To believe RFID cards crime is occurring, you have to ignore that RFID readers can read RFID information from many yards away only in perfect conditions. The actual conditions of multiple greeting cards in someone's wallet or purse, blocked by other cards and material and surrounded by all kinds of other metal things (e. g., keys or coins), all lead to RFID cards being hard to read at distance. Basically, when used at a merchant with normal visitors, RFID cards must be within a few cms to work. You often can't even keep it inside a wallet and have the signal reach the merchant reader.
A few assume the criminal mastermind has got the best RFID audience and the victim is alone and is essentially holding their card away in front of those so the reader has a definite shot at RFID eavesdropping. Let's assume the lawbreaker can actually get all the information available from a wireless read.
Many RFID credit cards will only readily transmit the credit card number and expiration datecontinue reading →