They say money talks, but sometimes it transmits as well. Recently, Canadian coins have been showing up in the pockets of American contractors with tiny transmitters in them, according to the Department of Defense. Security experts say the devices could be used to track defense industry personnel movements, meetings and more. One use for such a device could be for marking someone for assassination or kidnapping, but with coins, they could only remain in their pockets for a few minutes, depending on what those people are doing.
Security experts believe the miniature devices could be used to track the movements of defense industry personnel dealing in sensitive military technology.
“You might want to know where the individual is going, what meetings the individual might be having and, above all, with whom,” said David Harris, a former CSIS officer who consults on security matters.
“On at least three separate occasions between October 2005 and January 2006, cleared defense contractors’ employees traveling through Canada have discovered radio frequency transmitters embedded in Canadian coins placed on their persons,” the report says. Source: CBCNews
Kinda scary. All you really have to do, is use something those people would always keep with them, just getting it in their hands would be the hard part. Someone could maybe duplicate an id or badge and tag it with an RFID chip and swap them with the original. Hell, I could be carrying one in my work id and parking pass right now. Gotta go.