Do You Own Your Own Fingerprints? These days, many of us regularly feed pieces of ourselves into machines for convenience and security. Our fingerprints unlock our smartphones, and companies are experimenting with more novel biometric markers—voice, heartbeat, grip—as ID for banking and other transactions. But there are almost no laws in place to control how companies use such information. Nor is it clear what rights people have to protect scans of their retinas or the contours of their face from cataloging by the private sector. There’s one place where people seeking privacy protections can turn: the courts. A series of plaintiffs are suing tech giants, including Facebook and Google, under a little-used Illinois law. The Biometric Information Privacy Act, passed in 2008, is one of the only statutes in the U.S. that sets limits on the ways companies can handle data such as fingerprints, voiceprints, and retinal scans.
At least four of the suits filed under BIPA are moving forward. Information Collected by Al Macintyre. Risks. The Risks Digest Volume 29: Issue 63. Forum on Risks to the Public in Computers and Related Systems ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy, Peter G. Neumann, moderator Volume 29: Issue 63 Thursday 21 July 2016 Contents More on Web-Impac's voter software EFF Lawsuit Takes on DMCA Section 1201: Research and Technology Restrictions Violate the First Amendment Laugh of the Day: Snowden Designs a Device to Warn If Your iPhone's Radios Are Snitching *WiReD* via NNSquad MIT Says Their Anonymity Network Is More Secure Than Tor PC-Magazine US government declares ransomware a breach by default Kevin Fu "Apple patent could prevent 'illegal' iPhone recording" Zach Whittaker M&S: an unacceptable extremely unfortunate error Mark Vandevelde "This Android Trojan blocks victims from alerting banks" Michael Kan "Salesforce1 update will leave many mobile devices out in the cold" Katherine Noyes Security Researcher Publishes How-To Guide To Crack Android Full Disk Encryption SlashDot Michael Kan Consumerist via Gabe Goldberg Dan Goodin Gabe Goldberg Gabe Goldberg.
Your phone’s biggest vulnerability is your fingerprint - The Verge. 3D Fingerprint Technology: A New Tool In The Arsenal of Law Enforcement - 3D Printing. Police asked this 3D printing lab to recreate a dead man’s fingers to unlock his phone. Last month, law enforcement officers showed up at the lab of Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University. Jain wasn’t in trouble; the officers wanted his help. Jain is a computer science professor who works on biometric identifiers such as facial recognition programs, fingerprint scanners and tattoo matching; he wants to make them as difficult to hack as possible. But the police were interested in the opposite of this: they wanted his help to unlock a dead man’s phone.
Jain and his PhD student Sunpreet Arora couldn’t share details of the case with me, since it’s an ongoing investigation, but the gist is this: a man was murdered, and the police think there might be clues to who murdered him stored in his phone. But they can’t get access to the phone without his fingerprint or passcode. So instead of asking the company that made the phone to grant them access, they’re going another route: having the Jain lab create a 3D printed replica of the victim’s fingers. 3D printing of a dead man’s fingers allows unlocking his phoneSecurity Affairs. Do you remember the battle Apple vs FBI conducted to force the IT giant on unlocking the San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone, well it has become a story of the past. The federal authorities are working on a new technique for unlocking phones using any biometric sensor. The Police in Michigan is evaluating the possibility to reproduce a dead man’s fingerprint from a prerecorded scan. with 3D printing and use it to unlock any mobile device.
According to Rose Eveleth, the Police asked a 3D printing lab at the University of Michigan to recreate a dead man’s fingers to unlock his phone. In this specific case, the man was killed and investigators believed that his mobile device contains useful information to solve the case. Contrary to what you think, it isn’t so easy to reproduce such kind of fingers because modern biometric sensors rely on electrical currents that most 3D-printed objects are not able to conduct.
Pierluigi Paganini (Security Affairs – 3D printing, fingers) Share On. Police Unlock Dead Man's Phone by 3D-Printing his Fingerprint. Police Want To 3D Print A Dead Man's Fingers To Unlock His Phone. Asking Apple to help break into an iPhone is so three months ago. Police have a new, and higher-tech idea: 3D print the fingers of a dead man and use those fingerprints to unlock the phone instead.Image: Shutterstock Michigan State University professor Anil Jain — who has been assigned six US patents on fingerprint recognition — told Fusion that police showed up at his lab to ask for help in catching a murderer in an ongoing investigation. They had scans of the victim’s fingerprints from a previous arrest and thought that unlocking his phone (the make and model weren’t divulged) might provide clues as to who killed him. Jain and his PhD student Sunpreet Arora have already printed all 10 digits using the scans and coated them in a layer of metallic particles to mimic how conducive skin is and make it easier to read.
The final 3D-printed fingers aren’t finished, but they will be ready for police to try out in a matter of weeks. Maybe it’s back to go to PIN. [Fusion, Wall Street Journal] Police 3D print murder victim's finger to unlock his phone. Police unlock iPhone, printed on 3D-printer model of a finger of the murdered. Police in the US have found a new way of unlocking smartphones of suspects. Access to devices blocked by the fingerprint scanner can be obtained by recreating the 3D layout of the finger of the participant. Success has been achieved by the police of Michigan.
In order to access data on the iPhone who died at the hands of the killer of a resident of the state, law enforcement officers asked Professor Anil Jain from Michigan state University. His effort was recreated the layout of the finger of the murdered user. As the instruments used detailed projections obtained with a digital scanner and then processed with a model of a finger printed on a 3D printer. Currently, the investigation of the crime continues.
The case of the reconstruction of the 3D fingerprint of a user has attracted a lot of attention from the security services and caused no less excitement than the story of the FBI getting access to the iPhone shooter from San Bernardino. (Visited 7 times, 7 visits today) Related posts: Police 3D-print a dead man's fingers to unlock his phone. Michigan police have used a 3D model of a murder victim's finger to unlock a phone, according to a new report. Fusion claims that police asked a professor at Michigan State University to reproduce a dead man's fingerprints, with the hope of getting into his smartphone. The police already had a scan of the victim's digits, taken while he was alive, which they handed over to the lab to create the 3D model. There aren't a lot of details - the investigation is ongoing - but the lab is reportedly making ten fingers, one for each print, and covering each with a "thin layer of metallic particles" so the scanner will read it as if it were a finger and not 3D-printed plastic.
The truth is (maybe) in there Police suspect that clues to the man's murderer lie in the phone, and a 3D-printed replica of a finger is their best bet of getting in. If he was alive, this may well be a very different conversation. Police get dead man's finger 3D-printed to unlock his phone. Police 3D-printed a murder victim's finger to unlock his phone. Police in Michigan have a new tool for unlocking phones: 3D printing. According to a new report from Flash Forward creator Rose Eveleth, law enforcement officers approached a professor at Michigan State earlier this year to reproduce a murder victim’s fingerprint from a prerecorded scan.
Once created, the 3D model would be used to create a false fingerprint, which could be used to unlock the phone. Because the investigation is ongoing, details are limited, and it’s unclear whether the technique will be successful. Still, it’s similar to techniques researchers have used in the past to re-create working fingerprint molds from scanned images, often in coordination with law enforcement.
This may be the first confirmed case of police using the technique to unlock a phone in an active investigation. Police techniques for unlocking phones have drawn close scrutiny since the San Bernardino case earlier this year, although the phone involved did not have a fingerprint reader.