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Scientists give biometric security systems the (fake) finger

George Nott | Sept. 25, 2017
Spoof digit can crack the two common types of fingerprint scanners.

Apple is now moving towards a different biometric – the users face. The upcoming iPhone X will use Face ID, technology that unlocks your iPhone X by using infrared and visible light scans to uniquely identify a user’s face. The company says it will work in a variety of conditions and is extremely secure. Though no one outside Apple has yet been able to confirm how well it works.

Competitor Samsung featured an iris scanner on its now defunct Galaxy Note 7, which could make it to future Galaxy handsets, it is reported.

One in three Australians has a fingerprint scanner on their smartphone, according to Deloitte’s 2016 Mobile Consumer Survey. Almost 70 per cent regularly use the capability, making an estimated 100 million imprints a day.


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