New Access Card Duplication Kiosks Pose Security Threats

The Problem

More than 30 self-service key duplication kiosks have been installed at convenience stores and supermarkets in San Diego. These kiosks offer an inexpensive and easy-to-use “card or fob” duplication service. The service has been tested and fully functional duplicate cards and key fobs were received.

What does this mean?

Individuals with standard proximity RFID cards/fobs can easily purchase duplicate cards/fobs without your authorization or knowledge. This service undermines the intent and security of card access systems. It means a system may have unknown quantities of duplicate cards in use.

What can you do?

Call us at (858) 503-7500 or email at

We have developed a solution to upgrade your system and make sure your facility is secure. Customers can move to advanced credential technologies that use the latest encryption accepted by the academic community and international standards for much stronger protection against cryptographic attacks. HID Global credentials that support SEOS technology provide state-of-the-art cryptography for mutual authentication and data encryption. This technology protects the privacy of contactless communications and ensures no traceable credential identifier is exchanged during card sessions, which prevents data associated to a given card from being divulged or cloned.

We are alerting all of our clients immediately about this emerging issue due to the serious security risks it represents.

We hope this information is helpful and encourage you to call (858) 503-7500 or your systems consultant for more information.

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