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Marksix
December 30th, 2006, 06:30 AM
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.01/start.html?pg=9


All passports issued by the US State Department after January 1 will have always-on radio frequency identification chips, making it easy for officials – and hackers – to grab your personal stats. Getting paranoid about strangers slurping up your identity? Here’s what you can do about it. But be careful – tampering with a passport is punishable by 25 years in prison. Not to mention the “special” customs search, with rubber gloves. Bon voyage!

1) RFID-tagged passports have a distinctive logo on the front cover; the chip is embedded in the back.

2) Sorry, “accidentally” leaving your passport in the jeans you just put in the washer won’t work. You’re more likely to ruin the passport itself than the chip.

3) Forget about nuking it in the microwave – the chip could burst into flames, leaving telltale scorch marks. Besides, have you ever smelled burnt passport?

4) The best approach? Hammer time. Hitting the chip with a blunt, hard object should disable it. A nonworking RFID doesn’t invalidate the passport, so you can still use it.

Punzie
December 30th, 2006, 06:42 AM
You're giving us a very good tip to help combat identity theft, but are you sure you want people out there who don't like our countries to see this?

Marksix
December 30th, 2006, 09:33 AM
You're giving us a very good tip to help combat identity theft, but are you sure you want people out there who don't like our countries to see this?


One of the methods "the bad guys" use to replicate your identity is to download the data from your RFID chipped passport without it ever leaving your posession. Machine readable passports are subjected to LESS scrutiny than their conventional predessors making them a torrorists delight.

In theory, RFID passports can also be used as a smart trigger for a IED which will only explode when i.e. an American (or British) passport comes withing its range.

However, do it because it FEELS GOOD! lol.

lofter1
December 30th, 2006, 11:17 AM
I see an emerging market: shielded passport holders to thwart unwanted hacking of RFID chip info

BrooklynRider
December 31st, 2006, 02:12 AM
RFID technology is just plain evil and a total infringement on privacy rights. Thanks for the tip.