Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher
Earlier this week one of my co-workers sent me a link with the comment “No surprise, but this kind of guy really irritate me.” The article, Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears by AP National Writer, Todd Lewan appeared in several places including http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090711/ap_on_bi_ge/us_chipping_america_iv. It also triggered follow up articles such as Robin Harris’ blog post on ZDnet entitled RFID passports: a tragedy waiting to happen.
I was planning to post about how much of the content was old news or technically incorrect. For example, Harris mixed up Pass Cards and Passports which use different RFID protocols and have different security features. But Mark Roberti, editor of RFID Journal, beat me to it so I am going to refer you to his postings -AP Hack Strikes Again and Another Blogger Confuses the RFID Issue.
If any reporters wish to write about RFID security issues in the future, please contact the RFID Security Alliance and we can refer you to people who can accurately talk about the topic.