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RFID Hack: Is That Your Credit Card Number on the Screen?

Contributed by Joanne Kelleher

At this year’s Black Hat security conference there was another hack on RFID from security researcher Adam Laurie. He was able to pull up the American Express credit card account data, including name, account number and expiration date, from the wallet of a volunteer and display it on the big screen to the audience.

Laurie used his new Chapy tool, a Python-based script that works with a card reader to scan and clone the data stored on a credit card based on Personal Computer/Smart Card (PCSC)-based technology.

The CNet article listed below was updated to include a response from American Express. This article also has a comment posted by vanderhr could this be Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director of the Smart Card Alliance?

Read more in these articles:

Black Hat Researcher Hacks Credit Cards – Newly released tool grabs credit card account ID data off magnetic strips, RFID chips
By Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading
http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=146500&WT.svl=news2_1

The hands-free way to steal a credit card
Posted by Robert Vamosi, CNet News
http://www.news.com/8301-10789_3-9875961-57.html

1 Comment

  1. access card on May 27, 2008 at 1:27 am

    support this once ^_^