Kirti Chopra

Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Daniel Engels


In this thesis I prove that existing HF protocol is not secure. Lack of security in turn leads to violation of privacy.The unique ID on the HF RFID smart card can be sniffed by any eavesdropper. Not only eavesdropping, but cloning of the card is another significant problem that poses a privacy threat. An attacker can skim the information on a proximity card and clone it to use for his malicious purposes.RFID smart cards are now widely being used in credit cards,access system, transit system and many more such application. Tampering or malicious usage of data on aforementioned cards raises security and privacy concern.HF RFID system works wirelessly with no line of sight.Its advantage speaks for its weakness. This wireless communication happens on a protocol. Precisely, it's the communication protocol that is more vulnerable to security attacks. There are a lot of HF protocols in use today but, I have looked into ISO 14443. The attacks possible on the card could be a relay attack, eavesdropping, skimming to name a few.This thesis focuses on skimming and eavesdropping attack.


Electrical and Computer Engineering | Engineering


Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington