Electronic passports are designed for efficiency, but can pose a security risk.
An error was detected that caused data thieves to pass the passport & # 39; a few meters further & # 39; able to scan and follow every movement of the person.
Electronic passports were created around 2004 and are documents that contain built-in computer chips in which basic information about the individual is stored.
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An error has been detected that allows thieves to change the passport & # 39; a few meters further & # 39; able to scan and follow every movement of the person. E-passports (photo) were released in 2004 and are documents that contain built-in computer chips in which basic information of the individual is stored
The newly discovered error can be found in all electronic passports from all over the world, so many are afraid of being followed at the airport.
With the standard, Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 9303, e-passport readers at airports can scan the chip in a passport and identify the holder.
The information stored on the chip is the same as that displayed on the data page of the passport.
This includes your full name, date of birth, place of birth, date on which the passport was issued, expiration date, etc.
This includes your full name, date of birth, place of birth, date on which the passport was issued, expiration date, etc. The chip also contains a biometric identification in the form of a digital image of your passport photo. The technology is designed to make check-in more efficient
The chip also contains a biometric identification in the form of a digital image of your passport photo.
It also has a unique identification number and digital signature as a protective measure.
And although they are designed to facilitate the entry process, this technology turned out to be an error threatening the privacy of the individual.
Dr. Ross Horne, prof. Sjouke Mauw, PhD student Zach Smith and master's student Ihor Filimonov at UNIVERSITY OF LUXEMBOURG have tested the standard.
They discovered an error that caused specific unauthorized equipment to have access to passport data.
& # 39; With the right device, you can scan passports in the immediate area and re-identify previously observed passport holders, following their movements. Horne out.
& # 39; For example, passport holders are not protected from following their movements by an unauthorized observer. & # 39;
Researchers have not made clear which device cardholders can follow, but have not said that it is a device that most people can get.
This technology has the ability to identify a person a few meters away and then keep that passport – meaning that they can track the person anywhere.
Although the attacker cannot collect all information from the chip, this action still poses a threat to security and privacy.
& # 39; Because most passports nowadays use the same standard, this security error may have a worldwide impact & # 39 ;, Dr. Horne continues.
In Europe, such a security breach is likely to violate the requirements of the EU data protection framework.
Governments have the responsibility to protect individual privacy and ensure that official documents are bulletproof against such attacks, the researchers explained.
Both traditional and electronic passports may soon be a thing of the past, because the future can give you a chip that you can use to check in and board a flight.
In 2016, Soget's vice-president of digital for technology consulting, Andreas Sjöström, was implanted a near-field communication chip (NFC) in his hand before he goes to the airport to catch a flight.
Sjöström took viewers on a trip while waving his hand over a scanner, allowing him to glide through the security of the airport and straight to his seat on the plane.
Both traditional and electronic passports may soon be a thing of the past, because a chip in your hand could let you check in and board a flight. In 2016, Andreas Sjöström implanted a near-field communication chip (NFC) in his hand before he went to the airport to catch a flight
& # 39; I had an NFC chip implanted in my hand just below the skin, & # 39; Sjöström, vice president of digital for technology consulting at Sogeti, explained in the video.
& # 39; In this video I use the chip to go through Stockholm Arlanda Airport, through security, in the lounge and finally through the gate to the plane.
The chip contained its ID of Scandinavian Airlines EuroBonus and since the airport has NFC readers, from security to the gate.
Sjöström didn't need the traditional boarding pass, just a tap of his wrist to place the microchip on top of the scanner.
This type of advanced technology has been used for digital payments, operating cell phones, and unlocking doors, according to The Telegraph.
& # 39; The point is that you don't need anything to be identified or recognized to go through a contact point & # 39 ;, Massimo Pascotta, who works with innovation at SAS, said in the video.
& # 39; Whether it's security or a lounge, it's a breakthrough that you don't have to make to have a boarding pass or device with you. & # 39;
The chip contained the ID of the Scandinavian Airlines EuroBonus member of this flyer, and since the airport has NFC readers, from security to the gate. Sjöström did not need the traditional boarding pass, just a tap of his wrist to place the microchip on top of the scanner
The microchip used in this experiment was an xNT implant of Dangerous things, which develops biohacking and civil science equipment.
Amal Graafstra, CEO of Dangerous Things, said Mic the test was part of the goal of Scandinavian Airlines to further innovate customer experiences, which currently includes an NFC-readable sticker that contains the details of a passenger.
The microchip used in this experiment was an xNT implant from Dangerous Things, which develops biohacking and civil science equipment. The kits are supplied with microchips, surgical gloves and syringes that can be ordered directly via the Dangerous Things website
The kits are supplied with microchips, surgical gloves and syringes that can be ordered directly via the Dangerous Things website.
It also comes with detailed instructions on how to implant the chip in your hand.
Sjöström explained that the process was painless and the only way to know that the chip is in your skin is to rub it with your hand.
& # 39; I didn't have to get anything, & # 39; he explained.
This type of advanced technology has been used for digital payments, operating mobile phones and unlocking doors. It comes with detailed instructions for implanting the chip in your hand
& # 39; It gave me a new feeling, a kind of prejudice about what it will be like in the future if we don't have to reach physical objects to achieve things. & # 39;
Sjöström suggested in the future that devices can be made that can be placed on the skin instead of in it.
& # 39; I tried public transport solutions, I connected it to NFC-compatible office door locks, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; I passed with some and not with others. But if nobody experiments, nobody will discover this. & # 39;
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