Artificial Fingerprints Can Be Used For Hacking, Researchers Say

Researchers have created artificial fingerprints that they say can be used to hack into smartphones and other devices. These “DeepMasterPrints” are machine-learning methods that act as a master key, according to the researchers from New York University [Tandon School of Engineering] and Michigan State University, CNBC reports. The researchers — Philip Bontrager, Aditi Roy, Julian Togelius, Nasir Memon and Arun Ross — told CNBC that “phones and many more devices don’t capture your entire fingerprint.” They add: “There’s not enough space on the device, so they capture a partial fingerprint — which is not as secure as the full image….”