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Smart Card Alliance

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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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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Another RFID Hack – Contactless Credit Cards

Contributed by Joanne Kelleher Another week and another blog entry about hacking RFID – this time it is contactless credit cards. Unlike the Mifare story which has received lots of international attention (see https://www.securerf.com/RFID-Security-blog/?p=46), so far this story had only been picked up by a few technology blogs. Maybe it is old news just presented…

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RFID Hack: Is That Your Credit Card Number on the Screen?

Contributed by Joanne Kelleher At this year’s Black Hat security conference there was another hack on RFID from security researcher Adam Laurie. He was able to pull up the American Express credit card account data, including name, account number and expiration date, from the wallet of a volunteer and display it on the big screen…

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The Response to the Response

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…

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Get Real.

Contributed by Louis Parks Many of us have heard proposals for a national identity card but likely dismissed it as something to Orwellian to happen in the near future.  Surprise!  Your driving license is the first piece of a much larger master plan and is hoping to be ready by 2008. Back in 2005 the…

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Fair and Balanced?

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…

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