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February 23, 2010

Elvis Presley passport exposes security flaw

Posted: 08:41 AM ET

In the name of improved security a hacker showed how a biometric passport issued in the name of long-dead rock 'n' roll king Elvis Presley could be cleared through an automated passport scanning system being tested at an international airport.

Using a doctored passport at a self-serve passport machine, the hacker was cleared for travel after just a few seconds and a picture of the King himself appeared on the monitor's display.

Adam Laurie and Jeroen Van Beek, who call themselves "ethical hackers," say the exercise exposed how easy it is to fool a passport scanner with a fraudulent biometric chip.

The Presley test was carried out at Amsterdam's Schipol airport in September 2008 - – by Laurie and Van Beek - to highlight potential security shortcomings.

Passports, and the ability to fake them, are back in the spotlight after the apparent use of false documents during the gang assassination of a Hamas militant in Dubai in January.

Van Beek said: "What we did for that chip is create passport content for Elvis Presley and put it on a chip and sign it with our own key for a non-existent country. And a device that was used to read chips didn't check the country's signatures."

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LOGICAL Dave W. Dawson   February 23rd, 2010 9:33 am ET

*** IF THEY CAN'T BUY IT – THEY TAKE IT .... ***
That's the nature of ALL CRIME.
That's the nature of THE PARASITE called ALL CRIME.
And these NARROW-MINDED CRIMINALS?
Learn something from the EXPERTS in oreder to by-pass ALL SECURITY MEASURES.
Forging biometric details available on-line is just one example of ALL CRIME.
The CRIMINAL finds ILL-GOTTEN GAIN far more preferable to what we all know is a HARD LIFE.
Can these CRIMINALS be brought to task & be made to do HARD TIME?
Their first instinct is to EVADE JUSTICE when we the VICTIMS must SEEK JUSTICE.
Is their such a thing as JUSTICE?
Because us VICTIMS see no evidence of the ELUSIVE JUSTICE.
PROPER CHANNELS should be made to EVERY VICTIM.
Denying these PROPER CHANNELS is the nature of CORRUPT AUTHORITIES.
Liverpool(UK) Court Services is in bed with the MAFIA.
Much of Liverpool(UK) is riddled with MAFIA activity like much of the rest of the World.
And ISLAM claimed EFFECTIVENESS?
ALL TALK & NO ACTION MAKES ISLAM A VERY DULL PLACE.
Forgery using biometrics is one thing, but when Liverpool's MAFIA-INFESTED Police Force have forged arrest warrants issued against DECENT & HONEST PEOPLE & ISLAM does NOTHING, then there will be a VERY BITTER AFTER-TASTE AGAINST ISLAM.
Bring back CHRISTIANITY anyday thankyou.
Muslims are losing the RIGHT to FRIENDSHIP at this rate.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 23rd, 2010 7:28 pm ET

Elvis had to get through of course. Viva Elvis!


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 24th, 2010 1:50 am ET

Hello, is this trying to tell us something?????????????


patucha   February 24th, 2010 2:00 pm ET

I want a Marilyn Monroe's passport ⊙▂⊙


Eddie Cole   February 27th, 2010 10:02 am ET

I feel really safe...........NOT!!


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