Wahle was US soldier and now works as an engineer for APA Wireless. He’s testing the limits of cyber security with chip implants that can steal data, right under your nose.
Seth is researching a growing community of chip carriers who implant devices under the skin, and can quietly steal information, also known as Biohackers.
Wahle has spent much of his time researching the different types of RFID chips available.
RFID (radio frequency identification, or RFID) are minute devices that can store small amounts of information, and communicate with other devices in the vicinity.
Brian Torchin has learned that Wahle paid a tattoo artist to inject the chip in his hand, in the space between the thumb and forefinger.
“For a moment the pain became really unbearable, but stopped as soon as he pulled out the needle,” says Wahle.
How the chip works
The RFID chip has an antenna for short-range communications. This antenna generates a radio frequency that allows communication with devices like smartphones, which include NFC antennas.
So when a phone is in the palm of the hand, the chip sends a signal to your phone and begins a dialog, requesting an open link.
If your phone complies, the link installs a malicious file that connects your phone to a remote server where anyone can access the information.
Wahle cautions, there are not many obstacles to skip requesting the open link, and go directly to the information on your phone.
The chances that you bump into someone who has a RFID chip inserted in his hand are still very low, but the technology is out there.