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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 1:27 pm    Post subject: RFID Advert .......... ffs Reply with quote

I happened to catch the advert on tv tonight about rfid chips.

There was this delivery driver who had to stop because there was a woman sitting at her desk in the middle of the roadway. Anyway Blah...blah.....blah..... IBM....blah...blah...blah....intelligent working.....usual crap .....(dont mention the "other side")

Anyway the upshot of the advert was that the parcels knew they were going in the wrong direction because of the rfid chips on them (or in them). They only gave a single account of what the chips could be used for and said nothing about "other" uses.

I wonder if i could sell shotguns and knives to schoolkids using the same methods, put a shotgun in a cuddly toy snake, it would be harmless wouldn't it ?

Its only a childs toy for gods sake......and the shotgun only has one live round in it, do you think i'm heartless ?? well do ya ??
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw that same commercial recently. The tone makes it sound like it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.

It's good to be able to track stuff like parcels but when used on people.....not good.

There is always those who want to take things to extremes.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad you saw it too.........

At least someone understands what I was babbling on about, they did make it sound a good thing didn't they.

Just wait 'till it goes horribly wrong in a few years time, please join the que to tell people:

"I told you so, you though I was over reacting"
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

big brother wants to know your every move so they can extrack every little cent out of your and be able to tel if your meeting and talking against him....

well give it time its got the means to do just this.

tracking parcels fine. people no way they can,t stay!!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i see that the usa passports are running into problems with useing these as people pointed out long ago they will be able to scan your passport any where!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2005

RFID INDUSTRY SUMMONS LAP DOGS TO SQUELCH SPYCHIPS EXPOSE
Panicked Proponents Resort to Half Truths, Outright Lies

What do you say you're caught red-handed planning to track people with
RFID when you've promised you never would? If you're a global
corporation with millions of dollars invested in the technology, you
call in your chips -- er, favors. RFID industry mouthpieces AIM Global
and RFID Journal have both heeded the call of their advertisers and
supporters, nipping at the heels of the new book Spychips: How Major
Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID.
Even start-up companies have tried to join the pack with critiques of
their own.

"The companies behind the RFID industry must have thought they were
calling out their attack dogs, but they apparently called their lap dogs
by mistake" says Spychips co-author Katherine Albrecht. "Their attempts
to criticize our book are toothless and feeble. In fact, they're using
half-truths and outright lies to try to deflect from the real issues."

She points to several statements by RFID Journal's Mark Roberti as
examples. In his review of the book he claims the authors "want a
complete and total ban on the use of RFID for all consumer
applications."

"That's absolute nonsense," says Albrecht, "Perhaps Mr. Roberti didn't
read our book. We make it very clear that the only appropriate role for
RFID legislation is to require companies to tell us when products
contain RFID tags so we can make our own decisions about whether or not
to buy them. We have never called for a ban on RFID."

The rest of Roberti's critique is equally flawed. Albrecht's rebuttal to
his review is posted on the Spychips website at:
http://www.spychips.com/book/roberti-rebuttal.html.

Spychips co-author Liz McIntyre takes on AIM Global's review of the
book. "AIM Global sinks its gums into Spychips, shaking it almost
imperceptibly from side to side before collapsing into agreement with
us," she writes.

AIM admits the patents revealed in the book are "more than a little
disquieting," and that "the book does contain some valid concerns and
highlights some of the more outlandish claims made by RFID proponents."
However, AIM's anonymous reviewer deflects the blame for these worrisome
ideas away from IBM, Procter & Gamble, and NCR where they belong and
attributes them to unnamed "marketers."

Among these more "outlandish claims" and "disquieting proposals" are
IBM's patent pending "Identification and Tracking of Persons Using
RFID-Tagged Items," Procter & Gamble's patent pending "Systems and
Methods for Tracking Consumers in a Store Environment," and NCR's
patented "Automated Monitoring of Activity of Shoppers in a Market,"
McIntyre notes.

"People can see through the industry's attempts at damage control and
recognize them as spin," McIntyre observes. "When the industry expends
this much energy trying to squelch a book, it's clear they're afraid,
and, frankly, they should be. They can't squirm out of the truth this
time. We've caught them with their own words, and it's all footnoted and
documented."

McIntyre has posted her rebuttal to AIM Global's review at:
http://www.spychips.com/book/aim-rebuttal.html.

When asked whether they'll be entertaining other rebuttal opportunities,
the authors laugh, "We hate to turn down any opportunity to shame the
opposition, but our editors remind us that we have more important tasks
at hand. Besides, we've already done a thorough job addressing just
about every issue the industry could lob our way."

=====================================================================

ABOUT THE BOOK

Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your Every
Move with RFID is the winner of the Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing
the Literature of Liberty. Authored by Harvard doctoral researcher
Katherine Albrecht and former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is
meticulously researched, drawing on patent documents, corporate source
materials, conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a
convincing -- and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable, according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

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CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

You're welcome to duplicate and distribute this message to others who
may find it of interest.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To balance out the "Art Bell" hysterical aspect of this discussion, I recommend that one visits several sites devoted to electronic design, specifically of these devices. The electronic design press (Electronic Design, EDN, et cetra) also has meaningful information to contribute. While I agree that these devices are far drom innocuous, it seems as well that getting hysterical only makes a bad situation much worse.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there are quite a few links and ever a few posts to the other side of he story. i realize my tactics and those those of trash star type magazines are not much different. but i beleave the basic info is sound on both negative and positive info covered. but this tech is open to being abused so very very badly!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave is right, this kind of technology can be exploited easily.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it seemed like every other episode of Law and Order involved using the fastpass auto toll payer to get the bad guy a few years ago. The lesson learned is never go through the Lincoln tunnel because they will know when you do.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a couple suggestions to clear the emotionalism, that's all. Its always helpful to know what one is talking about and to have a cogent discussion. Too often today, we dis language and end up screaming either at each other or into empty space.

teevee? ewwww. Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I certainly understand your point of view, hornet777. Dave does spend a lot of time visiting many, many sites in search of relevant articles on this and other, various subjects of interest to those in the pri/sec community and the regular net surfer and posts links to these articles on many boards in an effort to reach those who are unaware and especially in an effort to inform the same.

While he may come across as exitable and maybe sensationalist in his posts, that is his way of trying to draw attention to such topics as RFID tags. Believe me, his heart is in the right place and as I said in my earlier post, this technology is extremely easy to exploit, and not just by business.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a commercial on the tele tonight about the new Visa credit cards and their "One Touch" system..

Further research suggests that the new credit cards use embedded RFID tags coupled with a microchip that stores your data on the card, so you don't have to swipe it anymore, you just "Use one touch" of the card against the scanner and it automatically runs the transaction.

Apparently there is no signing of paperwork like a receipt involved either, which is a bit worrying, because I for one, want a paper trail of my transactions.

It's also a bit disturbing because I've recently watched a tech show where they showed how you can build a portable RFID scanner for $24, and it scans any RFID tags currently in use on the open market and shows you every last bit of info that tag is "broadcasting".
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thejynxed wrote:
There was a commercial on the tele tonight about the new Visa credit cards and their "One Touch" system..

Further research suggests that the new credit cards use embedded RFID tags coupled with a microchip that stores your data on the card, so you don't have to swipe it anymore, you just "Use one touch" of the card against the scanner and it automatically runs the transaction.

Apparently there is no signing of paperwork like a receipt involved either, which is a bit worrying, because I for one, want a paper trail of my transactions.

It's also a bit disturbing because I've recently watched a tech show where they showed how you can build a portable RFID scanner for $24, and it scans any RFID tags currently in use on the open market and shows you every last bit of info that tag is "broadcasting".



This is exactly what I've been talking about.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yor quite wellcome to search the net for information on this your self.



CASPIAN NEWSLETTER, 11-24-05: Thanksgiving Edition
=====================================================================
Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
A Note from Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre

So much has happened since our book came out last month that we hardly
know where to begin! So, since it's Thanksgiving, we figured we should
start with the many reasons we have to be thankful.

First, the Spychips website has a whole new (gorgeous!) look and feel
thanks to the creative energy and countless hours of hard work of our
new volunteer web designer. This saintly friend (who prefers to remain
anonymous) has brightened our offices with his design aesthetic, html
skills, and unflappably cheerful personality. Stop by and see how great
things are looking on the http://www.spychips.com website. And if you're
as impressed and grateful as we are, drop a line of "thanks" to the
Spychips webmaster. (webmasterATspychips.com)

Second, our new book is doing extraordinarily well. On its release last
month, Spychips flew to the top of the Amazon bestseller charts as a #1
"Mover and Shaker," hit the top ten Nonfiction bestseller list, and
spent over a month as a Current Events bestseller. In a single month,
the book has sold thousands of copies and is now in its fourth printing.
What's more, it has received rave reviews from the journalistic and
privacy communities, who have called it "brilliantly written,"
"stunningly powerful," and "scathing." (We include an excerpt from one
of those reviews below.) Thanks for your help making this possible!

Third, we are now award winning authors! Spychips won this month's
Laissez Faire's Lysander Spooner award for Advancing the Literature of
Liberty. Not only did Laissez Faire grace us with an award, but they
obtained permission from our publisher to reprint the entire first
chapter of "Spychips" online. For those of you who have not yet bought
the book, here is an appetizer, courtesy of Laissez Faire books and
Nelson Current publishers:
http://www.lfb.com/index.php?stocknumber=PV9017

We are also thankful for the many, many CASPIAN members and supporters
who have joined with us in the fight against privacy-invading
technologies. Thanks to your help in getting the word out, this
newsletter now reaches nearly 11,000 subscribers around the globe, with
more joining our ranks each day. And we are grateful that people have
started putting their money and time where their values are, staging
protests in Dallas and New Hampshire and joining together to form our
first state chapter (see story below).

As we gather with our loved ones to give thanks today, we ask that you
pull out your copy of Spychips and discuss its contents over
Thanksgiving dinner. A family gathering is the perfect opportunity to
tell your extended family about the RFID threat that is advancing under
our very noses. Show your family members the photos of the spychipped
Calvin Klein clothing labels on page 38 and the human implants on page
180. Tell them about the photo-snapping smart shelf (see:
www.BoycottGillette.com) and IBM's planned "Person Tracking Unit." Tell
them about this free newsletter and encourage them to become informed.
After all, if you don't tell your aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and
nephews about RFID, who will?

Finally, we would like to extend a special thanks to everyone who has
purchased one or more copies of "Spychips" and helped spread the word
about RFID. We've gotten notes from members who have provided books not
only to friends and family, but to their lawmakers as well. One
gentlemen even sent a copy to President Bush!

We are blessed to be able to work with you all, and wish you a
bountiful and joyous holiday.

In freedom,
Katherine and Liz

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SPOTLIGHTED REVIEW:
=====================================================================
EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) reviews "Spychips"
Marc Rotenberg, EPIC Executive Director

The privacy movement has been waiting for the book that transforms the
world as did Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," Michael Harrington's "The
Other America," and Ralph Nader's "Unsafe at Any Speed." It's not yet
clear that Spychips will be that book, but the case can be made that
Spychips is one of the best privacy books in many years....

There is much here for Orwellian paranoia. But what makes Spychips such
a compelling book is that Albrecht and McIntyre stay focused on what is
actually happening today. They are also funny, clever, engaging, and
informative. Much of the best material comes from the other side. If you
really want to be creeped out, take a look at the patent applications
for some of the RFID services on the horizon or attend the trade shows,
listen to the speakers, and read the product announcements. Albrecht and
McIntyre have done all this. Their reporting from behind enemy lines is
first-rate.

A good advocacy book also needs good recommendations [for action]. The
authors cover these bases well, providing advice for local protests and
national campaigns. Much credit also goes to their organization CASPIAN
for several of the successful organizing efforts.

The privacy movement needs a book. I nominate Spychips.

- Marc Rotenberg

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NEWSLETTER TABLE OF CONTENTS
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RECENT NEWS:

1- VeriChip may implant the mentally impaired in Chattanooga
2- Filmmaker paints disturbing picture of the VeriChip future
3- Wal-Mart under fire for item-level RFID tagging
4- New CASPIAN chapter formed in New Hampshire
5- Islands "glisten" with excreted RFID tags
6- UN reports on "Internet of Things"
7- TESCO to purchase a 49 percent share of Meijer stores?
8- Wal-Mart to be investigated for inaccurate pricing
9- H-E-B introduces loyalty card at new "Plus" store
10- Wal-Mart employee sued over RFID trade secrets
11- Final U.S. passport rules require RFID
12- IBM calls for global identity management solution
13- "Blink" and your privacy's gone
14- U.S. Govt "Open Source Center" to practice "information judo"
15- Dallas dubbed "The RFID Hub"

CASPIAN ACTIVISTS UPDATE:

1- CASPIAN in the news
2- CASPIAN members sound off
3- We need your help with a project
4- MEMBER CORNER: One-man anti-Wal-Mart campaign in Dallas

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VERICHIP MAY IMPLANT THE MENTALLY IMPAIRED IN CHATTANOOGA
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Several hundred mentally impaired residents and employees of The Orange
Grove Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, may be injected with VeriChip
RFID implants, according to a November 12 National Public Radio story.
The Center is considering implanting the glass encapsulated RFID tags,
which have a read range of approximately six to eighteen inches, as a
way to identify "wanderers" and those who need medical assistance.
Though the chipping is said to be "voluntary," the patients would not be
able to consent themselves; their parents and legal guardians would have
to make the decision for them.

VeriChip Corporation has been trying to find new ways to "sell" its
unpopular product. The device, about the length of the diameter of a
dime, is typically implanted under the flesh of the upper arm, in the
triceps area. Despite years of effort, the company has only been able to
convince about 50 living people in the United States to undergo the
procedure.

In a bid to enhance its image, the company has hired former Secretary of
Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to join its board and tout the
implant as a way to link patients to a national medical database. Other
marketing initiatives have included chipping bar patrons as a way to pay
for drinks, implanting employees in the Mexican attorney general's
office, and chipping the remains of the victims of hurricane Katrina.
However, this latest initiative to chip the residents of the Orange
Grove Center is the first time living persons would be chipped without
their express consent.

Reportedly, VeriChip will waive the usual $200 implantation fee to "show
the benefits for people with cognitive disabilities."

Coincidentally--or maybe not-- this reported initiative was followed by
VeriChip's announcement that it will make an initial public offering of
its stock in the second quarter of 2006.

Those wishing to express concerns about the chipping can contact the
Orange Grove Center's Fundraising/Public and Media Relations Office:
(423) 308-1160.

You can listen to the entire NPR story here:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5010736

You can read about the VeriChip IPO here:
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/051115/20051115005863.html?.v=1

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FILMMAKER PAINTS DISTURBING PICTURE OF THE VERICHIPPED FUTURE
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Creeped out at the prospect of a mandatory chip implant? You're not
alone -- so is filmmaker Calvin Roberts. His powerful short film about
the VeriChip, called "Jump Ground," can be found online at
http://www.eyesightfilms.com.

Warning: You'll have the cold chills by the end of the movie.

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WAL-MART UNDER FIRE FOR ITEM-LEVEL RFID TAGGING
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"In New Hampshire we live free. We don't want R-F-I-D!" was the chant on
November 5th as 26 New Hampshire residents protested at a Bedford, New
Hampshire, Wal-Mart store. The beleagered retailer has been drawing
criticism from privacy groups because of its RFID tagging of products
like Hewlett-Packard printers in violation of a moratorium called for by
over 40 of the world's leading privacy and civil liberties
organizations. Photo gallery online at:
http://www.spychips.com/protest/nh-protest...show/index.html

And on October 15th, more than 70 Texans converged on a Dallas Wal-Mart
Supercenter to protest the store's RFID tagging of consumer products.
Placing RFID tags on individual consumer items, a practice known as
"item-level tagging," has been widely condemned by privacy experts since
2003. Armed with anti-RFID signs and singing "We don't like the looks of
spychips sittin' in this Wal-Mart store," the group worked the sidewalk
adjacent to the store's parking lot, handing out literature to passersby
and waving to drivers who honked in support of their stand.

Photos of the Dallas Wal-Mart protest:
http://www.spychips.com/protest/walmart/pr...show/index.html

Can you spot the spychip? See Wal-Mart's in-store use of RFID:
http://www.spychips.com/protest/walmart/sp...show/index.html

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NEW CASPIAN CHAPTER FORMED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE!
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There's a new branch in the CASPIAN family, and boy, is it ever active!
Just weeks after forming, New Hampshire CASPIAN put up a website and
organized a Wal-Mart protest that drew more than 25 people. Now they're
at it again, with yet another protest scheduled for tomorrow, Friday,
November 25, the biggest shopping day of the holiday season.

Check out their new Internet digs, see some photos, and get details on
the Friday event by visiting their website at http://www.nhcaspian.org/.
If you're planning to be in New Hampshire tomorrow, they'd love for you
to join them in saying "no" to item-level RFID tagging.

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ISLANDS "GLISTEN" WITH EXCRETED RFID TAGS
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Caspian terns who fish in the Columbia Riger Basin are eating RFID-laced
salmon and excreting the tags in their nests, causing two main islands
the birds inhabit to "glisten" in the sunlight, according to an article
at IT World Canada. Two million salmon are implanted with the tracking
tags each year by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a
federally-owned public utility headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The
tags have been used since 1986 to track salmon migration through the
Columbia River system.

Since each RFID tag contains a unique number, biologists can log a
detailed history on the fish as they swim past RFID readers stationed at
the river system's dams and waterways. Data includes details like the
"sub-species of the fish, age, waterway and habitat of origin, condition
of the fish, and so on," according to a BPA spokesman.

The article does not indicate whether any studies are being made of the
excreted tags and their impact on the birds' health or the environment.

http://www.itworldcanada.com/a/News/f074f0...7de22673ab.html

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UN REPORTS ON "INTERNET OF THINGS"
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Devices like RFID tags and sensors will be the biggest Internet users in
the future, according to a new report out by the United Nations'
International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The report, aptly titled
"The Internet of Things" predicts that "we are heading into a new era of
ubiquity, where the 'users' of the internet will be counted in billions
and where humans may become the minority as generators and receivers of
traffic."

The report tips its hat to CASPIAN's effectiveness in curtailing
item-level RFID trials at Wal-Mart and Tesco, observing that "public
concerns and active campaigns by consumers have already hampered
commercial trials of RFID by two well-known retailers." It goes on to
advise that privacy protections must be put in place or "the development
of the Internet of Things will be hampered if not prevented."

And this would be a bad thing?

Source: BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4440334.stm

The executive summary of the report is available at
http://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-s/opb/pol/S...5-SUM-PDF-E.pdf

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TESCO TO PURCHASE A 49 PERCENT SHARE OF MEIJER STORES?
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No. It's just a nasty rumor, according to U.S.-based Meijer stores. The
business press had reported that UK-based retail giant Tesco, the
world's third largest retailer and target of a CASPIAN-led boycott (see
[url=http://www.BoycottTesco.com)]http://www.BoycottTesco.com)[/url] was in talks with Meijer stores about a
joint venture. The press predicted Tesco would announce a deal for a 49
percent interest in Meijer, worth some $4.5 billion dollars.

"We have never held talks with Tesco, or with anyone else," a Meijer
spokeswoman was quoted as telling Reuters. "Meijer is a family-owned
business and we have no plans to change that."

Privacy-loving shoppers should breathe a sigh of relief. Such a marriage
would have been bad news for consumers who enjoy card-free shopping at
the 170 Meijer superstores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and
Kentucky. Tesco, on the other hand, is notorious for its invasive
loyalty card program and abusive business practices. What's more, Tesco
is one of the world's most notorious spychippers.

CASPIAN launched its Tesco boycott in January of 2005 over the
retailer's escalating use of RFID on consumer products and its past
misconduct with the controversial Gillette RFID "smart shelf." Details
about the boycott and the scandalous photo-snapping shelf can be found
at http://www.boycottTesco.com. (For the BBC's take, see:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hibusiness/4211591.stm and
[url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4209545.stm.)]http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4209545.stm.)[/url]

Concerned shoppers can contact Meijer to weigh in on these developments
and confirm their store will remain card-free by calling customer
service toll-free within IL, IN, KY, MI, & OH:
1-800-543-3704
(remember, you cannot block your phone number when calling toll free)
Outside region call:
616-453-6711

Source: Supermarket News:
http://www.supermarketnews.com/ViewStories.cfm#9220
and
Reuters:
http://today.reuters.com/business/newsArti...ER-TESCO-DC.XML

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WAL-MART TO BE INVESTIGATED FOR INACCURATE PRICING
=====================================================================
Wal-Mart may soon need an RFID inventory system just to keep track of
its numerous woes. The retailer has been slammed by our book Spychips
for promoting RFID, has faced two CASPIAN RFID protests in two months,
is featured in a very unflattering movie detailing its poor corporate
citizenship, and now faces investigations for charging shoppers the
wrong prices.

Wal-Mart stores in California and the Midwest exceeded federal
guidelines for mischarges according to two new union-sponsored studies.
According to The National Institute for Standards and Technology, for
every 100 items scanned, no more than two should have the wrong price.
However, in a study at 60 California Wal-Marts, the incorrect price was
rung up 8.3 percent of the time. In a similar study of 78 stores in
Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana, the wrong price was rung up 6.4 percent
of the time.

News of the mispricing is prompting investigations by the Attorneys
General of California and Connecticut. They're after the real lowdown on
the retailer's "legendary" low prices.

Sources:
New York Daily News:
http://www.nydailynews.com/business/story/...7p-313105c.html
and
KGO TV
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=state&id=3656984

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H-E-B INTRODUCES LOYALTY CARD AT TWO OF ITS NEW "PLUS" STORES
=====================================================================
HEB is trialing a frequent shopper card program at two of its new "Plus"
stores in Waco and Round Rock, Texas. This is heartbreaking news to
loyal HEB shoppers who have lauded the store for remaining card-free and
offering everyday low prices to everyone.

The HEB loyalty program comes with a new twist: Shoppers are rewarded
quarterly for their purchases through checks mailed to the address on
file with the store. Requiring a mailing address means that consumers
can't resort to fake names and addresses as a way to help protect their
privacy.

Let's encourage HEB to reconsider its plan! Management might not have
thought through the serious privacy and civil liberties implications of
what amounts to an item registration system.

Call customer relations, Mon.- Fri, 8AM - 5 PM Central Time:
210-938-8357 or toll free 1-800-432-3113

or write to them at:
H. E. Butt Grocery Company
Attention: Customer Relations Department
P.O. Box 839999
San Antonio, TX 78283-3999

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WAL-MART EMPLOYEE SUED OVER RFID TRADE SECRETS
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Wal-Mart has sued a former employee for allegedly emailing confidential,
"highly sensitive" RFID trade secrets to a private email account earlier
this year. Wal-Mart is reportedly seeking compensatory damages and
injunctions that will prohibit the employee and any co-conspirators from
using the information.

We'd sure like to know more about this sensitive RFID data. What was
Wal-Mart up to that warranted this degree of cloak and dagger
skullduggery?

We'd love to find a CASPIAN member in the vicinity of the Benton County
Circuit Court in Arkansas to investigate this matter more fully. Please
contact Liz@nocards.org if you could visit the courthouse to retrieve
related public documents and possibly sit in on any court proceedings.

Source: The Morning News:
http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2005/10/...05wmlawsuit.txt

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FINAL U.S. PASSPORT RULES REQUIRE RFID
=====================================================================
The State Department will begin issuing RFID-enabled passports in early
2006 despite the overwhelming criticism of its plan. More than 2300
citizens wrote in to complain about the proposed spychipping, with many
raising security concerns.

To help appease citizens, the department did decide to include security
features in the new passports, including a cover with RF shielding
material. This material will reportedly help prevent unauthorized remote
reading of the embedded RFID tag when the passport is closed.

But, of course, this does nothing to address the bigger concern looming
on the horizon: the massive databases these machine-readable passports
with spawn.

Today, customs officials merely look at your passport. In the future, a
spychipped passport will enable them to scan the information and create
enormous databases so people can be monitored and tracked through their
travels. What happens when those databases are run by corrupt officials
of foreign countries? Do we want our own government, much less some
third-world dictator, having computerized records of us that include a
digital photograph, biometric information, date of birth, age and any
other information they decide to encode on the chip?

Source: RFID Journal:
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/1951/1/1/

To see the final rules for yourself, visit the Federal Register
information:
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-21284.htm

=====================================================================
IBM CALLS FOR GLOBAL IDENTIFICATION
=====================================================================
National ID. The mere mention conjures up images of jack-booted
authorities demanding, "Your papers, please." It's enough to raise the
hackles of any freedom-loving citizen with an ounce of historical
perspective.

But National ID initiatives don't go quite far enough, according to Cal
Slemp, vice-president and global leader for security and privacy
services at IBM Global Services. He believes the time is right to
develop a standard global ID. In order to avoid a patchwork of national
standards that might not be consistent or compatible country to country,
he proposes the creation of a body to develop international
standards--perhaps an arm of the United Nations.

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/business/0,39020645,39236488,00.htm

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"BLINK" AND YOUR PRIVACY'S GONE
=====================================================================
Chase Bank USA is hoping consumers won't realize their new credit cards
contain remotely readable RFID tags. Towards that end, the company is
referring to the technology embedded in the cards as "blink." The bank's
glitzy new advertising campaigns encourage consumers to "blink a drink"
and "blink a movie" instead of digging into their purses and wallets for
anonymous cash.

The cards have been rolled out to approximately five million card
members in Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey, New
York and Pennsylvania. Initially, consumers will be able to "blink" at
7-Eleven stores, AMC Theatres, Arby’s, CVS/pharmacy, Duane Reade, KFC,
RaceTrac, Regal Entertainment Group, Sheetz, Sony Style stores,
Walgreens and Wawa, with more venues anticipated.

Source: ContactlessNews:
http://www.contactlessnews.com/news/2005/1...ster-purchases/

See the Chase Bank press releases and images of the new cards and
readers (along with a creepily upbeat video demonstration) at the Chase
national press room:
http://www.chaseblink.com/press_room.asp?market=1

=====================================================================
U.S. GOVT "OPEN SOURCE CENTER" TO PRACTICE "INFORMATION JUDO"
=====================================================================
The United States Government has announced a new CIA-managed initiative
to gather and analyze intelligence information. This "Open Source
Center" will practice "information judo," according to its director,
Douglas Naquin. The plan is to rifle through every bit of information
that can be siphoned from publicly available sources like the Internet,
commercial databases, radio, television, maps, video, and printed
materials like conference reports. "The more volume the better," says
Naquin. He says the goal is to "kind of get some sense of where the
trends are and what the buzz is on certain topics, or who's connected to
whom."

Imagine how excited the Open Source Center would be to get its hands on
retail databases enhanced with RFID tag numbers--especially if those
numbers are associated with individuals at checkout.

While the Center is managed by the CIA, the information and analysis
will reportedly be shared with the entire U.S. intelligence community.

http://www.politicalgateway.com/news/read.html?id=5315

=====================================================================
DALLAS DUBBED "THE RFID HUB"
=====================================================================
It's official. Dallas is now "The RFID Hub" of the United States. Some
of the 121 Dallas-Ft. Worth area companies working with RFID gathered to
unveil the new slogan they hope will promote the northeast Texas
corridor as the place to go for Spychip technology.

Now it's our turn! Let's also make Dallas "The RFID Protest Capital of
the World." Anyone up for another good awareness raising event?

Read our member corner for a story about one CASPIAN member who is
always ready to sound off about RFID in Dallas--even if it means going
solo. He'd love to get some company as he battles Wal-Mart's item-level
RFID agenda.

Source: Dallas Morning News:
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dw...n2.8f3ae1e.html

=====================================================================
CASPIAN IN THE NEWS
=====================================================================
The buzz around our controversial new Book "Spychips: How Major
Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move" has put RFID
in the media spotlight. We have been inundated with requests for
interviews, and have been making the rounds of talk radio shows coast to
coast.

CASPIAN founder and Spychips co-author Katherine Albrecht has been
telling the world about the privacy and civil liberties implications of
RFID on stations like WREC in Memphis, WXNT in Indianapolis, KAGM in
Albuquerque, WSAU in Wausau, WZTK in Greensboro, and KTAR in Phoenix.
She's also been interviewed by WGN TV out of Chicago, a broadcast that
will also air on cable channels across the country.

You can listen to Katherine talk about Spychips in a two-part podcast by
Information Week reporter Laurie Sullivan by clicking this link:
http://informationweek.com/story/showArtic...cleID=173402917

CASPIAN's Communications Director and Spychips co-author Liz McIntyre
has also been busy spreading the word, with recent radio appearances on
stations like KKVV Las Vegas, WTVN Columbus, WATR Waterbury, and WMCA
New York.

The book along with our fight against item-level RFID have also been
featured in many newspaper and magazine articles. Here's a sampling:

The Boston Globe
You need not be paranoid to fear RFID
http://www.boston.com/business/globe/artic...ar_rfid?mode=PF

CIO Insight
The ultimate privacy argument against RFID
www.cioinsight.com/article2/0,1540,1875019,00.aso

The Chicago Sun Times
Book sees X-ray vision in retail ID chip
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-spychip21.html

Information Week
RFID: Really Feeling Increasingly Defensive?
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/a...really_fee.html

The Denver Post
Undisclosed Spying Objects
http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_3207821

AdAge
Surprising bestseller blasts P&G, Wal-Mart
http://www.adage.com/paypoints/buyArticle....eId=50410&auth=

=====================================================================
CASPIAN MEMBERS SOUND OFF
=====================================================================
As always, we can count on our members to keep our spirits high and
remind us why we do this work. Here are some snippets from a few recent
letters we've received:

Loved your book, thanks for taking up the fight and keeping it alive.
We've decided to shop at a card free store (the local carniceria!),
changed our razors and are on the lookout for RFID everywhere! We
realized how far it's already pervaded our lives as we watched the IBM
commercial for RFID tags on all boxes that are shipped... they have the
answer to lost shipments! We lose more of our precious freedoms
everyday... Big Brother really is watching. Count us in the fight!
-Anonymous in Arizona

Thank you for what you are doing. The degree to which we are losing our
privacy is terrifying... RFIDs in consumer products, implanted chips in
humans by Applied Digital Solutions, and pervasive cameras and
microphones all are only a taste of what is to come. The true nightmares
will be more terrible than we can imagine if we let it become reality.
-Chuck Schoon in Arlington, VA

I picked up your book because the hospital I work in has just unveiled
their new ID Tags with RFID chips in them... Also, the new computerized
charting system requires us to carry RFID tags that actually say RFID on
them. The tag has an off/on button which needs to be reset at least once
every 9 hours. When someone with an authorized tag walks by a charting
computer, it turns on automatically and asks for your fingerprint....
Some of my colleagues were joking that it was just a way for the
hospital to monitor when we showed up for work and how long we took for
breaks. I just kinda laughed. When I saw your book, I bought it, and now
I am not laughing anymore. I am going to write to my Congressman right
now. This absolutely freaks me out!
-VJ in Atlanta, Georgia

God bless you people, and good luck. Hooray for informed choice!
-Anonymous in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

I sincerely appreciate the effort for WE THE PEOPLE. I do not want to
tell my children or grandchildren I did nothing.... I'm ready to do
whatever is required!
-Marcia in Ohio

If Wal-Mart continues to put these chips on their products, I will no
longer shop there....many of the people I have informed also agree. We
must stop this insanity and take back our country with all of its
freedoms.
-Anonymous

I have been against using frequent shopper cards for years.... I guess
we are lucky to have some hometown grocery stores in the area that do
not use the cards. We are getting a new Giant Eagle in January and I
will refuse to shop there.
- Kathy in Massillon, Ohio

I'll shop at places that don't punish me for not carrying their card.
- Jay in Oklahoma

I'm glad someone is trying to awake the public as to what is really
going on! We are losing our rights and I sometimes think we appear to be
asleep.
-Nancy in Cornersville, Tennessee

I just ordered 6 copies of "Spychips" and plan on asking my employer to
sell them where I work (major copy/shipping retailer). If he won't, then
I'll hand them out as Christmas gifts. I cannot express the gratitude I
feel towards the work you do in trying to educate the public on the
disadvantages of RFID technology. I would feel helpless and hopeless
without you.
-Stephanie, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

I believe you all are doing a good job. Keep doing it. Please keep
letting us know your progress.
-Anonymous

It is no accident that the more isolated we become through technological
advances, the more corporations continue to erode our individual
rights. I believe informed individuals have a responsibility to educate
their fellow citizens... Instead of commenting on the weather, I often
say, "did you hear about..." You'd be surprised how people respond and
value information delivered in a personal manner. We need to be sincere
and consistent in front of others. Even if it's just a zip code or
telephone number that is being asked for at the checkout line, we need
to refuse and be willing to walk out without purchasing the store's
products. We have all gotten too relaxed about giving information...It
seems we worry more about identity theft from an average person than
from a faceless corporate machine that has the potential for true
identity theft on a grand scale. Starting locally, we need develop
economic alternatives that will help us become independent of these big
retailers: neighborhood co-ops, trading posts ... we need [to] share
and exchange our resources.
-Miranda Verdad in Colorado Springs, CO

What happened to concepts like "privacy" and "individual freedom"?
Aren't the technologies already in use (fingerprints, DNA, etc.)
enough? Do "they" have to know everybody's whereabouts at all times? I
can't believe this, except I DO believe this!!! I am outraged every time
I hear about someone speaking "on condition of anonymity". See below.
- Richard David Jones in East Longmeadow, MA

I am in shock & feeling quite naive after listening to Katherine on the
radio today in Dallas. I was thinking how many store "reward" cards I
have in my possession - several without any doubt. I use my Hancock's
Fabric one usually weekly! I have a toll tag because it saves money,
time & is so convenient. I NEED this book (discussed on radio) & will
read it and then share it with others. Thank you for watching out for us
innocent ones - or should I say ignorant ones? God bless you in your
work.
- Linda in McKinney, Texas

I do NOT want these RFID cards in anything I buy and am very glad you
are running this site. I will write letters and emails to protest this.
This is the ultimate invasion of privacy!
- Renee in Indiana

Congrats on your efforts to slow Big Brother down.
- Harry in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Like many other (probably millions of) shoppers and everyday Americans,
I had no idea the implications were this monstrous for these devices.
And to think I almost invested in RFID technology!! The part that really
bothers me: Why only 10% of people know about, or heard of these
devices, and why the government does not inform the rest of the AMERICAN
citizens about this technology. Concerned American Citizen,
- David in Beulah, Michigan

I am employed at the Bedford Wal-Mart, so I can't show up at the protest
without losing my job. It hurts to have to work for this shameful
company but I haven't been able to find other employment. Believe me,
I'll be there in spirit.
- Anonymous in Bedford, New Hampshire

Now that I have some information about specific companies and products,
I can let my friends know what to specifically look out for. Thanks for
your efforts in letting the public know about the RFID subject. Keep up
the fantastically good work!
- Tony in Salt Lake City, Utah

=====================================================================
WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH AN RFID PROJECT
=====================================================================
Attention CASPIAN members! Spychips has caused such a stir in the tech
and retail communities, that some people are coming out
swinging--blindly. It's obvious many naysayers--even RFID industry
practitioners--haven't read the book, and really don't understand the
privacy and civil liberties implications of the technology.

We are looking for volunteers who could respond to some of the
falsehoods that have started circulating on the net at various blogs. If
you have a few minutes to spare, please write to Liz. Her email address
is LizATspychips.com. Thank you!

=====================================================================
ACTIVIST CORNER
=====================================================================

CASPIAN member Christopher McClellan is one of the most dedicated
anti-RFID campaigners around, and he's in the perfect location: Dallas,
Texas -- "The RFID Hub."

After learning about the serious privacy and civil liberties
implications of RFID, he decided to raise awareness by protesting in
front of Dallas-area Wal-Marts several days a month -- solo, if
necessary. He's also started a campaign to get information into the
hands of Wal-Mart employees, most of whom have no idea what RFID is,
much less that the devices are already being used in their stores. He'd
love to have some company. If you'd like to join him on one or more of
his protests, you can reach email him at
christophermcclellanbabyATyahoo.com

He's given us permission to share his stories with you. Here's one that
had us rolling on the floor (edited with some comments we couldn't
resist adding):

Christopher writes...

I wanted to fill you in on my first day of protesting a super Wal-Mart
In Plano (north of Dallas).

[He went alone!]

I arrived with signs in hand and went directly into the store where I
asked to speak with the manager. The door guard told me that the manager
wasn't there, but pointed to a young lady and said "She's in charge." I
then told the supervisor that I was there to protest RFID's in front of
her store.

[Note: telling management is always a nice courtesy. Good thinking.]

I wish you could have seen her face!! She said "What are RFID's ??!!!"
(Isn't that amazing that even the employees don't know.) I told her "The
chips that Wal-Mart wants to put in everything." I started out the door
and she exclaimed "You can't do that!!!" Laughing, I told her "I have a
right to protest, and I'm going to."

[He has a guaranteed First Amendment Right to protest that some in our
country have forgotten.]

Just before I got to work I called and spoke to a Sergeant with the
Plano Police Department. I double checked the rules, which was a good
thing because Wal-Mart had a police officer come, and he started
circling around me. He finally approached me, and I immediately dropped
the name of his supervisor and said I was told that as long as I was on
the sidewalk, not stopping people or traffic, I was fine.

[Called the police in advance. Good thinking, Christopher! Always a good
idea.]

So the police officer ran back to the store to tell them that there was
nothing they could do.

I successfully witnessed around 500-600 people in their cars reading my
signs, and a few even gave me the thumbs up. That had to be the best
part.

[WOW!]

=====================================================================

CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket "loyalty" cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/

You're welcome to duplicate and distribute this message to others who
may find it of interest.

===================================================================
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thejynxed wrote:
There was a commercial on the tele tonight about the new Visa credit cards and their "One Touch" system..

Further research suggests that the new credit cards use embedded RFID tags coupled with a microchip that stores your data on the card, so you don't have to swipe it anymore, you just "Use one touch" of the card against the scanner and it automatically runs the transaction.

Apparently there is no signing of paperwork like a receipt involved either, which is a bit worrying, because I for one, want a paper trail of my transactions.

It's also a bit disturbing because I've recently watched a tech show where they showed how you can build a portable RFID scanner for $24, and it scans any RFID tags currently in use on the open market and shows you every last bit of info that tag is "broadcasting".


now it would not take too much skill to mine the visa,s that are secured in this manor and bleed the account dry to a bank in Bladaskov........
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CASPIAN UPDATE, 12-08-05: Special VeriChipper Alert

Dear CASPIAN Members and Subscribers,

Can you believe it? The same former high-ranking public official who has
been promoting microchip implants for the rest of us has wisely avoided
taking one himself. What's more, we discovered that the Pentagon has
been in talks with the VeriChippers. It's all in our latest CASPIAN
press release posted below.

Meanwhile, our book "Spychips" continues to open eyes about invasive
plans for RFID. We hope you'll keep it in mind for Christmas gift
giving.

As usual we've been busy with the media, and have posted a sampling of
recent news below. We wrap it all up with some holiday shopping advice:
avoid gift cards, give cash.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout 2005. Have a Merry
Christmas!

Love,
Katherine and Liz

========================================================
PRESS RELEASE: TOMMY THOMPSON WISELY AVOIDS CHIP!
========================================================

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2005

RFID IMPLANTS: FINE FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME
Ex-HHS Head Puts Off Being Chipped Despite July Promise

Ex-Bush cabinet member Tommy Thompson still hasn't received an RFID
implant despite a televised promise he made in July 2005 to do so.

Shortly after joining the board of VeriChip Corporation last spring, the
former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and four-term
governor of Wisconsin told CNBC that he would "get chipped" with a
VeriChip implant, but he has no plans to undergo the procedure anytime
soon, according to recent revelations.

The VeriChip is a glass-encapsulated RFID device designed to be injected
into human flesh for identification purposes and for use as a payment
device.

In public appearances, Thompson has suggested injecting the microchips
into Americans to link to their electronic medical records. "It's very
beneficial and it's going to be extremely helpful and it's a giant step
forward to getting what we call an electronic medical record for all
Americans," he told CBS MarketWatch in July.

When confronted by a CNBC correspondent in another July interview about
whether he would take a chip himself, Thompson replied, "Absolutely,
without a doubt."

However, when authors Liz McIntyre and Katherine Albrecht, who
researched human chipping for their book "Spychips: How Major
Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID,"
contacted the VeriChip Corporation on December 5, they were told that
the chipping never took place.

VeriChip spokesman John Procter said Thompson has been "too busy" to
undergo the chipping procedure, adding that he had no clear plans to do
so in the future. "I wouldn't put any type of time line on it," Procter
said.

The VeriChip spokesman also attributed the protracted delay in the
chipping to Thompson's desire to investigate the procedure. "He wants to
see it [the VeriChip] in a real-world environment first," said Procter,
who said he's trying to arrange a tour for Thompson at Hackensack
University Medical Center, the first hospital to implement the
technology in its emergency room.

But the authors question this explanation. "We would expect Mr. Thompson
to investigate the device *before* advocating it to others," said Liz
McIntyre. "It sounds like he has wisely decided to put off the
implantation, perhaps due to the serious privacy and civil liberties
implications of such devices, or perhaps due to the serious medical
downsides, like electrical risks and MRI incompatibility."

Albrecht added, "Perhaps the implants conflict with his religious
beliefs. Whatever his reasons, he should share them with the American
people, many of whom have loved and trusted him for years. He will be
responsible if they take an implant because of his influence."

Thompson may find himself under increasing pressure to get chipped in
light of VeriChip Corporation's recent IPO announcement. The company is
relying on Thompson's cooperation to give the much maligned human
tracking chip an image boost. "He said it on live television," said
Procter of Thompson's chipping intentions. "We look forward to setting a
firm date in accordance to his schedule and other commitments....We want
to maximize the impact of [Thompson's chipping] event...We'd certainly
like to...really knock it out of the park."

McIntyre is hoping that Thompson will resist the pressure. "Our concern
is that the VeriChip Company would like to chip every person on the
planet, and they're counting on Thompson to be their ticket to mass
acceptance," said McIntyre. "We're hoping he will work for the best
interests of humanity and refuse to be goaded into an ill advised
action."

According to Procter, only about 60 living persons in the U.S. have
agreed to be chipped. In addition to the voluntary recipients, the
company's implants were injected into the deceased victims of hurricane
Katrina, and there are plans to chip mentally disabled patients at a
residential center in Chattanooga. VeriChip has also had talks with the
Pentagon about chipping military personnel, though Procter said that "no
formal agreements have been reached."

A transcript of Thompson's entire CBS MarketWatch interview is available
at http://www.spychips.com/devices/tommythompsonverichip.html.

=====================================================================
HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIP: NO GIFT CARDS
=====================================================================

This is an oldie but goodie from last year, well worth repeating as we
enter the Christmas shopping season.

As you start your holiday shopping, if you make gift cards a regular
part of your gift-giving routine, please reconsider. Here are some quick
reasons why cash is a better gift for privacy-minded consumers:

- Cash is anonymous and it's accepted everywhere
- Gift cards, like loyalty and credit cards, reveal consumer
information
- Gift cards not only link individuals and purchases, but can be
used to link individuals to each other
- Since most gift cards may only be redeemed at certain stores, they
force a shopping choice on the recipient. (Is it right for you
to impose your shopping tastes on others?)
- Many gift cards/certificates never get redeemed -- meaning
extra-easy profit for the company, but no enjoyment for your
recipient
- Many retailers reduce the value of unredeemed gift cards after a
certain period of time and pocket the difference. (Then they
laugh all the way to the bank.)
- People get change back from cash purchases that they can spend
elsewhere. In contrast, gift cards tie up the change as a
balance on the card, forcing additional purchases.

Cash is today's only truly untraceable payment option. Giving cash
encourages its use by others (especially young people), while giving
numbered plastic cards gets them used to traceable payment instruments.
That's a bad precedent for us to set.

Cash: use it or lose it.

=====================================================================
CASPIAN MEDIA COVERAGE
=====================================================================

Katherine Albrecht was recently interviewed by Mother Jones Magazine.
You can read it on line at:
http://www.motherjones.com/interview/2005/12/albrecht.html

Liz McIntyre appeared on Dallas' CBS Evening News in a feature story
"Spychips? Pros and Cons of RFIDs." You can view that story here:
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Bill Thompson of Eye on Books interviewed Katherine about "Spychips."
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MadameX wrote:
I saw that same commercial recently. The tone makes it sound like it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.

It's good to be able to track stuff like parcels but when used on people.....not good.

There is always those who want to take things to extremes.


yes if your into herding people as cattle and are totally into control freaking and bean counting!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:29 am    Post subject: VERICHIP RFID IMPLANT HACKED! Reply with quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2006

VERICHIP RFID IMPLANT HACKED!
Will Security Problems Quash IPO Plans for Controversial Company?

The VeriChip can be hacked! This revelation along with other worrisome
details could put a crimp in VeriChip Corporation's planned initial
public offering (IPO) of its common stock, say Katherine Albrecht and
Liz McIntyre.

The anti-RFID activists and authors of "Spychips: How Major Corporations
and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID" make no bones
about their objection to VeriChip's plans to inject glass encapsulated
RFID tags into people. But now they've discovered information that could
call VeriChip's entire business model into question.

"If you look at the VeriChip purely from the business angle, it's a
ridiculously flawed product," says McIntyre. She notes that security
researcher Jonathan Westhues has shown how easy it is to clone a
VeriChip implanted in a person's arm and program a new chip with the
same number.

Westhues, known for his prior work cloning RFID-based proximity cards,
has posted his VeriChip cloning demo online at http://cq.cx/verichip.pl.

The VeriChip "is not good for anything," says Westhues, has absolutely
no security and "solves a number of different non-problems badly."

The chip's security issues may spell trouble for those who have had one
of the microchips embedded in their flesh. These include eighteen
employees in the Mexican Attorney General's office who use an implanted
chip to enter a sensitive records room, and a handful bar patrons in
Europe who use the injected chips to pay for drinks. "What are these
people going to do now that their chips can be cloned?" says McIntyre.
"Wear tinfoil shirts or keep everyone at arm's length?"

Albrecht quips, "A man with a chip in his arm may soon find himself
wondering whether that cute gal on the next bar stool likes his smile or
wants to clone his VeriChip. It gives new meaning to the burning
question, 'Does she want my number?'"

But the VeriChip's problems don't stop there, says McInytre, who is also
a former bank examiner and financial writer. She has carefully analyzed
the company's SEC registration statement and associated chipping
information and discovered serious flaws. It turns out the company's own
literature indicates that chipped patients cannot undergo an MRI if
they're unconscious. What's more, the company admits that critical
medical information linked to the chip could be unavailable in a real
emergency. "These issues call VeriChip's promotional campaigns and
business plan into question," McIntyre says.

The instructions provided to medical personnel warn that chipped
patients should not undergo an MRI unless they are fully alert and able
to communicate any "unusual sensations or problems," like movement or
heating of the implant. This conflicts with company's efforts to promote
people who cannot speak for themselves, such as Alzheimer's patients,
those with dementia, the mentally disabled, and people concerned about
entering an emergency room unconscious.

"The irony is that implantees will have to wear a Medic Alert bracelet
or bear some obvious marking so they aren't mistakenly put in an MRI
machine," Albrecht says.

Chipped patients might also have to wear a Medic Alert bracelet as a
back-up in case the VeriChip database containing their critical medical
information is unavailable. The fine print on the back of the VeriChip
Patient Registration Form warns implantees that "the Company does not
warrant...that the website will be available at any particular time,"
and physicians are told the product might not function in places where
there are ambient radio transmissions--like ambulances. In addition,
patients are required to waive any claims related to the product's
"merchantability and fitness." The waiver paragraph as it appears on the
form is reprinted below:

"Patient...is fully aware of any risks, complications, risks of
loss, damage of any nature, and injury that may be associated
with this registration. Patient waives all claims and releases
any liability arising from this registration and acknowledges
that no warranties of any kind have been made or will be made
with respect to this registration. ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, HOWEVER ARISING, WHETHER BY OPERATION OF LAW
OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED
WARRANTIES OF MECHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE ARE EXCLUDED AND WAIVED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COMPANY
BE LIABLE TO PATIENT FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST INCOME OR SAVINGS) ARISING
FROM ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THEIR POSSIBILITY,
REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH DAMAGES ARE SOUGHT BASED ON BREACH OF
CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY." [Emphasis in
the original.]

"For a life or death medical device, that's unbelievable," says
McIntyre. "I wouldn't buy toilet paper that required that kind of a
disclaimer, never mind a product that's supposed to serve as a lifeline
in an emergency."

McIntyre contacted the VeriChip Corporation for comments on these issues
and was initially promised a response. When the company failed to get to
get back to her, McIntyre followed up and was told that the employee had
been instructed not to answer her questions. The unanswered questions,
along with photos of the VeriChip and associated literature, are
available at www.spychips.com/verichip/unanswered-questions.html.

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"Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your
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printing, "Spychips" is the winner of the Lysander Spooner Award for
Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has received wide critical
acclaim. Authored by Harvard doctoral researcher Katherine Albrecht and
former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously researched,
drawing on patent documents, corporate source materials, conference
proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a compelling -- and
frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Caspian Members and Subscribers:

Since we first publicized last week that Cincinnati video surveillance
company CityWatcher.com had implanted the first VeriChip RFID tags into
U.S. employees, the story has exploded. Financial Times reporter Richard
Waters got the story from us, then his story landed in Slashdot and the
Drudge Report, and that resulted in over 200 Google news stories around
the world and several prominent TV news features.

As talk shows and media pundits cover the issue, however, there is one
crucial fact they are missing: THE VERICHIP IS NOT SECURE -- IT CAN BE
HACKED. What's more, the vast majority of Americans oppose it.

Of course, CASPIAN newsletter subscribers already know the VeriChip was
cloned just last month by security researcher Jonathan Westhues, putting
a huge dent in VeriChip's message that its implant provides a high level
of security. The truth is the chip implant does nothing of the kind.

(See: http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-hacked.html)

Below is an excerpt from the press release we sent last Thursday that
initially sparked the media frenzy on the "implanted workers" story.
Note that the focus of our reporting was the fact that neither
CityWatcher nor Six Sigma Security had any idea that the VeriChip
implant was insecure and had been hacked:

> Ironically, implantable tags may not provide CityWatcher with that
> additional safety, after all. Last month security researcher Jonathan
> Westhues demonstrated how the VeriChip can be skimmed and cloned by a
> hacker, who could theoretically duplicate an individual's VeriChip
> implant to access a secure area. Westhues, author of a chapter titled
> "Hacking the Prox Card" for Simson Garfinkel's recent "RFID:
> Applications, Security, and Privacy," said the VeriChip "is not
> good for anything" and has absolutely no security.

> "No one I spoke with at Six Sigma Security or at CityWatcher knew that
> the VeriChip had been hacked," [Spychips co-author Liz] McIntyre
> observed. "They were also surprised to hear of VeriChip's downsides as
> a medical device. It was clear they weren't aware of some of the
> controversy surrounding the implant."

(Source:
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/us-employees-verichipped.html)

In the meantime, we've been busy talking with reporters and radio hosts
everywhere about the serious downsides to chip implants. Here are just a
few of the scores of media stories that have featured our opposition to
the chips:

* Ohio Company Implants Security Chips Into Employees (New York Sun)
http://www.nysun.com/article/27551

* Video surveillance outfit chips workers (The Register)
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/02/10/employees_chipped/

* Company requires RFID injection (Security Focus)
http://www.securityfocus.com/brief/134

* Employees get microchip implants (WorldNetDaily)
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=48760

* Spy chips in employees' arms (p2pnet)
http://www.p2pnet.net/story/7884

* RFID Injection Required for Datacenter Access (Slashdot)
http://it.slashdot.org/it/06/02/12/0031213.shtml

* Firm implants ID chips (Cincinatti Enquirer)
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060214/BIZ02/602140331/1076

Our original press release (also reproduced below) can be found at:
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/us-employees-verichipped.html

We're hoping that as we shine the light on these disturbing and
dehumanizing practices, the perpetrators will scurry back under the rock
from whence they came. Today, this is just one small company, but it's
important we don't allow this type of chipping to become a precedent.
The bad guys are hoping that we will quietly tolerate this sort of thing
so they can line us all up like cattle and start chipping.

Please write to your local media and tell them about CASPIAN and our
years of activism on the RFID issue. Send them the press release below.
Send them to Spychips.com. Mail them one of our books. And most
importantly, tell them how strongly you oppose chipping human beings
with microchips.

Stand up and be counted -- the old-fashioned way -- with a letter or a
phone call. Let's show them that chipping us like cattle won't be as
easy as they think.

In Freedom,
Katherine Albrecht

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2006

TWO U.S. EMPLOYEES INJECTED WITH RFID MICROCHIPS AT COMPANY REQUEST
Government Contractor Adopts Controversial VeriChip Implant in Workplace

Cincinnati video surveillance company CityWatcher.com now requires
employees to use VeriChip human implantable microchips to enter a secure
data center, Network Administrator Khary Williams told Liz McIntyre by
phone yesterday. McIntyre, co-author of "Spychips: How Major
Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID,"
contacted CityWatcher after it announced it had integrated the VeriChip
VeriGuard product into its access control system.

The VeriChip is a glass encapsulated RFID tag that is injected into the
flesh of the triceps area of the arm to uniquely number and identify
individuals. The tag can be read through a person's clothing, silently
and invisibly, by radio waves from a few inches away. The highly
controversial device is being marketed as a way to access secure areas,
link to medical records, and serve as a payment instrument when
associated with a credit card.

According to Williams, a local doctor has already implanted two of
CityWatcher's employees with the VeriChip devices. "I will eventually"
receive an implant, too, he added. In the meantime, Williams accesses
the data center with a VeriChip implant housed in a heart-shaped plastic
casing that hangs from his keychain. He told McIntyre he had no qualms
about undergoing the implantation procedure himself, and said he would
receive an implant as soon as time permits.

"lt worries us that a government contractor that specializes in
surveillance projects would be the first to publicly incorporate this
technology in the workplace," said McIntyre. CityWatcher provides video
surveillance, monitoring and video storage for government and
businesses, with cameras set up on public streets throughout Cincinatti.

The company hopes the VeriChip will beef up its proximity or "prox" card
security system that controls access to the room where the video footage
is stored, said Gary Retherford of Six Sigma Security, Inc., the company
that provided the VeriChip technology. "The prox card is a system that
can be compromised," said Retherford, referring to the card's well-known
vulnerability to hackers. He explained that chipping employees "was a
move to increase the layer of security....It was attractive because it
could be integrated with the existing system."

Ironically, implantable tags may not provide CityWatcher with that
additional safety, after all. Last month security researcher Jonathan
Westhues demonstrated how the VeriChip can be skmmed and cloned by a
hacker, who could theoretically duplicate an individual's VeriChip
implant to access a secure area. Westhues, author of a chapter titled
"Hacking the Prox Card" for Simson Garfinkel's recent "RFID:
Applications, Security, and Privacy," said the VeriChip "is not good for
anything" and has absolutely no security.

"No one I spoke with at Six Sigma Security or at CityWatcher knew that
the VeriChip had been hacked," McIntyre observed. "They were also
surprised to hear of VeriChip's downsides as a medical device. It was
clear they weren't aware of some of the controversy surrounding the
implant."

Although CityWatcher reportedly does not require its employees to take
an implant to keep their jobs, Katherine Albrecht, "Spychips" co-author
and outspoken critic of the VeriChip, says the chipping sets an
unsettling precedent. "It's wrong to link a person's paycheck with
getting an implant," she said. "Once people begin 'voluntarily' getting
chipped to perform their job duties, it won't be long before pressure
gets applied to those who refuse."

Albrecht predicts that news of the security flaws will combine with
public squeamishness to make the VeriChip a hard product to sell,
however. "Obviously, nobody wants their employer coming at them with a
giant hypodermic needle. But when people realize it takes a scalpel and
surgery to remove the device if it gets hacked, they'll really think
twice," she said. "An implant is disgusting enough going in, but getting
it out again is a bloody mess."

Albrecht and McIntyre, who are Christians, also have religious concerns
about RFID chip implants. In their latest book, "The Spychips Threat:
Why Christians Should Resist RFID and Electronic Surveillance," the pair
explain how plans by global corporations and government entities to
broadly deploy RFID could usher in a world that bears a striking
resemblance to the one predicted in Revelation, the last book of the
Bible.

According to Revelation, at some future point people will not be able to
buy or sell unless they are numbered and bear a mark on their hand or
forehead.

"While Christians have theological reasons to reject being uniquely
numbered, this is an issue that should concern anyone who values privacy
and civil liberties," said Albrecht. "The VeriChip is Big Brother
technology being unscrupulously marketed by a company that would like to
put a chip in every one of us. It has no place on free American soil."

=====================================================================

ABOUT THE BOOKS

"Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your
Every Move with RFID" (Nelson Current) was released in October 2005.
Already in its fifth printing, "Spychips" is the winner of the Lysander
Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has received
wide critical acclaim. Authored by Harvard doctoral researcher Katherine
Albrecht and former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously
researched, drawing on patent documents, corporate source materials,
conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing
-- and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

"The Spychips Threat: Why Christians Should Resist RFID and Electronic
Surveillance" (Nelson Current, January 31, 2006) is a paperback version
of the original book that addresses Christian concerns associated with
the technology.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant to post about this, since I saw an interview with one of the vice presidents of the company. Despite what is said, the implants aren't required. The VP in the interview hadn't had it done and when asked when he would, he didn't really have an idea. It didn't seem like he wanted it either.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick wrote:
I meant to post about this, since I saw an interview with one of the vice presidents of the company. Despite what is said, the implants aren't required. The VP in the interview hadn't had it done and when asked when he would, he didn't really have an idea. It didn't seem like he wanted it either.

well that part of him not wanting it is slightly encourageing!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check this out:

RFID tags vulnerable to viruses

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A group of European computer researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to insert a software virus into radio frequency identification tags, part of a microchip-based tracking technology in growing use in commercial and security applications


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, Nick.

I have always wondered if this was the case, but one must distinguish between the active kind and the passive ones: in that case, are both equally vulnerable? If so, what implications for the companies that have invested billions in this technology, for the sake of the shareholders' bottom line...; is this investment to now be considered wasted? Wondering...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

make walmart think its ware houses are full when there not !! lol


s Your Money Being Tracked?

It seems the new $20 bills have a little something extra besides the pretty colors. According to this site, they're embedded with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips that can set off those monitoring devices at store exits designed to alert personnel that you're walking out with tagged merchandise. The author claims that you can "fry" the RFID tag by putting your money in the microwave - but it may explode if you do. If you don't want your money tracked, don't think you'll avoid it by leaving the country. A link from this site takes you to a story written way back in 2001 about how the European Central Bank was planning to embed RFID chips in all their euro notes by 2005. True or not? You read it and decide:
http://www.wxpnews.com/DRLXHG/060314-Money
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That $20 thing has been around since they made the new twenties back in 2001 or there abouts.

http://www.snopes.com/business/money/strip.asp

Just an anticounterfeit thing.




As far as the RFID virus thing, so far it's just proof of concept. The RFID chip can only hold basic info, so if the readers can probably be patched or updated to counter bad chips. I don't know if there's a difference between active and passive for being susceptible. One thing is sure, too many companies have put too much money to walk away from them now.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can totally breech the system by knowing what the readers are actually reading and produce a transmitter to send signal they are expecting and than modify the signal to buffer over or dammed near any thing you want.
they were using modified readers that could pick up chips a several hundred feet but if your going to broadcast a fake signal the sky is the limit!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:17 am    Post subject: The grate hole unveiled. Reply with quote

"I am hard of hearing, but you will find
it is not for want of listening."
Tiberius Claudius Nero (14-37), emperor of Rome
(Tiberius Claudius Nero died on March 16, 37)

- Malicious code in RFID -
Oxygen3 24h-365d, by Panda Software (http://www.pandasoftware.com)

Madrid, March 16, 2006 - According to several news articles recently
published in the Internet (including an article that refers to a report
published in The New York Times,
http://news.com.com/Study+says+RFID+tags+are+vulnerable+to+viruses/2100-
1029_3-6049872.html?tag=nefd.top), it has been demonstrated that it is
possible to insert a virus into radio frequency identification tags,
also known as RFID.

These types of tags consist of a small device that, when induced by a
radio frequency signal, return certain information, usually a small
numeric code. These are becoming more widely used for many purposes,
from controlling prices and articles in a supermarket (as an alternative
to barcodes), to identifying animals, controlling luggage, etc.; and
even for controlling people, an issue that is causing controversy.

The study claims that inserting certain codes in RFID tags can cause
errors in systems that read these codes that allow a range of actions
from simple database crashes to launching programs that leave the system
vulnerable to intruder attacks.

PandaLabs, when consulted by Oxygen3, confirmed the theoretical
possibility of these errors, but they would be due to problems
interpreting the code returned in the system that reads them. There is
practically no space in the RFID tag to insert executable code, and
moreover, the systems that read this code should not interpret data
received differently from the way they interpret simple code.

In the event of an error such as those described, the fault will lie
with the system that interprets the code. The same problem that occurs
with RFID could affect online forms, with data entered through the
console or through the reading of barcodes. RFID is nothing more than a
system for rapidly entering data, it is not a system for storing
executable code and as such we cannot talk about a "virus in RFID". At
most we are up against a new vector for exploiting vulnerabilities in
RFID reading systems.
Ya Right!!
------------------------------------------------------------

Yes if your trying to mod a chip to resonate an overflow its limited in what you can doby space on the chip.

But here is the very large flaw in rfid. they work by a radio signal being sent out and hitting them than resonating back a signal unique to that chip.
Sort of like sonar!!

Now here is its very big big hole.
All you need to do is scan a few rfid chips determineing type of signal that resonating back than produce your own.
All the info for frequencies used to scan are on line. And the info for return signal as well.

Well not quite that simple. but any hi school or collage grad could do this .
The harder part is sending out the modified signal to mimic rfid tags and inject any code buffer overflows just repeating the info from one chip infinitive number of time would doss a system.

Look at all the free gas you could get..... lol
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BELGIANS IMPLANT RFID CHIP IN TOOTH
Belgian scientists at the Catholic University of Leuven have embedded
an RFID chip into a tooth to show how detailed personal information
can be stored.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=10621

the end is near!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2006

"SPYCHIPS" AUTHORS WIN LYSANDER SPOONER AWARD
Named the Year's "Best Book on Liberty"

"Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your
Every Move with RFID" has been named winner of the 2006 Lysander Spooner
Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty. The book paints a
revealing picture of how organizations plan to use tiny computer chips
to track everyday objects -- and even people -- keeping close tabs on
people's belongings and whereabouts.

"The Lysander Spooner Awards are our way of honoring and showing our
appreciation to the writers, editors, researchers, and publishers who
continue to advocate for freedom," said Kathleen Hiserodt, President of
Laissez Faire Books, a division of a non-profit educational foundation
established in 1972. "'Spychips' is a truly important book. I applaud
the authors for bringing this vital information to the public, and I
hope the book will mobilize readers to protect their privacy before it
is too late."

Hiserodt's organization created the Lysander Spooner Awards in January
2004. The honor is given monthly to books that have made the greatest
contribution to the literature of liberty. An annual winner is selected
from 4 finalists chosen from the year's entries. The winning author (or
authors, in this case) receives a cash prize of $1,500.

Other finalists for the 2006 prize were Thomas Sowell for "Black
Rednecks and White Liberals," Geoffrey R. Stone for "Perilous Times,"
and Phil Valentine for "Tax Revolt."

"Just to be considered in the running with such amazing writers and
thinkers is an honor in itself," McIntyre observes. "We hope this
recognition will encourage others to read the book and counter attempts
by global corporations and their pundits to downplay its importance."

"Spychips" has raised the hackles of companies like Procter & Gamble,
Philips, Gillette, and IBM, who have been understandably embarrassed to
find their plans to track people with RFID technology laid out so
vividly in the book's pages. The authors have called for consumers to
avoid purchasing products from these and other RFID proponents, a
strategy they hope will convince the retail Goliaths to take consumer
privacy and civil liberties concerns seriously.

Increased attention to the book and its call for market-based consumer
action comes at a particularly bad time for Wal-Mart, seen as the
driving force behind broad-scale adoption of RFID. The Associated Press
reports that the retail giant is cutting back on inventory in its stores
as it "struggles with slowing sales and disappointing profit growth." In
addition, Wal-Mart's stock price has fallen 6 percent during the past 12
months.

"Most people assume 'Spychips' is a book about technology, but this
award recognizes it for what it really is: a book about liberty," says
Albrecht. "It has has become a rallying point for consumers who are fed
up with the erosion of their privacy and the encroaching surveillance
society. Because RFID is a smoking gun, our book is a wake-up call to
focus the energies of what is fast becoming a consumer revolution."

The Spooner Awards are named for the somewhat obscure 19th century
jurist and author, Lysander Spooner. Best known for his work in the
abolitionist movement, Spooner also earned acclaim for starting the
first private postal service in the United States, challenging the
government's monopoly on the mails and eventually forcing the Post
Office to drastically reduce the price of postage.

Previous annual Spooner award winners include James Bovard for his book
"Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice, and Peace to Rid the
World of Evil," and Randy Barnett for his book "Restoring the Lost
Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty."

=========================================
ABOUT THE BOOK

"Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your
Every Move with RFID" (Nelson Current) was released in October 2005.
Already in its fifth printing, "Spychips" is the winner of the Lysander
Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has received
wide critical acclaim. Authored by Harvard doctoral researcher Katherine
Albrecht and former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is meticulously
researched, drawing on patent documents, corporate source materials,
conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a convincing
-- and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

=========================================

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Opposing supermarket loyalty cards and other retail surveillance
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lawmakers are trying to ameliorate the possible damage. A state representative in Wisconsin has introduced a bill that would prohibit requiring anyone to have a chip implanted or doing it without their knowledge.
http://www.wxpnews.com/DRLXHG/060502-Wisconsin_Bill
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 7:24 am    Post subject: POF to my therory is out!! Reply with quote

Quote:
"If your trying to mod a chip to resonate an overflow its limited in what you can do by space on the chip.

But here is the very large flaw in rfid. they work by a radio signal being sent out and hitting them than resonating back a signal unique to that chip.
Sort of like sonar!!

Now here is its very big big hole.
All you need to do is scan a few rfid chips determineing type of signal that resonating back than produce your own.
All the info for frequencies used to scan are on line. And the info for return signal as well.

Well not quite that simple. but any hischool or collage grad could do this .
The harder part is sending out the modified signal to mimic rfid tags and inject any code buffer overflows just repeating the info from one chip infinitive number of time would doss a system.

Look at all the free gas you could get..... lol"
http://spywarewarrior.com/viewtopic.php?t=106&start=160

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OK POC (is out on my therory)

proof of concept has been taken and proven to work like i said a few weeks ago!!!
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Wired 14.05: The RFID Hacking Underground
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.05/rfid_pr.html

The RFID Hacking Underground
They can steal your smartcard, lift your passport, jack your car, even clone the chip in your arm. And you won't feel a thing. 5 tales from the RFID-hacking underground.
By Annalee Newitz

James Van Bokkelen is about to be robbed. A wealthy software entrepreneur, Van Bokkelen will be the latest victim of some punk with a laptop. But this won't be an email scam or bank account hack. A skinny 23-year-old named Jonathan Westhues plans to use a cheap, homemade USB device to swipe the office key out of Van Bokkelen's back pocket.
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.05/rfid.html

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this is worth reading!!
Risky Chips: 4 RFID Hacks
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gone in 60 seconds--the high-tech version
By Robert Vamosi
Senior editor, CNET Reviews
May 5, 2006
"Let's say you just bought a Mercedes S550, a state-of-the-art, high-tech vehicle with an antitheft keyless ignition system. After pulling into a Starbucks to celebrate with a grande latte and a scone while checking your messages on a BlackBerry, a man in a T-shirt and jeans with a laptop sits next to you and starts up a friendly conversation: "Is that the S550? How do you like it so far?" Eager to share, you converse for a few minutes, then the man thanks you and is gone. A moment later you look up to discover your new Mercedes is gone as well. "
http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3513_7-6516433.html?tag=txt
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dutch RFID e-passport cracked -- US next? - Engadget

Dutch RFID e-passport cracked -- US next?

Posted Feb 3rd 2006 9:05AM by Thomas Ricker
Filed under: Transportation, Wireless
A Dutch television program "Nieuwslicht" recently worked with local security firm Riscure to successfully crack and decrypt a Dutch-prototype RFID passport. In this case, the data exchange between the RFID reader and passport was intercepted, stored, and then the password was cracked later in just 2 hours....
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LibraryLaw Blog: New RFID bill in California would prohibit RFID ...

Quote:
LibraryLaw Blog: New RFID bill in California would prohibit RFID tags that give personal information on library cards (among other cards)
"The author of the bill pretends that it is just a three year "pause" in uses of the technology for library cards, and that it allows other uses if they comply with a strict encryption standard. This is a smoke screen. The bill is designed to outlaw all uses of the technology by making it too expensive to make, sell and to use. "

http://blog.librarylaw.com/librarylaw/2005/03/new_rfid_bill_i.html

UPDATE on Senate Bill 682(Simitian):

Quote:
Apparently, heaven has helped those of us who are still capable of thinking.
"Here is how it happened: those who supported the bill - those who wanted to ban the use of a new technology - tried to frighten people. They did this by lying. They lied about the dangers of the technology. They lied about how it can be misued. They lied about how it has been misused in the past. They lied shamelessly and repeatedly. They did it to frigten people enough to pass a law that helped no one except selected businesses making more expensive, inferior products."
http://blog.librarylaw.com/librarylaw/2005/03/new_rfid_bill_i.html


Actually what happened was Cor-pirate money power and influance was used to stop the bill in the name of greedite profit hunger!!
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

USE RFID FOR PEOPLE TRACKING
This article introduces one of the most popular scenarios for Radio
Frequency Identification (RFID) technology - people tracking.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=11113
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Libraries, schools, the government, and private sector businesses are adopting radio frequency identification tags, or RFIDs — a technology that can be used to pinpoint the physical location of whatever item the tags are embedded in. While RFIDs are a convenient way to track items, they are also a convenient way to do something far less benign: track people and their activities through their belongings. EFF is working to prevent the embrace of this technology from eroding privacy and freedom.
http://www.eff.org/Privacy/Surveillance/RFID/

Lots of very good info to be found there!!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2006

VERICHIP INJECTS ITSELF INTO IMMIGRATION DEBATE
Company Pushes RFID Implants for Immigrants, Guest Workers

Scott Silverman, Chairman of the Board of VeriChip Corporation, has
alarmed civil libertarians by promoting the company's subcutaneous human
tracking device as a way to identify immigrants and guest workers. He
appeared on the Fox News Channel earlier this week, the morning after
President Bush called for high-tech measures to clamp down on Mexican
immigrants.

Privacy advocates Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre are warning that a
government-sanctioned chipping program such as that suggested by
Silverman could quickly be expanded to include U.S. citizens, as well.

The VeriChip is a glass encapsulated Radio Frequency Identification tag
that is injected into the flesh to uniquely number and identify people.
The tag can be read silently and invisibly by radio waves from up to a
foot or more away, right through clothing. The highly controversial
device is also being marketed as a way to access secure areas, link to
medical records, and serve as a payment device when associated with a
credit card.

"Makers of VeriChip have been planning for this day. They've lost
millions of dollars trying to sell their invasive product to North
America, and now they see an opportunity in the desperation of the
people of Latin America," Albrecht observes.

VeriChip's Silverman bandied about the idea of chipping foreigners on
national television Tuesday, emboldened by the Bush Administration call
to know "who is in our country and why they are here." He told Fox &
Friends that the VeriChip could be used to register guest workers,
verify their identities as they cross the border, and "be used for
enforcement purposes at the employer level." He added, "We have talked
to many people in Washington about using it...."

Silverman is reportedly also planning to share his vision on CNBC's
Squawk Box if a slot opens up tomorrow (Friday) morning sometime between
6 and 9 AM Eastern Time. He was originally scheduled to appear on the
show this morning, but technical problems at the Florida studio
prevented his appearance.

The numbering and chipping of people seems like a plot from a dystopian
novel, but the company has gotten the buy-in from highly placed current
and former government officials, including Columbian President Alvaro
Uribe. He reportedly told Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) that he would
consider having microchips implanted into Colombian workers before they
are permitted to enter the United States to work on a seasonal basis.

"The mantra 'chip the foreigners' has little appeal once people realize
the company wants to stamp its 'electronic tattoo' into every one of
us," cautions McIntyre. "Electronically branding and tracking visitors
like cattle is VeriChip's excuse to get the government on board. But if
that happens, we'll all be in their sights."

Tommy Thompson, former Secretary of Health and Human Services joined the
board of VeriChip Corporation after leaving his Bush administration
cabinet post. Shortly thereafter, he went on national television
recommending that all Americans get chipped as a way to link to their
medical records. He also suggested the VeriChip could replace military
dog tags, and a spokesman boasted that the company had been in talks
with the Pentagon.

Privacy advocates warn that once people are numbered with a remotely
readable RFID tag like the VeriChip, they can be tracked. Once they can
be tracked, they can be monitored and controlled.

Albrecht and McIntyre, the authors of "Spychips: How Major Corporations
and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID" believe the
world's people will stand firm against chipping. "Our country was
founded on principles of freedom and liberty. We're betting that the
American people will see the end game and buck VeriChip's attempts,"
said Albrecht. "We also believe the people of Latin America will rise up
in opposition once they read our book."

The Spanish language version of "Spychips" will be hitting shelves
across Latin America next month.

=========================================

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your
Every Move with RFID" (Nelson Current) was released in October 2005.
Already in its fifth printing, "Spychips" is the winner of the 2006
Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty and has
received wide critical acclaim. Authored by Harvard doctoral researcher
Katherine Albrecht and former bank examiner Liz McIntyre, the book is
meticulously researched, drawing on patent documents, corporate source
materials, conference proceedings, and firsthand interviews to paint a
convincing -- and frightening -- picture of the threat posed by RFID.

Despite its hundreds of footnotes and academic-level accuracy, the book
remains lively and readable according to critics, who have called it a
"techno-thriller" and "a masterpiece of technocriticism."

The Spanish-language version of Spychips, titled "Chips Espias," will be
available in bookstores in the Americas and Spain starting June 6, 2006.

=========================================

=====================================================================

CASPIAN: Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
Opposing supermarket loyalty cards and other retail surveillance
schemes since 1999

http://www.spychips.com/
http://www.nocards.org/
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE RFID HACKING UNDERGROUND
They can steal your smartcard, lift your passport, jack your car,
even clone the chip in your arm. And you won't feel a thing. 5 tales
from the RFID-hacking underground.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=11229
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RFID IN RETAIL: AN INTRODUCTION
This white paper provides a general introduction to Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) technology, and discusses the benefits and
challenges of this technology for organizations that are involved in
the production, movement, or sale of retail goods.
http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=11186
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Injecting RFID into the Immigration Mess, Literally
By Evan Schuman, Ziff Davis Internet
May 19, 2006
Opinion: The CEO of Applied Digital has gone on TV to suggest implanting his RFID chips into the arms of registered aliens to address immigration issues. Some ideas are so awful that words don't do them justice.
http://www.thechannelinsider.com/article2/0,1895,1965620,00.asp
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