Lawsuit alleges Apple Pay violates patents related to biometrics

Device security company Universal Secure Registry (USR) filed a lawsuit in a Delaware Federal District Court Sunday against Apple and Visa, alleging patent violation by Apple Pay. Kenneth P. Weiss, CEO of USR, holds 13 patents relating to authentication systems using a smartphone, biometrics, and secure one-time token generation for financial transactions, according to the lawsuit. USR alleges its technology protected by those patents is at the core of Apple Pay. The suit also alleges that Weiss had extensive meetings

NEXT Biometrics adds new notebook and tablet customers

Following months of testing and evaluation, two new brand name notebook and tablet customers, including a Japanese Tier 1 firm, have selected NEXT Biometrics‘ fingerprint sensors. “NEXT’s strength in the high security segment of notebook PCs, where clients want a solution that works securely and conveniently for close to 100 per cent of the population, is confirmed again,” commented NEXT Biometrics CEO Ritu Favre. “NEXT has a unique combination of large sensors delivered at industry affordable prices, a fact that

CCC researchers use iris image to breach Samsung Galaxy S8 scanner

Researchers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) have successfully breached the Samsung Galaxy S8’s iris recognition system to unlock the device using an image of an iris, according to a report by Motherboard. CCC has posted a video demonstrating how they bypassed the iris scanner’s protections using a camera, a printer, and a contact lens. “We’ve had iris scanners that could be bypassed using a simple print-out,” said Linus Neumann, one of the CCC researchers who appears in the video.

Passwords: Getting the NIST of It

This is a guest post by Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security Is the age of using passwords dead? Passé, so to speak? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has amended its password recommendations for Digital Identity guidelines. This codification of standards for government agencies, businesses and consumers includes a resource for password security. These new standards are commonsense updates to the widely deployed user authentication regime of usernames and passwords. The new guidelines drop

DHS says 629k visitors overstayed visas in 2016 due to lack of biometric exit system

The Department of Homeland Security released a report that estimated that 629,000 visitors to the United States — which represents just over 1 percent of all travelers — overstayed their visas in 2016 due to the lack of a comprehensive biometric exit system at the nation’s ports of departure, according to a report by The New York Times. Department officials said the figure presents a significant national security risk, and that a comprehensive biometric exit system is needed to properly

BBC reporter and his twin dupe HSBC voice ID recognition system

HSBC’s voice ID authentication software designed to prevent bank fraud has been duped by BBC Click reporter Dan Simmons and his non-identical twin, according to a report by BBC News. Simmons created an HSBC account and signed up to the bank’s voice ID authentication service. His non-identical twin, Joe, was able to access the account via the telephone by impersonating his brother’s voice. HSBC said it would “review” ways to make the ID system more sensitive following the BBC investigation.

Microsoft keyboard to feature built-in fingerprint reader for Windows Hello

Microsoft is expected to release a Bluetooth wireless desktop keyboard with a built-in fingerprint identification reader, according to a report by MS Power User. The Bluetooth SIG listing has been updated with the device now being named the “Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID” and being described as a “BTLE Keyboard with Fingerprint enroll feature”. The SIG listing appears to be the same device as the Microsoft C3K1780 keyboard, which received FCC certification in March. In addition to the fingerprint

Biometrics expert honored for work in assisting with murder investigation

According to a report by MSUToday, Anil Jain, a University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University, has been honored by the Lansing Police Department (LPD) and the Michigan State University Police Department (MSUPD) for his work assisting with a murder investigation in 2016. Jain and two members of his biometrics team, post-doctoral student Kai Cao and recently graduated doctoral student Sunpreet Arora, were awarded a Civilian Citation by the LPD “for meritorious actions which significantly

7-Eleven testing palm-vein authentication for payments in South Korea

A 7-Eleven outlet in South Korea is testing a self-checkout system that will allow customers to pay for purchases using a palm-vein authentication solution called HandPay, according to a report by CNET. Last week, the convenience store chain began testing the self-checkout system at a new store in Lotte World Tower. The pilot project lasts until the end of July. According to a company blog post, the new outlet will be the world’s first unmanned convenience store to be equipped

Apple issued patents for bezel-free display, in screen Touch ID button on future iPhone

Apple Inc. recently published 56 patents it was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which includes an edge-to-edge display and an in-screen Touch ID button for future iPhones, according to a report by Tech Digg. Patent #9,652,096, which covers an edge-to-edge display for future iPhones, describes a predominantly flat-screen setting where the curved sides help facilitate greater symmetry and a more seamless design. The invention relates to the bending of one or more edges around the display panel,