It’s coming. RFID (radio frequency identification) is being unleashed on the public now. Nearly every chain-store I’ve been in now has the RFID readers (sometimes called “Paypass” or ”Tap-n-Go”). It’s supposed to make things easier or more convenient. And it will. But mostly for politicians, bureaucrats and other criminals.
Just this summer US Federal Agents were surprised (duh) when they attended a hacker conference and discovered that RFIDs had been hacked at the conference. Their primary concern was that some of the hackees might have been them.
These powerful microchips are so handy, so convenient, why on earth would you try to turn back the clock and avoid them? And they’re safe, too—they’ve been implanted in animals for decades, and implanted in humans for years.
They say it’s secure. They say it’s safe. The path is clear: RFID is used for identification, commerce, and a host of other things. And it’s totally hackable.