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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.”
In early November 2011, BBC News services reported that malware attacks on UK Android Apps, and smartphone fraud in general, had risen by a staggering 800% since this time last year!!!!
Meanwhile, RFID Protect is developing a solution for smartphone users wary of this technology. It comes in the shape of a simple flexibly designed App that will be launched late 2012, and made available to download from www.rfidprotect.co.uk
So before too long, iPhone and Android users will have the option to disable their NFC (Near Field Communication) feature and as our motto goes “MAKE YOURSELF INVISIBLE’ to would be phone hackers, e-pickpockets and e-payment skimmers.
We’re exploring the scope for a timer function too – so users get to determine the amount of time their smartphone can be accessed by third parties.