If you're a Malaysian citizen who drives - your privacy when on the roads is about to be worsened. 

The Malaysian Government have just announced plans to introduce a scheme which sees all road vehicles plastered with a special RFID tax sticker. 

While these stickers have the supposed intention of deterring car thieves, monitoring road jams, and controlling road networks - we at Wallet Wall don't see it as much. 

With an untested encryption system, we believe that citizens of Malaysia are far worse - as privacy concerns mount. This would equate to anyone with an RFID reader monitoring who is driving what vehicle - and from afar. 

Now this system isn't yet to take full effect until 2018 - but the Government have plans to push out a pilot test program, which starts as early as next month. Happy days! 

Oh, and if you're planning to rip the sticker off, don't. They're programmed to transmit a warning if it's tampered with, and shatter. 

 

Tech giant Intel, is working with CSIRO to discover reasons on the widespread disappearance of millions of bees in Australia. 

They are doing this by installing trackable RFID tags on their backs. 

This study is important because approximately 33% of all human food sources are pollinated by honey bees - meaning a continuing disappearance may change the way humans eat in the future. 

Intel has made its Edison wearables computing platform available to track the movements of the honey bees which are able to monitor the environments that the bees find themselves in. They'll then be able to use this data to make large scale decisions on why bees decide to migrate. 

"We're now able to make an appropriate level of capacity at an appropriate cost to actually take our transistors into places beyond the PC and servers that we're typically used to dealing with," said David Mellers, enterprise sales director for Intel ANZ.

The RFID tag itself is a masterpiece, a tiny 2.5x2.5x0.4mm in size, and weighing less than 5.4mg - the tags are super glued to the back of the honey bees. 

The tags will allow researchers to look at many differing factors including stress levels in accordance to diseases, pollution in the air, water contamination, as well as extreme weather - to see analyse the bees ability to pollinate. 

"The sensors, working in partnership with Intel software, operate in a similar way to an aeroplane's black box flight recorder in that they provide us with vital information about what stress factors impact bee health."

The DEF CON security event in Las Vegas last weekend saw Francis Brown, partner at security firm BishopFox gave a great speech called 'RFID Hacking: Live Free or RFID Hard'. Brown talked about weaknesses in RFID technology at the Black Hat USA Conference in 2013 where he touched upon aspects such as low frequency RFID and the dangers involved.

However this year he talked about the total opposite, in high frequency RFID often found in credit cards and passports, which can be blocked by our Wallet Wall product.  

"Most people when they think of RFID hacking are typically not the things they really need to worry about," Brown said. "Most people think of RFID in credit cards and mobile payments, and those really aren't huge risks."

RFID Cloning Weaknesses

Brown mentions that the dangers revolve around malicious strong high distance readers which can read and then clone an entry card and then gain access to physical hardware. 

Our top tip is to always carry your entry card in your Wallet Wall if you work in relevant sectors, in order to prevent such a thing happening.

"Basically what the system does is it checks your RFID card information to see if you belong in the building, and then it checks to see if the finger you are using is the same fingerprint that is stored on the card," Brown explained. "So if I stole your card, I'd make a copy of your card, then I'd switch out your fingerprint with my fingerprint, and then the system would just verify my fingerprint with the stolen copied card."