How does this make biometrics not secure? Can someone use those fingerprints to try to gain access to facilities? If so, how does that work?
Ari calls it, but it won't slow anyone down because in most cases it just "convenience over security" for most places.
I think a bigger issue is if a contractor who's finger print was hacked enters China, they could be seen as a spy since they are on the list of US Government contractors with a security clearence. That could pose a problem for that individual.
IPVMU Certified | 09/24/15 02:52pm
It's important that we don't lump 'biometrics' as a fancy synonym for fingerprints. Biometrics are a whole range of bio/physiological indicators including iris, vein scans, gait, heatbeats, eye twitches, germ clouds, palm prints, earlobe dimensions, and probably ten thousand more.
Even in the case of the 5.6 mil stolen prints, those template files only are valid on a specific type of fingerprint reader. Use a different reader that 'scans' a different dermal layer, and the chances are those stolen records are valuable are really remote.
Not to say that protection of data like this isn't a priority - it absolutely is! But to call biometrics 'un secure' as a result is too strong.
Fake fingers beat iPhone fingerprint readers - so any governement employee who travels with their iPhone can have their data compromised.
I haven't been able to find anywhere if image files of fingerprints were stolen, or minutae encoded with ISO 19794-x or similar scheme.