Straight Out of the Movies: Hacking via Fingerprints

Spy movies that feature uber clever hackers are a dime a dozen, and why not? Audiences love the suspense, the made-up technology, the funny jargon, and the pulse-raising music. However, it isn’t so entertaining when those hacks you see on the silver screen make their way into real life and have the potential to affect your data’s security.

A recent demonstration at a hacker’s conference in Germany is a case in point. A hacker showed off his skills by stealing the fingerprints of the German defense minister. How did he pull it off and what are the implications of fingerprint and other biometric hacking for everyday folks?


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