In recent times we have seen how the implantation of chips in the human body could be an interesting approach to offer new options of connectivity or health monitoring. Without however this practice also It can be used for other purposes, as demonstrated by a security expert named Seth Pick who works as an engineer in the company APA Wireless.
Pick It has implemented an NFC chip in his left hand, between the thumb and the index, and this chip that has integrated its own antenna allows you to ping Android phones to try to bind to them. If the user accepts this connection is installed a malicious file that makes the attacker – in this case, pick – have access to the options of this smartphone from a remote computer. The chip has other disturbing advantage: it is undetectable at airports, and can only be seen with an x-ray.
Current security systems are not ready for this threat
This expert will display all the details of his study at the Conference Hack Miami which will take place in may, but already has advanced already had it implanted when he was working for the U.S. Army and It was never detected despite going through scanners Every day. A Security Adviser called Rod Soto together that will present the conclusions stated that “this implanted chip can basically overcome any security measure that is currently installed and we have evidence of that”.
The NFC chip implantation was rather “home”, and an “amateur unlicensed” was made for $40 in a process that is also illegal in Florida, the State where he lives pick. The chip is designed for agricultural applications and comes from the Chinese manufacturer Freevision, and has a capacity of 888 bytes that host malicious code. In the process of hacking has also a part of social engineering involved, but those responsible for the study to ensure that that process can be polished further to offer all kinds of options.
Kevin Warwick, who claims to be the first human being with an implant NFC in his body, indicating that “it is good that this type of application is assessed, and gives an idea of what is possible to do with these chips and displays some of the risks posed by”. This expert is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, and highlighted the inability of existing security systems -such as those at the airports – to detect this type of threat.