Biometrics authentication and security measures have always been susceptible to spoofing and evasion.  This is the reason biometrics have been used primarily as one component in a multi-factor authentication strategy.  This provides several tiers of protection by requiring “something you have” such as fingerprint, DNA, voice or retina, with “something you know” like a PIN code or password.  Biometrics have never been accepted as secure on their own merits, but as a useful building block of multi-tiered security regimes.

In an article on, researcher Anil Jain says,

“Like any optical device, fingerprint and hand scanners need to be calibrated, but currently there is no standard method for calibrating them,” said Jain. “This is the first time a whole hand 3-D target has been created to calibrate fingerprint scanners. As a byproduct of this research we realized a fake 3-D hand, essentially a spoof, with someone’s fingerprints, could potentially allow a crook to steal the person’s identity to break into a vault, contaminate a crime scene or enter the country illegally.” – Anil Jain / via Clare Scott –

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