Growing Concerns Over Israel’s Biometric Database
After a group of German hackers announced they have already succeeded in breaking into the biometric security system on the new Apple 5S, opponents to the biometric database in Israel fear it is only a matter of time.
Israeli expert Amir Karnei of ESET explains “There has never been a database in Israel that does not eventually find its way on the internet and the biometric program will not be an exception. Promises that the new identity card (teudat zehut) biometric database will not be broken are nonsense. It is only a matter of time” he states.
Karnei explains that the systems become increasingly sophisticated and more difficult to penetrate but there is no such thing a system that cannot be hacked. Karnei warns that in recent months rumors have spread in Israel that the basic security platform for the biometric database is not sufficient and the system will be broken. Karnei stresses that experience regarding data security in Israel has proven him correct.
He continues by pointing out the changeover to biometric is “fashionable because it easier to use an eye scan or fingerprint as opposed to remembering additional passwords”, however he feels the move will lead to compromised security. “Anyone living with the belief that the new identity database will not be cracked is fooling himself”.
The prominent computer security expert warns that Apple will deal with the breach but it should serve as yet another warning for Israel, that the new experimental biometric database will be penetrated – stating with absolute certainty “it’s only a matter of time”.
Michael (Micha) Shafir
Founded Pons Holdings (Technology Greenhouse) on March 2003 and PonsEye Medical Sciences LTD. on August 2003. 2000-2003 - MagniFire Co-Founder, CTO and Chief Architect. Founded MagniFire on August 2000 (F5 Networks has bought MagniFire WebSystems on June 2004 for $29 million in cash).
Micha has over 20 years of networking and information security experience. Before founding MagniFire, he headed new product development at Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDWR). At Radware Micha participated in and led the new technology definitions and implementations, working closely with resellers worldwide and established the company's support team. Prior to his work in Radware, Micha established the integration department and acted as its manager at Israel's largest networking company, Bynet Data Communication Ltd.
Micha holds long patents attainments (Medical science, security, networking and communication).
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Summary: Researchers say they have found another unique identifier
By John Fontana for Identity Matters | February 6, 2014 — 14:48 GMT (06:48 PST)
Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Madrid are exploring a new form of biometric authentication – body odor.
Turns out your smell – which may be just as offensive as the next guy’s – is at least unique.
To prove that point, one only need to think of bloodhounds that can track people by following their scent. The researchers, however, admit that the technology they are experimenting with is not on par with traditional four-legged sensors.
The Polytechnic University research group known as Group of Biometrics, Biosignals and Security (GB2S) is working with the Spanish engineering consulting firm Ilía Systems Ltd. on this biometric study of “personal odor.”
It turns out there are recognizable patterns of each person’s body odor that remain steady, the researchers found. In addition, the accuracy rate of identifying a person by their unique odor turned out to be higher than 85%. Those numbers remain constant, the researchers say, even as body odor varies due to disease, diet change or even mood swings.
As part of the project, Ilía Systems has developed a sensor that can detect volatile elements present in body odor.
Still, the accuracy percentage puts odor on par with current biometric identifiers, which are often criticized in the security field and by end-users for unacceptable accuracy rates. While multimodal biometric measurements are improving the accuracy rates of the technology, some say the overall security and usage of biometrics is disappointing.
But researchers say capturing body odor can be as easy as someone walking past a sensor and would be less intrusive than fingerprint readers or iris scanners. The researchers envision the sensors being used at security checkpoints at airports or border crossings.
Of course, the ease of data collection would certainly raise eyebrows with privacy advocates.
The GB2S group is no stranger to biometric innovation. It won an award at the recent ActuaUPM competition for its biometric application for mobile devices, called BiomMo.
The application focused on identifying a person who performs a series of gestures while holding their accelerometer-equipped mobile device, and by having the user take a picture of one or both of their hands for analysis of finger and hand shape.
Body odour may be your new password!