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Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he'd bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective: To read the identity cards of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car.
It took him 20 minutes to strike hacker's gold.
Zipping past Fisherman's Wharf, his scanner detected, then downloaded to his laptop, the unique serial numbers of two pedestrians' electronic U.S. passport cards embedded with radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags. Within an hour, he'd "skimmed" the identifiers of fou
But with advances in tracking technologies coming at an ever-faster rate, critics say, it won't be long before governments could be able to identify and track anyone in real time, 24-7, from a cafe in Paris to the shores of California.
The key to getting such a system to work, these opponents say, is making sure everyone carries an RFID tag linked to a biometric data file.
I have one in my passport and the next time i travel, i will smash it discretely so it's not obvious or put it next to a massive magnet and say it was left next to a speaker.....what they going to do?
Originally posted by maria_stardust
reply to post by PrisonerOfSociety
You could do that, although I would advise against it as it is illegal. However, that is an extremely short-term solution to what will undoubtedly be a long-term situation.
The reality is that we are already firmly on the road to RFID and biometrics cataloging our movements, spending habits, current location, etc. We may not be entirely entrenched at the moment, and it will probably take years for the system to fully be in place, but we're headed there.
Originally posted by skeetontheconspiracy
Everyone speaks of the RFID like its a bad thing. think about this, criminals will no longer be able to hide. Rapists, murderers, robbers, thieves will be easier to track down without the thousands of man hours from law enforcement individuals.
You will be able to start your car just by getting in it.
This is is the wave of the future. You should accept this kind of technology with open arms.
Just needs better encryption to prevent hackers from stealing identities
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Trespassers will be noticed sooner and easier.