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Privacy More Then Security Is In the News

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher I try to contribute to the RFID Security blog every week. Today is Friday and I realized it has been over 2 weeks since my last entry. Why? Recently the news from the RFID industry has been slow and kind of boring (or for some, depressing) while the topic of…

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Talking about Privacy Issues

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher The February issue of RFID Monthly, published by Reik Read of Robert W. Baird & Co., has an article called Privacy Stakes Raised, which first discusses Chris Paget’s recent efforts to collect the serial numbers from passport cards and electronic driver’s licenses in downtown San Francisco. For details on this…

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Not really cloning…

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher Last week, in Got $250? Cloning Electronic Passport Cards I discussed the presentation that security researcher Chris Paget planned to give at the Shmoocon hacker convention. The description of his talk says $250 on eBay buys the necessary kit to clone the Electronic Drivers License and US Passport Card… These…

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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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A New Year, An Old Story

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher The January/February 2009 issue of Technology Review, Published by MIT included this article – RFID’s Security Problem: Are U.S. passport cards and new state driver’s licenses with RFID truly secure? Since this is an MIT publication and I know this institution has researchers and alumni involved in the field of…

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RFID in fiction: The Traveler

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher The commute to my (not at home) office is long enough that listening to the radio gets old so I have been raiding the book on cd shelf at the local library. As you can imagine, the number of audio books is much smaller then the old fashioned kind but…

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No Surprise: Border-Crossing Cards Can Be Copied

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher The Wall Street Journal posted an article called Border-Crossing Cards Can Be Copied.  It is based on a paper (EPC RFID Tags in Security Applications: Passport Cards, Enhanced Drivers Licenses, and Beyond) and set of FAQ that have been posted on the website of RSA Laboratories, a division of EMC…

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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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Consumers Misunderstand How RFID Works

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher A new paper from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley says that consumers have misunderstandings about how RFID works and the security issues related to the technology. The report, Where’s The Beep?: Security, Privacy, and User Misunderstandings of RFID, issued by researchers Jennifer King and Andrew McDiarmid, focused on…

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