RFID Virus News story
On 15 March 2006, Melanie Rieback presented a paper coauthored with Andrew S. Tanenbaum and Bruno Crispo at the IEEE Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications conference, where it won a Best Paper Award. Since there were 280 submissions and 31 accepted papers, that was an achievement in itself. In addition, the paper (which showed that it was possible to infect RFID chips with viruses) received massive worldwide publicity. There were stories in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, UPI, de Volkskrant, Computable, Computerworld, Computer Weekly, CNN, BBC, Fox News, MSNBC, and many other print, broadcast, and online news outlets, and blogs. Below is a selection of links.
In addition, Andy and Melanie were interviewed by close to a dozen radio stations and other media outlets. The story also hit Slashdot, one of the biggest tech/business news sites.
For information about how to create the RFID viruses and how to defend against them, see www.rfidvirus.org. Our group is also working on privacy in an RFID-enabled world. For information on that, see www.rfidguardian.org. At the bottom of that page is a video demonstrating the RFID Guardian in action.
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