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Wondering if hacking your fingerprint is too complicated, if not impossible? Think again.

Your Fingerprint Can Be Hacked For $5. Here’s How.

blog.kraken.com

Convenience Comes With A Price

Fingerprint authentication is a convenient alternative to passwords and PIN codes. It comes with a cost, though. Because, unlike a regular password, you leave your fingerprint on taxi doors, phone screens, and glasses of wine at restaurants.

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Stealing the Fingerprint

To compromise your device or account, one doesn't even need direct access to your fingerprint. A photo of a surface you’ve touched will do.

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By Spending Some Time With Photoshop

With this photo at anyone's disposal, an hour in Photoshop yields a decent negative.

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Print The Image Onto An Acetate Sheet

Next, print the image onto an acetate sheet with the help of a laser printer — the toner creates a 3D structure of the fingerprint on the sheet.

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The Final Touch

For our final step, add some wood glue on top of the print to bring to life a fake fingerprint that we can use on a scanner.

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Launching the Attack

With the fingerprint in hand, all we need to do is place it on the scanner.

The team at Kraken was able to perform this well-known attack on the majority of devices available with them. Had this been a real attack, they would have had access to a vast range of sensitive information.

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Protecting Yourself From the Attack

A fingerprint should not be considered a secure alternative to a strong password. Doing so leaves your information — and, potentially, your cryptoassets — vulnerable to even the most unsophisticated of attackers.

It should be clear by now that, despite being unique...

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