Monday, 23 August 2010

Eye-ster Card

Satirical Oyster Card found here.
There has much talk of the London Underground using the integrated Oyster Card Travel pass as a way to track the movements of the populace through use of its RFID Chip. It was originally denied that it would be used in this fashion, but after several high profile criminal cases it was revealed that it can and will be used for that purpose. The future is Blue? Barclays Bank is spending Millions of pounds on London Travel sponsorship contracts (Bike Super Highway/Bike Rental), like the integrated Barclay Card/Oyster, which is a Credit Card with a built in Oyster Card. Although this very convenient, for the critics, there are considerable Privacy issues, with potential problems with Credit Card Fraud, Identity Theft, and increase in Personal Data leaks. Also the Card is one giant leap towards "the Cashless Society"...

Oyster Card, Mobile Phones can now be used to "Tap In" and used to pay for travel

Oyster Card RFID hack gets detailed

The vulnerability of cards based on the Mifare Classic RFID chip (like the Oyster Card used for the London Underground) has been known for some time now but, unsurprisingly, some pesky legal business has prevented the complete details from being published. " - From here

"The Oyster travelcard system has been a big success in London (i.e. it's not been a colossal cock-up like most public service technology projects), and now Barclays is extending the idea to paying for stuff other than tube journeys.

Its new touch-and-pay credit card is called BarclayCard OnePulse, and launches in September. It'll let you pay for items in over 1,000 London retailers, including Coffee Republic and Eat, by pressing the card against a special pad.

If the items cost under a tenner, you won't even need to enter a PIN - a fact that would be more impressive if a pair of coffees and muffins didn't already cost over a tenner in most London cafes. Better still, the card will ALSO work as an Oyster card, thanks to a three-year exclusive deal with Transport For London's technology supplier TranSys."
- From here

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