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Welcome to the RFID Guardian Project!

From RFID Guardian


The RFID Guardian Project is a project focused upon providing security and privacy in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems. The goals of our project are to:


  • Investigate the security and privacy threats faced by RFID systems
  • Design and implement real solutions against these threats
  • Investigate the associated technological and legal issues


The namesake of our project is the RFID Guardian: a mobile battery-powered device that offers personal RFID security and privacy management. The main focus of our project is to create an industry standard, open source, RFID security product based on our current RFID Guardian.

Our group also performed the first-ever research on RFID Malware.


Fill out an 'Innovatievoucher' to support the RFID Guardian Project!

The Dutch government has 'Innovatievouchers' which small or medium-size companies can use to direct the government's sponsoring towards research projects. Your company can fill out the form to support the RFID Guardian Project. If you prefer, you can fill out the form in het Nederlands.


RFID Guardian Version 4: Coming Soon!!!


To learn more, have a look at our catalog page.

Our developers are busy writing firmware and drivers, and porting the RFID Guardian SW from V3 to V4. If you are interested in helping us with for the platform, you can send us an email at info@rfidguardian.org.


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If you are interested in staying up to date with our project, please add yourself to the mailing list



Latest News:

25 August 2010

Engineering samples of RFA401356 (the 13.56 MHz AFE) of RFID Guardian version 4 have been delivered.

17 March 2010

Melanie Rieback was featured in a VPRO documentary about RFID Security (Labyrint: Digitale Sporen)

16 November 2009

Engineering samples of RFC40 (the carrier board) of RFID Guardian version 4 have been delivered.

16 July 2009

Engineering samples of RFB40 (the Blackfin SBC) of RFID Guardian version 4 have been delivered.

17 October 2008

Things have been quiet on this website lately, because we have been hard at work (for the past ~6 months) on RFID Guardian Version 4! This version will be commercially available. Make sure that you're subscribed to our mailing list, so you'll receive the news when the time comes.

28 March 2008

The RFID Security: Theory and Practiceworkshop that we organized was a success! Slides + a summary of the discussion sessions will be posted on the website in the upcoming week or so.

19 February 2008

A video of Melanie's talk at DeepSec is now online.

17 January 2008

Melanie Rieback (VU), Rop Gonggrijp, Roel Verdult (RU), Wouter Teepe (RU), and Ruben Muijers (RU) met with the State Secretary of Transport and Public Works (Verkeer en Waterstaat), Tineke Huizinga, to provide advice regarding the security (present and future) of the OV Chipkaart.

16 January 2008

Melanie Rieback (VU), Rop Gonggrijp, Roel Verdult (RU), and Wouter Teepe (RU) testify in a Dutch Parliamentary ("Tweede Kamer") hearing about the security of the OV Chipkaart.

15 January 2008

Melanie Rieback and scientists from Raboud Universiteit of Nijmegen met with Translink, to provide advice about the security of the OV Chipkaart. See the press release for more info.

14 January 2008

We are maintaining a media archive for press coverage related to the Dutch OV Chipkaart hack.

11 January 2008

Melanie Rieback interviewed in the NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch).

09 January 2008

Members of RFID Guardian Project co-author a petition regarding security of the Dutch public transportation card (in Dutch).

08 January 2008

Melanie Rieback interviewed about contactless smart card security on the NOS Journaal (in Dutch).

01 November 2007

We launched our new wiki-based website! Together with this new website we're presenting our new open-source infrastructure for the RFID Guardian. From now on everyone can start downloading our HW/SW source code, and propagating their changes back to the project.