[dave at farber.net: [IP] more on U.S. passports to receive RFID implants start

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Sun Oct 30 01:48:42 PST 2005

On Sat, Oct 29, 2005 at 08:42:35PM -0400, Tyler Durden wrote:
> One thing to think about with respect to the RFID passports...
> Um, uh...surely once in a while the RFID tag is going to get corrupted or
> something...right? I'd bet it ends up happening all the time. In those
> cases they probably have to fall back upon the traditional passport usage
> and inspection.

Actually, an RFID can be ridiculously reliable. It will also
depend on how much harassment a traveler will be exposed to,
when travelling. Being barred from entry will definitely prove
sufficient deterrment.

> The only question is, what could (believably) damage the RFID?

Microwaving it will blow up the chip, and cause a scorched spot.
Severing the antenna would be enough for the chip to become mute.
Violetwanding or treating with a Tesla generator should destroy
all electronics quite reliably -- you always have to check, of

Also, the ID is quite expensive, and a frequent traveller
will wind up with a considerable expense, and hassle.

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