Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 24th Feb 2010 18:40 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Normally, the story would end there; you'd RMA the material, get an exchange for the lot, and move on. Except there were a couple of problems. So I kicked into forensic mode. Very low serial numbers are a hallmark of the "ghost shift", i.e. the shift that happens very late at night when a rouge worker enters the factory and runs the production machine off the books." A fascinating in-depth peek into the grey-market of China.
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RE: The info
by timl on Thu 25th Feb 2010 09:53 UTC in reply to "The info"
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How can you read the card information as he did in his article? Just curious...

According to the article, he used Linux, then looked under the /sys directory. That's where the kernel exports a lot of its information about the devices and buses it found, the corresponding drivers, and the connections that exist between them.

It can be a bit of a maze to find the directory you're looking for, but once you have it, you'll find a lot of files with names corresponding to a specific property.

I don't have a machine with SD reader around, but for example my USB stick can currently be found as /sys/bus/usb/devices/usb1/1-7. In it are files like manufacturer and serial, containing the corresponding info.

Note that these are "virtual" files, so you may not be able to read them using your favourite editor. Use of the command line and the cat command may be necessary to read these files.

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