biometrics

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More than a million people have their biometric data exposed in massive security breach

A biometrics system used to secure more than 1.5 million locations around the world – including banks, police forces, and defence companies in the United States, UK, India, Japan, and the UAE – has suffered a major data breach, exposing a huge number of records and unencrypted fingerprints.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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HMRC to finally erase five million voice records it collected without permission

The biometric voice data had been collected without explicit consent from people calling the HMRC’s telephone hotline for advice.


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Thousands of taxpayers tell HMRC to delete voiceprint data it stored without consent

The UK tax authority continues to store a huge database of millions of voice IDs which were collected without permission.


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Prick up your ears! There’s a new biometric in town

Boffins at NEC say that they have developed a biometric technology that can surreptitiously identify individuals by differences in their ears.


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Are you looking at me? Welcome to the world of facial recognition

As new technologies develop, it’s worth reminding ourselves that just because we can do something doesn’t mean that we should. Often a new technology can bring plenty of new opportunities to do amazing things, but that doesn’t mean that it cannot also be ripe for abuse.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #022: Walk this way… to defeat biometrics

In this latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast, the team are joined by Paul Ducklin to discuss bizarre biometrics, Mac malware, emails sent to the Bank of England, Jane Austen and The Bangles.

Check it out, and subscribe to the show on iTunes!


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Flashing a peace sign in selfies could lead to identity theft, scientists warn

Will you think twice before flashing the “peace” sign in photographs?

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Hackers have stolen almost six million US Government fingerprints

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has revealed in a statement that when hackers breached its systems earlier this year they made away with approximately 5.6 million fingerprints.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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How to bust keyboard biometrics, and why you might want to

Keyboard behaviour biometrics might be good for security, but less palatable for privacy – revealing who you are, even if you have covered your tracks with the likes of Tor.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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How to beat fingerprint scanners [VIDEO]

With the launch of the iPhone 5S, more people will be using fingerprint sensors as part of their daily security than ever before.

But just how can fingerprint locks be defeated, and how easy is it? The guys at MythBusters have found out.


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Touch ID: Apple’s iPhone fingerprint sensor FAQ

Apple has announced the iPhone 5S, which incorporates a biometric fingerprint sensor. The company is calling it Touch ID.

But is it a good thing for security and privacy?


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