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10/23/2006 Archived Entry: "Researchers discover that spychipped credit cards are vulnerable"

RESEARCHERS DISCOVER (OH, WE ARE SO SURPRISED) THAT spychipped credit cards are vulnerable to hacking. Not just vulnerable. Ridiculously, easily, criminally vulnerable.

And why do big biz and big gov think we won't notice a pattern here? They design and issue spychipped devices for us to carry (passports, credit cards, loyalty cards, drivers licenses) and assure us in glowing terms that they're so very, very, very safe. Then, quicker than you can say "identity theft," some computer geek in a university research lab proves the technology -- and our identities -- can be busted wide open with equipment about as sophisticated as two tin cans and a piece of string. Not only that, but companies' claims that our data is encrypted often as not turn out to be bogus -- or at the very least, the encryption is inadequate and the claims misleading.

Yet the march to chip us all and literally everything we own goes on. And on. And on.

(Thank you to CASPIAN's anti-spychip campaign.)

Posted by Claire @ 11:34 AM CST

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