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  • Thursday, May 26, 2005

    Experts say id scheme security is flawed

    According to this article, from the Guardian today, security experts have stated that Blair & Cos plans for id cards are not as secure as ministers have liked to make out:

    Recent hi-tech frauds, such as the attempted £220m hacking raid on the London branch of the Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui last November, have relied on insiders. In the case of Sumitomo, police investigators have indicated that the bank's cleaners were the weak link, but for ID cards it could be one of the thousands of office workers who will be required to help administrate the vast £5bn system. It is not unknown for organised crime to train "sleeper" operatives, who are placed inside organisations with the intention of committing criminal acts months or even years later. If such agents were operating from within the national ID database, they could potentially rewrite important personal information, or replace one set of biometric data with another, opening the door to fraudsters and gangs.
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