Long Distance Relay Attack

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41332-2_5

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8262)
Cite this paper as:
Sportiello L., Ciardulli A. (2013) Long Distance Relay Attack. In: Hutter M., Schmidt JM. (eds) Radio Frequency Identification. RFIDSec 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8262. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Contactless smart cards are used to securely store data and to authorize the execution of sensitive operations. Their contactless interface represents a mixed blessing, allowing fast operations but also such devices to potential attacks. Relay attacks are among the most powerful attacks applicable against contactless smart cards, allowing a contactless reader to interact with a physically far away card establishing a communication channel between them. In this paper we prove that it is possible to conduct such an attack on a geographical scale, basically without any constraints on the reader and card positions and reaching a relay distance of several kilometers, probably the first example in the literature for contactless smart cards, using cheap and off-the-shelf hardware and software tools.


Contactless smart cards Relay attack Mobile phones NFC Practical attack 

Copyright information

© European Union 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European CommissionJoint Research CentreIspraItaly

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