RFID Passport Security Clarified
Not that it needed clarification. RFID passports have been a boondogle without a purpose for a long time. It’s been clear that they make us less secure. Now it turns out they can be easily cloned:
German computer security consultant has shown that he can clone the electronic passports that the United States and other countries are beginning to distribute this year.
The controversial e-passports contain radio frequency ID, or RFID, chips that the U.S. State Department and others say will help thwart document forgery. But Lukas Grunwald, a security consultant with DN-Systems in Germany and an RFID expert, says the data in the chips is easy to copy.
For more, “Hackers Clone E-Passports” in Wired News, or our previous posts, “RFID Kills,” “Ed Felten On Passports” and “US Travel ID to have RFID Readable at 25 feet.”
“Cool Passport” photo by uther Pendragon.