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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The federal government is developing high-tech surveillance technology which would be able to scan crowds and recognize people by their faces, raising concerns from privacy advocates, the New York Times reports.
The project is called the Biometric Optical Surveillance System or BOSS, and was originally started to identify terrorists in war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan. But in 2010 it was transferred to the Department of Homeland Security to be used for domestic purposes.
BOSS was developed partly thanks to University of Louisville computer vision specialist Aly Farag, who worked with Electronic Warfare Associates after Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell earmarked a $5.2 million contract to the military contractor.
While the system is still far from perfect, it has made significant improvements. It now takes less than 30 seconds for it to identify suspects, while it took six to eight minutes at first.
The goal is to ultimately provide a 80 to 90 percent certain face match from a distance of up to 320 feet.
But some are already calling for the technology to have rules for how it can be used.
Ginger McCall, who obtained the documents about BOSS which she provided to the New York Times, said a debate is needed on the program’s potential applications.
“This technology is always billed as antiterrorism, but then it drifts into other applications,” McCall said. “We need a real conversation about whether and how we want this technology to be used, and now is the time for that debate.”
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/21/big-boss-is-watching-you-dhs-develops-surveillance-project-for-domestic-purposes/#ixzz2cfD1nCP4
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/21/big-boss-is-watching-you-dhs-develops-surveillance-project-for-domestic-purposes/#ixzz2cfCh1nSK