Cybersecurity : Fake Headshot used on ID card and cloned fingerprints

A French artist received an ID with a computer-generated headshop. The picture was approved without questioning from the government.

The article I read raises some questions about the authenticity of this kind of gait. How do the photo-ID get approved? Does this picture is realistic enough to represent the artist or is it just an avatar of how he sees himself?

The picture is realistic in the way that it is not obvious that it was entirely generated by a computer. I liked the fact that Favre didn’t use the fast-way to produce it. No 3D-scanner, just him, his computer and hours of sculpting. One thing is certain, photographs can be faked.

A few years ago, a Hacker claimed to have recreated a thumb fingerprint from a German politician. He only used high-res pictures of the thumb taken from different angles and a commercial software. In the article, Jan Krissler ‘Starbug’ (the hacker) advises politicians to wear gloves when in public as we now know that fingerprints can be stolen.

I unlock my phone every day with my fingerprints, but as it can be faked, what is the safest way to prove my identity. So what next?

We have no problem to give our fingerprints to unlock our phones instead of entering a long password, but many of us wouldn’t willingly give them to the government agencies or police for their data bank. We can travel in Europe without a biometrical passport, a simple ID (like Favre’s one) is enough. Technology evolves all the time, but unfortunately so do people with questionable morals. There are safer ways to protect our identity but are users ready to accept them?

For example, I am not comfortable with the body scanning at the airport. It gets a bit too personal I find… I know, they don’t do it for identifying us but to search for hidden objects. But maybe one day it will come to it. combine with the person’s gait, it could be a fool-proof way to identify people.

This is a very interesting article which suggests we could mix different biometric technologies to better secure our identities. Bayometric already sells different types of fingerprints scanners etc to government agencies and enterprises and help them meet the security standard.

Biometric technologies are already advanced compared to what the public has access to.  The question is: how far are we willing to go to secure our identities?
Wouldn’t it be fun to access your favourite nightclub even if you have forgotten your ID card? They could scan your fingerprint and your palm’s veins to let you in.  🙂



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