What Is Skimming on RFID Credit Cards?


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RFID skimming refers to a form of digital theft whereby the information contained on an RFID-equipped credit card is intercepted and duplicated. This can be accomplished through a device called an RFID skimmer, which analyzes wireless data transmissions and derives information, such as card numbers and expiration dates, from them.

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In 2006, a team of researchers from Massachusetts was the first to build a device that could skim data from RFID cards. The team used $150 worth of electronics to create the device. However, its effectiveness was accounted for by the lack of security protection featured by the first-generation models of RFID cards. Modern RFID cards encrypt the data and transmit dummy numbers as a means of protection.

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