UK Biometric passports cracked

The technology behind the 'impossible to hack' biometric security in UK passports has been broken, as reported in the Guardian.

Lukas Grunwald [...] said he had discovered a method for cloning the information stored in the new passports. Data can be transferred onto blank chips, which could then be implanted in fake passports, a flaw which he said undermined the project.

From my point of view all of these [biometric] passports are a huge waste of money - they're not increasing security at all.

The revelation also casts another shadow over the government's plan for a national ID card, which would contain much of the same information.

The government have fallen back upon 'yeah, well, he can copy it, but he can't change it'.