IARPA launching two programs aimed at making fingerprints more reliable biometrics

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the intelligence community’s research arm, will soon launch two programs designed to detect fake fingerprints and develop devices to collect fingerprint data without the aid of a human operator, according to a report by GCN. The Odin program, which is scheduled to begin with four prime developers in early March, will develop detection technologies that can spot presentation attacks on biometric devices that attempt to spoof physical biometric samples, said Chris Boehnen, senior program

CMU researchers develop glasses that dupe facial recognition

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a special pair of eyeglass frames in which it can enable commercial-grade facial recognition software to identify the wrong individual with up to 100% success rate, according to a report by QZ.com. In a research paper presented at a security conference last week, CMU researchers demonstrated how they could dupe AI facial recognition systems into misidentifying faces. In other words, the glasses were able to make an individual who is captured on camera

Facebook photos could be used to dupe facial recognition

In a presentation delivered at the Usenix security conference earlier this month, security and computer vision researchers from the University of North Carolina said that would-be criminals could exploit Facebook images to dupe certain facial recognition technology, according to a report in Yahoo Tech. In its research, the UNC researchers collected photos of 20 volunteers from various websites including Facebook, LinkedIn, and others. Using these images, they generated 3D models of each person’s face, added facial animations, and edited their

U.S. intelligence community seeks to detect biometric spoofing

In an effort to strengthen its proposed biometric screening system, known as Tactical High-Threat Operational Response (THOR), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), an operation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has issued a request for proposals to develop security enhancements. The IARPA is seeking to develop technologies that detect when someone is attempting to disguise their biometric identity, or “spoof”, in order to circumvent its biometric security systems. The proposed approaches that the department is

Researchers at MSU spoof a fingerprint protected smartphone using an inkjet printer

Michigan State (MSU) researchers, Anil Jain and Kai Cao, have discovered an inexpensive and quick method to unlock a mobile phone protected by fingerprint biometrics using an off-the-shelf printer and special photo paper. The process can be done in under 15 minutes and uses a normal Brother brand inkjet printer and conductive silver ink and a type of photo paper which are both available from a Japanese manufacturer called AgIC. The researchers detailed the process in a technical report and

Vkansee demonstrates fingerprint spoofing with clay mold at MWC

Vkansee, a fingerprint sensor manufacturer from China, demonstrated at Mobile World Congress how a fake fingerprint can fool a smartphone’s fingerprint sensor. In a video report by the BBC, Vkansee president Jason Chaikin showed how a clay mould was able to fool an existing fingerprint sensor on a smartphone because, according to Chaikin, the sensors weren’t high resolution enough. Vkansee took the opportunity to discuss of how its own optical fingerprint sensors can provide a far greater performance, capturing fingerprints

Optical fingerprint sensors: Q&A with Jason Chaikin of Vkansee

Last summer, fingerprint sensor firm Vkansee posted a video demonstration exposing an overwhelming vulnerability of today’s current sensory technology in some of the most popular devices, including Samsung S6 as well as Apple iPad and iPhone 6. The video showed how easily anyone could breach the fingerprint authentication feature of the devices by producing a fake fingerprint using a mold out of rubberized conductive materials. Vkansee used the video as an illustration of how its own optical fingerprint sensors can

UAB researchers find that automated voice imitation can spoof voice authentication systems

A research team at University of Alabama at Birmingham has discovered that voice impersonation can be applied to trick both automated and human verification for voice authentication systems. The research was authored by UAB graduate students Dibya Mukhopadhyay and Maliheh Shirvanian, researchers in UAB’s Security and Privacy In Emerging computing and networking Systems (SPIES) Lab, along with Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D., the director of the SPIES Lab and associate professor of computer and information sciences at UAB. The team recently presented

Biometrics Institute releases top 10 vulnerability questions paper

The Biometrics Institute released its new guiding paper, “Top 10 Vulnerability Questions”, to its members and key stakeholders, which helps to clarify some of the commonly asked questions regarding the spoofing of biometrics. “We have been following the research of fake biometrics very closely and with great interest,” said Isabelle Moeller, CEO of Biometrics Institute. “Most recently claims have been made that you can steal fingerprints with only a camera as presented at the Chaos Computer Club Conference in Germany

Alipay executive says biometrics will replace passwords within three years

At a presentation at the Digital Commerce Summit in Shanghai, Alipay VP Jason Lu predicted that biometric verification for mobile payments will eventually replace traditional passwords. Lu spent the large part of his presentation talking about the possibilities for biometric authentication via mobile devices, particularly in the cases of facial and fingerprint recognition technologies. He compared the two biometric methods, stating that unlike fingerprints, a user’s face was not as secretive. He asked the audience, hypothetically, “Nobody puts their fingerprints