I just saw a slashdot Item about some researchers at the University of Washington have finally figured out that RFID’s are vulnerable to assorted kinds of mischief including snooping and copying.
There’s a summary of their report but essentially the guts of the thing is that these researchers have apparently just now figured out what the rest us have known for a long time.
Then there’s a Wired Article from back on November 17, 2006 about just exactly how easy it was to crack Briton’s new hi-tech RFID equipped passport.
Then there’s a piece on Boing Boing that referred to a Times Online story about how a “Fakeproof” e-passport was cloned within a matter of minutes and the clone accepted as real by readers meant for the real thing.
I am not a hamster but this seems like a massive, industrial sized DUH moment going on here. Why is it that everybody can see the problems with these things but the governments so anxious to implement them?
Whups.. I said the word “government” there didn’t I? Guess I answered my own question.
[Tags]rfid, insecure, vulnerable to snooping, easily copied, not secure, identity theft[/tags]