Fingerprint Spoofing Is Much Easier Than You Think

February 26, 2016 | Kia Kokalitcheva of Fortune

A dental mold and kid’s clay is all you need. It turns out that even fingerprints can be spoofed with just a little bit of kids’ modeling clay. Though it requires cooperation from the fingerprint theft victim, it’s quite easy, as a reporter from the Wall Street Journal learned. After the president of Vkansee, a […]

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Watch Touch ID get fooled with some Play-Doh

| Marc Chacksfield of TechRadar

Fingerprint technology has revolutionised how we secure our phones but, as techradar found out at MWC 2016, the technology can be spoofed with some clay and a a pot of Play-Doh. In a demonstration, mobile security company Vkansee took an imprint of our thumb in some dental clay, gave it a few minutes to dry, […]

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Can you really hack a smartphone with Play-Doh?

| Arjun Kharpal from CNBC

If you think your phones are super-secure, you’re probably wrong. A Chinese start-up demonstrated this week how it could unlock an Apple iPhone via the fingerprint sensor using Play-Doh. President of mobile security firm Vkansee, Jason Chaikin, created a mold of his fingerprint. He then took the modeling clay Play-Doh, pressed it on to the […]

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MWC 2016: Clay digit fools smartphone fingerprint sensors

| BBC News

A sensor manufacturer has demonstrated how a fake finger can fool a smartphone’s fingerprint sensor at its booth at the Mobile World Congress tech show. Vkansee, which manufactures high-resolution fingerprint readers, told the BBC that lower-resolution sensors could be fooled by fingers made of modelling clay. The BBC’s Chris Foxx asked the Chinese company’s president […]

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Watch Out, Your Fingerprint Can Be Spoofed, Too

| Archibald Preuschat from The Wall Street Journal

BARCELONA – People trust their fingers when using smartphones–for typing, sure, but also to unlock phones protected by fingerprint-recognition security measures. Some online banking transactions and mobile payments these days also rely on fingerprint recognition. Is that all as safe as it sounds? Turns out a fingerprint can be “spoofed,” just like a password. Jason […]

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Seen at 11: Your Body Could Soon Replace Your Passwords

July 8, 2015 | CBS New York

Passwords to electronics such as iPhones and tablets could soon be a thing of the past. Fingerprints or iris scans to access computers are said to be easier to use and much more secure. But even as technology improves, so do opportunities for hackers. For example, the creation of a synthetic fingerprint – and just […]

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VKansee Points to Benefits of Ultra Thin Sensor

May 20, 2015

New York-based ultra-thin optical fingerprint sensor firm Vkansee has announced the development of a new sensor that the firm says offers superior authentication quality to rivals. Vkansee says that its UTFIS sensor boasts a 2,000 pixel-per-inch system which can capture 150 data points. “Apple gets its component from its own Authentec unit and Samsung gets […]

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VKansee Announces Ultra Thin Optical Fingerprint Sensor

May 19, 2015

Vkansee, a developer of ultra-thin optical fingerprint sensors, has announced the development of a fingerprint sensor that is 400% more powerful than Apple’s and Samsung’s sensors. While Apple gets its component from its own Authentec unit and Samsung gets its reader from Synaptics, these only allow for 550 pixels per inch when capturing a fingerprint. […]

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The Dirt on New Biometric Methods

March 4, 2015

Some sensors catch on quicker than others. Fingerprint readers are still an iteration away from going wide. By our count, fewer than half of recent smartphone flagships include a fingerprint sensor. This is despite the momentum of biometric-based mobile payment systems with the likes of Apple Pay and Samsung Pay relying on a touch-type fingerprint […]

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