We usually consider a fingerprint scanner like the evolution of password, “because it’s more convenient” and “because it’s safer.” But is it really so? During the Mobile World Congress 2016, CEO of Chinese company Vkansee did much talked about moving beyond the Touch ID an iPhone simply “replicating” your fingerprint on some pongo (era of Play-Doh, more malleable and soft regular pongo) and passing it on to the scanner. It didn’t work the first time around, but after a few tries the device it is unlocked.
To clarify, that the device in question was an iPhone or any other terminal would make little difference. The technology of fingerprint scanner is more or less similar.
The job functions is not in question. “Just” a bit of pongo applied on a finger of the owner. What seems to escape most is that, to obtain such an action serves an action extreme, physics. Not just a keylogger, or any other attack that could be driven by software: someone must personally deceive us or force us to put our finger in the pongo, or do it without our knowledge.
In short, it is certainly a scenario every day. The more that not always the fingerprint scanner is sufficient to unlock a device: Android, for example, attaches without exception to a password, PIN, or sequence must be entered as an additional security in certain situations that the system considers suspicious; IOS, however, allows for a maximum of five attempts wrong, then necessarily requires the PIN, etc.
In short, we “normal users” can feel reasonably safe, but it is clear that in ComputerGees environments is a valid concern. Fingerprint recognition technology can (and should) become even safer. How? For example, with a scanner integrated inside the glass, which does not require manufacturers to place a separate component (as shown by the case of Apple and the error 53), as that presented by the same Vkansee (coincidentally).
Not only the company’s scanner can read not only skin grooves which are the footprints, but also more accurate information as skin porosity, thickness and much more. And also works with the wet finger.