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People-chipping tech cloned by hackers

 
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People-chipping tech cloned by hackers
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People-chipping tech cloned by hackers
Cyberfunk
By John Leyden
Published Tuesday 25th July 2006 20:29 GMT
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Hackers demonstrated how to clone a copy of an human-implanted RFID chip at a hacking conference this week. The demonstration goes against claims from people-chipping firm VeriChip that its technology, the subject of the experiment, can uniquely identify an individual.

By cloning a chip it would be possible to assume someone's identity, at least in situations where VeriChip devices are used as the sole means of identification.

The main difficulty against such an attack is that a VeriChip can only be read at a range of less than 30cm.

(Hackers on Planet Earth) conference in New York, Jonathan Westhues demonstrated how it was possible to read the ID number of a VeriChip implanted into the arm of his colleague, Annalee Newitz, using a standard RFID reader, an antenna, and a laptop running signal-processing software.

Westhues first held the RFID reader against Newitz's arm. He then scanned the tiny device again using an antenna connected to his laptop in order to record the signal transmitted by the implanted device. Westhues then waved the RFID reader by the antenna, revealing Newitz’s until then "unique" ID. This information is enough to produce a cloned chip, the hackers claim.

"Their [VeriChip's] website claims that it cannot be counterfeited — that is something that Jonathan and I have shown to be untrue," Newitz said, adding that the tiny RFID chip used by VeriChip contains no built-in security (such as a challenge response mechanism) that prevents the attack.
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Re: People-chipping tech cloned by hackers
FISSION MAILED MOTHER FUCKER!
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RFID security is next to zero... That doesn't really concern them at this point; it would be too costly.

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[link to rfidanalysis.org]
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Re: People-chipping tech cloned by hackers
bump
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07/26/2006 02:41 AM
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And don't forgot your Real ID in May 2008 will be using RFID technology making identity theft even easier!

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And don't forgot your Real ID in May 2008 will be using RFID technology making identity theft even easier!
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I am going to use that, an incredible way of looking at it.
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