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RFID Data Cracked on UK Passports
November 17, 2006, 11:47 am
Filed under: Information Tech, Surveillance

The Guardian today reported that, not only was it a relatively straightforward matter to extract the information from the RFID chips in new UK passports, but that the data could potentially be read from up to 1m away. To date dutch researchers have already read the data from a distance of 30cm.

An individual’s security will be lower as a result of adopting the new passports. The techniques used to steal data or clone identities will now happen imperceptibly.

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