There are two main types of RFID microchip: The passive and active systems.
Passive RFID tags do not have a transmitter; they simply reflect back energy (radio waves) coming from the reader antenna. Just like what you see the vet do when he wants to read the information stored on your pets embedded chip.
Active tags have their own transmitter and a power source, usually—but not always—a battery (active tags could draw energy from the sun or other sources). They broadcast a signal to transmit the information stored on the microchip.
Suspect Nation, Complete Surveillance RFID
(Explains some alarming abuses of Micro chipped technologies)
What Abuse by Hackers Can Lead to – In brief
- Medical devices malfunctioning – Can cause death.
- Bank cards being skimmed and monies stolen.
- Identity theft – Information on passports. Driver licenses and most other ID cards can be skimmed and downloaded onto a strangers card. They can then act as you with transactions etc. (This also applies to individuals that have microchip implants embedded in their body).
- Any item we carry with a Microchip inserted can give the hacker the ability to track our every move.
- Any object inserted with a microchip can malfunction – Eg: Various advancing technologies that operate on/off etc via microchip communication.
Various News Reportings
Angry Birds and ‘Leaky’ Phone apps Targeted by NSA and GCHQ for User Data
28 January 2014 – The Guardian
The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users’ private information across the internet, according to top secret documents. More
Kiwi ATM Hacker Dies at 35
A prominent New Zealand hacker who discovered a way to have ATM machines spit out cash and was set to deliver a talk about hacking pacemakers and other wireless implantable medical devices has died in San Francisco. The headline of his talk was, “IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICES: HACKING HUMANS“.
Jack died on Thursday (local time), although the cause of death is still under investigation, San Francisco Deputy Coroner Kris Barbrich said… More here
He died before he could give his speech above at the Black Hat Security Conference 2013
As Government Tags Passports, Licenses, Critics Fear Privacy is ‘Chipped’ away
Article about microchip skimming – A man who purchased a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he’d bought on eBay for $190, then cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective…
To read the identity cards (with RFID inside) of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car. He succeeded in doing this within 20 minutes and then downloaded this information to his laptop. Result – the RFID, coupled with other technologies, could make people trackable without their knowledge or consent View article here
Wi-fi and RFID used for Tracking
The combination of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and wi-fi allows real-time tracking of objects or people inside a wireless network. “There needs to be standards put in place so the data is not abused for other purposes” Marcus Birkl, head of wireless at Siemens.
NOTE: We still don’t see protections put in place for these wireless technologies – Instead the abuses are often kept hidden from the public arena. Many cases are ignored while the communications industry continues to make millions! View article here
Basics of RFID Technology
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