presentation attacks

Will 2019 be the Year Biometric Systems are Truly Tested by Hackers?

Will 2019 be the Year Biometric Systems are Truly Tested by Hackers?

“…2019 could be a year in which major hack attacks demonstrate which biometric security systems are truly effective and which are outdated, if Experian’s prediction is proven right.” Experian’s sixth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast finds biometrics in the crosshairs. Assessing the five major security threats expected for 2019, the report predicts that hackers will…

New FaceTec White Paper Highlights Importance of Anti-Spoofing Standards

New FaceTec White Paper Highlights Importance of Anti-Spoofing Standards

“It comprehensively lays out the growing proliferation of biometric security, the serious risks that presentation attacks pose, and the consequent importance of independent, accredited industry testing…” Toward the end of this summer, FaceTec‘s ZoOm 3D Face Login authentication solution became the first in the world to attain Level 1 certification in iBeta’s Presentation Attack Detection…

Fake ‘Master Key’ Fingerprints Can Fool Systems Over 20% of the Time: Researchers

Fake ‘Master Key’ Fingerprints Can Fool Systems Over 20% of the Time: Researchers

“The system was developed using a generative adversarial network, a machine learning system in which one deep neural network is pitted against another, allowing the spoofing system to refine its efforts over time until it had established its highly effective DeepMasterPrints.” Researchers at New York University have developed a neural network system that they say…

iBeta Adds Anti-Spoofing Evaluations to Quality Assurance Testing

iBeta Adds Anti-Spoofing Evaluations to Quality Assurance Testing

“As biometric security has become more commonplace through consumer devices like fingerprint scanning smartphones, concerns about spoofing attacks have been on the rise” Denver-based quality assurance lab iBeta has officially expanded its biometric security testing capabilities to assess resistance to spoofing attempts. Or, to put it in more technical terms, the lab will now assess…

Consumer Biometrics Month: Why Average Users Shouldn’t Worry About Spoofing

Consumer Biometrics Month: Why Average Users Shouldn’t Worry About Spoofing

A recent HSBC report cited technophobia as a key obstacle in consumer adoption of new technologies such as biometrics, and while biometry is continuing to proliferate mobile devices to the point of near-ubiquity, there is little wonder why. Successful presentation attacks make major headlines in national and international news outlets every time a hacking group…

Novetta VP to Help Lead Development of ISO/IEC Anti-Spoofing Standard

Novetta VP to Help Lead Development of ISO/IEC Anti-Spoofing Standard

“The appointment further raises Novetta’s profile as an analytics company capable of assessing sophisticated technologies.” A Novetta executive will help to lead the development of an ISO/IEC JTC1 standard concerning spoofing attacks against smartphone biometric authentication systems, the company has announced. ISO/IEC JTC1 is a joint committee of the International Organization for Standardization and the…

Researchers Test ‘MasterPrint’ Hypothesis

Researchers Test ‘MasterPrint’ Hypothesis

A joint team of researchers from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and Michigan State University’s College of Engineering are warning that the fingerprint biometrics now commonly used for mobile authentication may not be as unique as many believe. Because smartphones use only partial fingerprints and often allow for multiple users’ fingerprint data to…

Year in Review 2016: The Priority of Liveness Detection

Year in Review 2016: The Priority of Liveness Detection

In December we polled 165 professionals in biometrics and identity related industries about various topics from the past year. It was part of the FindBiometrics Year in Review, the longest-running and best regarded industry retrospective of its kind. Now in its 14th consecutive year, the FindBiometrics Year in Review is your resource to start 2017…

Security Researchers Spoof Faces With 3D Models Built From Social Media Pics

Security Researchers Spoof Faces With 3D Models Built From Social Media Pics

Your face can be replicated in a virtual model and used for biometric authentication, suggests new research from a University of North Carolina team. As Wired reports, the researchers showed how this can be done at the recent Usenix security conference. They looked up digital images of volunteers on social networks such as Facebook and…

Biometrics Expert Helps Police Spoof Fingerprints for Smartphone Access

Biometrics Expert Helps Police Spoof Fingerprints for Smartphone Access

Police in the US have successfully spoofed a murder victim’s fingerprints in order to gain access to his smartphone. It’s result of a collaboration recently initiated with Michigan State University biometrics researcher Dr. Anil Jain, one of the world’s most well-respected biometrics experts. Police believed that the murder victim’s Samsung Galaxy S6 may contain clues…

Police Seek Biometrics Researcher’s Help To Unlock Murder Victim’s Phone

Police Seek Biometrics Researcher’s Help To Unlock Murder Victim’s Phone

Police have reached out to an academic researcher to help them unlock a murder victim’s smartphone via fingerprint scan, believing that the device may contain clues about who killed him. As for the identity of the academic, it’s none other than Michigan State University’s Dr. Anil Jain, whose biometric technology has been licensed by NEC Corporation…

US Intelligence R&D Agency Seeks Anti-Spoofing Solutions

US Intelligence R&D Agency Seeks Anti-Spoofing Solutions

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a research arm of America’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is starting up a counter-spoofing program, reports Nextgov. Called Thor, the program’s aim is to find ways to prevent individuals from disguising their biometric data. IARPA’s concern is with deceptions such as individuals’ use of prosthetics to…