Posts Tagged ‘Identity theft’

Today the BBC broke news of a staggering development in the world of smart phone / contactless technology.  In short, unscrupulous hackers and the criminal fraternity have managed to exploit a weakness in the means by which Apple’s i-Phone, Blackberry, and Android handsets connect with wi-fi or ‘open networks’.  The end result is that these particular devices may broadcast personal data, often in the course of normal social media interactions using i.e. Facebook and Twitter, which can be viewed by a third parties.  Scary stuff indeed!  This is what a BBC spokesperson had to say on the issue:

“The main lesson must be how insecure you can be if you sit in a public place and go online using an open network. I’d heard about Firesheep, a tool demonstrated recently as a warning of the dangers of open networks and unencrypted cookies. But sitting and watching as your entire life – or rather your social-networking life – is laid bare is very sobering.”

Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Correspondent

Read the full article at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/rorycellanjones/2010/11/iphone_cracking_wifi.html

First published at BBC Online: 08:40 UK time, Tuesday, 23 November 2010

UPDATE:  (November 07, 2011) BBC News reports that malware attacks on UK andriod APPs, and smartphone fraud in general is up a staggering 800% since this time last year!!!!  The shape of things to come – who knows, perhaps?

http://www.skipassdefender.co.ukAs you travel to a resort which incorporates RFID in their lift passes, you may not know what information is stored on the RFID chip in your pass or how it is encrypted, nor what type of back office safety systems the resort has in place.

Already there are many instances of ski-passes (using contactless technology) being hacked, cloned and decrypted.  Aspen Ski Company integrated RFID technology into ski season passes in 2008-09.  Industry insiders have suggested that their RFID program will soon extend its reach so that ski passes can be used as credit / debit cards (i.e. store cards)  in any of its retail shops and restaurants.  The expanded use of RFID technologies, will no doubt assist Aspen Ski Company to profile its customers.

But what’s the option for those of us who want to ski the slopes, but not have our every movement – or transaction – tracked, hacked or profiled?

Companies like ID Stronghold in the States – the main supplier / wholesaler for SkiPass Defender – are well worth a visit.  Here in the UK, you might consider trying RFID Protect – particularly should you need a swift turnaround, excellent sales support and aftercare.

RFID Protect can supply 13.56MHz RFID enabled ID card / ski-pass holder designed to protect RFID enabled ID and door entry cards from being skimmed.  (To allow the card to be read you simply press the top of the holder to release the spring mechanism, which temporarily moves the card away from its protective shield.)