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Human Implanted RFID Cloned at HOPE

Posted by Xavier Ashe on July 24, 2006

Newitz said she has an RFID chip implanted in her right arm manufactured by VeriChip Corp., a subsidiary of Applied Digital.

“Their Web site claims that it cannot be counterfeited — that is something that Jonathan and I have shown to be untrue.”

The pair demonstrated the cloning process: Westhues held a standard
RFID reader against Newitz’s arm to register the chip’s unique
identification number.

Next, Westhues used a home-built antenna connected to his laptop to
read Newitz’s arm again and record the signal off her implanted chip.

Westhues then takes the standard RFID reader and waves it past his
laptop’s antenna. The reader beeps, showing Newitz’s until then
“unique” ID. “It actually has no security devices what-so-ever,” Newitz
said of VeriChip’s claims that its RFID chips can not be counterfeited.

Read the full story on Reuters Newsblogs.


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