Thursday, November 03, 2011
Some credit cards emit wireless signals that leave them vulnerable to hackers
Walt Augustinowitz, who founded Identity Stronghold (link), helped television station WJLA (ABC, Washington DC) report on “electronic pickpocketing”. Some credit cards have a “wireless hologram” that send out a signal that cell phones or other devices can pick up, and credit card transactions processed on smart phones can sometimes be hacked.
It’s prudent to ask credit card companies to send cards without the wireless gonzo.
So far, very few such hacks have actually been reported to police.
A similar report has also been aired recently on Fox channels.