Posts Tagged ‘rfid’

On Square Skimmer Security Risks

There’s an “open letter” going around about the alleged security hole created by SquareUp, a startup that gives out free credit card readers for smart phones. To quote the meat of it: In less than an hour, any reasonably skilled programmer can write an application that will “skim” – or steal – a consumer’s financial […]

Feds Alarmed About RFID Reader At DefCon

This is pretty amusing. Federal agents were apparently surprised that there were RFID readers hidden at DefCon, the most cut throat (and amusing to read about) hacker convention. Why they would carry anything containing a RFID chip inside is beyond me, but even more interesting is that they were surprised by this. The article goes […]

RFID War Driving

I’ve been a critic of RFID for the purpose of identifying people from early on because the concept is inherently flawed despite the insistence of people paid to insist otherwise. Chris Paget is in a widely circulated story regarding him driving around Fisherman’s Wharf with $190 worth of gear (likely not bought with an RFID […]

Elvis Takes Off

The other day I mentioned that it’s possible to clone a RFID passport, a massive security risk that the government seemingly doesn’t care to much about. It’s no longer really a proof of concept. Elvis now has an accepted RFID passport. That’s right. Mr. dead in 1977 Elvis Aaron Presley. The hack was done in […]

How To Clone ePassports

How to clone ePassports (the ones that use RFID). Yet another piece of evidence that shows the technology is not ready for prime time. I’ve mentioned several times before what a failure RFID deployments in high security situations has been. This is just another example. [Via Bruce Schneier]

Mythbusters on RFID

I’ve mentioned several times on this blog that RFID isn’t a good idea for sensitive things like credit card information. Pretty much anything you wouldn’t openly make available to strangers. The latest piece of evidence is Adam Savage, of Discovery’s Mythbusters discussing how they were effectively outgunned by lawyers for credit card companies (with video […]

How To Hack A RFID Card

Boing Boing TV has a great video on how to hack a RFID credit card for a mere $8. I’ve said it more than once that I don’t trust it yet. This is why. You just removed the best security feature on the card (the ability to keep it and it’s information out of view). […]

How To Steal A Credit Card

I said a while back RFID credit cards still have to prove themselves. Today I saw this interesting story on CNet: As part of his presentation Wednesday, Laurie asked for someone from the audience to volunteer a smart card. Without taking the card out of the volunteer’s wallet, Laurie both read and displayed its contents […]

Bank Security Sucks

Why is it, I can get a security key fob from PayPal for a mere $5, but not from my credit card company or bank? PassMark seems to be the latest craze of banks in an attempt to look more secure. It doesn’t work. Online security still seriously sucks. 96.66% fell for phishing according to […]

Getting A Non-RFID Credit Card

The Chase Freedom credit card isn’t bad (1% cash back, 3% on certain items). There is an unadvertised downside. While Chase doesn’t promote it very well, the card contains a tiny RFID chip. This allows you to pay for something using a contact-less terminal (no swiping). Just put your card near the reader and it […]