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Thursday, January 20, 2011

High-Tech Hijacking

Electronic Pickpocketing

RFID = convenience and invasion of privacy.
Walt Augustinowicz may be scaring you to buy a card protector(Faraday Cage).
Armed with a credit card reader he bought for less than $100 on-line and a netbook computer, WREG On Your Side Investigators put Augustinowicz to the test. The report goes as experts at the Identity Theft Resource Center stated that they've never seen a case of RFID skimming used to steal information. Not all credit cards has RFID chip implemented. (Radio-frequency identification)
RFID is a tracking system that uses intelligent bar codes to track items in a store. RFID chips are very similar to barcodes. RFID tags do not have to be visible to the reading device. They can be scanned through clothes, wallets, and even cars. The distance from which they can be read is also much greater than that of a barcode.


How to block/kill RFID chips
A good quick fix. A layer or two of aluminum foil should do the trick. Just wrap your RFID card in aluminum foil which will retards the signal
Easy way to test this is to take a cellphone, turn it on, wrap it inside something that will prevent its antenna from touching the cage (such as a sock?) then wrap it in aluminum foil, folding over the edges so the package is pretty much airtight. Then call your cell phone number from a landline, if you've done everything correctly the phone will be out of range and will not ring, but the call will go to voicemail.

Or Obtain a RFID Reader. If you pay for the reader you might as well buy a READER/WRITER. MAke sure you get a list of the frequency that the RFID reader/writer operates at. These units are good for creating mis-information because you can write false data to the chip (NOT YOUR PASSPORT!!!!) and carry some false info on the chip(s) in your wallet, so when someone scans you then they will see all the false data. Include in the info "YOU ARE BEING WATCHED!" See more option right below!!

1)Buy a wallet and passport holder that block rfid transmission here

2)RFID-blocker passport cover made by Travelon at

3)EMvelope #93390 at American Science & Surplus catalog - RFID-Blocker Sheet. The description reads as follows:"it is an 8-3/8" x 3-1/2 x .012" thick trim-able electromagnetic sheet (think Farraday cage with floating ground) that blocks RF up to 2.4 GHz. Cut it to size and slip it in your wallet, or whatever, and it protects the data on your credit cards, ID cards, E-Z Pass, or anything else with an embedded RFID chip, including the new US Passport."

4) Ebay as at Jan 20. 2011
RFID Blocking Bonus Pak/ 2 Passport/ 10 card sleeves. Post to:Worldwide

20 Tyvek RFID Credit ID Card Protector Sleeve Envelopes. Post to:Worldwide

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