Thursday, February 24, 2011

Expert: Credit Cards Transmitting Info To Thieves, RFID Be Warned.

Credit cardsImage via WikipediaFor several years now I have been trying to help warn people about RFID chips not only in Credit Cards but the use of them in ID cards and what is now chipping people under the skin for Obamas New Heathcare.
To see that so many still are not paying much attention to this I will include a couple of links here to keep you up to date. Though I have been posting these since 2008. I'm amazed on how many still seem to not know a thing about it. Be sure to check out some of my previous posts on this subject. Be sure to watch all the Videos as well.

See more here.
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Be sure to see all the links above along with each video. 
Now for the news just in the past couple of days.
Click the link above to see the Video.
As credit cards become more high-tech, so too are the thieves trying to steal the information they contain.With the help of a radio frequency reader, FOX5 hit the Las Vegas Strip to find out how easy it was to steal information from unsuspecting tourists.
People on the Strip expressed surprise as their credit card number and expiration date was read back to them -- even though their cards had never left their wallets."I'm shocked, I don't like that," said Janet Kunz. "I don't like that all. I think the credit card companies should do something to protect us."Hundreds of millions of credit and debit cards are embedded with a radio frequency identification chip -- or RFID -- that the credit card industry says makes it easier for consumers to use their cards.The tiny chip inside the card communicates the account information to a merchant via a wireless reader.But only MasterCard -- one of the several credit card companies FOX5 reached out to -- responded, saying,
RFID cards "are as secure as paying with traditional MasterCard cards. Many consumers tell us they feel more secure with PayPass because they never have to turn the card over to a cashier and it never leaves their hand."The problem is that the RFID chip is always on, making consumers more susceptible to identity theft, said Walt Augustinowitz, a privacy advocate."You might as well have your card number painted on you because anyone who picks up this (card reader) online … will pick up that same information," he said.Augustinowitz said that thieves are able to buy card reader equipment through online stores, such as eBay."The idea is to get the info to people so they can protect themselves," he said. "If you don't know the door is unlocked, you don't know to lock it."

Is your credit card leaving you vulnerable?

We have a consumer warning about your credit card. It could contain a simple chip that transmits your credit card information.
Typically, you'd have to wave your credit card past a reader to activate the chip, but the readers can be in the hands of the wrong people, leaving your financial information vulnerable. You use them to unlock doors, open gates and even pay for things with just the wave of a hand. The Radio Frequency ID Chip is the technology that turns your card into a key. Most people may not know it, but their credit cards may also have the chip.
Credit cards with a symbol of a chip on them, or if you have a passport issued since 2006, it has a chip. While the RFID can make life simple, some say the chips are playing a big role in electronic pick-pocketing. "One particular credit card which ended up the very next weekend having a thousand-plus dollars in fraudulent charges which I absolutely did not make," RFID victim Emily Williams said.
Williams is not certain the RFID chip in her credit card gave away her information, but the more she found out about RFID chips and the readers that can be bought online, the more she suspected technology.

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