New Study Exposes Vulnerability of Smartphone's Fingerprint Scanner

One of the prime reasons why phone users prefer fingerprint scanner-enabled smartphones is because of the sense of privacy and security that it offers. Or so we thought. 

A new study investigating the security of partial fingerprint-based authentication systems, especially when multiple fingerprints of a user are enrolled, revealed that because the scanners read only partial fingerprints, something called “master prints” can be created, which can trick the sensors.

The new findings have been released by Nasir Memon, a professor in the department of computer science and engineering at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering.

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