How Hackers Can Reproduce Fingerprints From Photos
A hacker from the Chaos Computer Club used high-resolution photos of Germany's defense minister to reproduce her thumbprint.By Matt Moreno | December 29, 2014
While you're in the process of deleting all those embarrassing photos of you on social media, you might want to remove photos showing your hands too.
In a presentation Saturday, Europe's largest association of hackers, Chaos Computer Club, showed off just how easy it could be to duplicate someone's fingerprints by using photos. Hacker Jan Krissler showed off how he duplicated the thumbprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.
Krissler, aka "Starbug," says he used commercially available software VeriFinger and a series of photos of von der Leyen to create a copy. (Video via YouTube / JC BS)