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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Flash A Peace Sign While Posing For Photos Again

17 Jan

Next time you want to pose a picture
flashing a
peace sign and post it on Facebook,
don’t-
unless you want to risk future identity
theft.
Researchers at Japan’s National Institute
of
Informatics (NII) recently learned that
they
could copy fingerprints based on photos
taken
by a digital camera positioned nine feet
away
from the subject.
“Just by casually making a peace sign in
front
of a camera, fingerprints can become
widely
available,” Isao Echizen, NII researcher,
told the
Sankei Shimbun newspaper. Echizen said
in
another TV interview that fingerprint
data can
easily be recreated if the person’s
fingers are
in focus with strong lighting in a picture.
Fingerprint recognition technology is
becoming
widely available lately. Computers and
smartphones now come with all sorts of
biometric technology that allow people
to
unlock their devices or sign into bank
accounts
by simply pressing their fingertip on the
phone.
An example of this is Apple’s Touch ID
on
iPhones.
The researchers at NII developed a
fingerprint
anti-theft prevention substance that can
obscure
and even produce false fingerprints into
the
frame. So if peace sign identity-theft
ever
becomes a huge issue, they’ll be ready
to help
us out.
The peace sign is a very popular way to
pose
for photos in Japan, which is why the
researchers decided to look into it
specifically.
However, the photo lifting technique
does not
require advanced technology and can be
applied on other common gestures such
as
waving or giving a thumbs up.
This whole concept might appear to be
the
plot if a CSI TV show, but it’s actually
happened before. In 2014, hackers
were able to
fake Germany’s defense minister’s
fingerprints
and unlock her phone by using photos
of her
hands.
There was another case in replicating
fingerprints last summer when the
Michigan
Police Department asked Michigan State
University researcher to help unlock a
victim’s
phone.
The school used scans the police had on
file
from a previous arrest to 3D print the
fingerprints, but they were struggling to
find the
right conductive material to unlock the
phone.
Many security experts will argue that
biometrics
are safer than passwords that people
create,
but unlike passwords, fingerprints can’t
be
changed to new ones whenever they’re
stolen.
Maybe politicians should start wearing
gloves.
Credit:Nairaland

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