Tuesday, May 8, 2007

RFID Chips in Your Money, You Weren’t Supposed to Know

It is amazing sometimes to watch how stories that should never have been reported get quickly denied and then absurd excuses used as a cover.A perfect example is the Canadian spy coin capper.It was originally reported that some not-in-the-know security contractors had come across some suspicious coins while travelling through Canada. These suspicions were referred to the proper authorities at the counterintelligence office of the U.S. Defense Security Service at the Department of Defence. Their resulting report stated:“On at least three separate occasions between October 2005 and January 2006, cleared defense contractors' employees traveling through Canada have discovered radio frequency transmitters embedded in Canadian coins placed on their persons”But you were not supposed to know that your money has RFID chips in it.“The allegations, however, were found later to be unsubstantiated following an investigation into the matter,” the agency said in a statement published on its Web site.”That is as detailed as the explanation got. Unfortunately simple denial did not work and a US Freedom of Information Act and Canadian Access to Information Act requests were filed. Now they had to come up with an excuse to explain their admitted incompetence.Drum roll… It was the ever suspicious “poppy quarter”. According to numismatist Dennis Pike:“the coin's protective coating glows peculiarly under ultraviolet light”Case closed.Convinced?How about a quick recap.Suspicious red-centered coins examined “under high-powered microscope”. Mistook fancy new colour protecting coating for RFID chip. Never bothered to “confirm” (maybe by comparing microscopic appearance of suspicious red-centered coins to, say, maybe another not-so-suspicious red-centered coin) before publishing report. Heavily redacted nine day investigation revealed that we is dumb.Please move on, we are not testing / implementing RFID chips in your money.

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