European Data Protection Digest

Report: Government ID Cards Not Secure

RFID—GERMANY

September 10, 2010

The public broadcasting show "Plusminus" will on Tuesday air an episode reporting that new government ID cards are susceptible to hacking, reports The Local. Teaming up with a hacker organization, the show tested the home scanners that will accompany the cards and are necessary for processing personal data for official business on home computers. The report states that the tests found that scammers would be able to extract personal information from the machines. The interior minister, during an interview with the show, said he sees no reason to act on the matter, while the Federal Office for Information Security rejected the claim, saying the card is secure, and the new security measures are a "significant security improvement compared to today's standard process of user name and password."
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