[nycbug-talk] RFID passports

Bob Ippolito bob
Fri Oct 22 12:00:22 EDT 2004

On Oct 22, 2004, at 11:22, Jesse Callaway wrote:

> On Oct 22, 2004, at 9:23 AM, Dru wrote:
>> Here's an interesting piece from the Effector mailing list 
>> (www.eff.org):
>> ~ New Passports Will Leak Personal Data
>> The next generation of US passports will have embedded RFIDs,
>> and some reports suggest that the information the chips
>> broadcast won't be encrypted.  Meaning anyone with an RFID
>> reader could passively scan you, pulling the most intimate
>> personal data right out of your pocket.  Unbelievable:
>> <http://hasbrouck.org/blog/archives/000434.html>
>> Dru
> Speaking of which CryptoGram is now RSS as well as the familiar 
> monthly email.
> <http://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram-rss.xml>
> Time to pull out the collection of anti-static bags and keep the 
> shiniest! This works with EZ-Pass, where there is most likely more 
> wattage.

EZ-Pass uses an active transponder (self-powered, uses a battery) and 
runs on a completely different frequency than the kind of passive 
transponder (powered by the reader's signal) that would go into a 
passport.  The same techniques aren't necessarily going to work.


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