"Fakeproof" e-passport is cloned in minutes

The Times Online reports that those microchipped passports the UK gov't boasted would be impossible to fake "can be cloned and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine by the computer software recommended for use at international airports."

3,000 blank passports were stolen last week, but the Home Office said there was nothing to worry about, because they couldn't be forged.

In the tests, a computer researcher cloned the chips on two British passports and implanted digital images of Osama bin Laden and a suicide bomber. The altered chips were then passed as genuine by passport reader software used by the UN agency that sets standards for e-passports.

"Fakeproof" e-passport is cloned in minutes (Times Online)