Even Your Phone's Fingerprint Sensor Isn't Safe!
Three Indian-American researchers have shown that the fingerprint-based security systems used in smartphones and other gadgets are way more vulnerable to hacking than we imagined.
- Monali Sarkar for Rediff May 3rd, 2017
- Source: http://www.rediff.com/getahead/report/even-your-phones-fingerprint-sensor-isnt-safe/20170503.htm
There is nothing quite as convenient these days as a one-stop fingerprint access -- goodbye multiple passwords -- to our smartphones and the many apps it holds.
After all, what can be more secure than our unique fingerprints, right?
Well, three Indian-American researchers just burst that bubble.
In a study titled MasterPrint: Exploring the Vulnerability of Partial Fingerprint-based Authentication Systems, which appeared in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security last month, they showed how the fingerprint-based security systems used in smartphones and other gadgets are a lot more vulnerable than we imagined.