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December 13, 2005

All I Really Need to Know (about Compromising Security) I Learned in Kindergarten

Filed under: Humor,Technology for HLS — by Christian Beckner on December 13, 2005

From a new story on CIO Today’s website:

A Professor at Clarkson University in New York has proved that biometric security systems can be easily “spoofed” with fake fingerprints….

The researchers used fake fingers created by lifting prints from live fingers and making Play-Doh copies based on casts of the live fingers.

In a statement issued by Clarkson University, the researchers said they created over 60 false fingers, which were then tested in biometric fingerprint readers. The false fingers were authenticated by the readers in nine out of every 10 attempts.

Here’s the link to the original study.

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