RFID passports with improper shielding triggers bomb in simulation

RFID passports with improper shielding triggers bomb in simulation

Summary: At Black Hat 2006, Flexilis inc. demonstrated that improper shielding in the proposed American RFID passports might be used by terrorists to set off bombs that may target citizens of particular nations. To demonstrate this, Flexilis produced a video showing what happens to an improperly shielded RFID-enabled passport versus a properly shielded RFID passport.

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At Black Hat 2006, Flexilis inc. demonstrated that improper shielding in the proposed American RFID passports might be used by terrorists to set off bombs that may target citizens of particular nations.  To demonstrate this, Flexilis produced a video showing what happens to an improperly shielded RFID-enabled passport versus a properly shielded RFID passport.

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Topic: Security

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  • Sitting Duck

    or standing or lying down or . . . Of course this works BOTH ways. Take those missing Egyptian students for example, THEY have passports . . .
    Roger Ramjet
  • Another proof privacy is essential...

    Another proof privacy is essential for plain security... only give needed data to the prople or systems you need to. Any other use of your data should be avoided.

    Because with the current design, they can detect you, track you, assault you, bomb you, whatever.

    I can imagine someone scanning people in the streets just to know where you come from, using your RD-emitting passport. Or your RF-emitting driver's license (wait and see).

    Now a tin foil wallet (a RFID-blocking wallet) looks like a good idea.


    Regards,

    MV.
    MV_z
    • it's a 6" limit, 3' max

      The practical limit is 3 feet with a really powerful scanner if the passport is opened half an inch. If you just put it inside a pouch that kepted it closed, it would be sealed pretty good. The data is encrypted, and I'm not sure if it's possible to finger print the encrypted data yet.
      georgeou
    • RFID blocking passport holder

      This is the whole reason that products like RFID blocking passport holders and wallets are made. ThinkGeek.com sells both the RFID blocking passport holder and the RFID blocking wallet. I'll definitely be getting a RFID blocking wallet if they start putting the chips in drivers licenses.
      SpiderTech
  • Rfid pasports. Why?

    What data is intended to be encrypted on that chip that is not currently printed out in the passport?What does anyone need to know from a passport anyway except that the person with the passport who actually looks somewhat like the picture in the passport is allowed (or not allowed) to go where they are trying to go.Is some data going to be in there that would help catch fakes? What? I don't get the point. And surely any decent counterfieter could fake up a chip too. Probably easier than faking up the printing and picture.
    I can see no legimate point in the whole idea.
    danm_509