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by JP Bill / January 9, 2007 8:12 PM PST
Transmitting Canadian coins found

OTTAWA (CP) - They say money talks, and a new report suggests Canadian currency is indeed chatting, at least electronically, on behalf of shadowy spies.

Canadian coins containing tiny transmitters have mysteriously turned up in the pockets of at least three American contractors who visited Canada, says a branch of the U.S. Defense Department.

Security experts believe the miniature devices could be used to track the movements of defence 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.

I think the RFID have a very limited range, so what's the point of the exercise?

Perhaps if the person goes through an airport scanner, they could tell when they leave a country,

Unless they spend the tracking device.

I also wonder how they discovered the RFID was being used.
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re: bother
by WOODS-HICK / January 9, 2007 9:02 PM PST
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it seems this is a sort of 'potluck' surveillance technique for the reasons you mentioned. they might have been discovered by a scanning device, after the first one was found I am sure they would continue to look for more incidents.

I could see them useful if an employer was watching employees who deal with cash. till skimming tracking. the contractors may have been accidental recipients.

I see another application where a spouse or equivalent might give you a 'lucky coin' and the words "now don't you spend that"...... "honey, really I went fishing", might not work anymore.

some links: http://www.spychips.com/

RFID defined: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RFID

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What I wonder...
by Angeline Booher / January 9, 2007 10:14 PM PST
In reply to: Why bother?

... is who put them in the coins?

Maybe the purpose was not to track, but to, say, do an electronic (?)sweep to see if there are any of the coins in the area of specific interest.

As the article said, a persson could spend the coin at the next store.

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