All newly issued U.S. passports and many credit
cards now include a Radio Frequency Identification
Data (RFID) chip with personal information.
The chip in the passport stores the same information
that is printed within the passport and includes
a digital picture of the owner. The chips are meant
to cut down on human error of immigration officials,
speed the processing of visitors, and safeguard against
Unfortunately, hackers have figured out how to
scan those chips too, gaining access to personal
and financial data that can result in identity theft.