West End Laboratories TagZapper(TM)

March 24, 2005

West End Laboratories, a division of LDC Security, has also developed a RFID tag zapper designed to disable RFID chips. By killing the radio frequency identification tag, the zapper prevents the unwanted scanning and tracking of people or goods. The company reports that RFID poses a privacy threat because anyone with an RFID reader could retrieve sensitive information on myriad topics. The TagZapper™is both lightweight and handheld. According to Whynot.net:

“In a naive, RFID-enabled world without technical forethought, there is risk that sensitive information could be visible in secret to anyone with an RFID reader,” said Le Derec Caden, director and chief scientist with West End Laboratories in the US.

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Comments

Surely this "TagZapper" is a hoax ?

The tagzapper.com webpage is hosted as a frame on

http://zombiewire[DOT]com/tagzapper/

What is ZombieWire's connection with this alleged "product in development" ?

Why are people in various "gadget and gizmo" websites and, it seems RFID blogs, not asking themselves some basio questions like:

How is one "lightweight, handheld" device meant to "zap" RFID tags which use a variety of different technologies, radio freqiencies, protocols and standards ?

If it somehow generates enough power to "zap" an electronic chip like, putting it in a microwave oven, how is this not both a health hazard to everyone nearby, and not illegal ?

Posted by: Watching Them, Watching Us at April 1, 2005 08:24 AM

Concerning the Tagzapper. They will release it in good time. It seems that as the RFID chip develops into generation 2 the tagzapper coins. I just love the whole battle!!!!

"If it somehow generates enough power to "zap" an electronic chip like, putting it in a microwave oven, how is this not both a health hazard to everyone nearby, and not illegal "

How is being scanned via WiFI while wearing RFID tags NOT ILLEGAL???
You must be a RFID PROMOTER!!! funy how you guys work.

Posted by: sissy at April 9, 2005 06:16 PM

Microsoft Patents Body-As-Network
A human conduit could distribute power across wearable devices, developer says.
Microsoft patents a method to transmit data and power over the human body.
I wonder if this power can power and RFID. Then each human would have their own ID (number) Just a thought

Posted by: Biometrix News at April 11, 2005 02:37 PM

sissy: I will believe the TagZapper hype when I see a working demonstration, and not before. You would be foolish to invest money in it.

WiFi , or an RFID scanner working within the Industrial Scientific Medical radio frequency bands, may be license free, but they are still heavily regulated by law with respect to the legal limits for the amount electromagnetic power which is allowed to be transmitted, for health and for interference reasons.

I am not keen on unregulated RFID tags, especially individual item level ones, but they hav their place within a logistics chain, provided that they are not insecure, which, unfortunately, all the cheap ones are.

Posted by: Watching Them, Watching Us at April 13, 2005 09:17 PM

Biometrix News: "I am not a number, I am a free man!"

IBM were demonstrating sending "personal business cards" by superimosing a data signal onto the elctrical signals of the human skin, over 10 years ago, so they probably hold the main patents.

All the Personal Area Network stuff seems to be a re-run of the mistakes made with Bluetooth - look at how the lack of built in security (or the option to leave it out for cost reasons) is crippling the more advanced mobile phone and PDA devices now.

Posted by: Watching Them, Watching Us at April 13, 2005 09:27 PM

Yeah OK! WHAT EVER WATCHINGTHEM> LEAVE ME ALONE!

Posted by: :P at April 16, 2005 05:27 PM

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Posted by: James at December 3, 2005 09:53 PM
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