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Samsung Galaxy S8's Facial Unlocking Feature Can Be Fooled With A Photo

Samsung Galaxy S8's Facial Unlocking Feature Can Be Fooled With A Photo

March 31, 2017Swati Khandelwal
Samsung launched its new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, at its Unpacked 2017 event on Wednesday in New York, with both IRIS and Facial Recognition features, making it easier for users to unlock their smartphone and signing into websites. All users need to do is simply hold their Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus in front of their eyes or their entire face, as if they were taking a selfie, in order to unlock their phone. Biometric technology – that involve person's unique identification (ID), such as Retinal, IRIS, Fingerprint or DNA – is now being integrated into more consumer devices for improved security. But, we have seen a number of hacks involving Biometric security systems in the past, which prove that fingerprint scanner and IRIS scanner  are less secure than a passcode and can be fooled by anyone, perhaps, using a photograph of the user. But how secure is the built-in sensor from Samsung to allow for facial recognition? Not so much...at least for now
Police Scan 117 Million Driving Licence Photos for Face Recognition Database

Police Scan 117 Million Driving Licence Photos for Face Recognition Database

October 19, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Your driver's license photo could be scarier than it actually looks — Well, here's why: With the help of state driver's license data, U.S. law enforcement agencies have created a huge a face-recognition database of more than 117 Million American adults that are regularly scanned in the course of police investigations. What's even worse? Most of those people who are scanned by police without prior knowledge are law-abiding citizens. According to a 150-page study published Tuesday by the Center for Privacy & Technology at the Georgetown University, ID photographs of more than 117 Million adult US citizens — that's about half of the US population — are now part of the " Perpetual Line-up ," which can be searched using facial-recognition software. In the past few years, Facial Recognition technology has improved enormously. Even big technology companies like Facebook have developed so powerful facial recognition software that they can even ide
This App Lets You Find Anyone's Social Profile Just By Taking Their Photo

This App Lets You Find Anyone's Social Profile Just By Taking Their Photo

May 18, 2016Mohit Kumar
Is Google or Facebook evil? Forget it! Russian nerds have developed a new Face Recognition technology based app called FindFace , which is a nightmare for privacy lovers and human right advocates. FindFace is a terrifyingly powerful facial recognition app that lets you photograph strangers in a crowd and find their real identity by connecting them to their social media accounts with 70% success rate, putting public anonymity at risk. The FindFace app was launched two months ago on Google Play and Apple’s App Store and currently has 500,000 registered users and processed nearly 3 Million searches, according to its co-founders, 26-year-old Artem Kukharenko, and 29-year-old Alexander Kabakov. According to The Guardian , FindFace uses image recognition technology to compare faces against profile pictures on Vkontakte, a very popular social networking site in Russia that has over 200 Million users. Besides showing the social media account of the one you are searching for, FindF
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