German privacy hackers develop RFID zapper
A GROUP of German privacy hackers have come up with a portable device that can wipe a passive RFID-Tag permanently.
While it is known that RFID tags could be wiped, it usually took some fairly cumbersome microwave gear to get the job done, and the result could damage whatever the tag was installed on.
But, according to the groups website here, two developers have managed to make a functioning prototype and produce plans that everyone can use to build their own RFID-Zapper.
The site says that RFID-Tags are likely to further threaten and compromise the privacy of consumers.
Currently it is possible to send an RFID-Tag to sleep, but the privacy group feels that this is bad because it can be can be reactivated without your knowledge.
"To defend yourself against such measures, you might want a small, simple and relatively appealing gadget to permanently deactivate RFID-Tags around you to deactivate RFID-Tags in recently bought clothes without damaging them," they say.
The RFID-Zapper generates a strong electromagnetic field with a coil, which should be placed as near to the target RFID-Tag as possible. A strong shock of energy disables the Tag.
The developers say the device can be installed
into a €7 camera. We assume it might also be jolly useful for shoplifters.
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