The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) broke the news today that certain Marks and Spencer (M&S) customers are experiencing issues with the use of contactless payment cards at stores in the UK.
BBC reporter Bob Howard (Radio 4′s ‘Money Box’ programme) appears to have been approached by a number of M&S customers who claim that payments have been taken from their RFID enabled / contactless cards, whilst still in their wallets but nonetheless in proximity to ‘point-of-sale’ terminals.
Read the full story at: rfidprotect.wordpress.com
On Friday 23 March 2012, Channel 4 News successfully demonstrated that with a new (and widely available) mobile phone application (App) it was possible to convert a standard smart phone into an effective credit card skimmer.
Following the demonstration, Channel 4 News was able to purchase goods over the internet using only the information gained via this unauthorised ‘skimming’ technique.
Disturbing? You bet!!!
The video can be viewed in full here
We’ve had Panic Rooms and Safe Rooms, but have you every heard of Quiet Rooms?
Taken from RFID Protect’s promotional brochure of the same name, here’s a brief extract that explains why Quiet Rooms are now being installed by wealthy individuals concerned about their privacy, the effects of nearby high voltage powerlines or passive signals from mobile phone base stations.
Quiet Rooms are just that – secure areas within your office or home where signals from mobile phone or electronic surveillance devices cannot penetrate.
Built into the actual fabric of the building (normally at the construction stage), we offer low-impact solutions for those that really value their privacy.
Outstanding performance with minimum intrusion our Quiet Rooms are a synthesis of functionality, cutting-edge technology and design excellence.
Download the Quiet Rooms promotional brochure (PDF 1.2MB)
This video shows how we can beat the e-pickpockets!!!
There are certainly other RFID shielding passport holders in the World, although this is arguably one of the finest examples available today at an affordable price.
Our leather passport holder is designed to keep your passport secure from unauthorised skimming whilst securely held inside the holder’s compartment. To allow authorised scanning simply remove your passport as you would from any other passport holder, but with the added security advantage that whilst inside the holder a protective shield prevents unauthorised attempts to scan your data.
Or see this product tested at our YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/oRkPoZizAHY
In early November 2011, BBC News services reported that malware attacks on UK Andriod Apps, and smartphone fraud in general had risen by a staggering 800% since this time last year!!!! Today we learn from The Telegraph newspaper that,
“…the majority of Britons are scared of ‘wave and pay’, [and with] only a small minority of people keen to use their mobiles like wallets. [Many] fear that ‘wave and pay’ apps will lead to greater security breaches”.
Emma Barnett, Digital Media Editor for the Telegraph elaborated stating,
“…[the] Intersperience study, which polled 1,000 people as part of a larger project entitled ‘Digital Selves’, found that phone hacking fears are dominating consumers’ security concerns when thinking about adopting new mobile wallet payment systems.”
A spokesperson for Paypal recently intimated that mass adoption of contactless payments for products using mobile phones, or smart credit cards is at least three years away. This is perhaps not surprising given that very few UK retailers offer this type of payment option to their customers.
Meanwhile, UK company RFID Protect has announced its intentions to offer a solution for smartphone users wary of this technology. It comes in the shape of a simple App that will be launched mid 2012, and available to download from www.rfidprotect.co.uk
So before too long, iPhone and Android users will have the option to disable their NFC (Near Field Communication) feature and in the words of a RFID Protect spokesperson, “MAKE YOURSELF INVISIBLE’ to would be phone hackers, e-pickpockets and e-payment skimmers. Apparently, there’s a timer function too – so users get to determine the amount of time their phone can be read by third parties.
Travelling overseas at Xmas? Give your new ‘contactless’ biometric e-passport its own anti-skim ‘firewall’.
What are you waiting for…
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David Beckham – victim of RFID hacking and car jacking!
It’s the stuff of movies. A criminal gang that sets out to steal hundreds of cars, each in under 60 seconds, using the latest in high-tech gadgets to facilitate their heist. But for David Beckham, Hollywood fiction became a reality when in April 2006 criminals used a simple laptop and RFID scanner to crack the electronic door locks of his BMW X5. Once the locks were cracked they then fired up the ignition and drove away – gone in just 15 minutes!
So how was this possible? After all the RFID industry has gone to considerable lengths to reassure us that ‘contactless’ chips and ‘smart keys’ are 100% secure, and not vulnerable to ‘skimming’.
Over the past 24 months, RFID Protect has been making new friends across Twitter, and in the process of doing so hopefully spreading useful information about how ‘contactless’ technology is being introduced and already changing lives.
We are thrilled to announce that we now have over 200 followers.
If you would like access to the very latest development in the Near Field Communications (NFC) sector why not follow us on Twitter too, click here.
A UK government-backed report that explores certain security flaws in RFID / contactless technology. Well worth a read is this…