Chaos Hackers: We Can Reproduce Fingerprints from Photos

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  1. MajorDomo

    MajorDomo [H]ard as it Gets

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    Well, so much for biometrics identification, touch readers and crime scene investigations. The Chaos Computer Club announced at their 31st annual convention that the group could now take an ordinary camera photo showing the person’s fingertips and reproduce the fingerprint for their own uses. Chalk another one up for the further erosion of personal information privacy. :(

     
  2. Methadras

    Methadras [H]ardness Supreme

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    Hmmm, the government might drop the hammer on this, but good luck. After all, government hates competition.
     
  3. pervert

    pervert n00b

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    Retinal images are harder but they are still optical, and finger prints are uber visible with sufficient resolution. That university cafeteria that uses vein patterns in peoples hands is better (hard to pick up in the visible spectrum) but with infra red its still not going to be hard to capture
     
  4. ryuen

    ryuen Limp Gawd

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    With the general populace these days seeming to be happy with blurry smartphone photos (serieusly, watch people post blurred pics on facebook and count the 'nice's' ) I wouldn't be too concerned.
     
  5. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    You shouldn't be allowed to take photos unless you have a license for it.
     
  6. Samson4EiT

    Samson4EiT [H]ard|Gawd

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    It's people that think like that are turning this country into shit.
     
  7. Methadras

    Methadras [H]ardness Supreme

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    did you forget your /sarcasm tag?
     
  8. viscountalpha

    viscountalpha 2[H]4U

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    Gloves are going to make a comeback.
     
  9. temujin987

    temujin987 [H]ard|Gawd

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    those white mickey mouse gloves :D
     
  10. oROEchimaru

    oROEchimaru [H]ardness Supreme

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    that dslr camera is birth control, ditch it.
     
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    dgz [H]ardness Supreme

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    yes, and the peaceful way of living, too

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  12. DocSavage

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    The pictures used to get fingerprints are extreme closeups and with good lighting. To surreptitiously get a fingerprint would require a pretty advanced finger-tracking targeting system with good optics.
     
  13. Demon10000

    Demon10000 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Nah, I saw this CSI once where they snagged the photo off the reflection in someones eye. If they can do that on TV, real life must be much better.
     
  14. BladeVenom

    BladeVenom [H]ardness Supreme

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    Colonoscopy biometrics. Hopefully there are no pictures of your colon already on the internet.
     
  15. griffinhart

    griffinhart [H]ard|Gawd

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    That was my thought too. It just seems impractical. The idea that people need to start wearing gloves seems a bit silly.

    Besides, other than peoples phones and laptops, biometrics aren't usually the sole way to get into an account, device, or area. In the case of phones and laptops, it's often a better than nothing solution, which is usually the other option people chose.

    Every company/agency I have seen use biometrics has used it as a part of a dual factor scheme. Keycard swipe plus hand print is a common example.
     
  16. Riccochet

    Riccochet Off Topic Award

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  17. Xrave

    Xrave [H]ardness Supreme

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    I don't use any type of biometric identification...I stick with only passwords. If someone finds out your password, you can change your password. You can't change your fingerprint if someone is able to steal/copy/rebuild that information.