Hackers Clone Elvis' Passport: Prove RFID Passports Unsecure

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Slashdot.org article: Hackers Clone Elvis' Passport.

"Hackers have released source code that allows the 'backup' of RFID-protected passports, although the tool can potentially be used to create fake or cloned documents. The Hacker's Choice, a non-commercial group of computer security experts, has released a video showing a cloned passport being approved by a security scanner at a Dutch airport. When the reader scans the passport, it is revealed to belong to one Elvis Aaron Presley, complete with picture. Reports of the hackers serenading security staff with 'Are You Clonesome Tonight' are unconfirmed."
Gizmodo.com video: Elvis Comes Back from Dead to Prove RFID Passports Unsecure.

Google video: Hackers Clone Elvis' Passport.

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Hi Tom
Thankx for your post, but I'm getting cold feet about
internet usage, Elvis, Gmail, ISP................
 

lotuseclat79

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Forgery-Proof RFID Tag.

A California company is selling RFID tags that would take a counterfeiter years to duplicate. Microscopic differences between the tags--a side effect of normal manufacturing techniques--mean that each will yield different answers in a set of test calculations. A forger would have to correctly predict the results of 16 billion billion such calculations to be sure of accurately simulating a single tag. The tags are being marketed as a way for manufacturers to authenticate brand-name luxury goods.
My question is since there are so many cheap knockoffs, wouldn't the thieves substitute the authentic tag onto a cheap knockoff?

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