This Ring Uses a Fake Fingerprint to Protect Your Biometric Data

This Ring Uses a Fake Fingerprint to Protect Your Biometric Data

Consumers increasingly rely on fingerprint and facial scans to unlock their electronic devices, but what happens if their biometric data ends up in the wrong hands?According to Kaspersky, a more ideal solution is to build protections inside electronic devices to prevent fingerprint or facial data from ever leaking.

The rise of facial data collection and mobile finger print scanning in the UK

The rise of facial data collection and mobile finger print scanning in the UK

In England and Wales, more than half of police forces have deployed mobile fingerprint scanners – devices that carry out on-the-spot ID checks against immigration databases, turning officers into border guards.

The NYPD Kept an Illegal Database of Juvenile Fingerprints for Years

The NYPD Kept an Illegal Database of Juvenile Fingerprints for Years

For years, the New York Police Department illegally maintained a database containing the fingerprints of thousands of children charged as juvenile delinquents — in direct violation of state law mandating that police destroy these records after turning them over to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services.

In Germany, controversy still surrounds video surveillance

In Germany, controversy still surrounds video surveillance

The interior minister, who is responsible for ensuring the safety of the German public, was referring to a pilot project to test facial recognition technology at Berlin's Südkreuz train station, a major hub for local and international travelers.

Samsung: Anyone's thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone

Samsung: Anyone's thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone

The issue was spotted by a British woman whose husband was able to unlock her phone with his thumbprint when it was stored in a cheap case.Previous reports suggested some screen protectors were incompatible with Samsung's reader because they left a small air gap that interfered with the scanning.

Can you give away your fingerprints in a photo?

Can you give away your fingerprints in a photo?

Going to such lengths to protect your fingerprints might seem extreme, but incentives to bypass biometric security are growing as it increasingly shows up in everything from smartphones to door locks.“As biometrics become more prevalent in the authentication process, motivated attackers will definitely find innovative ways to bypass them,” said Vivek Chudgar, senior director at Mandiant, a consulting arm of cybersecurity firm FireEye. But some experts say harvesting fingerprints from pictures requires some specific conditions.

Amazon tests Whole Foods payment system that uses hands as ID

Amazon tests Whole Foods payment system that uses hands as ID

The high-tech sensors are different from fingerprint scanners found on devices like the iPhone and don’t require users to physically touch their hands to the scanning surface.At Amazon’s budding chain of “Go” convenience stores that launched last year, customers use a phone app to check in at a turnstile.

Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web

Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web

Some users will argue that Google could take more drastic measures and simply use its tech prowess to stop the ad ecosystem from tracking you through cookies, fingerprinting and whatever else the adtech boffins will dream up next.

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.

Building a more private web

Building a more private web

So today, we are announcing a new initiative to develop a set of open standards to fundamentally enhance privacy on the web.Starting with today’s announcements, we will work with the web community to develop new standards that advance privacy, while continuing to support free access to content.

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.

Digital Fingerprints

Digital Fingerprints

Once you’re on one website that has your name, say on Google or Facebook or Amazon, they can tie that to this fingerprint. Then, anywhere else you go online, anyone that has purchased your fingerprint with your name, only needs to see your browser fingerprint, to know that is indeed you.

JavaScript tells all, which turns out not to be so great for privacy: Side-channel leaks can be exploited to follow you around the interweb

JavaScript tells all, which turns out not to be so great for privacy: Side-channel leaks can be exploited to follow you around the interweb

Boffins from Graz University of Technology in Austria have devised an automated system for browser profiling using two new side channel attacks that can help expose information about software and hardware to fingerprint browsers and improve the effectiveness of exploits.

All iPhones And Some Android Phones Are Vulnerable To A New Device Fingerprinting Attack

All iPhones And Some Android Phones Are Vulnerable To A New Device Fingerprinting Attack

The researchers developed a method for creating a much more robust device fingerprint that uses data gathered from the sensors in a smart phone. As with iPhones, there’s good news and bad about SensorID and Android phones.

An Australian worker won a landmark privacy case against his employer after he was fired for refusing to use a fingerprint scanner

An Australian worker won a landmark privacy case against his employer after he was fired for refusing to use a fingerprint scanner

According to case documents, Lee asserted that he had ownership over the biometric data contained within his fingerprint, and that Superior Wood could not require that information from him under the country's Privacy Act. Lee filed a suit with Australia's Fair Work Commission in March 2018, claiming he was unfairly dismissed from the company.

Jeremy was fired for refusing fingerprinting at work. His case led to an 'extraordinary' unfair dismissal ruling

Jeremy was fired for refusing fingerprinting at work. His case led to an 'extraordinary' unfair dismissal ruling

When Queensland sawmill worker Jeremy Lee refused to give his fingerprints to his employer as part of a new work sign-in, he wasn't just thinking about his privacy.

VPNs can’t protect privacy. Use Tor Browser instead, even for everyday browsing.

VPNs can’t protect privacy. Use Tor Browser instead, even for everyday browsing.

Because relatively few people change their VPN server location during 1 session, trackers can be pretty sure that two users with exactly same browser fingerprint and TCP/IP fingerprint but different IP address, one.

Biometrics are not Protected in the United States – Court Case Reaffirms

Biometrics are not Protected in the United States – Court Case Reaffirms

Using password unlocks are the only real way to protect your device, as pin and gesture based entry methods can be easily brute forced and biometrics lack sound legal protection. Derek is a cryptographer, security expert and privacy activist.

Firefox's New Anti-Tracking Feature Blocks Cryptomining and Fingerprinting Sites: How to Enable

Firefox's New Anti-Tracking Feature Blocks Cryptomining and Fingerprinting Sites: How to Enable

Given the rise in harmful practices like cryptocurrency mining and fingerprinting, Mozilla has now introduced a new anti-tracking feature for its Firefox browser. Once you are on the latest Nightly Beta 68 or Beta 67 version of Firefox , the anti-tracking feature will have to be enabled manually.

Protections Against Fingerprinting and Cryptocurrency Mining Available in Firefox Nightly and Beta

Protections Against Fingerprinting and Cryptocurrency Mining Available in Firefox Nightly and Beta

We have added a feature to block fingerprinting and cryptomining in Firefox Nightly as an option for users to turn on. In Firefox Nightly 68 and Beta 67, these new protections against fingerprinting and cryptomining are currently disabled by default.

Fingerprinting TLS clients with JA3

Fingerprinting TLS clients with JA3

This article is a short guide to using JA3 for fingerprinting TLS clients, with possible use cases and a simple demo. At the implementation level this can translate to: advertising dummy future ciphers each time in order to create unique fingerprints.

Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers

Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers

"From the negative perspective, people can use our cross-browser tracking to violate users' privacy by providing customized ads," Yinzhi Cao, the lead researcher who is an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Lehigh University, told Ars.

Verifying Software Signatures

Verifying Software Signatures

[3] In this instance, "other authentication systems" refers to: [4] Checking Digital Fingerprints of Signed Software [ edit ] Once a user has carefully: Then the file(s) signatures must be verified against the signing key.

Canvas fingerprinting on the web

Canvas fingerprinting on the web

In the case of tracking and fraud detection, the goal is to obtain a canvas as unique and stable as possible in order to distinguish the maximum number of users. Diversity of canvas fingerprints In total we encountered 69 different canvas present on 3,825 distinct websites.

Cops Can't Force People to Unlock Their Phones With Biometrics, Court Rules

Cops Can't Force People to Unlock Their Phones With Biometrics, Court Rules

On Friday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that requiring a suspect to unlock a device using their biometric data like face identification or an iris scan would be a violation of their Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination.

How to choose and use an encrypted messaging app

How to choose and use an encrypted messaging app

It’s simple: you both get your phones out, open up a conversation on your encrypted messaging app of choice, and you make sure that the fingerprints on the two sets of devices are exactly the same.

Fitness-tracking apps caught misusing Touch ID to steal money from iPhone users

Fitness-tracking apps caught misusing Touch ID to steal money from iPhone users

Reddit users have shined a spotlight on an underhand user interface trick used by certain iOS fitness apps to trick iPhone owners into approving unwanted in-app payments with Touch ID. Which means - of course - that if your finger is still touching the fingerprint scanner - you’ve probably just approved the payment.

Companies 'can sack workers for refusing to use fingerprint scanners'

Companies 'can sack workers for refusing to use fingerprint scanners'

Businesses using fingerprint scanners to monitor their workforce can legally sack employees who refuse to hand over biometric information on privacy grounds, the Fair Work Commission has ruled.

Fake fingerprints can imitate real ones in biometric systems – research

Fake fingerprints can imitate real ones in biometric systems – research

Based on those insights, the researchers used a common machine learning technique, called a generative adversarial network, to artificially create new fingerprints that matched as many partial fingerprints as possible.

Samsung patents a fingerprint reader that works on the entire screen

Samsung patents a fingerprint reader that works on the entire screen

The first patent showed an implementation of the fingerprint reader on the screen similar to what we see on other smartphones, where only part of the screen can be used as a fingerprint scanner. However, the second patent describes a more advanced fingerprint scanner that uses the full-screen screen and a low-power independent processor.