Friday, March 17, 2006


RFID tags vulnerable to viruses

`Three computer science researchers are warning that viruses embedded in radio tags used to identify and track goods are right around the corner, a danger that so far has been overlooked by the industry’s high interest in the technology.

No viruses targeting radio frequency identification (RFID) technology have been released live yet, according to the researchers at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. But RFID tags have several characteristics that could be engineered to exploit vulnerabilities in middleware and back-end databases, they wrote in a paper presented today at a conference in Pisa, Italy.

“RFID malware is a Pandora’s box that has been gathering dust in the corner of our ‘smart’ warehouses and home,” the paper stated.’

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