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2009-07-15

Identity theft made easy, thanks to Bush administration

New 'secure' passports with Radio Frequency ID (RFID) chips are anything but, and can be hacked with cheap off-the-shelf gear. Experts warned this little bit of Security Theater was dangerous, and now Linux Insider reports on how leaky these passports are.

Even cheaper tech was used in Washington, Vermont, Michigan, New York, Texas and Arizona new 'enhanced' driver's licenses, which offer no protection at all. If you've got one of those new IDs, get a shielded wallet.