Artificial Intelligence can now fake fingerprints and fool Biometric sensors

By Muneeb Ahmad on
November 17, 2018
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Artificial Intelligence is now capable enough to fool the biometric identity scanners by creating fake fingerprints.

A team of researchers from the New York University have now found a neural network that can artificially create fingerprints and use it for authentication, as required by different biometric sensors as used on different smartphones and tablets, nowadays. A report from The Guardian reports that the new Neural Network, called “DeepMasterPrints”, was able to imitate fingerprints with an error rate of just one out of a thousand. On the other hand, a complete fingerprint was matched 77% of the time.

DeepMasterPrints was initially fed on a lot of real fingerprints. What neural network did next was to apply the portions of stored fingerprints with the authenticator in a process similar to what is carried out with a dictionary password attack.

The researchers applied the neural network to different fingerprints and were able to replicate as much as 23% part of the total fingerprint that had to be created, with an error rate less than one in thousand. This percentage of match is typically enough to bypass the existing fingerprint scanners which look for partial matches and can pave the way if matched.

The new neural network basically builds on an existing flaw in the mainstream fingerprint sensors. The common fingerprint scanners compare the applied fingerprint impression to only one portion of the total fingerprint stored in the database. While full fingerprints are still unique, the created fingerprint can still be able to bypass at least one of the portion of the fingerprint dataset stored on the authentication device.

News Via Engadget

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