Your Smartphone Fingerprint Security System May Not Be as Safe as You Think
- Peter Brown for IEEE Electronics 360 April 12th, 2017
- Source: http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/8442/your-smartphone-fingerprint-security-system-may-not-be-as-safe-as-you-think
For years, smartphones have been secured using either a passcode or a pattern lock system. That is until biometric fingerprint security came along promising heightened security measures using a user’s fingerprint. With no fingerprints being the same, nothing could be safer, right?
However, a team of researchers from New York University Tandon School of Engineering and Michigan State University College of Engineering have found that partial similarities between prints are common enough to fool biometric security systems used in mobile phones and other electronics devices leading them to be much more vulnerable than previously thought.