Dutch chipmaker sues to silence hackers

Dutch chip maker NXP has gone to court in Arnhem to try to prevent Radboud University in Nijmegen publishing details about the security on a chip used in the much-criticised new public transport smart card.

Researchers at the university broke into the chip’s security system.
NXP, formerly Philips Semiconductors, told website CNET News that it did not feel publication would be responsible. The Mifare Classic wireless smart card is used in transit and building entry systems around the world, the website said.
Dirk de Hen, a lawyer with the Dutch scientific academy KNAW said he had never before heard of efforts to stop a paper actually being published. ‘If third parties can block publication, where will we be with independent scientific research in the Netherlands?’ he said.
The ruling is due next week.

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