How Biometric Security Is Far From Foolproof
Growing numbers of companies are relying on biometric devices like fingerprint readers and iris scanners to identify customers and employees and make sure they aren't poseurs.
But with increasing use has come increasing worry that these security devices can be faked out. Deception methods including well-made copies of fingerprints, masks or contact lenses that replicate iris patterns might be used to defeat the new identification technologies.
In a sign of the growing fears, Financial Services Technology Consortium, a New York-based group of financial institutions, has hired a consulting firm to examine how successful biometric devices are at thwarting impersonation -- or "spoofing," as biometricians like to call it. How Biometric Security Is Far From Foolproof - WSJ.com
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