Archive for August, 2007

RFID Passport Hack May Crash Readers

August 1st, 2007

FotoScanner.JPGGerman RFID tinkerer Lukas Grunwald has come up with a way to crash RFID passport scanners. His exploit uses a modified JPEG2000 image to crash the readers, and the consensus is that an exploit isn’t far behind. Wired has the whole story, and there will be further discussion at DefCon this weekend.

The “good” news is that the US is still issuing non-RFID passports to some folks who request an expedited passport. The bad news? Nothing has been done to address US e-voting flaws. If the bedrock of democracy isn’t technologically sound, and if illegal border crossings are tacitly accepted, how much time and effort will be spent to patch potentially faulty passports?

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