AP: Military units track guns using tech that could aid foes

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Hackers Kristin Paget, right, and Marc Rogers adjust an antenna while testing radio frequency identification signal range in Hickman, Calif., on Sunday, June 6, 2021. Paget first warned publicly about the vulnerabilities of RFID in 2010, during a presentation at the annual DEF CON hacker convention. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Associated Press has found that a technology some units in the U.S. military are using to keep track of guns could let enemies detect troops on the battlefield.

The rollout continues — even though the Pentagon itself called use of the tech in firearms a “significant” security risk.

Radio frequency identification technology — RFID, as it is known — is everywhere in daily civilian life.

When embedded in military guns, RFID tags can trim hours off time-intensive tasks, such as weapon counts and distribution.

But outside armories, the same silent, invisible signals that help automate inventory checks could become an unwanted tracking beacon.

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