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US: ACLU Kritik fuehrt zu Designaenderung bei RFID Reisepass
Der Funk ist ein Hund – sagen selbst die Funktechniker. Noch weniger verstehen Kinder der Computerära den Wellensalat: Da sitzt der berühmte "Man in the Middle" nicht dazwischen, sondern daneben, dahinter oder ganz wo anders. "Sniffer", "Hijacker" oder "Spoofer" operieren aus einem vielfachen der Entfernung.
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Responding to fears raised by privacy advocates that new electronic passports might be vulnerable to high-tech snooping, the U.S. State Department intends to modify the design so that an embedded radio chip holding a digitized photograph and biographical information is more secure.

The move comes after protests by groups as diverse as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. They argued that the proposed new electronic passports, which would broadcast personal information to speed processing of travelers, would have served as a virtual bull's-eye for terrorists or others who wanted to harm Americans.

Frank Moss, deputy assistant secretary of state for passport services, said in an interview Tuesday that government tests confirmed privacy advocates' suspicions that the electronic passport might be vulnerable to so-called skimming from a greater distance than officials had previously said, meaning a matter of three or so feet instead of inches, or about one meter instead of eight centimeters.

IHT: U.S. to alter passport design because of privacy fears
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