October 23, 2006

Why Would Anyone Want To Read Your Credit Card’s RFID? [10:20 am]

Sometimes, you just have to wonder if anyone’s paying attention: Researchers See Privacy Pitfalls in No-Swipe Credit Cards

Companies that make and issue the cards argue that what looks shocking in the lab could not lead to widespread abuse in the real world, and that additional data protection and antifraud measures in the payment system protect consumers from end to end.

“This is an interesting technical exercise,” said Brian Triplett, senior vice president for emerging-product development for Visa, “but as a real threat to a consumer — that threat really doesn’t exist.”

Yet …

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