Saturday, October 04, 2008

Elvis Presley in Amsterdam

ElvisPresleyPosterC11791410 A group of Dutch hackers posted a video posted on ("THC" purportedly stands for "The Hacker's Choice") of an unseen person slips what appears to be a standard-issue European Union passport into a self-scanner at Schiphol Airport outside Amsterdam.

The screen pops up with the bearer's information: Elvis Aaron Presley, U.S. national, born Jan. 8, 1935, complete with photo and passport ID number.

No alert is raised; the passport's authenticity is not questioned; the fact that a physical European passport seems to be an American one electronically doesn't seem to matter.

Want to do it yourself? The hackers detail the steps, and provide source code, on the same Web page the video's posted on. Full article here.

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