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'master prints' capable of tricking smartphone fingerprint scanners


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 09:02 AM

YOUR SMARTPHONE'S FINGERPRINT SCANNER might not be as secure as you thought, with boffins having developed a "master prints" capable of tricking the sensors.

The boffins in question, researchers from New York University and Michigan State University, exposed vulnerabilities with common fingerprint scanners in a paper published on IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security.

They claim that they were able to create a set of "master prints" that bypassed the supposedly secure system up to 65 per cent of the time. 

 

These prints were developed to take advantage of the small size of most fingerprint sensors found on smartphones, which are commonly designed rather match partial scans, rather than every individual ridge of your finger. 

What's more, since many users register multiple fingerprints on a device, there are often dozens of different partial prints registered on a phone, which is good news for hackers trying to crack them.

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