Daily Archives: August 6, 2009

Steve Boggan writes in the Daily Mail about Adam Laurie’s demonstration that the RFID chips the Home Office plans to use in ID cards can be cloned: But as I watch, Laurie picks up a mobile phone and, using just the handset and a laptop computer, electronically copies the ID card microchip and all its information in a matter of minutes. He then creates a cloned card, and with a little help from another technology expert, he changes all the information the card contains – the physical details of the bearer, name, fingerprints and so on. And he doesn’t stop there. With a few more keystrokes on his computer, Laurie changes the cloned card so that whereas the original card holder was not entitled to benefits, the cloned chip now reads ‘Entitled to benefits’. As a chilling twist, he adds a message that would be visible to any police officer […]

New ID cards are supposed to be ‘unforgeable’ – but ...