December 12, 2005

Low-Tech Fingerprint Fraud

The the Safety Elephant always trumpets the perfect security of biometrics as why ID Cards are going to be secure. Small problem spoofing biometrics is childs play:
"Fingerprint scanning devices often use basic technology, such as an optical camera that take pictures of fingerprints which are then 'read' by a computer. In order to assess how vulnerable the scanners are to spoofing, Schuckers and her research team made casts from live fingers using dental materials and used Play-Doh to create molds. They also assembled a collection of cadaver fingers.

In the laboratory, the researchers then systematically tested more than 60 of the faked samples. The results were a 90 percent false verification rate."


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