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Old 8th August, 2006, 04:17 PM
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"The whole passport design is totally brain damaged,'' Mr Grunwald

Written by Daniel
Tuesday, 08 August 2006
Hacker gets into biometric passport data

By Bobbie Johnson

London, Aug. 8 (Guardian News Service): Hi-tech biometric passports used by many countries have been hacked by a computer expert, throwing into doubt fundamental parts of the UKgovernment's GBP415m scheme to load passports with information such asfingerprints, facial scans and iris patterns.Speaking at the Defcon security conference in Las Vegas, Lukas Grunwald,a consultant with a German security company, said he had discovered amethod for cloning the information stored in the new passports. Data can betransferred on to blank chips, which could then be implanted in fakepassports, a flaw which he said undermined the project.

The revelation also casts another shadow over the UK government's planfor a national ID card, which would contain much of the same information.

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