Hi-tech biometric passports used by Britain and other countries have been hacked by a computer expert, throwing into doubt fundamental parts of the UK's Â£415m scheme to load passports with information such as fingerprints, facial scans and iris patterns. Speaking at the Defcon security conference in Las Vegas, Lukas Grunwald, a consultant with a German security company, 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. The revelation also casts another shadow over the government's plan for a national ID card, which would contain much of the same information. Article in full http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1838751,00.html For those not in the know the Defon conference is the worlds no. 1 black hat and white hat security conference, if they can hack it then numerous teenagers in Russian bedrooms can as well. Not safe stop it - obviously a sales man will convince new Lab otherwise.