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Chaos makes fingerprints out of photos

by on29 December 2014

Another hack

Chaos Computer Club claims it can reproduce your fingerprints from a couple of photos that show your fingers.

Jan Krissler, also known by his alias “Starbug,” has copied the thumbprint of German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen.

He said that fingerprints can be snatched from persons at public events by simply using a “standard photo camera.” Because these fingerprints can be used for biometric authentication.

The only way around this is for politicians to wear gloves when talking in public.

Krissler used commercially available software called VeriFinger to pull off the feat. The main source was a close-up picture of von der Leyen’s thumb, obtained during a news conference in October, along with photographs taken from different angles to get an image of the complete fingerprint.

Basically it makes using fingerprints for security purposes totally pointless.


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