Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mythbusters gagged by credit card companies over RFID episode

Remember back in March, when I posted instructions on how to hack RFID credit cards and get all their information from a distance of up to 40' or more? Apparently Mythbusters was going to investigate this as a possible urban myth in an episode, and the big boys really REALLY didn't want that. Adam Savage talks about it in the video below, here is a quote:

Texas Instruments comes on along with chief legal counsel for American Express, Visa, Discover, and everybody else... They were way, way outgunned and they absolutely made it really clear to Discovery that they were not going to air this episode talking about how hackable this stuff was, and Discovery backed way down being a large corporation that depends upon the revenue of the advertisers. Now it's on Discovery's radar and they won't let us go near it.

Enjoy the legal immune response from large monsters about their vulnerabilities, like the soft spot in Smaug's belly,


[via Anton of the North, picture credit in linked article]

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