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E-passports: Ready Or Not Here They Come


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Posted 13 July 2006 - 03:14 PM

The State Department expresses confidence in "e-Passports" while technologists fret about their security risks.By Christian Zappone, CNNMoney.com staff writer July 13 2006: 9:54 AM EDT NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Imagine being overseas and your identity being available for the taking - your nationality, your name, your passport number. Everything. That's the fear of privacy and security specialists now that the State Department plans to issue "e-Passports" to American travelers beginning in late August.

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 06:33 PM

This bothers me, they still can't secure it 100%,there will be problems as with credit cards etc,,
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Posted 13 July 2006 - 07:44 PM

In May, researchers at the University of Tel Aviv created a skimmer from electronics hobbyist kits costing less than $110. The equipment was small enough to fit into a briefcase or be disguised in any manner of luggage or clothes that could hide the 15-inch copper tube antenna.

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 09:33 AM

Security flawed in electronic passports

LAS VEGAS -- Electronic passports being introduced in the United States and other countries have a major vulnerability that allows criminals to clone embedded secret codes and enter countries illegally, a researcher warned.
A demonstration by German computer-security specialist Lukas Grunwald showed how personal information stored on the documents could be copied and transferred to another device.
It appeared to contradict assurances by officials in government and private industry that the electronic information stored in passports could not be duplicated.

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