The RFID chips
that are to be placed into ID cards and ePassports could make you a carrier
that would change, alter, destroy or immobilise RFID readers and the databases
almost ubiquitous, use of RFID technology creates a platform for malware.
Research first presented in March 2006 shows how vulnerabilities in RFID
technology might be used to spread viruses, worms, and spyware. Dutch
researchers showed how RFID tags could be virally infected
through SQL injection attacks, exploiting links between an RFID tag and a
RFID chips, which
began life as a replacement for bar codes in retailing and warehousing, are now
being integrated into some identification documents, such as passports, and in
emerging technologies like contactless credit cards. In January, SoMark
Innovations announced the development of bio-compatible chipless RFID ink, making RFID “tattoos” and synthetic
government plans to test RFID-embedded license plates, developed by Hills
Numberplates. Such e-plates might be read by any strategically placed reader
along a road at speeds of up to 300km/h and up to 100 metres away.
include speed traps, detecting stolen vehicles, and traffic management. Network
security firm McAfee reckons that the technology also lends itself to its use
as a surveillance tool by governments for criminal exploitation.
The article in The
Register also shows how mobile phones can be exploited to become passive
microphones to listen to everything that is going on around you and to your
More on all these
threats to e-commerce can be found in McAfee's report here.
Say NO to ID Cards, Say NO to
the Database State
– Destroying Britain from the inside out.