GELATIN PASSES BIOMETRICS

1. August 2002, 19:12 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Japanese cryptographer Tsutomu Matsumoto recently demonstrated the vulnerabilities in current fingerprint recognition systems.

He lifted residual fingerprints from glasses, digitally photographed them, created a mold using a photosensitive printed circuit board and filled the mold with common household gelatin. The &$8220;jelly” finger passed 80% of the time when tested on 11 of the current crop of scanners. It even passed “living” finger checks simply by being moistened with water.

The findings were presented at the Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterence Techniques conference. Bruce Shneier of Counterpane Labs commented, “The results are enough to scrap the systems completely, and to send the various fingerprint biometric companies packing.”.

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Keywords: biometrics,security,counterpane,sneier,vulnerabilities

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