Electronic Passports Are Vulnerable To Security Threats

Electronic passports are used in many developed nations and India is also considering using the same. While e-passports have many benefits they are also vulnerable to cyber security threats as well.

Similarly, these threats have also revealed the weaknesses of having a blind trust over biometric technologies. In fact, biometric technologies without proper security safeguards would prove a nightmare for India.

Lukas Grunwald, a radio frequency ID (RFID) expert and a German security researcher, demonstrated last year that he could clone the computer chip in an e-passport. Now he has revealed additional vulnerabilities in the design of the new documents and the inspection systems used to read them.

Grunwald, who has also served as an e-passport consultant to the German parliament, says the security flaws allow someone to seize and clone the fingerprint image stored on the biometric e-passport, and to create a specially coded chip that attacks e-passport readers that attempt to scan it.

Read more at http://ictps.blogspot.com/2011/08/electronic-passports-are-vulnerable-to.html

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