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Chaos Computer Club To Hold Annual Meeting in Hamburg

IT experts say: biometric finger print is only a placebo

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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About the Chaos Computer Club

The Chaos Computer Club e. V. (CCC) is Europe’s largest association of hackers. For more than thirty years, it has been providing information about technical and societal issues, such as surveillance, privacy, freedom of information, hacktivism, data security, and many other interesting things around technology and hacking issues. As the most influential hacker collective in Europe, the CCC organises campaigns, events, lobbying and publications as well as anonymizing services and communication infrastructure. There are many hacker spaces in and around Germany that belong to or share a common bond to the CCC as stated in its hacker ethics.
(source: Chaos Computer Club)

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