03 Nov '17, 6am

Estonia blocks electronic ID cards over identity-theft risk

Estonia blocks electronic ID cards over identity-theft risk

Cyber-savvy Estonia said on Thursday it would suspend security certificates for up to 760,000 state-issued electronic ID-cards with faulty chips as of Friday midnight to mitigate the risk of identity theft. Dubbed E-stonia for being one of the world's most wired nations, the Baltic eurozone state of 1.3 million people issues electronic ID cards giving citizens online access to virtually all public services at a special "e-government" state portal. IT security experts recently discovered a flaw in the Swiss-made chips used in the cards that makes them vulnerable to malware. "The functioning of an e-state is based on trust and the state cannot afford identity theft happening to the owner of an Estonian ID card," Prime Minister Juri Ratas said Thursday as he announced the decision to suspend security certificates for cards until their owners download an update to patch the fl...

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