Verichip Fact Sheet
1. The VeriChip can be hacked
2. Security researcher Jonathan Westhues has shown how easy it is to clone a VeriChip
3. VeriChip cloning demo online at http://cq.cx/verichip.pl
4. Eighteen employees in the Mexican Attorney General's office who use an implanted chip to enter a sensitive records room
5. Company's own literature indicates that chipped patients cannot undergo an MRI if they're unconscious.
6. Digital Angel Corporation (formerly Destron Fearing) has been involved in the development and manufacture of livestock identification products since 1948.
7. The company admits that critical medical information linked to the chip could be unavailable in a real emergency.
8. Chipped patients might also have to wear a Medic Alert bracelet as a back-up in case the VeriChip database containing their critical medical information is unavailable
9. Physicians are told the product might not function in places where there are ambient radio transmissions--like ambulances
10. Verichip Waiver "Patient...is fully aware of any risks, complications, risks of loss, damage of any nature, and injury that may be associated with this registration. Patient waives all claims and releases any liability arising from this registration and acknowledges that no warranties of any kind have been made or will be made with respect to this registration. ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, HOWEVER ARISING, WHETHER BY OPERATION OF LAW OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MECHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXCLUDED AND WAIVED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COMPANY BE LIABLE TO PATIENT FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST INCOME OR SAVINGS) ARISING FROM ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THEIR POSSIBILITY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH DAMAGES ARE SOUGHT BASED ON BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY."
11. VeriChip corporation tries to ease consumer fears by referring to the chip as being "about the size of a grain of rice."
12. Scott Silverman, Chairman of the Board of VeriChip Corporation, promoting the the Verichiop human tracking device as a way to identify immigrants and guest workers
13. Silvermann has stated the Verichip "be used for enforcement purposes at the employer level." He added, "We have talked to many people in Washington about using it...."
14. Columbian President Alvaro Uribe. He reportedly told Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) that he would consider having microchips implanted into Colombian workers before they are permitted to enter the United States to work on a seasonal basis.
15. Tommy Thompson, former Secretary of Health and Human Services joined the board of VeriChip Corporation after leaving his Bush administration cabinet post.
16. Tommy Thompson, former Secretary of Health and Human Services went on national television recommending that all Americans get chipped as a way to link to their medical records.
17. Tommy Thompson, former Secretary of Health and Human Services stated VeriChip could replace military dog tags, and a spokesman boasted that the company had been in talks with the Pentagon.
18. Privacy advocates warn that once people are numbered with a remotely readable RFID tag like the VeriChip, they can be tracked. Once they can be tracked, they can be monitored and controlled
19. Electrical hazards, MRI incompatibility, adverse tissue reaction, and migration of the implanted transponder are just a few of the potential risks associated with the Verichip ID implant device, according to an October 12, 2004 letter issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
20. Albrecht cites MRI incompatibility is perhaps the most serious issue. An MRI machine uses powerful magnetic fields coupled with pulsed radio frequency (RF) fields. According to the FDA's Primer on Medical Device Interactions with Magnetic Resonance Imaging Systems, "electrical currents may be induced in conductive metal implants" that can cause "potentially severe patient burns."
21. FDA letter also cites the risk of "compromised information security" among its concerns. The VeriChip ID implant, about the size of a grain of rice, uses radio waves to transmit medical and financial account information to reader devices. There is a risk that these transmissions could be intercepted and duplicated by others or that the devices could be used to track an individual's movements and location.
22. "Once you're chipped, you can be identified by doorway portal readers without your knowledge,"
23. News reports earlier this year indicated 160 employees in the Mexican Attorney General's Office had been implanted with Verichip RFID devices. New information indicates that only 18 individuals received the device
24. Among the potential problems the FDA identifies are: "adverse tissue reaction," "migration of the implanted transponder," "failure of implanted transponder," "electrical hazards" and "magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] incompatibilty." Not to mention the nasty needle stick from the "inserter" used to inject it.
25. VeriChip-MRI incompatibility means that doctors will be unable to order this potentially life-saving diagnostic procedure for patients with VeriChip implants, unless the patient undergoes a surgical procedure to remove the VeriChip first.
26. VeriChip implant can be read whenever you pass through a doorway equipped with a special VeriChip "portal scanner"?
27. Under the FDA guidelines , the human implantable RFID Verichip was approved by default without testing at any level, as the Verichip was not considered a ‘regulated medical device’ .
28. The patent, No. # 7,116,230, combines RFID tagging technology with a portable receiver to track the location of assets within a fixed setting, such as a building or warehouse
29. VeriChip'sinfant protection systems, with one-out-of-three Hospitals and Birthing Centers in the United States
30. VeriChip Corporation Signs 3-year, $750,000 Distribution Contract with iChip Corporation of South Africa
31. Derek Brandon Jacobs, one of the first people in the world to bear an identification microchip, died at 18 in a Florida motorcycle accident.
32. Verichip is lobbying the Pentagon to choose its RFID tags as a replacement for the famous metal dog tags for ALL USA military!
33. The company has gone on record to say that the implantable GPS-tracked chip could be worth a whopping $100 billion comprising 26 potential vertical markets. That sort of revenue by any company’s standards is stupendous and would require a great part of the world’s population to be ‘chipped’ .
34. Two hackers (Annalee Newitz and Jonathan Westhues ) demonstrated that the chip named RFid (Radio Frequency Identification) could be easily scanned and cloned during their intervention in the 6th Hope Conference .
35. Newark’s Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s largest health insurer, is launching a two-year pilot program with Hackensack University Medical Center that will implant microchips in 280 Horizon members.
36. Four hospitals in the US Caribbean territory plan to begin using the Verichi patients who have significant health problems or illnesses that cause memory loss. Free will?
37. Verichip IPO will offer 4.3 million shares between $6.50 and $8.50 per share from underwriters Merriman Curhan Ford, C.E. Unterberg Towbin, and Kaufman Bros.
38. The company's chief scientist, Dr. Peter Zhou, who has gone onto record to say "Before there may have been resistance, but not anymore. People are getting used to implants. New century, new trend."
39. American Medical Association’s (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs has adopted a policy stating that implantable radio frequency identification (RFID) devices may help to identify patients, thereby improving the safety and efficiency of patient care, and may be used to enable secure access to patient clinical information BUT "These devices may present physical risks to the patient," the report said. "Though they are removable, their small size allows them to migrate under the skin, making them potentially difficult to extract." [Verichip cherry picked the press release maintaining it's leadership in deceiving the public. ]
40. New Jersey has actually passed legislation that will require "smart gun" technology on all handguns sold, which would be three years after the state attorney general certifies that "smart guns" are available on the market.
41. "In principle, a device of this type should never be forced on anybody," Scott Silverman has gone on record to say. Please view the Operation Lie and Deceive Verichip Style video before you accept shape shifting Scott's word as gospel.
42. Lawmakers in Indonesia's remote province of Papua have thrown their support behind a controversial bill requiring some HIV/AIDS patients to be implanted with microchips
43. Upon successful completion of the in vivo glucose-sensing RFID development program, this self-contained, implantable bio-sensing device will, for the first time, have the ability to measure glucose levels in the human body through an external scanner, thereby eliminating the need for diabetics to prick their fingers multiple times per day.
44. The glucose sensor is a promising example, combining a unique application of the technology and an extremely valuable market. While there is much more to do, development of the binding environment was a big step towards reaching that future."
45. VeriChip Corporation announced that its personal health record used in conjunction with its VeriMed Health Link system will be accessible through Microsoft(R) HealthVault(TM), an online platform designed to put consumers in control of their health information.
46. VeriChip Corp has been notified by NASDAQ that it is not in compliance with the listing requirements . NASDAQ said that for the past 30 consecutive business days prior to Oct. 16, its stock bid price closed below the minimum $1-a-share price requirement for continued listing.
47. In addition, the stock has not maintained a minimum market value of $5 million as required.
48. September — shortly after the first 90 or so Alzheimer's patients received its chips in Florida , Verichip came under fire when cancer was linked to embedded RFID chips
49. A Dutch prototype for an RFID embedded in a passport was hacked in two hours by a local TV station. Hackers could access fingerprint, photograph, and other data on the RFID tag, perfect for creating a cloned passport.
50. Successful hacks of the Exxon Mobile key fob, the VeriChip human RFID implant, the California State Capitol building access system, and the new RFID passports show how easy it is to skim and clone poorly protected RFID devices and compromise RFID-dependent security systems.
51. India, with the Health Hiway initiative of Apollo Hospitals and IBM, which connects 250 users across 75 providers. The goal is a centralised database of patient records across the country.
52. 100 million e-prescribing initiative, supported by a consortium of IT biggies like Dell, Google and Microsoft
53. Xega is the name for Verichip in South America
54. State banning microchipping Wisconsin and North Dakota California Missouri
55. To date, about 100 patients and caregivers with Alzheimer's Community Care have undergone successful RFID implants with another 100 expected to be implanted by February 2009.
56. UK Ministry of Justice is exploring the possibility of injecting prisoners in the back of the arm with a radio frequency identification (RFID)
57. Every single Metropolitan police officer will be 'microchipped' so top brass can monitor their movements on a Big Brother style tracking scheme, it can be revealed today.
58. UK Chipping According to respected industry magazine Police Review, the plan - which affects all 31,000 serving officers in the Met, including Sir Ian Blair - is set to replace the unreliable Airwave radio system currently used to help monitor officer's movements.
59. The new electronic tracking device - called the Automated Personal Location System (APLS) - means that officers will never be out of range of supervising officers.
60. VeriChip US military. According to the DC Examiner, the company is lobbying the Pentagon to choose its RFID tags as a replacement for the famous metal dog tags, making information like a person's name and complete medical record instantly available with the swipe of an RFID reader
61. The process developed by Somark involves a geometric array of micro-needles and a reusable applicator with a one-time-use ink capsule. Pydynowski said it takes five to 10 seconds to "stamp or tattoo" an animal, and there is no need to remove the fur. The ink remains in the dermal layer, and a reader can detect it from 4 feet away.
62. Digital Angel, the manufacturer of animal microchips, exclusively makes the Home Again microchip and is the sister company of VeriChip.