金曜日, 1月 13, 2006

What is RFID

In the DM review, a magazine for IT, and buisiness profesionals focusing on intelligence and data warehousing an article apeared (last may actually) Bringing to light many of the questions a company might ask about RFID, when I read it I kept thinking of Bruce Schniers article about .gov wanting to put RFID on passports and the security risks involved.

What does the future look like when massive data is collected on everything about our lives and parsed by google--obviously a subject Sci Fi, futurests and columnists have done much writing on.

In the first part of the article there was an attempt to define RFID "Radio frequency identification is a technology used to identify assets- ( I'll interject my 'between-the-lines' view in red) for buisiness and hackers alike. -for persons or objects, and some of their characteristics (such as identity theft, condition and location) in order to optimize inventory effectiveness, improve security, support compliance or enhance customer experience. or basically to invade privacy, further comprimise security, and further obfuscate criminal whereabouts.

Proven Applications: ocean container tracking and security -I hesitate when 'proven' and 'security' are in the same breath- tracking and managing valuable assets -definately a good way to track your online purchase as it winds through the deplorable US postal service- such as rail cars automated toll collection and processing and 'lights out' consumer transaction processing..."

Hey, I'm all for it, just some food for thought and the shape of things to come. I believe I put a link to the blog I mentioned further down.

Oh, and should you think that this is more 'conspiracy theory', Walmart, Target, Tesco, Metro AG, and the US DoD mandate RFID compliance among their suppliers. Yes the ball is all ready in motion.

How long before Symantec is selling anti RFID hacking wallets to keep people from reading your RFID enabled credit cards, passports, drivers licences? Security always gets worse! exploits always get better.

Now fast forward 10 years, imagine the 0day exploits against individuals, as well as the big boys, like--wow, I was walking in the mall and got idjacked by RFIDrivers.


for all the naysayers out there, I present you with some quotes from the old days--

"Computers in the future may wiegh no more than 1 and a half tons" --Popular mechanics 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers" --Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM in 1943

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in there home" pres, chair., and founder of Digital Equiptment Corporation, 1977

So watch what you say is impossible!

1 Comments:

Blogger Mad Russian the Natural Philospher said...

Stuart,

I like the opening metaphor. My blog URL is as follows: http://feudaltechnocrat.blogspot.com

Jim.

10:25 午前  

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