ID Cards, Chip and Pin Fraud

By Justin Mann on September 5, 2005, 7:37 PM
The concept of a national ID card has been an extremely controversial issue in all major countries, most especially in the U.S. and the U.K. It has received praise and damnation from various lots. The U.K. has been on the boat more in the recent years, and the idea of a “digital tag” carried with you is becoming almost palatable among some. The entire purpose, of course, is safety – After all, it *must* be you if the card says its you, along with your eye scan and your fingerprint, right?

According to the research posted here, it isn't – and wouldn't be. The proof namely being the Chip and Pin technology being used in the U.K. currently, a way to prevent bank fraud. The PIN system is already common in most every country, so this could be something rolling out to your very own door soon. Criminals always adapt, the article states, and that no matter the hurdle, it will be bypassed. Digital security is increasingly prevelant in all forms of work, and with increased globalization comes an increased need to verify you're dealing with who and what you are think you are. Though it is probably true that fraud cannot be eliminated, the article doesn't give any insight as to what the researchers are doing to address the issues they bring up. The weakest link is always the human one. Secure humans?




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