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Got $250? Cloning Electronic Passport Cards

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher Security researcher Chris Paget has developed a way to secretly sniff and clone electronic passport cards from 30 feet away with a used RFID reader from eBay. His efforts build off the work of researchers at the University of Washington and RSA, which last year found weaknesses in US passport…

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The World is Yours! (But Not with RFID)

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher I recently renewed my U.S. Passport and the new one arrived yesterday. Included in the package was a brochure from the State Department titled With Your U.S. Passport, the World is Yours! which covers a variety of travel issues. One of the sections in the brochure covers the features and…

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Briefing on Federal RFID-Enabled Documents

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher I found a briefing from The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) called Security and Privacy Issues Associated With Federal RFID-Enabled Documents. The CDT is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to promoting the democratic potential of today’s open, decentralized global Internet. Our mission is to conceptualize, develop, and implement…

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Security and Other Issues with e-Passport Production

Contributed by Joanne Kelleher This week Bill Gertz at the Washington Times wrote an exclusive series about the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the production of e-Passports. These RFID enabled passports have a computer chip and antenna embedded in the cover so that data can be read from a distance. Here are the highlights of…

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The Response to the Response

Contributed by Joanne Kelleher In response to the negative press about the U.S. Passport Cards there has been some feedback from those people involved with the program. It seems highly unusual for current and prior Government officials to write an opinion piece or a letter to the editor. Kathy Kraninger, Director of the Screening and…

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Fair and Balanced?

Contributed by Louis Parks The Smart Card Alliance issued a press release this week (link no longer available) in attempt to clarify the pitfalls of relying on RFID technology to secure our borders. Unfortunately, its partial views, questionable reference to unrelated events, and failing to address the actual performance needs of the Passport card weaken…

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