Passport RFIDs cloned wholesale by $250 eBay auction spree.
"Using inexpensive off-the-shelf components, an information security expert has built a mobile platform that can clone large numbers of the unique electronic identifiers used in US passport cards and next generation drivers licenses. The $250 proof-of-concept device
- which researcher Chris Paget built in his spare time - operates out of his vehicle and contains everything needed to sniff and then clone RFID, or radio frequency identification, tags. During a recent 20-minute drive in downtown San Francisco, it successfully copied the RFID tags of two passport cards without the knowledge of their owners." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Feb 3, 2009 -
The guy over at Make Your Nut
is facing a dilemma I've wondered about myself: what to do about the security risks that are inherent in the many RFID-chipped credit and ATM cards that banks are so keen on issuing today? There's a lot of evidence
out there that indicates that the highly personal information these cards (and the new US passports
as well) carry can be stripped away by a thief with a little motivation and access to relatively low-cost equipment. You can go with the nifty RFID-blocking wallets
previously), or, according to some, you could just grab a hammer
posted by shiu mai baby
on Apr 30, 2007 -
has implanted two rfid chips into his hands
to permit himself keyless access to his computer, car and home. He's also written a book
about the experience and the various rfid "toys" he's devised.
This Valentine's Day, he and his girlfriend expressed a "modern declaration of their affection for each other
, with implanted electronic chips that allow them unfettered access to each other's lives".
Interested in something similar? The company Amal used
is selling a kit. Though they don't actually recommend it for use with medical implants.
So, cool, crazy or inevitable?
posted by darkstar
on Feb 17, 2006 -
By October 2006, the U.S. government will require nearly all of the passports it issues to include a computer chip containing the passport holder's personal information...
posted by yoga
on Oct 27, 2005 -
RFID to track students in Spring, Texas...
the information is fed automatically by wireless phone to the police and school administrators. That's right: constant and continual monitoring of all the schoolkids in the district by the local police department.
posted by Irontom
on Nov 17, 2004 -
Won't somebody think of the children?
Wired News reports that a
has launched a service
to implant RFID
(Technology That Cares)
into children as an anti-kidnapping device.
"The company envisions placing walk-through scanners -- similar
to metal-detector portals used in airports --
in malls, bus stations and other areas where a missing child may appear."
Similar plans have been
by the UK's Kevin
"Captain Cyborg" Warwick, but while his plans to use the mobile phone
network are implausible, this method seems more feasible. So, why not
sign up to
posted by TheophileEscargot
on Oct 10, 2003 -
We've discussed it before
, but RFID
, that fun-loving little radio transmitter that can be attached to everything from that stereo system to a carton of milk, is plowing ahead faster than you can say "unregulated." Earlier this year, Wal-Mart issued a mandate
that required its top 100 suppliers to include RFIDs on their merchandise by 2005, bringing new meaning to the phrase "panties in a bunch."
(Incidentally, Wal-Mart was also the benign corporation that ushered in bar codes for mass consumption in the late 70s and early 80s
.) With no regulations on the table, the New York Times
reports that the Defense Department plans to issue a statement requiring all suppliers to use RFID
. Hitachi has even offered to put it in your currency.
Imagine a store a few years from now that can track all of the objects in your cart, and that, thanks to a microscopic RFID stuck to your shoe when you slide through the doors, can determine how many seconds you or your children react to a display. Imagine a world that tracks exactly where each one of your dollar bills go. (So much for the anonymity of johns and porn enthusiasts.) Is this the kind of world we want to abdicate to large retail corporations? Is this the kind of information that governments or private institutions are entitled to know? Discuss.
posted by ed
on Sep 29, 2003 -
Is RFID inherently Evil?
Not a chip in your body, like EvilCorp Applied Digital Solutions
proposes, but in your household products, your clothes, and your car. And it's here now
. With almost no law anywhere to restrict its use.
But then again, how often do you use products made or sold by Benetton, Prada, British retailer Tesco, Proctor & Gamble, and Wal-Mart?
Phillips Semiconductor alone has already sold half a Billion of these chips.
posted by kablam
on Mar 11, 2003 -
A Brazilian legislator wants to become the first politician to be implanted with a controversial microchip that would contain his personal information. Hmmm, would the real Kevin Warwick
please stand up.
posted by nakedjon
on Feb 15, 2002 -
Not embedded in your hand, just your credit card. Your Providian VISA with Smart Chip Technology comes with a smart chip that's embedded on the front of the credit card. Soon, a smart chip will let you store information and applications that make shopping easier and more secure.
Anyone here a little leary of this kind of "smart"ness? Thoughts?
posted by thunder
on Jul 3, 2001 -