daem0n1x (748565) writes "More and more countries like Estonia, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Israel, South Africa, etc. are issuing smart card-based ID cards to replace the old paper ones.
Not only government and private services are using the ID card cryptographic capabilities as a practical means of authentication, but the ability to digitally sign documents is also being increasingly used as a replacement to paper.
You can now access government services from the comfort of your home, all you need is a PC, an Internet connection and a smart card reader.
But is it that easy? Unfortunately no. You may have to consider spending a little more on a pinpad reader. A security researcher team came up with a way to combine a keylogger with a USB-over-IP driver, enabling limitless use of your smart card as if it was connected to the attacker's computer.
Do you live in one of these countries and your tax returns are taking to long to show up? Somebody else may be getting them for you. Are you being asked to pay for a loan you never signed? Someone else may have signed it with your card."
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