Arduino RFID time clock

FRIC at ivoidwarranties has developed an Arduino addiction. So when his company needed a replacement time clock he wasn’t content to settle for a substandard commercial unit. In the true hacker spirit he designed his own superior time clock system using Arduino and a Stronglink SL018. The SL018 is an RFID reader/writer that interfaces via […]

Read and write 13.56 MHz RFID cards

Read and write 13.56 MHz RFID cards with OpenPCD: OpenPCD is a free hardware design for Proximity Coupling Devices (PCD) based on 13,56MHz communication. This device is able to screen informations from Proximity Integrated Circuit Cards (PICC) conforming to vendor-independent standards such as ISO 14443, ISO 15693 as well as proprietary protocols such as Mifare […]

RFDump open source RFID data analysis software

RFDump is an open source tool introduced at the Blackhat Conference in Las Vegas 2004 and is designed to work with certain RFID reader hardware to read tags and display their meta information on your PC. The current version is V1.6. “It is a backend GPL tool to directly interoperate with any RFID ISO-Reader to […]

Bootable live RFID hacking system

OpenPCD has been doing a lot of work with RFID hacking. They have a bootable Linux distro available to make exploration easier: The bootable Live RFID Hacking System contains a ready-to-use set of hacking tools for breaking and analyzing MIFARE Classic RFID cards and other well known card formats. It is built around PCSC-lite, the […]

Spotify Radio project looks to put playlists on physical disks

Jordi Parra has been making progress on this prototype standalone music player that comes with RFID 8 tags that can be linked to Spotify music playlists. It can be for yourself, or to give as a present, giving you the chance to link music to the tags before giving it to that person, similar to […]

FareBot: Read data from public transit cards with your NFC-equipped Android phone

When he heard that the Nexus S would include a built-in NFC radio, Eric Butler immediately started thinking about the potential of using cell phones with RFID to hack public transit fare systems. When the Gingerbread source code was released, he picked up a Nexus S and began working on a proof-of-concept application that could […]

Arduino-Processing-RFID sandwich game

Here’s a description by joshuajnoble of thefactoryfactory of his efforts in developing a simple “sandwich” game using Arduino, Processing and a Parallax RFID reader. Interesting for newcomers to the hobby as it illustrates the considerations which go into developing even a simple game using Arduino and Processing.

Implantable RFID temperature sensors

Implantable RFID chips have been around for years. Since at least 2004 these devices have been capable of including GPS data, and manufacturers have been researching other measurement capabilities. Implantable health sensors may soon be a real option with the launch by PositiveID of its ‘Wireless Body Platform’. Initially the health sensor system was designed […]

Analyzing a modern cryptographic RFID system

Henryk Plötz and Milosch Meriac gave a presentation at the recent 27C3 Chaos Communications Congress in Berlin, Germany, in which they demystified the HID iClass. One of the challenges of breaking iCLASS RFID readers was to extract the firmware and the security keys of RW400 readers without leaving visible traces like breaking the case open. […]

Reverse engineering a real-world RFID payment system

Harald Welte presented at the 27C3 CCC in Berlin, Germany, demonstrating his efforts at reverse engineering the data format of a real-world RFID based debit card system. His efforts focused on the EasyCard system, which is a popular method of cashless payment in Asia. Slides of the presentation are also available.

Vehicle data collection and processing system

As you travel this holiday weekend you may notice these IR devices mounted on police vehicles, at turnpike toll plazas and elsewhere along highways. They are designed to automatically read license plate numbers and check them against a database. Here’s an abstract describing how these systems work.

Government smart card handbook available

If you want some interesting reading after your holiday feast, why not download the US government official smart card handbook? Weighing in at 262 pages this bird is stuffed with info from the basics of smart card and other ID technology to the types of authentication systems used by various agencies.