Cloning demo adds to fears over ID card scheme

 

News that a German computer expert has managed to “clone” the data chip on his new passport has called into question government assurances about the security of the planned national ID card – which will use similar technology.

Lukas Grunwald gave a demonstration at a conference in Las Vegas last week to show that he could copy the information stored on the new passports, that have been issued in Britain since March.

Although Herr Grunwald was not able to modify any of the data on his own passport, he was able to insert the copied information on another chip that could be put into a forged passport or used to fool a card-reading machine.

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