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#infosec | Artificial Fingerprint Ring Could Combat Biometric Data Theft

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A cybersecurity company has teamed up with a 3D accessory designer to produce a ring that could tackle the issue of what to do if your biometric data is stolen. 

The attractive and wearable piece of jewelry features a synthetic fingerprint that can be used to unlock phones, make payments, or even access a home or office. 

Unlike the actual fingerprint of a living human, which can never be replaced if lost, the artificial biometric identifier can be erased and substituted with a new version in the event of an identity theft. 

The ring represents the collaborative efforts of cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, Swedish designer Benjamin Waye, and creative agency Archetype.

“By combining the elements of art and technology, the ring makes the person wearing it stand out from the crowd as a visionary,” said the ring’s designer, Waye.

“It is a different approach to how we wear jewelry. Usually, it is much more practical. Not only is it considered beautiful, but it has been designed with the aim of helping to solve a quite serious problem in today’s modern life. It helps preserve our uniqueness in a world where everything could otherwise be copied.”

In 2015, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack in the United States caused 5.6 million fingerprints to be leaked. More recently, the fingerprints of over 1 million people were discovered on a publicly accessible database used by the UK Metropolitan police, defense contractors, and banks. That is in addition to multiple examples where researchers have demonstrated proof-of-concept schemes that allow human fingerprints to be stolen with the help of digital cameras and other widely available tools.

“While the ring is just one of the possible ways to tackle the current cybersecurity problems related to biometrics, this is certainly not a silver bullet,” said Marco Preuss, director of the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky, Europe. 

“A real solution will involve creating measures and technologies that would guarantee the protection of people’s unique identities. Such a solution is yet to be developed, and the current situation surrounding the safety of biometrics is not where it needs to be.”

Although the ring is a proof-of-concept piece, it paves the way for further discussion on securing biometric data.

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#cybersecurity | hacker | NYPD fingerprint database touched by ransomware

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Home > Security News > Ransomware The New York City Police Department’s fingerprint database was hit with ransomware in October 2018, a local newspaper learned. The attack was brought in by a third-party vendor who was installing video equipment at the NYPD’s police academy when it […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

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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

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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

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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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