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Fingerprint of German Defence Minister copied by Hacker from Chaos Computer Club

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 30 December 2014 - 01:43 AM


If you thought biometrics, the fingerprints part, was the ultimate tool in personal safety than think again.  A German hacker Jan Krissler who goes by online handle of Starbug has found out a way to generate your fingerprints without having access to the objects touch by you.

As surprising as it may sound, Starbug managed to generate the fingerprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen without even being physically close to her. He  simply scanned her thumb in photos that have been made public by media outlets.

Making a presentation as the ongoing Chaos Computer Club hacker conference in Hamburg, Starbug explained how the biometric feature can be reproduced from images of victims finger.

Using a tool called Verifinger, he managed to generate von der Leyen’s fingerprint relying on a photo of her thumb, taken at a news conference in October 2014. To make the fingerprint a perfect match, he used additional close-range photographs as well.

Fingerprint of German Defence Minister copied by Hacker from Chaos Computer Club


This stuff gets scarier by the day.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 03:23 AM

How...? Sounds almost impossible, ne?

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 08:07 AM

All politicians will wear gloves from now on!

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