Electronic passports have reportedly already been cracked and can be easily copied allowing anyone to get into a country relatively easy. There is a fundamental problem with all of these electronic systems. They seem to all be designed by the lowest bidder. From electronic voting booths to these passports, it seems like people and programmers with an IQ of about 50 were chosen to do the programming and design.
Electronic passports being introduced in the United States and other countries have a major vulnerability that allows criminals to clone embedded secret codes and enter countries illegally, a researcher warned.
A demonstration by German computer-security specialist Lukas Grunwald showed how personal information stored on the documents could be copied and transferred to another device.
It appeared to contradict assurances by officials in government and private industry that the electronic information stored in passports could not be duplicated.
"If there is an automatic inspection system, I can use this card to enter any country," Mr. Grunwald said, holding up a computer chip containing electronic information he had copied from his German passport.
The presentation was one of dozens delivered at the Defcon conference ... in Las Vegas. The conference, attended by many top security specialist from around the world, has become an annual showcase of the latest discovered weaknesses in computers, phone equipment and other machines.
I'm guessing the Mexican government has already employed some people to work on a system to allow their poor to cross the border easier and send back all that sweet, sweet American revenue.
Tipped by: Alpha Patriot