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Demo: Cloning a Verichip
In Brief: Verichip markets their product for access control. This means that you could have a chip implanted, and then your front door would unlock when your shoulder got close to the reader. Let us imagine that you did this; then, I could sit next to you on the subway, and read your chip's ID. This takes less than a second. At this point I can break in to your house, by replaying that ID. So now you have to change your ID; but as far as I know, you cannot do this without surgery.
RFID Chips: Hacking Demo Shows Threat to Databases
Privacy and civil liberties advocates have long been opposed to the use of RFID technology on consumer items and government documents because it can be used to track people without their knowledge or consent. But now security researchers are warning RFID systems are vulnerable to viruses that could wreak havoc on databases around the world and potentially facilitate a terrorist attack.
Melanie Rieback, a Ph.D.student at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam,gave a live demonstration of how a hacker could deploy a single rogue RFID tag and infect associated databases at the Fourth Annual IEEE Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications held in Pisa, Italy, March 15........
....Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) is a controversial technology that uses tiny microchips to track items from a distance. These RFID microchips have earned the nickname "spychips" because each contains a unique identification number, like a Social Security number for things, that can be read silently and invisibly by radio waves. Security experts have theorized that RFID would be targeted by hackers, but until now, most considered the limited memory on the tags insufficient to deliver such attacks.........
......This damage could start with one attacker writing malicious code onto
his cat's microchip and exposing it to the vet's system, she claims. But that's just the start. Her university's press release about the
discovery points out how such malicious code could infect retail
databases and even RFID-based airport baggage systems, leading to more
serious consequences, like a terrorist debilitating a baggage database
in order to slip in a lethal suitcase:
"A malicious individual could put an infected RFID tag on his suitcase
(or someone else's suitcase). The bag will be scanned when approaching a Y-junction, to determine which direction it should go. However the mere act of scanning could infect the airport's baggage database, and as a result, all bags checked in after could receive infected baggage labels.
As these bags move to other airports, they would be rescanned -- and
within 24 hours, hundreds of airports could be infected worldwide. A
smuggler or terrorist using this technique could hide baggage from
airline and government officials.".........
......"We've long contended that RFID will put all of us at risk," says
McIntyre. "This is a wake-up call to RFID proponents who are recklessly rushing the technology into the marketplace before the serious societal consequences of tracking everyday objects and people with this technology can be fully explored."