New RFID passports carry your bio information. Similar Dutch passport previously cracked in 2 hours

The US government has started seeding its new bio-passports. The new passports have the bearer's bio-data embedded in the passport and can be read with a wireless scanner. RFID is the technology being used in the new passports. Just a few weeks ago, we reported that the US government started phase two testing of these passports.

The new Dutch passports, which uses similar technologies was previously thought to be a new secure form of passport technology. Unfortunately, the system was reported to be cracked in a mere 2 hours. The inherent problems with these new "wireless" passports are that they are all prone to being sniffed. Rogue readers can grab the information that is embedded inside the passport's RFID chip and the decoding process begins.

At IDF last week, the entire show was tracked using RFID technology. Every show case, keynote, or press event exit and entry point was carefully guarded with RFID scanners that took readings off of the tags that basically everyone who attended the show was wearing. Interestingly, back in 2003, the UN mandated that new RFID passports must be able to be read from a distance, and not by contact. This is exactly what concerns privacy groups.

The US government has already gone through several designs of its new RFID biometric passport but so far, testing has been limited. As of right now, only a few US diplomats are carrying the new passports.

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