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Drive-By 'War Cloning' Attack Hacks Electronic Passport, Drivers' Licenses
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 02 February 2009 13:29
Researcher demonstrates the ease of scanning and cloning new Homeland Security-issued ID's

Feb 02, 2009 | 10:28 AM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins

With a $250 used RFID scanner he purchased on eBay and a low-profile antenna tucked away in his car, a security researcher recently cruised the streets along Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and captured -- and cloned -- a half dozen electronic passports within an hour.

Chris Paget, who will demonstrate the privacy risks with these ID's at the Shmoocon hacker confab later this week in Washington, D.C., coined this newest RFID attack "war cloning" due to its similarity to war-driving, or wireless sniffing. "War cloning -- it's the new hacker sport," he says. [Comments...]

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