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VIDEO: Researchers crack fingerprint security with inkjet printer
8 March 2016 |
We're increasingly relying on fingerprints to secure our data, but a team of researchers has cracked the technology with a spoof, printed fingerprint.
Experts from Michigan State University used a scanner, an inkjet printer and conductive ink to produce a replica of a user’s fingerprint based based on a digital version.
This could have been generated based on fingerprint left on, for example, a glass or a screen.
The pattern is then printed using the conductive ink and can unlock a smartphone by tricking the sensor into thinking the paper is the user’s finger.
With users storing an increasing amount of sensitive personal data on their smartphones and tablets, this is a worrying development for those tasked with keeping it safe.
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