“Could we be constantly tracked through our clothes, shoes or even our cash in the future? I’m not talking about having a microchip surgically implanted beneath your skin, which is what Applied Digital Systems of Palm Beach, Fla., would like to do. Nor am I talking about John Poindexter’s creepy Total Information Awareness spy-veillance system, which I wrote about last week. Instead, in the future, we could be tracked because we’ll be wearing, eating and carrying objects that are carefully designed to do so.” Read the interesting editorial at ZDNews.
Are Spy Chips Set to Go Commercial?
2003-01-13 Privacy, Security 8 Comments
um… Is this like the biblical “mark of the beast”, in which a time comes when no one can buy or sell anything without the mark? Something may need to be scanned. I’m not happy about stuff like eye-scanning in airports and cctv in metro cities. Loss of privacy.
I’ll never wear a matched pair of socks again! (This way I’ll show up as two separate half-people on the spy satellites – how do you track that?)
PLEASE keep direct marketers away from this ‘technology’
If the stores can zap the RFIDs off on the way out of the checkout then so can anyone with right gadget. Such a tiny chip would be very easy to destroy with an RF transmitter intended for such a task & that would also be cheap. Again this story originates at EET where the RFID company goes into more detail.
Also these can only be close proximity reads, thieves driving down a street are not going to be able to scan your property unless they are standing infront of the device. Believe me, the physics is against this. If I am not mistaken, these devices are also very simple, they could literally be as simple as the wiring you would find on a PCB forming various patterns marking out 1s & 0s thats just shrunk to a grain size. The device simply interferes with a transmited RF signal & is detected as a distortion. I’m not sure if it requires digital logic to scan out the stream of data or is wholly passive.
Nothing much to worry about unless it becomes illegal to tamper with them when you get it home.
I don’t think is the best security either, imagine you could get your own coded RFID grains into store shelf product, you could zap it, implant your own codes and change the checkout price.
The higher the level of sophistication in this identification, the more attractive it is to forgers.
A few seconds in the microwave ought to take care of any RFIDs shouldn’t it?
“um… Is this like the biblical “mark of the beast”, in which a time comes when no one can buy or sell anything without the mark? Something may need to be scanned. I’m not happy about stuff like eye-scanning in airports and cctv in metro cities. Loss of privacy.”
NO. This could not. IS not. And will not be the mark of the beast. “Why? It sounds creapy and beast-mark like” aww, it does, however a small trigger has to occur first, something that sets the ball of the end… THE RAPTURE. (Christ comes down, takes his children (not just church goers) and takes them away(to heaven, to wait. Heard of any mass dissapearances lately? NO. because it hasn’t happened. After that, several world rattling disasters will occur, along with a one world gov, and religion. When all that occurs, then you can post Anonymously about the “Mark of the beast”…
NOTE 1: I am not an expert, but this is how i believe the bible says things will go down.
NOTE 2: this is what i think the bible says, and it doesn’t mean it is true, or that i believe it.
> PLEASE keep direct marketers away from this
How about Microsoft? Now *this* beautifully integrates with TCPA and Palladium. Trusted hardware, trusted software, trusted user.
Warning: I don’t believe in what follows, but it’s “fun” speculating anyway.
> (Christ comes down, takes his children (not just church
> goers) and takes them away(to heaven, to wait. Heard of
> any mass dissapearances lately? […]
What if one of those “the end hath come” sects in the last few decades that ended in mass suicide actually were right?
> After that, several
> world rattling disasters will occur,
Like, concentration camps, nuclear bombs, Tchernobyl, famine in Africa, AIDS?
> along with a one
> world gov, and religion.
Say hello to Mr. George W. Bush. Or Mr. William Gates III., if you will.
> When all that occurs, then you
> can post Anonymously about the “Mark of the beast”…
I’d rather set TC <=> mark of the beast. Spychips are just a technology that can be used to the ends of “trusted” computing.
Strangely enough even those who loathe the idea of trusted computing didn’t hear the wakeup call yet. The “Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act” aims at making non-TC systems simply illegal. The DMCA makes circumventing TC illegal. The European Copyright Directive will bring the DMCA to the European Union. First systems with the chip required for TC are sold *today*.