Monday, January 09, 2006

RFID (sniff, sniff)

Mastercard has a new commercial out touting their new PayPass™ technology. It's an RFID key fob that you swipe at the counter:

Texas Instruments today announced plans to deliver ISO/IEC 14443 compliant radio frequency identification (RFID) chips designed to meet the stringent security requirements for MasterCard International's PayPass™ line of RFID payment cards and tokens. TI expects to submit this product for MasterCard certification in the second quarter of 2005. Full production is planned to start in the second half of this year.


Stalky pointed out why it might not be a Good Thing™:

The Texas Instruments DST tag is a cryptographically enabled RFID transponder used in several wide-scale systems including vehicle immobilizers and the ExxonMobil SpeedPass system. This page serves as an overview of our successful attacks on DST enabled systems.

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