RFID e-passports hacking and terrorism risk says experts
Passports embedded with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips can be easily cloned and can potentially make passport holders a target for terrorists, security experts have warned at conferences this week.
The Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas has for the past week provided fascinating insights into the security issues of commercial technology such as Mac OS X and Windows Vista from the some of the leading security exponents around the world.
In the latest and perhaps most disturbing presentation to date, German researcher, Lukas Grunwald, demonstrated that he could access data from the RFID chip embedded in his own passport and copy it to another RFID chip embedded in a smartcard.
One of the most frightening aspects of the demonstration is that Grunwald was able to develop the system to accomplish this task using standard hardware, his own software, with minimal funds and in a few short weeks.