MiFare RFID encryption hacked

“NXP developed the Mifare Classic RFID (radio frequency identification) chip, which is used in 2 million Dutch building access passes, said ter Horst. One billion passes with the technology have been distributed worldwide, making the security risk a global problem. A spokesperson for the ministry told Webwereld, an IDG affiliate, that it had not yet notified other countries.

The warning comes in a week when two research teams independently demonstrated hacks of the chip’s security algorithm.

On Monday, German researchers Karsten Nohl and Henryk Plötz, who first hacked parts of the chip last December, published a paper demonstrating a way to crack the chip’s encryption technology. The duo declined to publicly demonstrate their hack. “We want to start a discussion first, allowing people to adjust or abandon their systems,” Nohl told Webwereld last week. He added that he would provide a demonstration before June.”
Source: pcworld.com

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~ by Balle on March 27, 2008.

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