RFID can spread viruses, worms and spyware

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
behind them. 

The growing,
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
vulnerable database. 

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
biometrics possible.

The British
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.

Applications
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
conversations.

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

 

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from the inside out.

 

 

 

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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