The RFID Attack Detector (RAD) is an intelligent sniffer (radio receiver) designed to detect attempted attacks on RFID, contactless smart card and NFC based systems in real time.
The Information Security Group Smart Card Centre has been carrying out research and providing expert advice on detecting attacks on contactless/smartcard systems for several years.
The RAD incorporates this research and expertise into a practical device that can be used to detect and intercept attacks using emulated, cloned or counterfeit devices. It can detect unusual physical activity by the device, for example deviations from expected radio frequency or timing behaviour. It can also detect variations from expected interaction protocols, which may be attempts to explore the RFID system protocols and/or obtain cryptographic keys.
The RAD is not only applicable to transport systems, but in many other areas where contactless technology is increasingly important and is under continuous scrutiny from hackers.
A working prototype has been built with a realistic form factor for practical deployment and has been successfully demonstrated to RFID technology user organisations.
The RAD is the subject of International Patent Application No. PCT/GB2010/000167.
We are now seeking partners to license the technology and/or to participate in shared development.
For further information contact David Wells, Business Development Manager, ICT.
Tel: 01784 414931