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US Department of Defense orders RFID shields

US Department of Defense orders RFID shields

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.

Original source: http://www.secureidnews.com/2010/11/29/defense-department-order-rf-shields-from-national-laminating

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.)