Scam of the day – January 21, 2017 – Warning issued about hacking fingerprints from photos

Using biometrics, such as retina scans and fingerprints for identification verification for various devices such as your smartphone are effective security measures that provide greater security than mere passwords, however, recently Japan’s National Institute of Informatics warned people not to have photos of themselves flashing the V sign with their fingers due to concerns that technologically skilled hackers could steal the images of fingerprints and use them for identity theft purposes.

With present technology this is very difficult to accomplish although even paranoids have enemies and in fact the fingerprints of Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen were hacked from a photograph and cloned in 2014.

Companies involved in fingerprint biometric technology are working to increase the security of this type of technology to make it more difficult to steal fingerprints from a photograph.

TIPS

Despite the fact that it is still quite difficult for someone to hack your fingerprints from a photograph, it is still possible and the simplest way to avoid this problem is to merely not have photographs taken that disclose your fingerprints to the lens of any camera.  Just taking this simple step can provide you with much greater protection.