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Fingerprint vs passcode

N0012476829--369964If you are using a smartphone you should protect your information by using a passcode or fingerprint. But, which one should you use? Does it make a difference? Convenience If you approach it from a convenience perspective the answer is obvious. Fingerprint. To unlock your phone you simply place your thumb on the fingerprint scanner […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

Samsung Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner fails to live up to security standards

The much-hyped fingerprint scanner on Samsung’s latest flagship handset the Galaxy S5 has already been hacked just days after the device was launched, although a teardown reveals a bill of materials in excess of $250 (£150) – higher than the iPhone 5S.

Researchers at Germany’s Security Research Labs (SRLabs) publicised their findings in a YouTube clip. According to the narrator: “the spoof was made under lab conditions but is based on nothing more than a camera phone photo of an unprocessed latent print on a smartphone screen.”
A PCB mold is then made from the photo, into which wood glue is smeared to make the dummy fingerprint.

The hack is concerning given that it grants access to “highly sensitive apps” such as PayPal, giving “a would-be attacker an even greater incentive to learn the simple skill of fingerprint spoofing”, the researchers said.

According to the researchers Samsung has executed the fingerprint authentication quite poorly and has failed to learn from the mistakes of other tech companies which have gone before it in trying to implement effective biometric authentication systems. Unlike the Apple device, the S5 currently does not require a password to authenticate after a certain number of incorrect attempts to swipe in. This means attackers can theoretically have as many goes as they like as long as they reboot the handset every so often.

This kind of oversight is surprising considering the amount of money Samsung has spent on building its latest star handset.

The fingerprint scanner is not broken out by cost although the market analyst claimed that the S5 has more sensors “than IHS has ever detected in a smartphone design”.

Source: http://whogothack.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/samsung-galaxy-s5-fingerprint-scanner.html#.Vj5jOPmqqko

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Cell-Phone Fingerprint Ruling: 5 Things You Should Know

Cell-Phone Fingerprint Ruling: 5 Things You Should Know

With fingerprint-reading technology now being implemented in more and more smartphones, rulings like the one last week really get under people’s skin. Last Tuesday, a Virginia judge ruled that police officers can force a suspect to unlock a smartphone using […]

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Fingerprint Cards says CEO suspected of insider crime

Fingerprint Cards says CEO suspected of insider crime

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Biometrics technology firm Fingerprint Cards said on Thursday its top chief and a company shareholder were under investigation for insider crime, and it had replaced its CEO until further notice. Fingerprint Cards says CEO suspected of insider […]

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US-Based Nigerian Group Calls For Fingerprint Database, Urges Use Of Technology To Fight Terror – National Cyber Security | National Cyber Security

nationalcybersecurity.com – The US-based Edo United for Homeland Empowerment, a human rights group with headquarters in Boston, has urged the Nigerian government to institute a nation-wide registration to collect the fingerpr…

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US-Based Nigerian Group Calls For Fingerprint Database, Urges Use Of Technology To Fight Terror

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US-Based Nigerian Group Calls For Fingerprint Database, Urges Use Of Technology To Fight Terror

The US-based Edo United for Homeland Empowerment, a human rights group with headquarters in Boston, has urged the Nigerian government to institute a nation-wide registration to collect the fingerprint of all Nigerian citizens and residents. Such an exercise, the group […]

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