The UK government has vigorously denied claims in a Daily Mail report that it is easy for hackers to modify the data on ID cards.
The report said that a hacker known as Adam Laurie had managed to clone all the information on a foreign national's card, and then change the data to entitle the individual to benefits and label him a terrorist for police to shoot on sight.
ID cards are currently voluntary for British citizens, but foreign nationals are required to hold one to show that they have the right to work in the UK. The Home Office said recently that plans are underway to ensure that 75,000 are issued for this purpose by November.
However, the Daily Mail report claimed to show that the microchip on the card, which contains details such as date of birth, fingerprints and physical statistics, is easy to break into using only a mobile and laptop.
"This story is rubbish. We are satisfied that the personal data on the chip cannot be changed or modified, and there is no evidence this has happened," said a Home Office spokesman this morning.
"The identity card includes a number of design and security features that are extremely difficult to replicate."
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