The hands-free way to steal a credit card

FEB 22, 2008 WASHINGTON D.C. (C|NET)–Adam Laurie, an RFID security expert, used the Black Hat DC 2008 conference here, to demonstrate a new Python script he’s working on to read the contents of smart-chip-enabled credit cards. As part of his presentation Wednesday, Laurie asked for someone from the audience to volunteer a smart card. Without taking the card out of the volunteer’s wallet, Laurie both read and displayed its contents on the presentation screen–the person’s name, account number, and expiration clearly visible. /SNIP/ The same is true for embedded RFID chips in the human body, work access badges, some public transit cards, and even the new passports in use in more than 45 countries. Full Report