The likes of smartphone companies, Apple and Samsung have been using biometric security for some time now to protect our smartphone devices. Users will be familiar with the fingerprint technology which uses the registered scan of our fingerprint to unlock phones, access apps and authenticate transactions.

Whilst this access method has eliminated the requirement to regularly type in passwords, unfortunately with every new method of security, in due course, there comes a counteractive method which can break it.  In a recent paper by the New York University and state Michigan University, it detailed how fake digital fingerprints created by artificial intelligence could be used to fool fingerprint scanners on smartphones.

AI technology can recreate a similar fingerprint

Their research which was supported by the United States National Science Foundation Grant found that the issue was that some biometric systems can permit access as long as the fingerprint is partially correct.  To the human eye, the differences between a real fingerprint and a digitally modified fingerprint can be recognised immediately.  Unfortunately for some biometric systems this is not the case and leaves open a vulnerable situation whereby AI technology can then be used to recreate similar looking fingerprints.

It is extremely important that this hacking method is recognised in its infancy and resolved early on, as it highlights how criminals could soon gain access through the devices to acquire our personal / bank information by using this type of cutting-edge AI technology.  Finding a resolution is the next challenge of the future for smartphone companies who are continually working towards keeping us protected.

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