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8/30/2019
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7 Breaches & Hacks That Throw Shade on Biometric Security

Stolen fingerprints, fake hands, voice synthetization, and other nefarious techniques show biometrics has plenty of challenges.
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Biostar2 Compromise Exposes 1M Fingerprints

The permanence of physical biometric information can actually be a detriment to its use as an authenticator if attackers are able to compromise that data. Case in point is a breach that occurred several weeks ago, when security researchers found an unprotected and unencrypted database of biometrics identifiers run by the Biostar2 platform was putting millions of people's information at risk. The database included 23GB of data that included facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and the fingerprints of 1 million people.

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Biostar2 Compromise Exposes 1M Fingerprints

The permanence of physical biometric information can actually be a detriment to its use as an authenticator if attackers are able to compromise that data. Case in point is a breach that occurred several weeks ago, when security researchers found an unprotected and unencrypted database of biometrics identifiers run by the Biostar2 platform was putting millions of people's information at risk. The database included 23GB of data that included facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and the fingerprints of 1 million people.

Image Source: Adobe Stock (tippapatt)

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