Biometrics at border crossings huge hurdle for CIA spies

The use of iris scanners and biometric passports at airports, hotels and business headquarters around the globe is making it difficult for CIA spies and secret agents in other nations to travel under false identities, reports Jeff Stein at Wired's Danger Room blog.

Throughout Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia, governments are using iris scanners at entry points to link travelers' eyeballs to a particular name, the blog says. At the same time, biometric passports, which are embedded with microchips containing a person’s face, sex, fingerprints, date and place of birth, and other personal data, are rapidly replacing older, paper-only ones.

There is no clear solution, however, CIA operations managers since 9/11 have re-doubled efforts to recruit spies in foreign border-control agencies who have access to the electronic files and therefore can change, add or eliminate documents, the blog says.

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