RFID “Electronic Pickpocketing”

Interesting story on “electronic pickpocketing” or “skimming” as it’s sometimes called:


One solution would be if credit card designers used an approach that required the user to enable the tag like this “secure touch” technology demo video shows.

Here we see that unless touched in a certain spot, the card is unreadable. In this demo it is being read at quite a distance once activated but it’s technically an easy approach to limit the range when activated to avoid ‘snooping’.

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