When your bank tells you that a new ‘contactless’ payment card is 100% secure, perhaps you’ll keep in mind their track record for ‘security’. And whilst we’ve been actively assisting in the fight to tackle the ‘e-pickpocket’ for many years now, it’s an issue that only today reached mainstream awareness – via a Channel 4 news item.
“All I did was tap my phone over your wallet and using the wireless reader on the phone I was able to lift out the details from your card, that includes the long card number, the expiry date and your name.” Thomas Cannon, ViaForensics
There’s probably nothing to worry about in the longer-term. But right now (and certainly to be on the safe side) why not avoid potential mayhem and consider a low-cost ‘anti-skim’ sleeve for that new ‘contactless’ credit or debit card; such as those that can be purchased from RFID Protect.
Benjamin Cohen, who is Channel 4 News’ Technology Correspondent sheds more light on the matter here at Channel 4 News