Don’t Wave: Hacker Uses Online Photos to Replicate Fingerprints, Bypass Biometric Security

If you think the biometric security on your phone or front door are enough to keep your personal information or belongings safe, think again.
German hacker Jan Krissler, who operates under the handle Starbug, has demonstrated that a simple photograph posted online can be used to recreate your fingerprint using commonly available imaging software.
One expert has recreated the fingerprints of Germany’s Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen, using just a photo of her.
The security researcher known as Starbug, used publicly available software called VeriFinger with photos of the finger taken from different angles.
Starbug, whose real name is Jan Krissler, told attendees of the Chaos Computer Club’s (CCC) 31st annual congress in Hamburg, Germany, how he achieved the hack.
Mr Krissler obtained a high-resolution photograph of the politician’s thumb using a ‘standard photo camera’ during a press conference.
He also used other ‘good quality’ photos of the politician, taken from a variety of angles.
From these images, he reconstructed an accurate thumbprint using the VeriFinger software…

This post was published at shtfplan on December 30th, 2014.

 

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