Fake News: How A Wax Hand, AI Fingerprints And 3D-Printed Face Broke Biometric Security In 2018

2018 has been the year that wax hands, plastic faces and AI-created fingerprints have all got the better of biometrics

Everyone knows that passwords are, generally speaking, a pretty crap way to authenticate a user; but are biometrics as secure as people think? It is increasingly becoming clear that the answer is no. Assuming that you thought biometrics were somehow infallible or at least un-foolable, that is. Everything from a 3D-printed face through to fake fingerprints created by an AI network have fooled biometric security measures. Now a hand made of wax has beaten two leading vein authentication systems which is perhaps the most worrying yet.

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