Public transport chip pass not ready

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Easily-cracked chip’s code spells delay of launch of the new public transport chip pass, says transport minister.

15 April 2008

Deputy transport minister Tineke Huizinga says she does not believe that it will be possible to introduce the new public transport chip pass on 1 January 2009.

The chip's code has been cracked, making it possible and extremely lucrative to copy both the chip and the pass.

Until recently, it was believed that cracking the code and duplicating the pass would be extremely difficult.

However this weekend researchers at a Dutch Institute showed that they could access the code in a matter of seconds using an ordinary laptop.

Earlier, researchers had said that the chip was usable if extra security layers were added. The old-fashioned paper tickets will remain in use until the chip pass has been proved safe and secure.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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