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Radio frequency identification security analysis

Radio frequency identification (RFIDs) are an increasingly common and cheap way to store and track inventory information. Whilst several security proposals exist, to date none has been accepted globally or used uniformly.

This research looks at a range of RFID standards and technology to evaluate existing security measures and encryption standards. Where flaws or potential weakness are discovered, hardware, software and apposite processes are created in order to test the exploit within a purpose built RF shielded environment.

So far, this research has led to the discovery of a significant number of previously unpublished vulnerabilities that would have a devastating impact on the operation of RFID systems. Such discoveries are being used to evaluate existing systems and as a basis for developing countermeasures and attack detection tools.


Dr Christopher Bolan
Professor Craig Valli
Dr Andrew Woodward

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