Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Drive-by reader for RFID drivers licenses and passport cards

Hacker and researcher Chris Paget has posted a viedo demonstrating what I and others have been warning people about for years: the ability to read the globally unique serial numbers on RFID chips in passport cards and electronic drivers licenses in the purses and pockets of pedestians on the street, from a passing car at least 9 m (30 feet) away. This is a feature, not a bug: The US government required non-ICAO compliant, longer range "vicinity" RFID chips, rather than the shorter-range "proximity" RFID chips required by ICAO standards and used in RFID passports, in order to make sure that it would be possible to read passport cards and RFID dirvers licenses at a distance and from inside a moving car. Details from the Identity Project.

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