It has not happened enough times to be called a trend, but videos of hackers wood glue spoofing fingerprint sensors on flagship smartphones have become a high profile occurrences on the Internet whenever one of these devices is released. The big take away from this is that, even though the spoof can in no way be called “easy to perform,” liveness detection is something that smartphone biometrics need.
Today biometric software company NexID launched a solution for exactly this problem: the Mobile Live Finger Detection application for Android operating systems.
“While Apple validated the convenience of fingerprint authentication as an alternative to passwords on mobile devices, the spoof of the iPhone 5S – and more recently the Samsung Galaxy S5 – confirmed that the current level of security is vulnerable to spoofing,” explains NexID’s chief operating officer, Mark Cornett. “Clearly the layers of security for unlocking mobile devices and their applications need to be stronger to properly meet the needs of users, facilitators of mobile commerce and business people responsible for their companies’ BYOD policies.”
The Mobile Live Finger Detection (LFD) app targets device manufacturers and mobile commerce vendors, providing them with a tool to better combat the bad press that consumer product spoofing propagates.
“At NexID, we believe augmenting fingerprint sensors with liveness detection is ‘must have’ functionality because it facilitates mobile commerce, providing both users and services providers with confidence that mobile transactions can occur safely and securely,” says Cornett.
As reported by our sister site Mobile ID World, NexID was recently the recipient of a number of grants to further research and develop liveness detection solutions.
This launch is a perfect example of software that can help bolster biometric authentication. May is Biometric Software Month here at findBIOMETRICS. Be sure to visit the first featured article of the month, a primer on the topic, and keep the conversation rolling by tweeting with the hashtag #fBSotwareMonth.
May 8, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter