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Mar 16 2006

RFID Viruses

Researchers at the Amsterdam’s Free University created a radio frequency identity (RFID) chip infected with a virus to prove that RFID systems are vulnerable despite the extremely low memory capacity on the cheap chips.

The problem is that an infected RFID tag, which is read wirelessly when it passes through a scanning gate, can upset the database that processes the information on the chip, says the study by Melanie Rieback, Bruno Crispo and Andrew Tanenbaum.

They are going to adding RFID tags to US Passports, which contain all of our personal private information, and these RFID tags have the chance at being infected with viruses that can publish the so called “private” information to the web or to someone.

I am all about technology, but there are somethings that we should think more about. We will see how this turns out.

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Timothy Haroutunian

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