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Chipping away at security

Chipping away at security

The same technological advances that are making personal computers smaller and phones more energy-efficient are turning gadgets that use radio frequency identification, or RFID, into appealing targets for hackers.

…. “It’s a bit of an arms race,” said Kevin Fu, who is investigating RFID attacks and countermeasures at the RFID Consortium for Security and Privacy, or CUSP, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. “The adversary doesn’t get any dumber.”

So far, however, the “enemy” appears to consist largely of Fu, and cryptography specialists such as Ari Juels, director of RSA Laboratories in Bedford, who has developed ways to hack into RFID payment devices such as MasterCard’s PayPass.

Source – The Boston Globe

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