Today @ PC World – Black Hat, Lynn Settle with Cisco, ISS — Without comment.

Security researcher Kevin Mahaffey makes a final adjustment to a series of radio antennas; Mahaffey used the directional antennas in a demonstration during his presentation, “Long Range RFID and its Security Implications.” Mahaffey and two of his colleagues demonstrated how he could increase the “read range” of radio frequency identification (RF) tags from the typical four to six inches to approximately 50 feet. Mahaffey said the tags could be read at a longer distance, but he wanted to perform the demonstration in the room where he gave the presentation, and that was the greatest distance within the room that he could demonstrate. RFID tags such as the one Mahaffey tested will begin to appear in U.S. passports later this year or next year.

  1. Ethan Bearman says:

    This is reminiscent of the article where the scientists were ‘surprised’ they created the superweed. When are people going to wake up?!?

  2. RFID has it place but not for anything that contains sensitive information like a passport.


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