Cybercriminals stealing our biometric information is very unsettling. Passwords, credit cards and even Social Security numbers can be changed to guard against identify theft and fraud. Fingerprints, however, cannot. At least, not permanently. Perhaps the only silver lining to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s announcement last week that criminals had stolen 5.6 million fingerprint files, up from the 1.1 million files originally reported missing, is that it would be extremely difficult to use such biometric data to commit fraud or theft.
Like fingerprints, no two footprints are the alike.
According to an new study, how a bare foot strikes the ground as one walks reveals your identity almost as well as a fingerprint.
New nanotech method will allow better analysis of latent fingerprints.
Forensic investigators will be able to study old, dry fingerprints with a new fingerprint analysis method. This new method could potentially unmask new evidence in cold cases. The new method uses gold nanoparticles that are able to target amino acids on non-porous surfaces. This will allow better analysis of latent fingerprints.