Sooner or later if you live in a country with the visa-waiver program with the US (i.e. most EU countries and a few more) your passport will be issued with a always-on radio frequency identification chips, making it easy for officials â€“ and hackers â€“ to grab your personal stats. Getting paranoid about strangers slurping up your identity? Hereâ€™s what you can do about it. But be careful â€“ tampering with a passport is punishable by 25 years in prison. Not to mention the â€œspecialâ€ customs search, with rubber gloves. Bon voyage!
1) RFID-tagged passports have a distinctive logo on the front cover; the chip is embedded in the back.
2) Sorry, â€œaccidentallyâ€ leaving your passport in the jeans you just put in the washer wonâ€™t work. Youâ€™re more likely to ruin the passport itself than the chip.
3) Forget about nuking it in the microwave â€“ the chip could burst into flames, leaving telltale scorch marks. Besides, have you ever smelled burnt passport?
4) The best approach? Hammer time! Hitting the chip with a blunt, hard object should disable it. A nonworking RFID doesnâ€™t invalidate the passport, so you can still use it.hacking, Hardware, passport, RFID, Travel