Bypassing biometrics using fingerprint – just a photo away

Nitish ChandanCyber Security

Bypassing Biometrics using Fingerprints

After claiming to have broken the Apple touch ID back in 2013, Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has come back with yet another video upload on YouTube. The video simply talks about using pictures of fingerprints, to prove that one can reproduce the fingerprint to bypass biometrics. It is not fiction! One can simply use pictures to do this. Moreover, it is not like how in movies and TV shows a person records a fingerprint onto a tape-like material to crack through a biometric. This technique of fingerprint recreation is absolutely amazing!

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Could this be a paradise for hackers?

Well, that is merely a question since biometrics is a norm in other parts of the world. But as far as India is concerned, the country has still not achieved the level of using biometrics for authentication. The rest of the world connects biometrics to bank accounts but India still uses no authentication Maestro cards. This is a sad state of affairs, indeed. Nonetheless, embedded below is a video of the CCC where they demonstrate how they were able to reconstruct a fingerprint.

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC),  a European hacker association revealed their findings at a conference. 

The CCC is well-known for some of the scary stunts it has pulled and this time is no exception; they managed to reconstruct what they claim to be German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen’s fingerprint. Whatever they have managed to create, they claim, can fool standard biometric security software. All you need, the group said, is a standard camera and the VeriFinger fingerprint recognition software. Nonetheless, leaders in the future may have to keep in mind that gloves just may be an essential accessory, at least in the interest of national security. Perhaps in future, there may be a ban on news agencies from taking certain pictures where fingerprints can be clearly reproduced.