In today’s news, Canadian coins have been found to contain RFID type of transmitters. These coins were in the possession of US contractors who visited Canada.
Security experts believe the miniature devices could be used to track the movements of defence industry personnel dealing in sensitive military technology.
“You might want to know where the individual is going, what meetings the individual might be having and, above all, with whom,” said David Harris, a former CSIS officer who consults on security matters.
“The more covert or clandestine the activity in which somebody might be involved, the more significant this kind of information could be.”
The counter-intelligence office of the U.S. Defence Security Service cites the currency caper as an example of the methods international spies have recently tried to illicitly acquire military technology.
In related events, I recently bought a Smartrip card to ease my Metro commute from Maryland to Virginia. I’m looking forward to experimenting with the RFID in my Smartrip card.