Shain Lakin presents – Offensive RFID/NFC

September 8, 2021



BSides Perth cyber security conference is the place to connect and learn from the industry’s biggest cyber security experts, including the chance to meet some of our brilliant PROTECT+ crew members who will be available all weekend at this year’s event!


“What are the security implications for novel uses of short-range wireless technology?”



Shain Lakin, Kinetic IT PROTECT+ Penetration Tester, will be presenting ‘Offensive RFID/NFC’.

Over the past 11 years, Shain has worked within the Security and Law Enforcement domains. Before life at Kinetic IT, he worked within the Royal Australian Navy and then later within a variety of government roles. He is passionate about the offensive side of cyber security, particularly the often-overlooked aspects of social engineering, hardware hacking and physical security. Shain has many interesting skills outside of IT including being a qualified flight instructor and a fixed-wing commercial pilot.



Shain’s presentation explores short-range wireless technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC). He’ll discuss the past and current offensive uses of these technologies, along with new emerging uses such as biological NFC implants and their offensive potential.

Short range wireless technologies are everywhere. Statistics show that total NFC usage grew by 82% between 2018 and 2020, and it is estimated that 20% of the world’s population have access to NFC. Novel uses of short-range wireless technologies, such as biological RFID and NFC implants are also becoming commonplace. This begs the question: What are the security implications, and can they be used offensively?

Uncover some of the new and emerging potential malicious uses of these well-known technologies with Shain at this year’s BSides event!



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