Personal Data Hacked from New German ID Cards Live on Public TV
The at-home scanners were originally intended to allow Germans to more easily process their personal information for business or online shopping. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, however, insists that there isn't an immediately apparent reason to take corrective action. The Federal Office for Information Security, moreover, firmly defended the security of the RFID chips implanted within the ID cards, claiming that both the chip and the unique PIN offer a "significant security improvement compared to today's standard process of user name and password." That may very well be true, but the fact that a group of hackers managed to access sensitive personal information with government-issued devices probably won't sit well with a population that's already proven to be particularly paranoid when it comes to privacy rights.