RISKS OF RFID/NFC TECHNOLOGY
Fast contactless payment at the check out, authentication, identification, access and border crossing without long waiting times.
The benefits of RFID/NFC for you as a traveller, shopper and vehicle driver are numerous and undoubted, so are its risks and drawbacks.
DIGITAL PRIVACY THREADS
The risks are numerous and undoubtedly, too:
/ theft of electronic data by illegal scans
/ identity theft and abuse
/ electronic pickpocketing
/ payment fraud
/ unintentional, accidental contactless payments, automatic debits
/ simultaneous multiple payment transactions (multiple charging)
/ no limited numbers of transactions
/ card clash (dense tag environment)
/ interferences during payment transactions (several cards)
/ vehicle theft, car burglary
/ potential vulnerabilities of encryption technologies and security leaks.
Although RFID provides shoppers, vehicle drivers and travellers with the convenience they usually want, there is definitely a compromise with respect to security.
Information stored on RFID chips can be lifted, skimmed and scanned by anyone with easy-to-purchase RFID readers.
RFID blocking is important because of the drawbacks of RFID technology. All (legal and illegal) RFID readers could potentially read the data on cards, smart keys and passports and exploit security leaks.
These RFID scanners initiate and/or tap into the radio transmissions and read out the data on passports, vehicle keys and smart cards and intercept or even manipulate data.
Passport, card and vehicle owners have to watch out for attacks against (too chatty) RFID/NFC chips and so against the digital privacy. These attacks happen silently and unnoticedly at/from a distance.
Type of attacks:
/ Spoofing and replay
/ Cloning and emulation
/ Denial of service
/ Jammer system
/ Blocker tags
/ RFID zapper
/ Relay station attacks (RSA)
/ RFID malware
Having RFID passports or NFC smart cards hacked is an expensive, time-consuming hassle for your customers - and it can really damage their reputation.