November 25, 2003 9:32 AM PST

Chip implant gets cash under your skin

Radio frequency identification tags aren't just for pallets of goods in supermarkets anymore.

Applied Digital Solutions of Palm Beach, Fla., is hoping that Americans can be persuaded to implant RFID chips under their skin to identify themselves when going to a cash machine or in place of using a credit card. The surgical procedure, which is performed with local anesthetic, embeds a 12-by-2.1mm RFID tag in the flesh of a human arm.

ADS Chief Executive Scott Silverman, in a speech at the ID World 2003 conference in Paris last Friday, said his company had developed a "VeriPay" RFID technology and was hoping to find partners in financial services firms.

Matthew Cossolotto, a spokesman for ADS who says he's been "chipped," argues that competing proposals to embed RFID tags in key fobs or cards were flawed. "If you lose the RFID key fob or if it's stolen, someone else could use it and have access to your important accounts," Cossolotto said. "VeriPay solves that problem. It's subdermal and very difficult to lose. You don't leave it sitting in the backseat of the taxi."

RFID tags are miniscule microchips, which some manufacturers have managed to shrink to half the size of a grain of sand. They listen for a radio query and respond by transmitting a unique ID code, typically a 64-bit identifier yielding about 18 thousand trillion possible values. Most RFID tags have no batteries. They use the power from the initial radio signal to transmit their response.

When embedded in human bodies, RFID tags raise unique security concerns. First, because they broadcast their ID number, a thief could rig up his or her own device to intercept and then rebroadcast the signal to an automatic teller machine. Second, sufficiently dedicated thieves may try to slice the tags out of their victims.

"We do hear concerns about this from a privacy point of view," Cossolotto said. "Obviously, the company wants to do all it can to protect privacy. If you don't want it anymore...you can go to a doctor and have it removed. It's not something I would recommend people do at home. I call it an opt-out feature."

Chris Hoofnagle, a lawyer at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said implanted RFID tags cause an additional worry. "When your bank card is compromised, all you have to do is make a call to the issuer," Hoofnagle said. "In this case, you have to make a call to a surgeon.

"It doesn't make sense to go from a card, which is controlled by an individual, to a chip, which you cannot control."

ADS shares have slid from a high of about $12 in 2000 to 40 cents, and the company is now fighting to stay listed on the Nasdaq. "Our common stock did not regain the minimum bid price requirement and on Oct. 28, 2003, the Nasdaq Stock Market informed us by letter that our securities would be delisted from the SmallCap," ADS said in a Nov. 14 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company also warned that its implantable microchips are manufactured solely by Raytheon without a "formal written agreement," and any price increases or supply disruptions would have serious negative consequences.

MasterCard has been testing an RFID technology called PayPass. It looks like any other credit card but is outfitted with an RFID tag that lets it be read by a receiver instead of scanned through a magnetic stripe. "We're certainly looking at designs like key fobs," MasterCard Vice President Art Kranzley told USA Today last week. "It could be in a pen or a pair of earrings. Ultimately, it could be embedded in anything--someday, maybe even under the skin."

ADS is running a special promotion, urging Americans to "get chipped." The first 100,000 people to sign up will receive a $50 discount.

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no way!!!
Thier not putting that thing in me.
Posted by mattumanu (599 comments )
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Yeah, screw that. I'm not a religious person & even I see scary similarities between this & **** in the Bible.
Posted by dustranmet (2 comments )
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Dear beloved reader,

Let us watch at a IBM promotion video on You tube about marketing the RFID tag.
And have some positive constructive criticism about this.

This video has to be good because some people are really enthusiastic about it, something that is probably the life-seal out of Revelation of Johannes.This lifes-seal is going to buy out 144.000 and save some out of secrecy.
The life-seal will provide in food-supplies. Those who accept will be saved from more upcoming disasters from any-kind. It is the only way. God wants peace, love and financial stability in their live.

Watch promotion videos such as: "IBM markets implantable chips as cool". Other brands may have these videos 2 on You Tube. This is the only video so far I could find in the more positive catagory.

Do not watch all videos that make people frightened or being in panic. These videos should never have
been permitted and have to be flagged.

Maybe you would like some more to know at http://therevelation.welcome2me.com.
This link is only available within use of a Windows Internet Explorer. Paste it in at the left side.


Thank You,

Samuel

PS: >>>Gospel House
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Posted by Samuel334 (9 comments )
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An other name for this is 'Bar-Code-Identification' &#38; every bar-line represents a number, two thin lines together represents the number 6 &#38; on every Bar-Code there is an un-numbered bar-line at both ends &#38; the middle, work it out for yourself. Also go to Google Search = 'Barcode 666' for loads more info'.

.. He also forced everyone, small &#38; great, rich &#38; poor, free &#38; slave, to recieve a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no-one could buy nor sell unless they have the mark, which is the name of the beast (B.E.A.S.T. = Bio Electronics Analysts System Technology) and the number of their name.
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let them calculate the the number of the beast for it is also mans number (identification) &#38; that number is 666.
REVELATIONS 13: 16 ~18.

Also beware of 'Planet X' coming our way. For more info' go to 'YouTube Search'
Posted by LeWag (1 comment )
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I am just getting educated in this from listening to Christian radio, is B.E.A.S.T. a legit name seriously? sounds to me like this IS the mark stated in the Bible. was just wondering abt the accronym of the company name here. thats scary.
Posted by berserker74 (1 comment )
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In reference to implanting RFIC chips under the skin, I would much rather lose my ATM card than be a victim of a horrendous crime involving stealing my chip by slicing off a part of my skin???.and the promotion offering a $50 discount to the first 100,000 folks to sign up is not worth it!
Posted by tericlev (1 comment )
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I think the biochip idea for id is only a sip of an iceberg....
Sure of: No one have a right to the interference for what is of the privacy.
Posted by Yahya77 (1 comment )
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i do not think this is a wise idea. i am a Christian, but im unsure to whether or not this would be a safe alternative. the cons far outweigh the pros, also the little tid bit of the mark of the beast is a lot against it
Posted by cmth (1 comment )
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Dear beloved reader,

Let us watch at a IBM promotion video on You tube about marketing the RFID tag.
And have some positive constructive criticism about this.

This video has to be good because some people are really enthusiastic about it, something that is probably the life-seal out of Revelation of Johannes.This lifes-seal is going to buy out 144.000 and save some out of secrecy.
The life-seal will provide in food-supplies. Those who accept will be saved from more upcoming disasters from any-kind. It is the only way. God wants peace, love and financial stability in their live.

Watch promotion videos such as: "IBM markets implantable chips as cool". Other brands may have these videos 2 on You Tube. This is the only video so far I could find in the more positive catagory.

Do not watch all videos that make people frightened or being in panic. These videos should never have been permitted and have to be flagged.

Maybe you would like some more to know at http://therevelation.welcome2me.com.
This link is only available within use of a Windows Internet Explorer. Paste it in at the left side.


Thank You,

Samuel

PS: >>>Gospel House
Music GHM radio<<<
Posted by Samuel334 (9 comments )
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the day ANYONE trys to put a chip id tag in me is the day they get my fist up side their head
Posted by luvbutterfly7703 (1 comment )
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Dear beloved reader,

Let us watch at a IBM promotion video on You tube about marketing the RFID tag.
And have some positive constructive criticism about this.

This video has to be good because some people are really enthusiastic about it, something that is probably the life-seal out of Revelation of Johannes.This lifes-seal is going to buy out 144.000 and save some out of secrecy.
The life-seal will provide in food-supplies. Those who accept will be saved from more upcoming disasters from any-kind. It is the only way. God wants peace, love and financial stability in their live.

Watch promotion videos such as: "IBM markets implantable chips as cool". Other brands may have these videos 2 on You Tube. This is the only video so far I could find in the more positive catagory.

Do not watch all videos that make people frightened or being in panic. Thes videos should never have
been permitted and have to be flagged.

Thank You

PS: >>>Gospel House
Music GHM radio<<<
Posted by Samuel334 (9 comments )
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Dear beloved reader,

Let us watch at a IBM promotion video on You tube about marketing the RFID tag.
And have some positive constructive criticism about this.

This video has to be good because some people are really enthusiastic about it, something that is probably the life-seal out of Revelation of Johannes.This lifes-seal is going to buy out 144.000 and save some out of secrecy.
The life-seal will provide in food-supplies. Those who accept will be saved from more upcoming disasters from any-kind. It is the only way. God wants peace, love and financial stability in their live.

Watch promotion videos such as: "IBM markets implantable chips as cool". Other brands may have these videos 2 on You Tube. This is the only video so far I could find in the more positive catagory.

Do not watch all videos that make people frightened or being in panic. These videos should never have
been permitted and have to be flagged.

Thank You

PS: >>>Gospel House
Music GHM radio<<<
Posted by Samuel334 (9 comments )
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I think Samuel got the bible part wrong, this technology is something we all need to approach with alot of caution, besides opposing this from religious standpoint, it dosent sound as safe. You can read some comments on this on http://chasong.blogspot.com
Posted by ibiyemy (1 comment )
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there will also come a man that will promote world peace and everyone will love him. one world currency. one world government. one world religion. mark of the beast. this man is the devil and is most likely already on this earth. of course if you get raptured up into heaven first you wont have to experience the horrible things to come for our planet. give your life to God today before its too late.
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