biometrics

deep fakes

Researchers Created Fake 'Master' Fingerprints to Unlock Smartphones

It’s the same principle as a master key, but applied to biometric identification with a high rate of success.
Daniel Oberhaus
4 days ago
machine learning

Facing Tomorrow's High-Tech School Surveillance

Installed in the wake of recent high-profile mass shootings, controversial facial recognition systems that scan students’ faces could be the not-too-distant future for schools across America and beyond.
Rose Eveleth
10.29.18
Selfie Police

Cops Got a Drug Dealer’s Fingerprints From Photos of His Hand on WhatsApp

Yet another reason to forgo taking pictures when you break the law.
Daniel Oberhaus
4.16.18
Biometric Insecurity

The World's Largest Biometric ID System Keeps Getting Hacked

The personal data of many of India's citizens is for sale on WhatsApp for less than $10.
Ashish Malhotra
1.8.18
State of Surveillance

Canada’s Spies, Police, and Border Agents Are Quietly Coordinating on Biometrics

Privacy experts worry the meetings could put Canadians’ privacy at risk.
Jordan Pearson
6.20.17
Chaos Computer Club

Hackers Unlock Samsung Galaxy S8 With Fake Iris

Using a camera, a printer, and a contact lens, hackers managed to bypass the S8's iris scanner.
Joseph Cox
5.23.17
Heart

Your Heartbeat Could Be a Better Password Than Whatever You’re Using Now

It's another step forward in biometric verification.
Farnia Fekri
1.19.17
videos

Please Enjoy This Clip of a Hedgehog Unlocking an iPhone

The cutest form of security.
Madison Margolin
11.21.16
short circuit

Samsung’s Iris Scanner Lets You Unlock Your Phone by Looking at It

The standout feature of the Galaxy Note 7 is its iris scanner, which couldn't be easier to use.
Nicholas Deleon
8.2.16
short circuit

Why Smartphones Are Now Adding Iris Scanners

Samsung will likely add an iris scanner to the next Galaxy Note, bringing a technology already in use in China to the rest of the world.
Monica Rodriguez
8.1.16
News

The RCMP Is Trying to Sneak Facial and Tattoo Recognition Into Canada

The technology poses serious privacy risks.
Jordan Pearson
7.29.16
Features

I Replaced My Fingerprints With Prosthetics to Avoid Surveillance

In preparation for an age of biometric data megabreaches, I covered my real fingerprints with replaceable, fully-functional fake ones that are nearly impossible to copy.
Janus Kopfstein
7.6.16