By Daniel Terdiman
Gaming and Culture
September 2, 2008
One of the great things about the Discovery Channel show, Mythbusters is
that it confronts the realities behind some of the most interesting
phenomenons and technologies around.
That's why, reported the Consumerist blog , at a recent
conference--it's not clear which one--Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage
was asked why the show hasn't tackled the technology behind the security
limitations of RFID.
His eyes lighting up at the chance to talk about something that clearly
was a memorable experience for him, Savage said the show had actually
set out to do an episode on the vulnerabilities of RFID but encountered
some very powerful resistance.
In the video, Savage says that a conference call was arranged between
co-host Tory Belleci and Texas Instruments to talk about the RFID
vulnerabilities. But when Bellici and a MythBusters producer got on the
call at the appointed time, "Texas Instruments comes on along with chief
legal counsel for American Express, Visa, Discover, and everybody
else....(Bellici and the MythBusters producer) were way, way out-gunned
and (the lawyers) absolutely made it really clear to Discovery that they
were not going to air this episode talking about how hackable this stuff
was, and Discovery backed way down, being a large corporation that
depends upon the revenue of the advertisers. Now it's on Discovery's
radar and they won't let us go near it."
Savage also said he got chills just from describing the encounter.
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