Indian American Researchers Conclude That Smartphone Security Systems Based on Fingerprints Can Be Compromised

Nasir Memon, Aditi Roy and Arun Ross released a study in April to expose the vulnerability of the fingerprint-based security system.

Three Indian American researchers have revealed that the latest fingerprint based security system is not as foolproof as expected. In their study MasterPrint: Exploring the Vulnerability of Partial Fingerprint-based Authentication Systems, which appeared in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security, the trio explained that electronic gadgets and fingerprint-enabled devices are vulnerable.

“As more and more financial transactions – for example, mobile banking and credit card payment – are conducted on fingerprint-enabled devices such as smartphone, issues related to identity theft and malicious access can lead to unprecedented financial damages,” Aditi Roy told Rediff.com.

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