The Importance of Passport Security Design

Background on electronic passport plans in the US and some concerns that have been raised.

It would be a very bad day if government required documents are used against citizens and the cost of fixing it later could be enormous.
The following video shows a vulnerability of a passport RFID chip being read without a person’s knowledge and being used to activate an attack.

A low tech book cover approach to the threat of passport RFID chips being read by unauthorized people. In light of the previously demonstrated vulnerability it should include a latch or the cover should be slipped on where the passport opens to ensure the passport and cover is fully closed.

A high level overview of some of the technology used in electronic passports:

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