MorphoTrust eID solution to help decrease tax refund fraud in Alabama

MorphoTrust USA (Safran) and the state of Alabama are teaming up to protect citizens against identity theft and state income tax refund fraud using MorphoTrust’s identity verification solution, eID. Using the electronic ID (eID) application, Alabama residents will be able to protect their tax refunds with something as simple as a “selfie.” The eID initiative will be an opt-in program that adds a new layer of security regarding tax return processing. MorphoTrust’s eID leverages the secure driver’s license and ID

Illinois to integrate facial recognition for driver’s licenses and ID cards

The State of Illinois will begin integrating facial recognition features this week in its driver’s licenses and identification cards as it gradually moves toward compliance with the federal Real ID law, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said on Tuesday that by the end of July, the state government will now issue a temporary paper license or ID valid for 45 days at the end of the application process at driver’s license

Oyo State govt to use biometric data to verify the identity of 16K alleged ghost workers

The government of Oyo State, an inland state in south-western Nigeria, said is implementing biometrics authentication technology to verify the identities of over 16,000 workers and pensioners temporarily deleted from its payroll, according to a report by Technology Times. Alhaji Olalekan Alli, Secretary to the Oyo State Government said the decision was made following alleged collection of multiple salaries, prolongment of retirement age and other violations. Those impacted were taken from some 100,259 civil employees and pensioners screened from the

Neuroscience research might lead to identity verification through brainwaves

Sarah Laszlo, a cognitive neuroscientist and an assistant professor at the State University of New York, Binghamton is exploring the use of brain readings as a security measure to prevent identity theft. Laszlo is exploring whether brain waves have advantages over other biometrics, including fingerprints or retinal scans. Benefits of brain readings include the fact that they cannot be copied surreptitiously or taken from someone who is deceased. In her lab, she uses human electrophysiology and computational modeling to study

New York State DMV upgrades facial recognition software

New York State’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently upgraded its facial recognition software to prevent individuals from obtaining driver’s license under false pretenses, according to a report by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The new software uses algorithms of facial characteristics, such as cheekbones or the distance between pupils, to compare driver’s license images with other images stored on the DMV database. The upgraded program doubles the number of measurement points mapped to each driver’s photograph from 64 to 128,

Emerson Process Management to integrate Xyntek biometric authentication solution

Emerson Electric Co.’s EMR operating division, Emerson Process Management, has partnered with industrial automation solutions firm Xyntek, Inc. to integrate biometrics with operations management software. More specifically, Emerson plans to integrate its Syncade Smart Operations Management Suite with Xyntek’s biometric authentication solution to generate a comprehensive security layer that will ensure strict user-identity authentication. The move will effectively upgrade security standards, protecting sensitive user documents by reducing the potential of theft. As a result, users will be able to uphold

Guess Who? The game of authentication

This is a guest post by Amit Desai, Senior Director of Solutions Marketing at Verint-Systems. While we have all become used to facing a barrage of security questions whenever we wish to access our telephone banking or similar services, the frustration of forgetting the fifty-fourth letter of your secret password never lessens. Thankfully, the rise of voice biometrics promises to end the long game of Guess Who during those telephone based customer interactions. The threat of getting it wrong With

Biometrics-as-a-Service is making robust identity fraud prevention truly globally accessible

This is a guest post by David Benini, Vice President of Marketing at Aware, Inc. Some form of identity theft is at the heart of most financially-motivated fraud. Synthetic identity fraud, based on skillful creation of fictional identities, is a significant and fast-growing source of losses to fraud. Identity fraud and its derivative crimes cost banks, retailers, healthcare providers, governments, and ultimately consumers and taxpayers around the globe hundreds of billions of dollars every year, and this figure continues 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

Identity theft cases in Mexico increase six times in four years

According to some reports, identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the world and in Mexico the number of cases has increased six times in less than four years. Adolfo Loera, CEO of Biometría Aplicada, a biometrics and identity management company in Mexico, is working on creating a solution to manage the biographic and biometrics data of Mexico’s commercial banks’ clients to prevent fraud, identity theft and to stop the financing of illegal activities. The use of biometric data