No Duh – RFID Passports have problems

Slashdot | Researchers Find Problems With RFID Passport Cards

“Researchers at the University of Washington have found that RFID tags used in two new types of border-crossing documents in the US are vulnerable to snooping and copying. The information in these tags could be copied on to another, off-the-shelf tag, which might be used to impersonate the legitimate holder of the card.”

Seriously?  Did no one in the government have no clue that this was an issue with RFIDs?  The USA desperately needs an “Office of Current Technology” that has the sole responsibility of staying on top of current tech and how it can be used and abused.  The kind of ignorance that leads to the current RFID system for passports should never have happened.

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