HOWTO Beat Fingerprint Scanners: With Play-Doh

from the fun-with-fingers dept

While researchers are constantly trying to come up with new biometric security methods, the fingerprint scanner has established itself as a trusted piece of equipment, even making its way onto laptops and mobile phones. But a new study says that 90% of scanners can be fooled by a fingerprint made from Play-Doh. As Engadget points out, that's good news for people worried about losing their fingers to thieves. No word, however, on the effectiveness of Silly Putty.

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    Stephen Tillman, 12 Dec 2005 @ 12:01pm

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    Silly putty would actually not work. The silicone-base of the silly putty is to "fluid". It would lose the shape of the print long before it was used.

    But, the question remains now... if I had a picture of your fingerprint (probably in newsprint), would I be able to use the "comic copy" effect to dupe your print? And what about if I stretch it out? would it work then?

    Ok... now I'm just being silly.

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