Brazilian doctor caught using silicon fingers to hack biometric scanner

Silicon fingers

Finger-scanning biometric security technology as it turns out is pretty easy to hack,  A news report from the BBC reveals that a 29-year-old Brazilian doctor, Thaune Nunes Ferreira, working in a small town outside Sao Paulo was arrested over the weekend for allegedly using prosthetic silicone fingers to fake the presence of six of her colleagues.



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Fujitsu Creates the World’s Smallest Vein Sensor

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Fujitsu’s vein sensor is the world’s smallest and slimmest.

Technology to make biometric security useful is already in place.  Manufacturers are making biometric security more efficient, and usable. Fujitsu has created the world’s smallest and slimmest vein sensor. The vein sensor recognizes the veins on the palm of a person’s hand, unlike a fingerprint sensor that reads a user’s finger prints in order to verify a person’s identit.   The user just has to hold their palm lightly over the sensor in order to use it.  The user doesn’t even have to touch the sensor, eliminating any hygienic issues.


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Incredible Microscopic Pictures of the Human Eye Revealed


The human eye is captured in glorious detail by Suren Manvelyan

These pictures are a sight for sore eyes.  For while they may resemble the dramatic surface of the Red Planet they are actually the eye-catching images of the human iris in all its glorious detail – each one as unique as a fingerprint. (Pics)


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iWallet – World’s Safest Wallet With A Fingerprint Scanner



The iWallet is the first wallet that comes with an integrated fingerprint scanner. It also has the Bluetooth connectivity (I guess it’s also the first to have) sounding an obnoxious alarm if your wallet and cellphone get more than 15 to 30 feet away from each other.  (Video and pics)


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Late For Work? No Problem! Check In With Your Fake Fingerprint

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Getting fingered on the job.

A special silica film that can help white-collar employees check in on time at office has been selling well in China recently.

One of its users is a woman surnamed Liu who works for an advertisement company in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province. Often late for work, Ms. Liu has suffered heavy fines, paying as much as 200 yuan in October alone.

However, she said her “suffering” ended as soon as she spotted the silica film which help latecomers to fool their office’s finger print check-in system. Ms. Liu took her fingerprints with plasticine and mailed them to the designated address.

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New Touchless 3D Fingerprinting System


Lines of light are projected on a finger to illuminate the print. The light is warped by the ridges and valleys of the fingertip, allowing researchers to generate a 3-D fingerprint.

A new non-contact, 3-D fingerprinting system could make spotting the bad guys faster and easier, whether it’s at the border or the police precinct. By projecting patterns of light onto a finger and analyzing the image, researchers from the University of Kentucky are able to create a more accurate print than those made with ink or sensor plates. The researchers say the system is more efficient than traditional fingerprinting and significantly reduces the number of incorrect matches.


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New Technique To ‘See’ Fingerprints On Fired Bullets


Scientists have developed a technique for retrieving fingerprints from fired bullets

A scientist has fabricated a new technique to ‘see’ fingerprints erased from fired bullets.  Alex Goddard of University of Leicester has developed a technique that involves studying the chemical and physical interactions occurring between the metal and the fingerprint sweat deposit — which have been overlooked until now.

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Fingerprint Grip Disproved By Science


Fingerprint theory rejected

Scientists say they have disproved the theory that fingerprints improve grip by increasing friction between people’s hands and the surface they are holding.

Nobody is sure of the exact function of fingerprints, but improved grip has long been a favoured theory.

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Why Do We Have Fingerprints?

Why Do We Have Fingerprints? 

Why do people have fingerprints?

Fingerprints do not help primates grip, as previously thought, scientists have discovered. They actually reduce the friction needed to hold onto flat surfaces. Now Dr Roland Ennos and his team at The University of Manchester are trying to find out: why do we have them?

Dr Ennos, at the University’s Faculty of Life Sciences, said: “I have been thinking about this for years and, having played around with it for a bit, realised that skin is rubbery so the ridges in fingerprints might actually reduce grip.

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Making Materials That Repel All Liquids

Making Materials That Repel All Liquids 

 Water (dyed blue) and hexadecane (dyed red), an oil, bead up on an omniphobic surface, which repels all liquids.

Materials under development at MIT could lead to coatings that repel both water and oil. A group of MIT researchers have created an improved set of design rules for making any surface impervious to any liquid, be it water or gasoline. Such materials could eventually have promise as fingerprint-repelling coatings, fuel filters, self-washing car paints, and stain-resistant clothing.

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MicroRNA In Blood May Help Detect Cancer And Other Diseases

MicroRNA In Blood May Help Detect Cancer And Other Diseases 


Tiny pieces of RNA are turning out to play a big role in health. Over the past few years, scientists have found that these molecules, called microRNAs, are involved in key functions in cells and are linked to the development of certain cancers and other diseases. A new study led by scientists at Nanjing University, in China, finds that microRNAs circulating in blood can serve as a molecular “fingerprint” for cancers and diabetes. The findings raise the possibility that a simple blood test could help clinicians tailor treatments to individual patients.

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