Sunday, 18 January 2015

Fingerprints Hacking from photo: German Hacker Rings Alarm Bell


Fingerprints Hacking from photo: German Hacker Rings Alarm Bell

30BERLIN: A German hacker has rung alarm bell for all by hacking the fingerprints of a politician just using commercial software with couple of high resolution photographs of one’s hand.
German hacker Jan Krissler, aka ‘Starbug demonstrated it during a conference in which he recreated the finger prints of German Defense Minister (Dr. Ursula von der Leyen), by snapping her thumb from a distance of three meters at different times with an appropriate angle, and then using a program called Verifinger.“After this talk, politicians will presumably wear gloves when talking in public,” Starbug told the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) conference.
He further explained the vulnerability of biometric security system and how easy it is to foil by just using commercial software.
Starbug is known for circumventing Apple’s Touch ID, or fingerprint reader, just 48 hours after its release.
Experts in the conference agree that while mainstream biometrics security measures that rely on static information – such as face recognition or fingerprints – may not seem easy to forge, they can certainly still be faked.

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