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riiaku Feb 3, 09
How could the government be this stupid? Seriously now, If this hacker can go around and pick up peoples rfids with such ease then our government has just exponentially endorsed identity theft.
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Chiggins Feb 3, 09
Wow, my dad just got a new passport. I wonder if his has the RFID technology on his.

*runs to e-bay to buy a RF reader*
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Guest Feb 3, 09
The passport cards are shipped with an Identity Stronghold Secure Sleeve. If you don't keep your card in it then it can be read. That being said the passport card doesn't have personal information on it. Just a unique code like any other tag on a bottle of shampoo or box of software.

The Passport Book on the other hand does contain personal information but has a shorter read range due to a lower frequency. It does have some shielding in the cover but if it isn't closed all the way you can potentially read it.

You can get a passport size shielding sleeve or drivers license/credit card size from Identity Stronghold at www.idstronghold.com

What should be most disturbing is credit card companies are shipping millions of new credit cards with RFID chips in them that emit your credit card number, expiration date and name. These are the easiest method of identity theft. Much easier than the passport book or passport card. The same Secure Sleeves will block these as well.
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kspiess Feb 3, 09
What!?! They have RFID credit cards? I didn't know that. That is one of the dumbest things I've heard since Monday (if they aren't using at least decent encryption.)

-- huh. Did some Googling. RFID CCs have been around for awhile now. I guess they haven't made it up here into Canada as quickly.
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Hellfire29 Feb 3, 09
The CCs could be heavily encrypted, meaning that it may not be easier.
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Guest Feb 3, 09
This is no good no matter how you look at it! Knowing that someone else has control of all you private info is a bad bad thing! Whats next, a chip in your head or hand that will allow you to live a normal life, and if ur a suspect all the government can do is just disable the chip and you wont be able to do a thing!!! this is control.... not freedom!
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kspiess Feb 3, 09
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The CCs could be heavily encrypted, meaning that it may not be easier.
I looked into it for a couple of minutes, and apparently the C'Cs don't use encryption either. You can read the CC number, names and such easily with only a 10$ RFID scanner, believe it or not (source: a video on Boing Boing TV)
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THM Feb 3, 09
Well, while this new technology is quite good for national security and terrorism prevention, the United States government also needs to realise that global terrorism cannot be defeated by advanced technology alone in the twenty-first century.

National and global security initiatives demand wider spectrum of acts in terms of both in technological areas and non-technological areas, for instance, flexible diplomatic missions and mutual understandings and cooperation are also much needed amongst nations which possess different cultures and traditional beliefs.

Of course, national security is a formidable task to initiate or control in the long-term. Nonetheless, at least, for a while, I do anticipate that Obama administration will yield profound results in preventing and eradicating future terrorist acts by incorporating the proper foreign policy into nation building tasks while abandoning the infamous Bush's legacy of "Unilateralism" towards eliminating global terrorism.
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kspiess Feb 3, 09
I think it's pretty interesting to look at what constitutes a "war", and then taking a gander at the definition of "terror", and then trying to figure out what a "war on terror" is. It is amusing. It is sort of like saying you are "fighting combat." Jingoisms generally serve as a method of misdirection.

Regarding unilateralism, an old trick, used to increase support for your leadership, is to convince others that you are defending them from a mutual enemy.
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THM Feb 4, 09
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Regarding unilateralism, an old trick, used to increase support for your leadership, is to convince others that you are defending them from a mutual enemy.
Well, Kevin, there is no such thing as mutual enemy in War on Terror nor in other conventional wars.

There are only mutual understanding and cooperation in the fight against "War on Terror" which needs not constitute a term called "war" in the first place.

Unlike other conventional wars, War on Terror is simply targeted on innocent civilians. So it cannot be defined conventionally from the traditional old politics' point of view. Above all, in the fight against terrorism, Coalition forces need not only coordinated military cooperation but also diplomacy between the host country which breeds gratuitous terrorist organisations and the allied forces which intend to fight those terrorist forces aggressively.

Note: Jingoisms had long been abandoned by the British government since the 20th century.
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