Are you RFID secure? By 2012 it is estimated that over 29 million British citizens will carry some form of RFID enabled device. All UK passports issued since 2006 store bio-metric information about the holder. Likewise, ‘contactless’ credit cards are also being issued with embedded RFID chips. We are concerned that RFID information theft may be the next major crime wave to hit the UK.
Security risks have already been identified with this relatively new technology, and it has been alleged that many cards (even your new bio-metric passport) could be read quite easily using portable equipment. (RFID data has been ‘skimmed’ from distances between 50 to 69 feet using suitable equipment.) As this technology develops, criminals will become even more motivated to steal your personal details – and if they do, then you won’t feel a thing! It is claimed elsewhere that the RFID encryption on UK passport chips was broken in less than 48 hours after their launch in 2006, and also that passport data has been ‘skimmed’ whilst in the postal system.
Scanners used to read RFID information can be easily purchased by anyone, from ‘online’ stores for less than £200. With a scanner, and the appropriate software in place, anyone has the potential to read information from your RFID enabled device. With our range of ‘anti-skim’ products, you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of RFID information theft. Can you afford not too?