Faked document with picture of Bin Laden fooled UN agency, newspaper reports
A British passport
New microchipped passports designed to protect against identity theft by terrorists and criminals can easily be faked, it was claimed today.
Tests showed that personal information could be cloned and manipulated within an hour before being inserted into new chips, the Times reported.
The paper said it had exposed “security flaws” in the passport system by asking a researcher to clone the chips on two British passports and implant digital images of Osama bin Laden and a suicide bomber. The altered chips were then passed as genuine by reader software used by the UN agency that sets the standards for such e-passports.
The tests showed that bogus biometrics could be inserted in fake or blank passports, the Times alleged, saying the flaws also undermined assertions that 3,000 blank passports stolen last week could not be forged.