What is Electronic Pickpocketing?

What is RFID?

RFID is a type of communication technology in which data between RFID readers/payment terminals and RFID tags (RFID transponder) of a smart card or debit/credit cards are exchanged using radio transmission within a distance and without any contact. A RFID system uses radio waves to communicate (wireless data transmission).

RFID technology is great, but it has its flaws. Certain vulnerabilities in credit and debit card designs mean that in some cases, hackers may be able to reach out and grab our personal data.

What is Electronic Pickpocketing?

An electronic data theft happens in seconds, eg in shopping centers, at airports, at stations, at the ticket office of supermarkets and retail outlets, at the train station, in the waiting room, on the train, in the elevator, on the bus, in the subway (metro), in the hotel, the restaurant, bar or other (busy) places, preferably but not exclusively with gatherings of people.

Data can be read without difficulties through clothes, luggage, handbags, sports bags, backpacks, luggage, purses, wallets, plastic and fabric bags and cases.

The data which has been spied out and read out (scanned, skimmed) is either directly misused (checkout) or used for purchases in online shops. They are also used indirectly to produce illegal digital copies and clones (again in fractions of a second).

Despite security mechanisms a residual risk of electronic data theft and payment fraud remains.