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Misuse in Cyberspace of Biometrics Discussed on Media

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Biometrics authentications are good for physical security but ruin the security of password protection and generate a false sense of security in cyber space. Deployed with a fallback password against false rejection, they provide the level of security that is even poorer than a password-only authentication as illustrated in the video - Biometrics in Cyber Space - "below-one" factor authentication ( https://youtu.be/wuhB5vxKYlg ).

Elsevier's "Biometric Technology Today" has now published an article of mine titled "Biometrics: great technology for physical security, probably big mistake for cyber security?" in the May/2016 issue as announced at
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0969476516300881

The conclusion of the article is “In summary, based on this analysis, in most cases authentication by biometrics provides poorer security than pincode or password-only authentication. And given that a false sense of security is often worse than the lack of security, I would like to put forward these suggestions: the vendors of smart devices who are conscious of the privacy and security of consumers could tell consumers not to turn on the biometric functions; consumers who are concerned about their privacy and security could refrain from activating the biometric backdoors; and the deployment of biometric solutions could instead be recommended where consumers can accept ‘below-one’ factor authentication in return for better convenience.”

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Similar articles of the same tenor have been published or taken up by

- Payments Journal: Misuse of Biometrics Technology
http://www.paymentsjournal.com/Content/Blogs/Industry_Blog/30986/

- Information Security Buzz: Misuse of Biometrics – Blind Spot in Our Mind and False Sense of Security
http://www.informationsecuritybuzz.com/articles/misuse-biometrics-blind-spot-mind-false-sense-security/

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Misuse in Cyberspace of Biometrics Discussed on Media

  1. 1. - Misuse in Cyberspace of Biometrics Discussed on Media - Elsevier's "Biometric Technology Today" has published an article of mine titled "Biometrics: great technology for physical security, probably big mistake for cyber security?" in the May/2016 issue as announced at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0969476516300881 The conclusion of the article is “In summary, based on this analysis, in most cases authentication by biometrics provides poorer security than pincode or password-only authentication. And given that a false sense of security is often worse than the lack of security, I would like to put forward these suggestions: the vendors of smart devices who are conscious of the privacy and security of consumers could tell consumers not to turn on the biometric functions; consumers who are concerned about their privacy and security could refrain from activating the biometric backdoors; and the deployment of biometric solutions could instead be recommended where consumers can accept ‘below- one’ factor authentication in return for better convenience.” ------------------------------------------------------- Similar articles of the same tenor have been published or taken up by - Payments Journal: Misuse of Biometrics Technology http://www.paymentsjournal.com/Content/Blogs/Industry_Blog/30986/ - Information Security Buzz: Misuse of Biometrics – Blind Spot in Our Mind and False Sense of Security http://www.informationsecuritybuzz.com/articles/misuse-biometrics-blind-spot-mind- false-sense-security/ - SC Magazine UK (1): False sense of security spreading on a gigantic scale http://www.scmagazineuk.com/false-sense-of-security-spreading-on-a-gigantic- scale/article/478372/#disqus_thread - SC Magazine UK (2): Biometrics deployed with a fallback password: statistics on false sense of security http://www.scmagazineuk.com/biometrics-deployed-with-a-fallback-password-statistics- on-false-sense-of-security/article/485434/ - Forbes: Even Poor Biometrics Are Better than No Security At All http://www.forbes.com/sites/tonybradley/2016/03/21/even-poor-biometrics-are-better- than-no-security-at-all/#1e8840404bc2 - ProgrammableWeb : FBI Apple Debacle Is a Reminder of How Fingerprint Sensors Actually Worsen Security http://www.programmableweb.com/news/fbi-apple-debacle-reminder-how-fingerprint- sensors-actually-worsen-security/analysis/2016/04/04
  2. 2. - ValueWalk (1): iPhone Encryption – Bio-metrics More Vulnerable To Backdoor Than Password http://www.valuewalk.com/2016/03/iphone-encryption-biometric-backdoor/ - ValueWalk (2): How To Hack The Security Of Smartphones http://www.valuewalk.com/2016/03/how-to-hack-the-security-of-smartphones/?all=1 - CloudTweaks: WHAT TECHNOLOGY CAN DISPLACE THE PASSWORD? http://cloudtweaks.com/2016/03/technology-displace-password/#wpautbox_latest-post - HackRead(1): FBI identifies WhatsApp as next target while court case with Apple goes on https://www.hackread.com/fbi-identifies-whatsapp-as-next-target/ - HackRead (2): Backdoor on Your Smartphone Already Exists — Explained https://www.hackread.com/backdoor-on-smartphones-already-exists/ - Top Tech News: Peril of Backdoor on Smartphones -- Blind Spot in Our Mind & False Sense of Security http://www.toptechnews.com/article/index.php?story_id=1300029WZHNC - CIO Today: Peril of Backdoor on Smartphones: Blind Spots in Our Mind http://www.cio-today.com/article/index.php?story_id=0110006XJ2BO - Point of Sales: How Biometrics Can Weaken Security On A Device http://pointofsale.com/2016040510437/Point-of-Sale-News/How-Biometrics-Can- Weaken-Security-On-A-Device.html 26th May, 2016/ Hitoshi Kokumai

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