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Lawyers step in with the smack down

How easy is it to hack an RFID passport? Just how much knowledge is required to screw around with RFID-enabled credit cards or fare systems? The subject has received a lot of attention lately, what with Dutch and Bostonian researchers hitching free subway rides, and it appears the latest casualty in the resulting legal battle is the hit science show Mythbusters.

According to show co-host Adam Savage, speaking in a panel at hacker convention HOPE, the show’s production crew was virtually bound and gagged by a phalanx of credit card companies after they caught wind of an upcoming episode featuring the tech and just how easy it is to hack.

At the time, the episode was early in production, and it appears that at some point a researcher from the production crew contacted chipmaker Texas Instruments for assistance. TI and Mythbusters agreed to a conference call to discuss the technology involved, and upon meeting via telephone it became clear that instead of answers, the representatives from TI brought along a team of lawyers:

“I’m not sure how much of this story I’m allowed to tell,” he says nervously. “Texas Instruments comes on along with chief legal counsel for American Express, Visa, Discover, and everybody else...”

At this point, the audience lets out a muted laughter. “[Our team was] way, way outgunned and they absolutely made it really clear to [show owner] Discovery that they were not going to air this episode talking about how hackable [RFID] was, and Discovery backed way down being a large corporation that depends upon the revenue of the advertisers. Now it's on Discovery's radar and they won't let us go near it.”

The funny thing, I think, is that credit card companies have had a relatively easy time as far as public scrutiny goes. While there are indeed RFID chips embedded in some credit cards, as far as I’ve seen it really isn’t too common; indeed the push towards RFID-powered plastic money hasn’t gathered nearly as much attention as, say, RFID-powered passports and subway tickets.

Hackers, many of whom aren’t the type to let something like this slide, could change that very soon.

But why credit card lawyers? Are we about to see a wave of contact-free credit cards? (Judging by those insipid Life Takes Visa commercials, I consider it highly likely.) Or perhaps they appeared on behalf of retailers – many of which use RFID for inventory tracking purposes now, championed by Wal-Mart – and wanted to stave off a criminal revolution of sorts. (As if crooks don’t already have access to this information…)

Whatever the reasons, the sheer amount of lawyers involved with the technology is a clear indication that RFID is here to stay – flawed or not.



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RE: Flawed by design
By MrJustin5 on 9/4/2008 5:11:32 AM , Rating: 1
I find it particularly disturbing that this article, among MANY others such as Time Magazine all declare that RFID is here to stay. That there is NO pulling it back. Whats the DailyTechs excuse as it why its here to stay? The sheer number of lawyers behind it?

It is to implant you with the idea that RFID will NEVER go away and you MUST accept it. YOU MUST accept that information about you person, your fingerprints, biometric data, personal information, Social Security Number all can be stored on such devices in the future and will be used to TRACK YOU WHEREVER YOU GO and serve as a substitute for a credit card when its in your body... totally engaging you in a CASHLESS SOCIETY.

1984 is here, its just about 20 years late.

You notice that Government officials, such as Homeland Security (in Nazi Germany they called it FATHERLAND SECURITY) loses a laptop with say, 50,000 names and addresses in it? Along with social security numbers and plenty of other information that can be used for Identity Theft?

RESEARCH THIS: The government has been caught many times, such as FBI, Homeland Security, etc. stealing and then SELLING the information or DIRECTLY COMMITTING IDENTITY THEFT to steal money. But you might say: "Doesn't the government get enough of my money? Why would they do this? You're a kook!" I respond: RESEARCH IT!

There is a global plan to push RFID chips into everyone and everything, including USA, Europe, Canada, etc. Don't believe me!

RESEARCH IT! You'll notice every mainstream article about RFID all declare ITS HERE TO STAY. And even PC magazine has an article on how to "RFID CHIP YOURSELF" in your arm! "Its here to stay."

THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND SIMPLISTIC FORM OF BRAINWASHING IS: REPETITION.

Say after me: "RFID IS HERE TO STAY. RFID IS HERE TO STAY. RFID IS HERE TO STAY."

There is a HUGE reason why RFID Mythbusters isn't going to air. The REASON why they're pressured so badly not to air it is because #1: RFID is so "hackable" and can easily violate your privacy and make it even easier for someone to do identity theft.

#2: THEY WANT EVERY PERSON IN THE USA, EUROPE, CANADA, ETC. TO HAVE AN RFID CHIP IN THEIR BODY FOR A CASHLESS, TRACK YOU WHEREVER YOU GO SOCIETY.

BEFORE YOU BASH ME!!! I REPEAT: BEFORE YOU RESPOND AND BASH ME.

GO TO GOOGLE.COM AND RESEARCH: "INFOWARS.COM RFID" that's ALL you need to type and read a few articles! Its all RESEARCHED AND FACTUAL. ITs all accredited press!

I AM NOT A "CONSPIRACY THEORIST"

YOU ARE A "COINCIDENCE THEORIST"

x Justin


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