Japan professor reveals that exposing fingertips in photo could result in ID theft

A Japanese professor has discovered that people could potentially open themselves up to identity theft if they show their fingertips in a photo, according to a report by the Inquirer.net. Isao Echizen, a professor at the National Institute of Informatics in Japan, performed a test where he was able to successfully obtain fingerprint data from photos that were taken up to 3 meters away from the person’s fingertips. As the adoption rate of biometrics for identity authentication purposes rises, protecting

House oversight committee OPM breach report calls for zero trust model, empowered CIOs

House Oversight Committee Republicans blasted the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Wednesday in a report on the 2014-2015 theft of millions of personal records and fingerprint data for 5.6 million individuals collected for security clearance background checks. The report calls for strengthened CIOs to lead a broad-ranging upgrade of government agencies’ data protection practices. “The long-standing failure of OPM’s leadership to implement basic cyber hygiene, such as maintaining current authorities to operate and employing strong multi-factor authentication, despite years

Comelec says no biometrics data leaked in database breach

Yesterday, the Philippines Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that fingerprints, signatures, and photos were not included in the recent hacking of its database, according to a report by CNN Philippines. Last week, a report by Trend Micro said that a massive breach of the database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) had leaked a huge number of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. This week, Comelec and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said they

Fingerprint and passport data leaked in Philippines voter database breach

According to a report by Trend Micro, a massive breach of the database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has leaked a huge number of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. “With 55 million registered voters in the Philippines, this leak may turn out as the biggest government related data breach in history, surpassing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack last 2015 that leaked PII, including fingerprints and social security numbers (SSN) of 20

DOJ drops case against Apple after accessing iPhone

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice said that it had discovered how to unlock an iPhone without assistance from Apple, allowing the agency to withdraw its legal case that sought to compel the high-tech firm to assist in a terrorist mass shooting investigation. The decision to drop the case stops a legal standoff between the U.S. government and the world’s largest technology company. As BiometricUpdate.com previously reported, the case was highly contentious because the government was requesting that Apple

Apple battles FBI over iPhone backdoor

Apple‘s standoff with the the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) continues to garner a tremendous amount of attention across the globe as the technology giant battles a federal court order that would force it to a unlock an iPhone used by a terrorist in December’s San Bernardino massacre. Last week, the company refused to override security features on the phone. Specifically, Apple claimed the FBI wanted it to make a new version of the iPhone operating system in order to

U.S. OPM cyberattacks were not state-sponsored, says China’s news agency

China’s news agency Xinhua said an investigation into last year’s U.S. federal system breach that compromised the private information of more than 22 million employees, found that the online attack was criminal and not state-sponsored as some U.S. security experts have claimed, according to a report by Reuters. Top U.S. and Chinese officials met earlier this week in Washington D.C. to discuss cyber security issues, including the breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this year, which

BioCatch’s fraud detection platform can detect RitB malware in real-time

BioCatch announced that its fraud detection platform is the first solution that can detect RAT-in-the-Browser (RitB) malware in real time. Hackers are increasingly using Remote Access Trojans (RATs), such as Dyre and Dridex, as their primary method of attack to breach the online banking accounts of unsuspecting individuals. All of the top malware kits, including Zeus, Dyre, Neverquest and Dridex, feature RAT capabilities, which proves how ubiquitous RitBs attacks are among hackers. Attackers who deploy RitBs make it more difficult

Chinese hackers compiling a “facebook” of breached data

This is a guest post by Ryan Wilk, director of customer success at NuData Security. Data breaches have consequences. Breaches of government agencies have serious and far-reaching consequences. For instance, a recent news piece reported that China is compiling a sort of hackers’ Facebook of U.S. government employees based on data stolen from multiple breaches. The extensive breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management saw the leak of over 20 million current and former employees’ most personal data, containing

The methods of hacking into voice biometrics systems

The human ear can identify a voice owner with great accuracy. But biometric voice verification systems use advanced digital signal processing techniques that capture nuances of speech inaudible to humans. The combination of sound analysis technology with the appropriate access management system reduces the risk of an imposter’s positive verification to a minimum. This whitepaper can be downloaded — free of charge — and the reader can various explore topics such as player speaker recordings, speech synthesis, converting voice and