On Saturday, 27 December, the annual meeting of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) started in Hamburg. “A new Dawn” is the motto of the 31st Chaos Communication Congress at the Congress Center Hamburg. Until Tuesday, 30 December, participants will be able to enjoy an exciting programm with more than 120 talks and dozens of workshops. Groups of hackers from around the world will present their projects and exchange ideas with peers and interested parties.
Fingerprints – Easy to Imitate
Right at the beginning, IT professionals demonstrated how easily fingerprints could be imitate. Previously, it had been necessary to steal an object with a smooth surface, such as a glass or a smartphone, to get hold of someone else’s fingerprint. Today, this is no longer necessary, the Chaos Computer Club said and showed severals methods to easily seize foreign biometrics. By doing so, the hackers want to draw attention to the vulnerabilities of biometrics.
Question the Promises of Manufacturers
To overcome biometric authentication methods, it suffices, for instance, to use fingerprint pictures take by a standard digital camera at a public event. The promise of security given by manufacturers must thus be questioned, the CCC stated. “Having listened to our talk, politicians will make public appearances only when wearing gloves”, said “starbug”, a member of the Chaos Computer Club.
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