Dec 20, 2021

Hacking Fingerprints Is Actually Pretty Easy—and Cheap

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, mobile phones, privacy

People in movies are often quick to resort to sawing off someone’s hand to get past a fingerprint scanner. A report from the Kraken Security Labs Team shows that it would be much easier—and less gruesome—to recreate someone’s fingerprint using a little bit of off-the-shelf wood glue.

Kraken notes that biometric security has become increasingly common as smartphone, tablet, and laptop manufacturers have incorporated fingerprint scanners into their products. These scanners offer a convenient way to access those devices without entering a password.

The report says a fingerprint scanner can be “hacked” by using a picture of the target’s fingerprint, creating a negative in Photoshop, printing the resulting image, and then putting some wood glue on top of the imitated fingerprint so it can be used to trick many commercial scanners.


Comment so far

  1. Leonard Stephen Feinman says:

    What happens next, when computers can crack the strongest of passwords? Retina scanners? IDK!

Leave a reply