Date
11 December 2017
Ursula von der Leyen displays all the fingers of one hand as she is sworn in as Germany's defense minister in December last year. Photo: Bloomberg
Ursula von der Leyen displays all the fingers of one hand as she is sworn in as Germany's defense minister in December last year. Photo: Bloomberg

Why politicians may have to wear gloves: Hacker

A hacker claims to have cloned a thumbprint of a German politician, BBC News reported. 

Jan Krissler, a member of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) hacker network, said he replicated the fingerprint of Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen using pictures taken at a news conference with a “standard photo camera”.

Krissler used commercial software and did not have a physical print from von der Leyen.

He was speaking at a convention for members of the CCC, a 31-year-old network that claims to be “Europe’s largest association” of hackers.

Krissler told the audience he obtained a close-up of a photo of von der Leyen’s thumb and also used other pictures taken at different angles during a media event she spoke at in October.

He said “politicians will presumably wear gloves when talking in public” after hearing about his research.

Fingerprint identification is used as a security measure on both Apple and Samsung hand-held devices, but it is not considered to be particularly secure, experts say.

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