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New Passport Security Chips Easily Crackable

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Posted on Nov 17, 2006

The new microchips slated for use in new U.S. passports are tantamount to “installing a solid steel front door to your house and then putting the key under the mat,” in the words of one computer expert who hacked the chips.


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... Great news then, we thought, that the UK had just begun to issue new, ultra-secure passports, incorporating tiny microchips to store the holder’s details and a digital description of their physical features (known in the jargon as biometrics). These, the argument went, would make identity theft much more difficult and pave the way for the government’s proposed ID cards in 2008 or 2009.

Today, some three million such passports have been issued, and they don’t look so secure. I am sitting with my scary computer man and we have just sucked out all the supposedly secure data and biometric information from three new passports and displayed it all on a laptop computer.

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By OG, November 18, 2006 at 8:22 am Link to this comment
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There is no such thing as secure…
Identity theft is the challenge of this new millenium.

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By Spinoza, November 17, 2006 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment
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> I guess this means there will always be a criminal class because there will always be human stupidity to rely on.

Nonsense

We humans are funny animals.  But not that funny.  If you develop a society in which most all people are happy and feel fairly treated and have developed the idea of empathy there will be next to no crime.

We have to fight fascism

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By Anchorite, November 17, 2006 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment
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I guess this means there will always be a criminal class because there will always be human stupidity to rely on.

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