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An Investigation into Long Range Detection of Passive UHF RFID Tags
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  • Craig Valli, Edith Cowan University
  • Andrew Woodward, Edith Cowan University
  • Ken Wild, Edith Cowan University
  • Reino Karvinen, Edith Cowan University
Publication Date
1-1-2005
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Publisher
School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University
Faculty
Computing, Health and Science
School
Computer and Information Science, Centre for Security Research
RAS ID
2830
Comments
This article was originally published as: Valli, C. , Woodward, A. J., Wild, K. G., & Karvinen, R. T. (2005). An investigation into long range detection of passive UHF RFID Tags. Proceedings of 3rd Australian Computer, Network and Information Forensics Conference. (pp. 84-86). Perth Western Australia. School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University. Original article available here
Abstract

Radio frequency identification tags (RFID) have been in use for a number of years, in a variety of applications. They are a small computer chip like device that can range in size from a thumbnail to a credit card size device. They consist of a small silicon chip, and an antenna used to receive and transmit data. When a tag receives a signal from a valid reader it sends a response, typically a tag ID and any other requested/available data back to the reader device. The newer range of RFID chips that are coming into use now use higher frequencies (UHF) and are able to be detected, or transmitted to, from longer distances (1 – 10 m) with a conventional handheld reader. This increased distance alone presents many opportunities for users and misusers alike. These include but are not limited to passive scanning/sniffing of information in transit, deception, disruption of signal, and injection of malicious or false data into the broadcast envelope. There is no evidence currently in the literature of long-range scans or attacks on UHF RFID tag or supporting infrastructure. Given that these tags are now being used in military applications, an improved understanding of their vulnerabilities from long range scanning techniques will contribute to national security. An understanding of the long range scanning potential of these devices also will allow further study into the possible misuse of RFID technology in society by governments, business and individuals.

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Citation Information
Craig Valli, Andrew Woodward, Ken Wild and Reino Karvinen. "An Investigation into Long Range Detection of Passive UHF RFID Tags" (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/craig_valli/21/