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The Security Chess Game

Posted by direwolff on August 6, 2006

For all of the smart technologists in this world, and the fact that there are people like Bruce Schneier and conferences like Defcon (where equally good security technologists gather), could allay people’s fear when it comes to security matters. But instead, rather than contracting with such high calibre professionals who understand the nature of security at great depth and can explain when its appropriate and when it’s not, or to what level it is necessary, we get governments and their member bureaucrats mandating the use of technologies that they truly do not understand. In the process, forcing lower grade technologists into positions of having to deploy improper solutions. Well, below is the latest on that matter, which sadly was only implemented because the U.S. has mandated this in travelers entering our country.

Hackers crack new biometric passports

Bobbie Johnson, technology correspondent
Monday August 7, 2006
The Guardian

Hi-tech biometric passports used by Britain and other countries have been hacked by a computer expert, throwing into doubt fundamental parts of the UK’s £415m scheme to load passports with information such as fingerprints, facial scans and iris patterns.

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Researcher: New passports vulnerable

Defcon showcases latest discovered security weaknesses

Sunday, August 6, 2006; Posted: 8:04 p.m. EDT (00:04 GMT)

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Electronic passports being introduced in the United States and other countries have a major vulnerability that could allow criminals to clone embedded secret code and enter countries illegally, an expert warned.

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