Busted! Mythbusters Not Allowed to Talk About RFID Chips

myth rfid5By: Joe Martino,
True Activist.

In what has become a controversial story as time goes on, due to the increasing research into RFID technology, it still remains a little unclear as to exactly why Mythbusters was not able to do a show discussing RFID technology. As Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters, stated himself:

“We were going to do RFID and on several levels, you know, how hackable, how reliable, how trackable, etc.”

But this idea was met with resistance as the show’s producers began looking into the technology and speaking with companies involved in RFID use and production. Adam stated at The Last Hope Conference that Texas Instruments and the chief legal advisor of almost all major credit card companies was completely opposed to allowing Mythbusters and Discovery do the show. As you will see in the video below, Adam feels rather taken aback by the strength of the alleged decision from TI and others involved.

Where the story gets even more interesting is when Adam decided to retract the statements he initially gave at The Last Hope Conference.

He stated:

There’s been a lot of talk about this RFID thing, and I have to admit that I got some of my facts wrong, as I wasn’t on that story, and as I said on the video, I wasn’t actually in on the call.”

He continues:

Texas Instruments’ account of their call with Grant and our producer is factually correct. 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, but suffice to say…the decision not to continue on with the RFID story was made by our production company, Beyond Productions, and had nothing to do with Discovery, or their ad sales department.

This is not an attempt to create conspiracy where unneeded, but this truly is an interesting story as it is very easy to see why he might be forced to retract his statements. He put Discovery at risk due to his statements and arguably slandered Texas Instruments, as well as the legal council for many major credit card companies.

At the end of the day, we have to be our own judge on the matter as it is doubtful any of these companies will come clean, if in fact that is possible. In my opinion, I would not be surprised in the least bit if Adam shared the factual story to begin with and then was forced to change his story. This certainly would not be the first time people have been silenced by major corporations after statements of truth were made. But, you be the judge.

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5 Responses to "Busted! Mythbusters Not Allowed to Talk About RFID Chips"

  1. Jessica Reid  July 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    i don’t understand what the big deal is. because i don’t know that much about the subject. i looked at wikipedia about it and it didn’t say anything about credit cards. maybe you should give a little background?

  2. freiddie  July 20, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Hi! If i understod everything correct then mythbusted would show that rfid was not secure and rfid is a tag that is located inside ower creditcards and in theory a person can hack your creditcard and steal either your creditcard information and use it to buy stuff online ore they maybe just can clone your card. I may misunderstod something.

  3. Northernlight  July 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I think that their production would have shown how easy the technology is to hack into and steal your chip information. I saw a news segment not to long ago showing how crooks with radio receivers can walk by you and get the information from your card with out even touching you. The banks do not want us to know how vulnerable the technology is.


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