More NFC Phones Coming To The West
Inside Contactless today said the company expects to see 1-2 million handsets with NFC chips shipping outside of Japan this year. A spokesman said the company is providing chips to Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and LG for global distribution as well as to Kyocera Wireless for their US models. Many carriers and manufacturers are participating in NFC trials around the US already. Though it is possible the company is supplying chips for further trials, Inside Contactless was hopeful about commercial launches in the West.
from Inside Contactless
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ONE WORLD ORDER
Same ole RFID, Same ole Security/Privacy Issues
Although the communication range of NFC is limited to a few centimeters, NFC alone does not ensure secure communications. In 2006, Ernst Haselsteiner and Klemens BreitfuÃƒÅ¸ described different possible types of attacks.
NFC offers no protection against eavesdropping and is also vulnerable to data modifications. Applications have to use higher-layer cryptographic protocols (e.g., SSL) to establish a secure channel.
The RF signal for the wireless data transfer can be picked up with antennas. The distance from which an attacker is able to eavesdrop the RF signal depends on numerous parameters, but is typically a small number of meters. For example, eavesdropping is extremely affected by ...