Selling Your Soul to the Devil: RFID and You

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.

It’s not only wackos setting up opposition to RFID. There are more and more groups opposed to the RFID.

With such respected voices from IT, security, and freedom-oriented groups condemning RFID technology, I suspect I won’t even be carrying mine around.

One thought on “Selling Your Soul to the Devil: RFID and You”

  1. Why *wouldn’t* you want to trust our humanitarian governments by taking electronic implants into your body? At worst, it’s only an MS Dos equivalent of The Mark of the Beast. Discounting Project Paperclip where the U.S. gave amnesty to Nazis in exchange for technological goodies, the powers that be really have our best interests in mind and probably only want to make things more streamlined.

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