Cat with computer virus

March 16th, 2006 at 17:32 UTC by Frank Stajano

Live from IEEE PerCom in Pisa, Italy: “Is your cat infected by a computer virus?“, the paper about writing a virus for RFID tags, by Melanie Rieback, Bruno Crispo (Cambridge security group alumnus) and Andrew Tanenbaum, which got huge press coverage following its “press release” yesterday, has just been given a “best paper for high impact” award. The official Mark Weiser award went to a system paper, but they made up this ad-hoc award for this one… I’m glad it got an award. Somewhat lighthearted and in part debatable, but it was definitely the paper I enjoyed the most.

The authors have a web site for it at (following the perverse fashion of buying a new top level domain for every new thing you do) www.rfidvirus.org.

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3 comments Add your own

  • 1. Chris Walsh  |  March 17th, 2006 at 00:27 UTC

    Perverse fashion, yes, but also a money-making opportunity. They can charge who knows how much for “dontworryabout.rfidvirus.org”, or some similar ‘antidote’ domain name :^)

  • 2. Frank Stajano  |  March 20th, 2006 at 14:47 UTC

    No way: anyone following that perverse fashion would settle for nothing less than the top-level “dontworryaboutrfidvirus.org”!

  • 3. .$author.  |  May 9th, 2006 at 09:47 UTC

    [...] I was, with Ari Juels of RSA Labs, program chair of IEEE PerSec 2006, the security workshop of the larger PerCom conference, held in March 2006 in Pisa, Italy. I previously mentioned the rfid virus paper by Rieback et al when it got the (second) best paper award: that was the paper I found most enjoyable of the ones in the main track. [...]

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