RFID in ID cards is very dangerous to a free society. Not just government, but commercial entities will track our every move if we don't pass laws to prevent it.
Apparently, someone had enough money to spread around to get a law passed in California forcing dog owners to have their pets chipped. Though no one's sure why, at least one pet has died due the procedure. The sad part is that the owner was against the chipping, but was faced with fines and jail […]
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 […]
When will people ever learn? The optional license will include a picture and radio frequency identification tag that can be scanned to verify a person's identity. The tag will not contain any personal information – only an assigned number, authorities said. How reassuring. So they won't be able to take my data from it, but […]
The website includes very loose information about what makes this chip so "uncloneable", but I highly doubt that it's true. An RFID chip is read by radio waves and as long as you can make a chip, computer, or anything else that transmits replicate the signal that the original chip did, you can clone it. […]
RFID tracking is a real danger and must be stopped now!
Anti-chip group CASPIAN released a detailed report today outlining the most common questions about microchip implants and their answers…
This should be interesting. If China didn't take some serious precautions when implementing RFID for their tickets, we should be hearing any day now about people who remotely cloned someone else's ticket and got into the game denying access to the others. Or, since passport information is stored on the ticket as well, someone with […]
As part of a social experiment, attendees at a hacker conference in July will be issued badges with electronic tracking devices. Large displays will show in real-time where people go, with whom they associate, for how long and how often. Hopefully after seeing how easy it is to tag and track someone with RFID, people […]
Well flipping duh. Most newly issued passports carry an embedded RFID containing digitally signed biometric information. Access to this chip is wireless, which introduces a security risk, the possibility that an attacker might be able to access data on a person’s passport without the owner knowing. It's this reason that putting RFID in passports was […]
In what was a colossally stupid decision, the US put RFID chips in passports. Oh wait, this article is about the outsourcing! Right. In what was another colossally stupid decision, the US is now outsourcing the production of RFID passports.
A university has hacked the encryption of an RFID chip maker who's contactless smartcard applications include fare collection, loyalty cards, and access control cards.
Washington state passed an anti-RFID law that's unfortunately far weaker than it should be. The Washington legislation outlaws the use of RFID "spy technologies" to collect consumer information without the owner's consent. The only problem is, heavy corporate lobbying narrowed the scope of the law (before Governor Gregoire signed it) to cover only criminal acts […]
Caspian just released a paper documenting the research showing the causal link between RFID implants and cancer in lab animals. The reason they issued this report is because of the recent news press about the issue. They wrote and issued this report because "a lot of misinformation about the cancer research has circulated since [the […]
Nothing like treating people like animals to be tagged and tracked. Of course, it's much easier to start by tracking kids because they don't have much choice in the matter and when they grow up, they'll be less resistant to the practice. Enter surveillance society… But let's not get ahead of ourselves. They portray the […]
Because Walmart isn't addressing the privacy concerns with rfid, I can't help but cheer when I hear their efforts to get RFID into all their products has failed. Wal-Mart's change of plan demonstrates the need for retailers and suppliers alike to tread carefully with RFID. As retailers such as Best Buy have observed, widespread adoption […]
The Consumerist reports that one of their readers asked for a non-RFID credit card from American Express. Granted, they only disabled contactless transactions in their database and did not issue him a spychip-free card, but one of the commenters said that they were able to do so with Washington Mutual. It never hurts to ask, […]
From the Washington Post: When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top […]
First they banned rfid tagging of school kids. Now they're fully banning forced RFID implantation of workers. Tackling a dilemma right out of a science fiction novel, the state Senate passed legislation Thursday that would bar employers from requiring workers to have identification devices implanted under their skin. Well let's hear it for common sense. […]
Besides being annoying and costing you money, errors at RFID toll booths can get you into all kinds of interesting spots. One girl was refused a job for having 30 outstanding tickets for going through the pass in her jeep without paying. The problem is, she's never owned or driven a jeep. Is anyone surprised […]