The Guardian is reporting that the RFID secure British Passports that have been being issued for the past six months have been cracked. Amusingly the Guardian summary title asks why it was "so easy to break the security codes?"
There is a simple answer. Security technology is invented by human beings, therefore it stands to reason that human beings will find a way to circumvent it. This idea that ID Cards will be secure is, putting it simply, absolute nonsense. They will be cracked by someone because they've been invented by someone.
Politicians that see technology as a panacea need to learn Jeff Richards' two laws of data security.
- Don't buy a computer.
- If you do buy a computer, don't turn it on.