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new biometric passports cracked

Posted in ID Cards by ukliberty on November 17, 2006

The Guardian reports today that,

The government was facing demands to recall 3m micro-chipped biometric passports last night after a Guardian investigation which found that they could be electronically attacked and cloned with a £174 microchip reader.

Biometric data was transferred to a PC after gaining access to the chips in three passports. The findings are likely to put pressure on John Reid, the home secretary, to rethink plans for ID cards….

The Home Office [spokesman] said the investigation exposed no significant weaknesses. “This doesn’t matter. What use would my biometric image be to you?” He added that ID cards would contain enhanced encryption technology….

More detail here and, in my opinion, a more balanced piece here.