Monday, August 07, 2006

RFID, DHS, DOS, ICAO... F.U.C.K.U.!

If nothing else can get my braids in a knot, then it will be security and identity fraud that will be in the headlines for the next decade as the U.S. gov't starts to issue passports with an RFID chip that requires no machine contact to be read, aka the biometric passport aka the E-Passport. This is not a conspiracy theory. It is actual fact and perhaps part of the end-time biblical prophecy. Starting the week of Aug. 14, the DOS (U.S. Dept. of State) plans to begin issuing tourist e-passports for the general populace.

Thieves can steal your information now with the use of your debit card. Count on the fact that there will be someone that can develop software used with a handheld device the size of a Palm Pilot and scan to perhaps later CLONE your information just by being in the security line at the airport (they don't even have to be at an airport to get this from you). They can clone the information and insert it into fake passports. It is worse than being pick-pocketed because you won't necessarily know within 24 hours that the RFID has been read by anyone not affiliated with the government. The defenders try to say that a wire mesh protects the chip from being read from outside the passport when the booklet is not open, but some say differently so do you research.

For example, the e-passport may indeed be designed in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, even with the DOS addressing the 2,000 comments they received over concerns about privacy and security... they addressed the comments by inserting Basic Access Control (BAC) into the chip's software. However, the beta testing of the e-passport did not cover BAC functionality, which is intended to prevent the unauthorized reading, or "skimming," of information from e-passports. Are they simply guessing that the BAC functionality is going to keep the bad guys out? You know there is something wrong when the Christian groups oppose RFID.

The chip will contain a unique identifying number that can be tracked by law enforcement agencies worldwide. Articles about the e-passport states that the chip contains extra space to add more information down the line... maybe information involving your current employment as, for example, a pro-sports player, a controversial filmmaker, a lion tamer, or stem cell scientist. Who will be more closely scrutinized based on what they do for a living? What about background such as criminal records, health records (do you have a contagious disease), or even whether or not you have attended protest events or whether or not you filed for bankruptcy or owe money to the IRS... use your imagination. How much can we count on the state laws that prohibit surreptitious surveillance?

2 comments:

grandedamned said...

Yes, it is all quite creepy.

Here's a link to Luther's site that is a conceptual art piece along those lines:
http://www.acclair.co.uk/neuromarketing.html
It's not a real product but a sort of elaborate prank/satire, but he was approached by serious investors. His info on neuromarketing was disturbing. ICKY! get away from my brain!

grandedamned said...

Here's a link to a conceptual 'prank' along these lines: http://www.acclair.co.uk/neuromarketing.html
done by Rich's friend Luther.
Effective, creepy and he was approached by serious investors.