New biometric passports hacked

The RFID system in the new passports has been successfully cracked using the publicly available information and equipment costing £175-£250. The government did put on a high level of encryption to deter identity thieves but the ‘secret key’ needed to unlock it isn’t a secret. The Home Office doesn’t care and insist “This doesn’t matter”. They don’t seem to understand that if you can crack the chip it means you can clone it.