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    Thursday, September 4, 2008

    RFID and Mythbusters

    Did Mythbusters scrap their RFID episode because of legal pressure from the large credit card companies and Texas Instruments or did co-host of the show, Adam Savage, “...get some of his facts wrong?” A spokesperson for TI said that things went differently than Adam described during a presentation at The Last HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth).

    Adam has retracted his statement made at HOPE. However, how much of the statement was retracted? It seems to me that he admitted that he may have gotten the facts wrong regarding who was in on the phone call and the retractions applies to Discovery Channel—and their advertisers—being associated with the decision not to do an RFID security episode. All this means to me is that the parties involved in the call were corrected and Discovery was exonerated from being associated with the decisions, but what was discussed or the rationale behind the decision as Adam says, “If I went into the detail of exactly why this story didn't get filmed, it's so bizarre and convoluted that no one would believe me...” is left for us to speculate.

    How much can be or should be disclosed about security vulnerabilities? It's a topic that everyone is discussing now.

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