Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Dutch Biometric Passport Cracked

Schneier on Security: Dutch Biometric Passport Cracked

There's a good write-up from The Register.

Two points stand out. One, the RFID chip in the passport can be read from ten meters. Two, lots of predictability in the encryption key -- sloppy, sloppy -- makes the brute-force attack much easier.

But the references are from last summer. Why is this being reported now?

(Dutch Biometric Passport Cracked via Schneier on Security.)

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