Straight from the shoulder

CareGroup Healthcare System and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, USA.
New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 54.42). 08/2005; 353(4):331-3. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp058077
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    ABSTRACT: This paper surveys recent technical research on the problems of privacy and security for radio frequency identification (RFID). RFID tags are small, wireless devices that help identify objects and people. Thanks to dropping cost, they are likely to proliferate into the billions in the next several years-and eventually into the trillions. RFID tags track objects in supply chains, and are working their way into the pockets, belongings, and even the bodies of consumers. This survey examines approaches proposed by scientists for privacy protection and integrity assurance in RFID systems, and treats the social and technical context of their work. While geared toward the nonspecialist, the survey may also serve as a reference for specialist readers.
    IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 03/2006; DOI:10.1109/JSAC.2005.861395 · 4.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The VeriChip is a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tag produced commercially for implantation in human beings. Its proposed uses include identification of medical patients, physical access control, contactless retail payment, and even the tracing of kidnapping victims. As the authors explain, the VeriChip is vulnerable to simple, over-the-air spoofing attacks. In particular, an attacker capable of scanning a VeriChip, eavesdropping on its signal, or simply learning its serial number can create a spoof device whose radio appearance is indistinguishable from the original. We explore the practical implications of this security vulnerability. The authors argue that:1 The VeriChip should serve exclusively for identification, and not authentication or access control. 2 Paradoxically, for bearer safety, a VeriChip should be easy to spoof; an attacker then has less incentive to coerce victims or extract VeriChips from victims' bodies.
    Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 11/2006; 13(6):601-7. DOI:10.1197/jamia.M2143 · 3.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Radio Frequency Identification(RFID) has been widely used in healthcare facilities, but it has been paid little attention whether RFID applications are safe enough under healthcare environment. The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of RFID tags on Magnetic Resonance(MR) imaging in a typical electromagnetic environment in hospitals, and to evaluate the safety of their applications.
    BioMedical Engineering OnLine 09/2014; 13(1):129. DOI:10.1186/1475-925X-13-129 · 1.75 Impact Factor

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