Archive for category RFID Skimming
Leading defence contractor BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines recently experienced a frustrating issue whereby certain workers reported their ‘contactless’ ID smart cards had stopped functioning after being in the proximity of TIG welding operations; resulting in denied access to various sectors of a secure facility in England.
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TIG welding – bad news for contactless door entry systems? (PDF 39KB)
Everyone’s favourite daytime TV show This Morning featured a selection of our products during a slot about credit card fraud and the fast-growing issue of ‘e-pickpocketing‘. During a five-minute feature, presenter Phillip Schofield showcased RFID Protect’s latest Leather Multi-card Holder, which has been designed in collaboration with crime-reduction officers at Victoria Police, Australia and is new to the UK.
Mr Schofield was visibly shocked at the ease by which information can be ‘skimmed’ from a contactless credit or debit card; during a demonstration given by Thomas Cannon (Director of Research and Development) at American company ViaForensics.
First shown on Thursday 10th May, 2012 the programme can be viewed again for a limited period, at http://www.itv.com/thismorning/ and a direct link to their Crime File discussion area for this particular issue can be found at: http://www.itv.com/thismorning/life/crime-file-120510/
A spokesman for RFID Protect said,
“…we’re absolutely thrilled that ITV came to us for guidance on the whole issue of ‘e-pickpocketing’, and what members of the public can do to better protect their contactless bank cards. Working with the team on This Morning has been a great pleasure; it’s great to receive so much positive feedback about our work and products.”
TWENTY million Brits are at risk of having their bank details stolen by electronic pickpockets, a Sun investigation has revealed!
Journalist Nick Francis of The Sun newspaper has spearheaded a major investigation into the potential for contactless crime, taking the work of RFID Protect to a national audience. In an interview with RFID Protect spokesman David Maxwell The Sun revealed:
“…David is a former cop and director of RFID Protect, a firm specialising in products which combat RFID fraud. It has been a big problem in America for a while and now it is getting to be a problem over here. It is a difficult thing to put statistics on because it’s hard to tell how your card details were skimmed.”
“If you ring your bank they will point out there are many ways to lose your card ID, which is true, and by the time you find out you’ve been skimmed it is too late to work out how.
“But the technology is out there and in the wrong hands.”
Source: The Sun (News International)
Date: Sunday 29 April 2012
Original author: Nick Francis
You can read the full story at this link: “Robbed by Radiowave” The Sun Newspaper (News International)
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
In these short videos you will see examples of so called ‘RFID skimming’.
The Electronic Pickpocket – RFID ‘skimming’ on Channel 3 News (4 mins 26 sec)
How RFID works (2 mins 31 sec)
Skimming – the new ‘rip off’ (2 mins 31 sec)
Wireless identity theft – an RFID ‘skimming’ demonstration (1 min 06 sec)
Cloning RFID tags in Sacramento (2 mins 05 sec)