Terrorists Next Weapon?
Information Security Investigator
In a few short months, all new US passports are going to go
These passports will have an embedded RFID
all your personal information. The US State Department has
made it a point to convince the populous that strong security
measures have been taken to prevent ‘data theft’.
Let’s examine these safeguards, shall we?
shield inside the front cover of the passport (can you say
Faraday Cage?) that is supposed to only allow data seepage
when the passport is open. However, it’s already been proven
can clone these passports with a little effort.
a few things to consider that you can read about over at this
the Technology – A still from a demonstration video shows
terrorist could easily plant a RFID smart bomb that could
be triggered to explode when the bomb reads the radio
waves emmitted from a new U.S. E-Passport to be issued
by John Hering and Kevin Mahaffey / Flexilis Photo
Is it possible
to determine the nationality of a passport holder by simply
identifying key characteristics that are embedded
in each individual country’s RFID chips?
Take that one step further… could a bomb be programmed to
explode only when someone from the USA is nearby? Or England?
The risks of using E-Passports in their current form is rather
scary, and we can hypothesize all sorts of doom and gloom about
them, but the bottom line is this:
Shouldn’t we wait to deploy such a solution when better RFID
security solutions can be put in place?
I’d hate for the last
words that I’d ever hear to be "Ladies
and gentlemen, welcome to New York. The time is 16:30 and the
temperature is 89 degrees. If you are American, please do not
walk by any trash cans on your way out of the airport…"
a thought. Maybe we should all get these
blockers and everything would be fine?
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