They\’re not really very safe.
Millions of identity cards are carrying a serious security flaw that allows them to be cloned by anyone with a standard laptop,The Times has learnt.
The Mifare smartcard, which is used to gain access to thousands of schools, hospitals and government departments around Britain, as well as providing the technology behind 17 million Oyster cards for travel in London, was hacked into by scientists at a Dutch university.
Buildings accessible by photo ID cards were particularly vulnerable to attack, Dr Jacobs said. “An employee can be cloned by bumping into that person with a portable card reader,” he said. “The person whose identity is being stolen may then be completely unaware that anything has happened.
“At the technical level there are currently no known countermeasures.”
Back to the drawing board, eh guys?