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"Fakeproof" Electronic Passport Cloned In Minutes

August 13th, 2008 15:04 pm | by Ed |

I've always believed that the new "E-passports" weren't going to be all they were cracked up to be and now there's a good example of why the people who're so flapping excited about them need to reach for a fresh dose of progesterone and sit back and take a fresh look at this new "wonder tech" they're so hot about and see that, like anything else, it has flaws.

There's an article on TimesOnline that goes in to detail about the flaw.

New microchipped passports designed to be foolproof against identity theft can be cloned and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine by the computer software recommended for use at international airports.

The Times had somebody clone a couple of passports and alter them by implanting images of Osama Bin Ladin and a suicide bomber on them. The altered passports were then accepted as genuine.

The point is, if it's that easy to clone and alter passports, that these things aren't even close to secure and probably won't be.

It's just like RFID equipped credit cards can be cloned just as easily and what makes it really great for the thief is that they don't even have to have physical control of the cards anymore. All they need to do is read and then clone the chip from a distance.

Technorati Tags: false identity, clone passport, identity theft, e-passports, clone credit card, chip cloning

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