Gummi-Bears: the Latest Cybersecurity Threat?
By Tom Seest
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Researchers have developed a low-tech gummi-bear hack, which uses an imprinted fingerprint in soft candy to fool biometric scanners and bypass security features that require two-factor authentication on authentication systems.
This breach of privacy poses a grave danger to online security and identity verification, so it should be addressed right away.
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Fingerprint scanning is a security measure often found on smartphones, PCs, and high-security buildings. While it was once seen as something of a novelty, it’s now becoming an established option for biometric authentication.
Passing your fingerprint to unlock your phone or gain access to a computer is an integral part of cybersecurity, and many find it more convenient than entering codes or patterns. Ultimately, these security measures make devices more secure as hackers won’t be able to reuse or replicate your passwords.
Fingerprint scanners operate by scanning an optical image of your finger with a digital camera. The lightest and darkest areas in the image are then analyzed by algorithms to detect unique patterns on your fingerprint.
This data is then utilized to create templates for future scans, which store all the data points collected during a fingerprint scan, making it harder to alter or fake an impression.
There are various methods of capturing fingerprint images, such as optical, thermal, and ultrasonic scanners. Optical scanners use light to create an image of your fingertip, while thermal and ultrasonic scanners use heat to detect ridges and valleys on your fingertips.
Comparing pre-scanned fingerprint images to determine if they match is done using pattern matching or minutiae-based matching, which looks for specific characteristics like where a ridge ends abruptly or splits into two branches.
Minutiae-based matching is a faster and more accurate method for fingerprint identification than comparing full images since it only looks at unique features in one area of the finger. Furthermore, this technique works better when smudged or misplaced prints are present.
Comparative to optical scanners, capacitive scanners utilize capacitors and electrical currents to create an image of your fingerprint. Capacitors have greater contamination resistance than optical scanners and are, therefore, harder to fool with prosthetic fingers.
However, fingerprint scanners are not without issues. There have been cases of master fingerprints fooling smart devices, and software glitches may impede the biometric authentication process.
Biometrics, which use physical traits or behaviors to identify and authenticate a person, have the potential to make cybersecurity stronger. But they also raise numerous privacy and security issues.
First and foremost, data should be securely stored with only authorized users having access. This can prevent theft or misuse against individuals. Furthermore, protection must be provided against re-use by malicious actors who could copy this sensitive information onto their devices.
Biometric algorithms must be carefully designed and implemented in order to protect against privacy risks. This requires strict standards that balance national security needs with individual rights.
Second, the technology itself requires expert expertise to operate. Furthermore, environmental elements can adversely affect its accuracy and dependability; for instance, freezing temperatures make securing a system much harder.
Finally, biometrics must be subject to regulations that comply with international and national laws. If governments wish to incorporate biometrics into their operations, this will be essential.
Governments often enact biometric solutions in order to meet new regulations, control illegal immigration, combat terrorism or cybercrime, and make it simpler for citizens to move between countries or access social services.
Governments and public administrations face numerous challenges, often necessitating an innovative solution that can be deployed quickly at a reasonable cost. For biometric systems to work efficiently, they must rely on reliable algorithms that are overseen by experts and monitored by governments.
Aside from the technology itself, the system must be backed up and protected with strong internal passwords. Furthermore, anti-spoofing software and multi-factor authentication should be installed for added assurance.
Biometrics can be an effective strategy in cybersecurity, especially when used with other forms of identity verification. Together, these measures make it more difficult for hackers to steal data. However, you must carefully consider how biometrics fits into your existing security infrastructure before implementing this measure.
One of the greatest and most revolutionary features Apple has implemented in its devices is Touch ID, which enables you to unlock your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using just your fingerprint. Unlike traditional PINs and passwords, which could be cracked or guessed by others, Touch ID provides extreme security by preventing anyone from accessing your device without authorization.
This feature offers numerous advantages, such as authenticating your identity for purchases made on the App Store and iTunes Store, logging in to Apple’s operating systems, and more. Furthermore, it helps prevent thieves and criminals from using your device for fraudulent purchases.
Touch ID, despite its convenience and versatility, still has some security flaws that threat actors are exploiting to compromise users’ security. While Apple has taken great steps to ensure fingerprint data is never sent off-site or synced to iCloud, it remains stored on the device itself.
The fingerprint data is then protected within a special ‘ secure enclave’ on the A7 chip, designed to prevent other software or services from accessing it. After verifying that a match has occurred, this data is then stored in the cloud as part of an advanced security architecture called ‘Touch ID’ that serves to safeguard your personal information.
Even if this ‘Touch ID’ sensor were compromised, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to use your fingerprint to unlock your device as the probability of two similar prints matching is virtually zero, according to research.
Apple has also implemented an ‘Emergency SOS’ feature that automatically disables Touch ID, protecting you against being forced to unlock your device by police officers or others with malicious intentions.
Face ID offers several advantages over Touch ID, such as being able to authenticate your identity for Apple Pay payments and being compatible with more applications. However, its security measures may be compromised if hackers are able to spoof your fingerprint – known as ‘gummy bear’ authentication.
Gummy bears are the timeless candy from our childhood days. Soft, chewy, and fruity, they come in every flavor you can imagine.
Gummies come in all shapes and sizes, from frogs and butterflies to mini soda bottles. Their bite-sized format means you can enjoy them on the go without feeling guilty about taking a snack with you.
Hans Riegel, a German candy maker, created the original gummy bears in 1922. He was inspired by dancing bears he saw at street festivals around Europe and used gum Arabic as its first base ingredient; today’s gummy bears are made with edible gelatin.
Gummies were once a simple treat, but over time, they’ve become much more sophisticated in both flavor and texture. Some brands even add multivitamins or other beneficial ingredients to encourage the consumption of their gummies.
Gummies may be beloved for their flavor and texture, but they’re far from being the healthiest snack around. Not only do they contain sugar, corn syrup, and fruit juices, but they are highly processed, which could lead to weight gain as well as digestive issues.
Therefore, some companies produce gummies with different textures based on starch instead of gelatin. This results in shorter, cleaner bites with less chewiness.
Some companies offer sour gummies with a softer texture and contain fumaric acid or other acidic ingredients for an astringent flavor. Some of these sour gummies have less sugar than regular ones, making them suitable for people with diabetes or those looking to reduce sweets intake.
Gummy bears can be an effective tool for cybercrime. They can spoof fingerprints or make the candy appear as if it is actually someone, which allows hackers to bypass authentication systems and gain access.
They’re also an effective way to distract a victim from an attack and deter them from reporting it. Gummy bear attackers may even be able to conceal their presence from other hackers who use fingerprint scanning to identify victims.
Gummies may not be the healthiest choice for everyone, but they can still provide a fun way to break into an electronic system. Not only are they cheap and portable, but they’re small enough to store in backpacks or purses without taking up too much room.
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