RFID Encryption Broken

By Dave

I have always been worried about security and even more so as we place small radio transmitter chips on a variety of items. RFID tags, continue to be added at an increasing rate to the variety of shipments traveling the world, but it is quickly filtering down to the more common place world that we know and love. The Netherlands are using RFID tagged cards as part of their national payment system, and over one billion cards based on the Milfare Classic RFID chip are now at risk.

Two different teams have managed to crack the encryption on the chips, making it possible for hackers to make perfect clones of the cards, and creating a huge security issue.

The real question is how RFID tags will remain secure over the course of time as computers get better at helping crackers break encryption, will our data ever be safe in the hands of a radio frequency tag?

Source: Engadget

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