By Ian Grant
06 Aug 2009
The prospective national ID card was broken and cloned in 12 minutes,
the Daily Mail revealed this morning.
The newspaper hired computer expert Adam Laurie to test the security
that protects the information embedded in the chip on the card.
Using a Nokia mobile phone and a laptop computer, Laurie was able to
copy the data on a card that is being issued to foreign nationals in
He then created a cloned card, and with help from another technology
expert, changed all the data on the new card. This included the physical
details of the bearer, name, fingerprints and other information.
He then rewrote data on the card, reversing the bearer's status from
"not entitled to benefits" to "entitled to benefits".
He then added fresh content that would be visible to any police officer
or security official who scanned the card, saying, "I am a terrorist -
shoot on sight."
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