RFID tags are being used more and more frequently to track
products, shipments and stock levels. As
prices drop their use is becoming more widespread, it is expected that
eventually RFID tags will replace conventional barcodes (this does however
raise questions of consumer privacy rights)pet owners can even have a tag
implanted in their pet for identification purposes.
Last week, researchers in
demonstrated how it can be used to corrupt related databases. The virus was planted in the RFID tag, when
the tag is read the virus is transferred and trouble begins. This would have huge implications, activists
could target stores by infecting tagged items therefore potentially destroying
or modifying stock dataluggage control in airports would also be a vulnerable
The BBC has some
useful information on RFID.