2) Companies excited about RFID's promise to improve supply chain efficiency, enable automatic payments, and store data on mobile assets such as human beings (there's actually a bar in Rotterdam that offers its VIP patrons the ability to be tagged with a subdermal microchip) probably don't want to worry about malware infecting those systems. But as Vrije Universiteit researcher Melanie Rieback pointed out Thursday at Black Hat, there are ways to infect RFID systems with malware. "I guess I decided RFID didn't have enough problems," Rieback said of a paper she wrote entitled "Is Your Cat Infected with a Computer Virus?" The paper suggests computer viruses could spread from RFID tags through readers into poorly written middleware applications and into enterprise back-end systems and databases. Rieback pointed out that this is just one more thing for businesses to consider before adopting RFID. Don't look for any sudden onslaught of RFID attacks, but be prepared for them as RFID matures.
You've been warned.