Quote from Virus Bulletin's Martijn Grooten today -
"Researchers note that even without signature validation ensuring data integrity, it would still take technical skill to manipulate the information on an e-Passport's RFID chip "
Yeah Right. Using Linux is like so difficult dude it needs actual technical skills :p
Back in 2007 Adam Laurie was doing research into RFID cards and did the whole Shmoocon / DEFCON / Blackhat tours with RFidiots & hacking an ePassport. He even told the Daily Mail.
However, the U.K. Home Office defended the passports, asserting the hack doesn't make them less secure.
"The key point ... is that the information on the chip cannot by changed, rendering the procedure described by Adam Laurie pretty pointless," wrote Peter Wilson, senior press officer.
Further, a cloned chip would have to be inserted into a forged passport, and new security measures in the passports make that "virtually impossible," the Home Office said, quoting a report released by the National Audit Office.
So here's a link to the pretty pointless procedure of changing your photo "Hackers expose security flaws with 'Elvis Presley' (e)passport" from CNN