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Feb 20, 2024

Your fingerprints can be recreated from the sounds made when you swipe on a touchscreen — Chinese and US researchers show new side channel can reproduce fingerprints to enable attacks

Posted by in categories: privacy, security

An interesting new attack on biometric security has been outlined by a group of researchers from China and the US. PrintListener: Uncovering the Vulnerability of Fingerprint Authentication via the Finger Friction Sound [PDF] proposes a side-channel attack on the sophisticated Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). The attack leverages the sound characteristics of a user’s finger swiping on a touchscreen to extract fingerprint pattern features. Following tests, the researchers assert that they can successfully attack “up to 27.9% of partial fingerprints and 9.3% of complete fingerprints within five attempts at the highest security FAR [False Acceptance Rate] setting of 0.01%.” This is claimed to be the first work that leverages swiping sounds to infer fingerprint information.

Biometric fingerprint security is widespread and widely trusted. If things continue as they are, it is thought that the fingerprint authentication market will be worth nearly $100 billion by 2032. However, organizations and people have become increasingly aware that attackers might want to steal their fingerprints, so some have started to be careful about keeping their fingerprints out of sight, and become sensitive to photos showing their hand details.

Feb 20, 2024

Rivian (RIVN) confirms more affordable R2 electric SUV will launch in Europe

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

With less than three weeks until the R2 is finally unveiled, Rivian (RIVN) confirmed it will bring the more affordable electric SUV to Europe.

After opening the R2 website last week, Rivian gave us our first look at the new EV during a teaser video.

The shadowy image shows a smaller-looking version of the R1S, aligning with what we’ve seen in the past. A patent filed by Rivian last month showed a more compact electric SUV with slightly smaller headlights and a rear quarter panel.

Feb 20, 2024

We’ll never be free from AI paranoia, so as long as the burden of detective work keeps falling to the masses

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

I want to put my pipe and deerstalker hat away for five minutes.

Feb 20, 2024

Minesto Underwater “Kite” Begins Delivering Electricity To Faroe Islands

Posted by in category: futurism

Minesto has begun supplying electricity to the Faroe Islands generated by its Dragon 12 underwater ‘flying’ generator.

Feb 20, 2024

This startup’s tech turns CO2 into seashell dust

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

UCLA spinout Equatic has developed a carbon removal technology it believes can help the world meet its climate change goals — by converting CO2 in the ocean into seashell dust.

The challenge: To prevent the worst predicted effects of climate change, experts say we need to not only slash our carbon emissions, but also remove and permanently store some of the CO2 that’s already been released.

The ocean does this naturally: it already absorbs about 31% of human-made carbon emissions, but there’s a limit to the amount of CO2 that seawater can absorb before it starts to release the carbon back into the atmosphere. Absorbing CO2 from the air also causes ocean acidification, resulting in further environmental damage.

Feb 20, 2024

11 mind-blowing OpenAI Sora videos that show it’s another ChatGPT moment for AI

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Video enters an AI-generated twilight zone.

Feb 20, 2024

Mysterious ancient language revealed on bronze hand from 2,100 years ago

Posted by in category: futurism

The artifact may help to unravel the origins of the most enigmatic language still spoken in Europe today, with its possible link to Basque.

Feb 20, 2024

Gene Therapy Makers Struggle to Find Patients for Miracle Cures

Posted by in category: finance

BioMarin’s hemophilia treatment had only one US patient last year, as drug pioneers discover that scientific achievement doesn’t guarantee financial success.

Feb 20, 2024

Microsoft to expand its AI infrastructure in Spain with $2.1 billion investment

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

U.S. software giant Microsoft will expand its artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud infrastructure in Spain through an investment of $2.1 billion in the next two years, the company’s Vice Chair and President Brad Smith said in a post on social media site X.

Feb 20, 2024

Elon Musk shares update on Neuralink’s first human patient

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience

Elon Musk shared an update on Neuralink’s first human patient and their experience with the N1 chip.

The first human Neuralink patient seems to have made a full recovery with no ill effects and is able to control the mouse around the screen just by thinking, said Elon Musk during an apparent on X Spaces.

Musk added that Neuralink continuously observes the patient’s ability to use the N1 brain implant. The patient is currently tasked to click on the mouse button as often as possible.

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