Fingerprints hacked from photo announced

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Hacker network claims to have cloned a thumbprint of a German politician by using commercial software and images taken at a news conference.

Krissler is a member of the Chaos Computer Club, which claims to be Europe’s largest association of hackers. For his presentation at its annual convention, he presented his methods for reconstructing the finger print of Germany’s Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen. Krissler believes that after his demonstration of how easy it is to jack a fingerprint, “politicians will presumably wear gloves when talking in public.”

Fingerprint identification is used as a security measure on both Apple and Samsung devices, and was used to identify voters at polling stations in Brazil’s presidential election this year, but it is not considered to be particularly secure, experts say.

Electronics firm Hitachi manufactures a device that reads the unique pattern of veins inside a finger. It only works if the finger is attached to a living person.

Trials in the intensive care unit at Southampton General Hospital in 2013 indicated that vein patterns are not affected by changes to blood pressure.

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