Sometimes going high-tech on age-old technology to improve life may lead to worse things happening

Airport and travel security has been incredibly beefed up over the last two years. Many checkpoints are now in place where they once were not and most travelers have experienced the increased security measures put in place at airports in the US and Europe. While there's no current cause for alarm, government officials are no longer taking second chances when it comes to the security of airplanes.

We reported just recently that the US government is already field testing its RFID based passports. The new passports contain microchips that replicate in digital what is in print on the passport.

Dutch biometric passports are being tested too. Unfortunately, reports came in indicating that after a mere 2 hours of testing, the passports were cracked and their security measures were circumvented. The high-tech passports broadcast a short range signal of the contents of the passport which is supposed to be picked up by legitimate receivers. But now, rogue receivers are able to sniff out the information too. Analysts were expecting the same problems for RFID passports but the difference with those are that the do not self broadcast until placed near to a legitimate scanner.

Analysts are now saying that they believe the new digital broadcasting passports combined with the fact that the passports contain detailed personal information will do us all more harm than good.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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