There has been a lot of hysteria and misinformation surrounding RFID-enabled credit cards (also known as contactless or smart payment cards – or as some misidentify them – wifi credit cards). Also known as an “e-dip”, e-pickpocketing is possible, but highly unlikely – your old school credit card is far more likely to be duplicated than your RFID card is to be hijacked. Here are the facts as we know them.
15-year-old Texas teen Andrea Hernandez has launched a fight against the Northside Independent School District to avoid wearing the electronic tracking RFID chips embedded in her high school ID. Hernandez, from a deeply evangelical religion, believes that the ID is “the mark of the beast,” as talked about in the Book of Revelation. But even without the religious aspect, this is an important issue, and the religious nature of her objection helps to provide a more solid basis over which to object to the microchipped school I.D.
We have in the past told of our friend, Amal Graafstra, who has an RFID chip implanted in his hand. Now a British scientist has done Amal one ‘better’ – Dr. Mark Gasson has given the RFID chip that he has implanted in his hand a virus, and he has passed the virus from his flesh-embedded RFID chip to external systems