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Got $250? Cloning Electronic Passport Cards

Published February 4, 2009 by SecureRF in Hacks, Passport Cards, RFID, RSA, State Department

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 cards and enhanced drivers’ licenses. See No Surprise: Border-Crossing Cards […]


The World is Yours! (But Not with RFID)

Published September 26, 2008 by SecureRF in Passports, RFID, RFID Tag, RFID Technology, Security, State Department

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 care of this Electronic Passport. It says Your new U.S. […]


Briefing on Federal RFID-Enabled Documents

Published July 31, 2008 by SecureRF in Homeland Security, Passport Cards, Passports, Privacy, RFID, RFID Tag, RFID Technology, Security, State Department

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 public policies to preserve and enhance free expression, privacy, open […]


Security and Other Issues with e-Passport Production

Published March 28, 2008 by SecureRF in Homeland Security, Passports, RFID, RFID Technology, Security, State Department

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 the investigative report: The GPO sought foreign suppliers to help […]


The Response to the Response

Published January 22, 2008 by SecureRF in Cryptography, Homeland Security, Passport Cards, Privacy, RFID, RFID Tag, Security, Smart card, Smart Card Alliance, State Department

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 Coordination Office at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent […]


Fair and Balanced?

Published November 3, 2006 by SecureRF in Homeland Security, Passport Cards, RFID, RFID Tag, RFID Technology, Smart card, Smart Card Alliance, State Department

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 their argument. First, it is unclear how much more secure […]


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