[LINK] Re: RFID in Govt, and in People

Geoff Ramadan gramadan at umd.com.au
Wed Oct 4 18:29:56 AEST 2006


1) what device did you use to read the passport?

2) how was the passport presented. Was it opened or closed?

3) could you read it while it was closed.


Geoffrey Ramadan, B.E.(Elec)
Chairman, Automatic Data Capture Australia (www.adca.com.au)
Managing Director, Unique Micro Design (www.umd.com.au)

Adam Todd wrote:
> Was shown someone's new Aussie Passport today and had a giggle at the 
> "electronic security" implant that contains "all the same information on 
> the identification page of your passport" which I presume means the 
> Photograph.
> They say it's important to keep the passport safe and secure and not let 
> it get lost or stolen because people, such as terrorists, might assume 
> your identity.
> So ya know I couldn't bloody resist!
> First some "electronic tests" based on basic RFID principals.  Then some 
> googling to find some nitty gritty, and a short time later some perl 
> script and presto!
>  From 478 cm's away I could read the RFID with no problem at all.  At 
> 1000 cm's it was still good.  At 3000 cm's no problem.  At 6800 cm's it 
> was hit and miss.
> I'm not even going to begin with what happens after you can read it.  
> Needless to say, without appropriate protection forget about worrying 
> about the LOSS of your physical passport, if only the damn thing sounded 
> an alarm when it was read from nearly 10 meters away, we might be able 
> to protect our photo, signature and other data that enables ANYONE to 
> assume your identity with NO EFFORT AT ALL.
> <sigh>
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