Payment cards with radio frequency identification technology (or RFID) have been all the rage in the past few years, but they are becoming increasingly vulnerable to electronic pick pocketing. They are also putting the financial security of millions of people at risk whenever they leave their homes.
As demonstrated in this video, all an aspiring thief needs to start their career in electronic pick pocketing is a laptop, some kind of receiver device (like an iPhone), and some basic software. Then, within a few minutes spent in a crowded area like an airport, literally dozens of credit card numbers and other ‘secure’ financial data can be stolen without raising an eyebrow.
The resulting revelation at how easy this form of electronic pick pocketing can be will definitely result in a forthcoming surge of ‘secure’ countermeasures, but until then, RFID technology’s security has been drawn into serious doubt.