Sure, "the bad guys" could
use this information to disable RFID and maybe steal stuff, but to me,
the real threat is the WalMarts and GAPs of the world who'd like it just
fine if they could track your jeans (hey, Ed) everywhere you go. Never
let your guard down about this stuff, folks: you have a right to
privacy, but only if you take steps to protect it.
By the way, if you're too lazy to rip
up a seven-dollar disposable camera or are worried you'll burn yourself
on the soldering iron, you will eventually be able to buy
a commercial device that detects
and kills RFIDs. However, this particular site looks like vaporware,
since it's been up for a couple of years and still has nothing you can
buy down at Radio Shack. The German privacy group foebud.org
(site is in German) is apparently planning to make a commercial version
of the CCC design.
I mentioned to Ed that if he puts his
jeans in the microwave for six seconds, the RFID will pop like a little
technological maggot. And despite the worry-wartism at CCC, six seconds
in a typical microwave oven isn't enough to set anything on fire. The
emitter doesn't even energize for three of those six seconds! And
three seconds isn't enough to set your pants on fire.
By the way, I use that knowledge to
spare people the agony of AOL. I've been known to stop into the local
Target, pick up a couple of "free" AOL CDs, take them home, set
the microwave on four seconds, and in that one second when the CD is hit
by 1000 watts of microwave goodness, the surface turns to a beautiful craquelin
finish like the finest porcelains, and the shrinkwrap is not spoiled. I
then take them back to the Target, stick them back in the pile randomly
and grab two new ones off the top.
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1. Tim Latta02/23/2006 03:04:25 PM
DANG IT, TURTLE! Now I know why I can't get AOL installed....