Phone Data Security at Your Fingertips

Researchers from New York University and Michigan State University say the key to phone data vulnerability is at your fingertips. Biometrics, namely fingerprints, are a common means of user authentication. But, is it as secure as it appears to be? In a study published in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, researchers considered the possibility of hackers creating a set of synthetic or real “Master Fingerprints” able to log into a high rate of devices.

Smartphones’ sensor for collecting fingerprint data is too tiny to accommodate the whole print. So, users are prompted to give multiple impressions of the same finger when setting it up. A user is prompted to give [...]

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Bureaucratic Denial of Service and the OPM Breach

Millions of American citizens received letters over the last two months of 2015, advising them that the US Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) experienced a data breach. Although the US Government realized the breach in June, it took nearly 6 months for the letters’ delivery.  Included in the letter were references to identity theft, as in social security numbers of everyone within the government employee/contractor’s family.  An offer for two years of credit monitoring for all involved softened the blow.

Most experts’ concern centers on the applicants for Top Secret or Special Compartmentalized Information (SCI) sensitive information access, commonly referred to as [...]

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