Despite increasing opposition to the introduction of
Labour’s police state I.D. cards, the Government is
still pressing ahead with its plans to remove the
freedom of all British subjects, and to treat them as
tagged criminals by forcing these cards upon them.
An integral part of introducing this appalling plan
is to force I.D. cards upon all who wish to purchase
a passport, which will include an I.D.
card chip with intimate details of the
The Government has declared
that these cards, which will intrude
into peoples lives in many
ways, will be secure. The Chancellor, Gordon
Brown, who is hoping to take over from Tony Blair,
when he either resigns or is booted out by his own
Labour colleagues, has declared his support for
making I.D. cards even more intrusive and draconian.
He also wants to sell intimate I.D. details to
banks and other organisations, whilst charging the
people for the privilege of having an I.D. card or
passport they do not want, added to which an additional
charge will be made when people update their
cards when they move house or change other details,
which they will be forced to do under the
threat of massive fines.
All new passports are being fitted with
radio frequency identification (RFID) tags which
contain the holders details. It has recently been revealed
that these RFID tags can easily be cloned
with the use of laptop equipment, a $200 RFID
reader and an inexpensive smart card writer.
At a recent conference, Lukas Grunwald,
a researcher with DN-Systems in Hildesheim, Germany,
demonstrated that he could copy data stored
in an RFID tag from his passport and write the data
on to a smart card equipped with an RFID chip. The
copied chip could be used in a forged passport, for
example. "We programmed the chip to behave like a
passport," Grunwald said
Data leakage is one of those dangers. By
design, RFID tags can be read by
In their current design, a
slightly opened passport would be
detectable, said Kevin Mahaffey, a
researcher with wireless security
company Flexilis. Although the actual
data on the chip can't be read, "the simple ability
for an attacker to know that someone is carrying a
passport is a dangerous security breach", he said.
It may be possible to determine the nationality
of a passport holder by "fingerprinting" the
characteristics of the RFID chip, Mahaffey said.
"Taken to an extreme, this could make it possible to
craft explosives that detonate only when someone
from the US is nearby," he said. Mahaffey showed a
video that simulates just that.
Many people who have taken up the
No2ID initiative and renewed their passports early to
avoid the compulsory I.D. passports, have found
their new passports have been fitted with the RFID
tags which have a copy of their photograph and signature
embedded in them. Some campaigners have
made the suggestion that these passports should be
microwaved to incapacitate the RFID, although it is
not clear what will happen if they cannot be read.