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Bruteforce attack on RFID in E-Passport

CSO has an interesting piece on an attack on RFID chips in UK e-passport. Technical details here.

A security expert has cracked one of the U.K.’s new biometric passports, which the British government hopes will cut down on cross-border crime and illegal immigration.The attack, which uses a common RFID (radio frequency identification) reader and customized code, siphoned data off an RFID chip from a passport in a sealed envelope, said Adam Laurie, a security consultant who has worked with RFID and Bluetooth technology. The attack would be invisible to victims, he said.