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Swiss Researchers ‘Spoof’ Secure Software

The biometrics group at the Idiap Research Institute in Switzerland recently announced that they had found a way to “spoof” a vein recognition device. Previously, vein recognition software was considered to be difficult to hack or spoof. This was because the biometric patterns created by the vein structure in a person’s finger are hidden from view.

However, the Swiss researchers made a video of their results, which was reposted by Planet Biometrics. In the video, the team shows how they were able to trick the sensor with simple tools like a paper clip and pair of scissors.

Just last month, Korean mobile software company CrucialTec announced that it had developed a new authentication solution for mobile devices that supports fingerprint, iris and vein recognition for mobile payments. Called CrucialSoft Identification Solution (CSID), the new authentication process would eliminate the need for clients to provide Social Security numbers or official certificates to prove identification.

“Identity theft and data leaks in the financial area are really rampant right now,” said a CrucialTec spokesman. “We are in talks with various local and foreign financial companies to provide our CSID solution. 

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