This era of RFIDs everywhere means a new era of hacking, one where a reader and a copy of RFDump are just as important as a proxied Internet connection and a telnet client were in the past. As MythBusters attempted to show
, existing RFID chips and tags seem universally hackable and clonable, whether they be inside your passport
or inside of you
, but a new one from Verayo is said to be totally impenetrable -- for reals this time. It uses Physical Unclonable Functions, or PUF, a randomized coating of wires that both protect the internals from interlopers and also return a (supposedly) unique identifier that (supposedly) can't be duped. Truth in advertising? Hackers worldwide are itching to find out after the thing's formal introduction tomorrow morning at the RFID World conference -- surely the hottest ticket in Vegas this week.