It can now be reasonably argued that November 2010 will mark a significant turning point in the debate surrounding RFID or ‘contactless’ credit, debit, passport and door-access security. For on Wednesday 29 November, 2010 Secure ID News reported the following news,
“…2.5 million radio frequency shielding sleeves (were delivered) to the Department of Defense to protect the contactless Common Access Card (CAC) from data interception. The FIPS 201-approved, shielding sleeves are distributed via RAPIDS ID offices worldwide with the issuance of new CACs.”
Furthermore, the online journal then went on to state,
“…an option to purchase an additional 1,675,000 sleeves was exercised by the Defense Department for final delivery in January 2011. This order will bring the total number of our sleeves 4.2 million. In September, an order for 200,000 rigid, RF shielding, non-metallic badge holders (was also placed).”
Of course, whilst unauthorised data interception from RFID enabled device is not commonplace – this development would strongly suggest that the potential threat of ‘skimming’ is real and growing by the day.