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How Biometrics Can Help Prevent a Future Cyber Attack (Business Matters, Jan 14, 2022)
When it comes to biometric technology, you may have heard of retinal or facial recognition technology being used, as well as fingerprint recognition features, such as a fingerprint access control system. That can be used to help secure a company’s site, for example, however, there are other biometric systems that you may be less familiar with. These systems can monitor attributes such as the shape of your ear, your hand geometry or other behavioural or biological characteristics such as walking styles and body odour, all to create a unique profile.

Positive Technologies Uncovers Vulnerability in IDEMIA Biometric Identification Devices That Can Unlock Doors and Turnstiles (Automation.com, Jan 14, 2022)
“The vulnerability has been identified in several lines of biometric readers for the IDEMIA ACS[1] equipped with fingerprint scanners and combined devices that analyze fingerprints and vein patterns,” explains Vladimir Nazarov, Head of ICS Security, Positive Technologies. “An attacker can potentially exploit the flaw to enter a protected area or disable access control systems.”

Flaw Found in Biometric ID Devices (Info Security, Jan 14, 2022)

A critical vulnerability has been discovered in more than ten devices that use biometric identification to control access to protected areas. The flaw can be exploited to unlock doors and open turnstiles, giving attackers a way to bypass biometric ID checks and physically enter controlled spaces. Acting remotely, threat actors could use the vulnerability to run commands without authentication to unlock a door or turnstile or trigger a terminal reboot so as to cause a denial of service. Positive Technologies researchers Natalya Tlyapova, Sergey Fedonin, Vladimir Kononovich, and Vyacheslav Moskvin found the flaw, which impacts 11 biometric identification devices made by IDEMIA.


Facebook Sued for Allegedly Profiting Off of Kids’ Biometric Data (Reclaim The Net, Jan 14, 2022)
Parents in Alabama have filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook executives, accusing them of greed for profiting off of kids’ personal data, including biometrics. The lawsuit also accuses Facebook of violating antitrust laws and a conspiracy to illegally profit from the “digital dossiers” of children.

Identity Verification Methods to Combat Fraud (Easier.com, Jan 14, 2022)

The COVID-19 pandemic saw a rise in identity theft as phishing emails and unsolicited robocalls increased in frequency. The theft of social security numbers resulted in higher numbers of false claims being made, while lockdown periods saw a rise in marketing scams and changed shopping habits, resulting in more people shopping online and falling victim to card fraud via digital payment methods. Cybercrime is predicted to cost the world $10.5 trillion USD annually by 2025, and as fraudsters continue to find new ways of breaching security protocols, cybersecurity remains high on the agenda of most businesses.


AG Office Seeks Public Input on Use of Facial Recognition Technology By Law Enforcement (RLS Media, Jan 14, 2022)

Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck today announced the launch of an online portal soliciting comment from the public on regulating the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement in New Jersey for investigative purposes. As the accuracy of facial recognition technology has increased in recent years, so too has its use.  According to the Attorney Generals' Office, law enforcement agencies contend that this technology, when used properly, can lead investigators to suspects who would have otherwise remained unidentified.


Identity Week America, October 4 -5, 2022 (Terrapin, Jan 14, 2022)
IDENTITY WEEK is the most important identity event in the USA. IDENTITY WEEK is a conference and exhibition bringing together the brightest minds in the identity sector to promote innovation, new thinking, and more effective identity solutions. Key areas of focus include secure physical credentials, digital identity, and advanced authentication technologies, such as biometrics.


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