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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 08:58 AM
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NYT: Researchers See Privacy Pitfalls in No-Swipe Credit Cards
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/23/business/23card.html
October 23, 2006

Researchers See Privacy Pitfalls in No-Swipe Credit Cards

By JOHN SCHWARTZ

AMHERST, Mass. They call it the Johnny Carson attack, for his comic pose as a psychic divining the contents of an envelope.

Tom Heydt-Benjamin tapped an envelope against a black plastic box connected to his computer. Within moments, the screen showed a garbled string of characters that included this: fu/kevine, along with some numbers.

Mr. Heydt-Benjamin then ripped open the envelope. Inside was a credit card, fresh from the issuing bank. The card bore the name of Kevin E. Fu, a computer science professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who was standing nearby. The card number and expiration date matched those numbers on the screen.

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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:23 PM
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1. That's the "Karnac attack"! Pretty bleeding obvious you could do this. nt
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:26 PM
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2. Sounds like it would enable somebody to pick your pocket....
...without having to actually pick your pocket.

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high density Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:33 PM
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3. I have an RFID/PayPass Mastercard debit card
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 02:34 PM by high density
It seems pretty much useless as an RFID device. I tried using it once at McDonalds and I had to practically touch it to the receiver. If somebody is cozying up to me that closely I'm going to be aware of it. Beyond that nobody else can give me solid information about the potential range. I don't see any reason for RFID chips in cards, but I'm not particularly scared of them yet, either.
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NOLADEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:46 PM
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4. File this under "D" for 'DUH'
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