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RFID identity theft and countermeasures
Author(s): Alexander Herrigel; Jian Zhao
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Paper Abstract

This paper reviews the ICAO security architecture for biometric passports. An attack enabling RFID identity theft for a later misuse is presented. Specific countermeasures against this attack are described. Furthermore, it is shown that robust high capacity digital watermarking for the embedding and retrieving of binary digital signature data can be applied as an effective mean against RFID identity theft. This approach requires only minimal modifications of the passport manufacturing process and is an enhancement of already proposed solutions. The approach may also be applied in combination with a RFID as a backup solution (damaged RFID chip) to verify with asymmetric cryptographic techniques the authenticity and the integrity of the passport data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 2006
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6075, Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Techniques VI, 607510 (9 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.643310
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Alexander Herrigel, Up-Great AG (Switzerland)
Jian Zhao, MediaSec Technologies LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6075:
Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Techniques VI
Rudolf L. van Renesse, Editor(s)

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