U.S. passport information a piece of cake to steal

A hacker with $250 of easy-to-obtain equipment drove around San Francisco grabbing users’ personal information from passports and drivers’ licenses equipped with soon-to-be-mandatory radio-frequency identification (RFID) cihps.

The government has been pushing for tagging most identification with RFID chips, claiming it would be impossible or unlikely for hackers to do just what Chris Paget did with $250 of equipment he bought off eBay.

Passport RFIDs cloned wholesale by $250 eBay auction spree | The Register (via BoingBoing)