This is a video Shawn McTigue made as part of a creative submission for the MasterCard Intern 2012 Challenge as he was applying to be a Marketing Intern with MasterCard Canada for a summer job! Don't agree "cashless society" is necessarily better (nor safer) for the reasons he states or otherwise, but its good to know that Credit Card companies are so fixated on eliminating cash that they make a cashless society creative contest.
Do you have a lot of outstanding credit card debt? Ever feel like it’s in charge of your life? Well in this sketch from The Second City Network, that feeling like you lost your freedom becomes a lot more than just a feeling.
Director: Joshua Funk
Producer: Meghan O'Brien
Written By: Joshua Funk, Willis Turner, and Andy Cobb
Starring: Willis Turner, Michael McLendon & Nyima Funk
Featuring: Kyle McGrath, Ed Zareh, Andrew Friedberg, Christopher Senger, Ric Rosario, Gilbert Garza & Charlene Yang
Music by: Joshua Funk
A number of credit card companies now issue credit cards with embedded RFIDs (radio frequency ID tags), with promises of enhanced security and speedy transactions.
But on today's episode of Boing Boing tv, hacker and inventor Pablos Holman shows Xeni how you can use about $8 worth of gear bought on eBay to read personal data from those credit cards -- cardholder name, credit card number, and whatever else your bank embeds in this manner.
Fears over data leaks from RFID-enabled cards aren't new, and some argue they're overblown -- but this demo shows just how cheap and easy the "sniffing" can be.
This episode is part of our ongoing series of interviews with some of the thinkers, hackers, and tinkerers at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference this year.
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