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Simson Garfinkel

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Turn Off Their TVs!

Wired.com has an important article about a new device for turning off televisions. Called TV-B-Gone, the device sends out 209 different “OFF“ commands for various televisions, with the most popular off commands first.I need this device.The device is designed for…

  • October 20, 2004

Wired.com has an important article about a new device for turning off televisions. Called TV-B-Gone, the device sends out 209 different “OFF“ commands for various televisions, with the most popular off commands first.

I need this device.

The device is designed for turning off televisions in public spaces–places where TVs have been left blaring giving passers-by no recourse.

The device also nicely demonstrates the dangers of deploying a communiations protocol (infared remote control) with no security. Anybody can send unauthenticated commands.

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