-Mythbusters Gagged: Credit Card Companies Kill Episode Exposing RFID Security Flaws

Posted: September 18, 2008 in 2008, Articles, Videos
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The Consumerist:

UPDATE: Mythbusters Host Retracts RFID Censorship Comments

Credit card companies successfully nixed a Mythbusters segment exposing RFID’s security flaws, according to Arbiter of Truth and Mythbusters co-host, Adam Savage.

Despite increasingly widespread use in passports and credit cards, radio-frequency identification is notoriously insecure. Hackers have successfully hijacked RFID-enabled credit cards from almost 70-feet away. Mythbusters had arranged a conference call with Texas Instruments to explore a similarly depressing demonstration.

Texas Instruments comes on along with chief legal counsel for American Express, Visa, Discover, and everybody else… They were way, way outgunned and they absolutely made it really clear to Discovery that they were not going to air this episode talking about how hackable this stuff was, and Discovery backed way down being a large corporation that depends upon the revenue of the advertisers. Now it’s on Discovery’s radar and they won’t let us go near it.

SEE ALSO: ‘Identity Theft-Proof’ Wallet Blocks RFID, Goes In Front Pocket

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Comments
  1. feesch says:

    Hi! A fellow blogger who also sees the potential and risks assosciated with this kind of tracking. Nice to know we’re not alone. You may be interested in my blog, look at RFID categories.

    Here’s a couple of artcles:
    http://deandonaldson.wordpress.com/2007/11/22/no-verichip-inside/

    or
    http://deandonaldson.wordpress.com/2008/03/23/the-last-enemy-%e2%80%93-living-in-the-uk/

    just to folow this one through to its logical conclusion.

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