Data leak exposes unchangeable biometric data of over 1 million people

Data leak exposes unchangeable biometric data of over 1 million people

A major leak of data discovered this week in the UK includes fingerprints of over 1 million individuals, face recognition information, unencrypted names and passwords, and other personal info from Suprema, a security company used by UK police, banks, and military contractors, according to a report in the Guardian.

A major security breach raises a key question: what happens when your biometric data is exfiltrated from a system?

A major security breach raises a key question: what happens when your biometric data is exfiltrated from a system?

As the researchers note, anyone who had found this database could use those admin passwords to take over a high-level BioStar 2 account with all user permissions and full clearances, and make changes to the security settings in an entire network.

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks.