digital pickpocketing
n. The theft of data from a mobile device, particularly one that contains a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip for transmitting information wirelessly.
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The trousers are intended to stop thieves hacking into radio frequency identification (RFID) tagged passports or contactless payment cards.
—“Jeans made that will prevent 'digital pickpocketing',” BBC News, December 17, 2014
Stuck on the tarmac, flipping through a travel magazine, you're struck by the blurb for metal-lined wallets. Purpose: to prevent digital pickpocketing by blocking radio frequencies.
—David Montgomery, “Electronic Pickpocket Stoppers,” The Washington Post, April 02, 2008
2004 (earliest)
Unlike the computers atop so many desks and laps, the wide varieties of cell phones today do possess some natural immunity to viruses and digital pickpockets.
—Scott Canon, “Dangers lurk if phones too smart,” The Kansas City Star, December 25, 2004
Although banks consider them as secure as cash, they really are not, according to electronic banking consultant Clifford Brody. He said the cards are vulnerable to "electronic pickpocketing" by criminals with card readers who conceivably could not only counterfeit them, but alter their remaining balances.
—Susan Harrigan, “Smart cards are coming your way,” Newsday (New York), September 29, 1996