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Monday, March 7, 2016

Spoofing Fingerprint Security: Should You Trust It Anywhere?

A Regular Inkjet Printer Can Spoof a Fingerprint and Unlock a Phone in Under 15 Minutes

Joon Ian Wong | March 5, 2016

Researchers at Michigan State University have found a cheaper and faster way to unlock mobile phones protected by fingerprint sensors using an off-the-shelf printer and special photo paper. The process can be done in well under 15 minutes, significantly faster than current fingerprint spoofs—which rely on 3D printing—that take more than twice as long.
The method uses a normal inkjet printer and conductive silver ink and a type of photo paper, both from a Japanese manufacturer called AgIC. The researchers used a Brother printer that costs about $400 new on Amazon. The method is detailed in a technical report (pdf) published Feb. 20.


<more at; related links and articles: (Hacking Mobile Phones Using 2D Printed Fingerprints. Kai Cao and Anil K. Jain. MSU Technical Report MSU-CSE-16-2, Feb. 20, 2016) (How to Easily Hack a Smartphone With an Inkjet Printer and Conductive Ink. March 7, 2016)>

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