This has been a problem that TSA along with GSA Inspectors have been aware of, and have tested a lot of Airport and Government installed systems to see if they are vulnerable. There are fixes, but most are not cheap, and require additional contracting to get back in compliance. What is interesting is that the Magnetic Stripe systems still in use in many airports and Government building have been susceptible to card copying for the last 30 years, and at a cheaper price. Yet no one from TSA or GSA had a real problem with them. The problem really comes from the vast amount of cards needed for bigger systems, with numbers that large it gets tough to keep the systems secure. In past years, if I could not find a house keepers access card to copy that would let me into many if not all hotel rooms, if I had access to no more than 5 access cards from different hotel rooms, I could make a master access control card. That TSA and GSA would hold these access control systems to a higher standard than the Mag stripe systems does not make a lot of sense. But it is a good article. Copying the cards has been around for at least 10 years, but the cost was in the thousands for the equipment to do it. The cost for copying Mag Stripe cards has been in the 30 dollar range for it seems ever.
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