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Man has NFC chips injected into his hands to store cold Bitcoin wallet


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 05:56 PM

 

Any serious Bitcoin user will preach the benefits of cold storage: keeping the bulk of your bitcoins offline somewhere, like on an encrypted USB stick, or even printed on a piece of paper. The idea is that by keeping that data offline, it’s far less susceptible to being hacked.

So, the theory goes: what could be safer than keeping it inside your own body?

For the last 10 days, Martijn Wismeijer, a Dutch entrepreneur and Bitcoin enthusiast, has lived with an NFC chip embedded in each hand. One has data that he’s constantly overwriting; he can put his contact details in simply by having another person scan his hand with an NFC-enabled phone. But the other contains the encrypted private key to his wallet.

"I use it for cold storage, but it's not cold because it's 37 degrees Celsius inside my body!" he told Ars over Skype on Friday.

Specifically, he has an "NFC Type 2 compliant NTAG216 RFID chipset" embedded in a tiny glass capsule (2 millimeters by 12 millimeters) that was injected into the fleshy part of his hand between his thumb and index finger. Each capsule can hold just 880 bytes of data, which is more than enough for a cold storage wallet. The Dutchman got it as part of a pre-loaded syringe sold as a $99 kit from DangerousThings.com, a Washington State-based website that sells to hobbyists and biohackers.

On Nov. 3, 2014, Wismeijer had it installed by Tom van Oudenaarden of Piercing Studio Utrecht after his own Amsterdam doctor refused.

Man has NFC chips injected into his hands to store cold Bitcoin wallet

 

I guess that's 1 way of doing it. Wont be long before we all have some kind of chip in our bodies with all our details on it. Wont the NSA love that?



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 06:20 PM

Shaking hands as a form of greeting will be viewed with suspicion !


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 07:14 AM

Somehow when I'm reading this I'm imaging people in a dystopian empire with implanted chips to keep them compliant... Bah, too much video games.



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Posted 18 November 2014 - 12:10 PM

I feel it is like more like Mr.House from Fallout : New Vegas. Chips in our bodies, not too uncommon, but not common either.






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