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The term "Smartcard", is widely used for business transactions and multiple services and are specifically designed for security, thus, it incorporates mechanisms for detection of and recovery from security problems. This technology can provide identification, authentication, data storage and application processing. This paper presents an overview of the Smartcard technology and the threats to its security categorized as Logical, Physical, and Side Channel. The dangers caused by these threats are discussed along with its basic countermeasures. Smartcard evolved from very simple phone cards to business cards made with inferior equipment into complex high technology security solutions that can now support a large number of applications.
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