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Researchers: Your Tires Can Be Used To Track You

RFID—U.S. & EU

August 10, 2010

Researchers from Rutgers University and the University of South Carolina have found that the RFID tags used to measure tire pressure on new cars and provide information wirelessly to the car's electronic control unit can be intercepted or even forged, Computerworld reports. Such monitors are currently required in the U.S. and will be required in the EU by 2012. The vulnerability points to what one researcher described as a troubling lack of concern about privacy and security with new software development. With such systems, "people just try to make things work first, and they don't care about the security or privacy during the first run of design," said Wenyuan Xu, adding, however, that consumers "may be willing to pay a few dollars to make their autos secure."
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