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Starbug (Independent Security Researcher)

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Presentation Title: Hacking Biometric Systems
Presentation Details:

Today biometric systems are becoming mainstream. They can be found everywhere - in mobile phones, computers, ATMs even in passports. Apart from facial recognition systems and barely used systems like iris and vein scanners, fingerprint readers are built into most biometric products. Contrary to the assurance of the manufacturers, nearly every system is still very easy to hack.

In this talk I want to show the different techniques of hacking biometric systems from the attack on the communications (with a ARM-driven replay attacking device) and the stored reference data to the direct hack of the sensor itself. Making a dummy fingerprint from a picture of a fingerprint stored onto a passport for example is the masterpiece of hacking biometric systems, because you always have access to the sensor and its very hard to find proper countermeasures.

About Starbug

Starbug has studied microsystems technology The Fachhochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft / University of Applied Sciences (FHTW) in Berlin and wrote his master thesis at the Fraunhofer institute for reliability and microintegration. After that he started a second study of technical computer science at the technical University Berlin. Since 2000 he has been working on biometric systems, especially the security aspect of defeating such systems at an easy and cheap way. After the plans to include biometrics into passports he also started investigatingcRFID-chips and their security.

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Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Malaysian Administrative Modernisation & Management Planning Unit

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Microsoft Corporation

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