Listen up class

Important information being given here.

There will be a test.

Using a $250 Motorola RFID reader and antenna connected to his laptop, Chris recently drove around San Francisco reading RFID tags from passports, driver licenses, and other identity documents. In just 20 minutes, he found and cloned the passports of two very unaware US citizens. Fortunately, Chris wears a white hat; his video demonstration is meant to raise awareness to what he calls the unsuitability of RFID for tagging people. Specifically, he’s hoping to help get the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative — a homeland security project — scrapped.

Go watch the video.

Then, go tell every asshole you know who is in support of RFID tags to duck. When they ask why, punch them in the face.

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7 Responses to Listen up class

  1. Chris Byrne says:

    Dont forget to include the link to the RFID blocking wallets and passport wallets.

  2. Jim says:

    No single technology is the answer.

    RFID is fine as long as it is backed up by something like an eight digit PIN code or biometric key. Unfortunately all that would create is an even more massive government to handle the data.

    It is not a problem that other people know who you are, it is a problem when other people know enough about you to steal your identity.

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  4. knot says:

    Thanks for the information.

    The problem with this is that the government really isn’t concerned about whether they make it easy to steal your identity. If the government or credit providers were exceedingly concerned with identity theft they would have fixed the problem long ago.

    Ever tried reporting someone counterfeiting your checks to the local police? How about identity theft? They really aren’t concerned. There are plenty of non-violent crimes our police will fight aggressively from the grassroots officers to the federal level. Identity theft isn’t one of them.

    If we judge our law enforcement and government by deeds rather than words, logic suggests that they really don’t see identity theft as a problem.

  5. I think Knot may have it right.

    On another topic, what are those softly glowing green numbers in the upper right hand corner of each comment? ID numbers? Are you trying to keep track of us?

  6. CGHill says:

    Comment IDs from this WordPress database. (This is post #7088.)

  7. Phil says:

    Well, Mr. Pergiel, I have to keep track of you all somehow.

    Just how do you expect me to keep track of first time commentors so that I can give them their free pressed ham for stopping by without such a system?

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