal discussion with Karsten Nohl, University of Virginia, about his research team’s experiences of cracking the security of the MiFare chip.
I’m not sure either NXP or Karsten will be especially light-hearted if they are still in court, but I’ll do my best to help.
I’m also going to be running a workshop on security for mobile proximity payments, so if you ask me, Mobile Banking Security in Vienna on 29th September to 1st October 2008 is going to be enjoyable and useful. Once again demonstrating their magnificent commitment to knowledge, scholarship and humankind, the wonderful people at IIR have given me a three-day delegate pass for this event — worth an astounding TWO THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND NINETY FIVE EUROS — to give away on this blog as a competition prize. So if you are going to be in Vienna on those dates and you’d like to come along to hear some of the leaders in the field discussing mobile banking security, then all you have to do is be the first person to respond to this post with the year in which Eindhoven, the headquarters of NXP, became part of the Netherlands.
In the traditional fashion, this competition is open to all except for employees of Consult Hyperion and members of my immediate family, is void where prohibited and is committed to a 100% reduction in CO2 output by the year 2525. The prize must be claimed within one month. Oh, and no-one can win more than one of the Digital Money Blog prizes per calendar.
These opinions are my own (I think) and presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]