Mythbusters beat biometric finger print security

i really like this video, which you can watch on youtube

[update] apparently the link above has been removed, but exists in 20 other uploads:

mythbusters is a cool british show that tries to scientifically attack myths. they even use guns. :p
[update] apparently it’s an american show with different voiceovers all around the world.

to be honest, the way they conduct experiments and reach conclusions is somewhat flawed, to say the least, but they are cool, serious and professional (aside for the occasional safety boo-boo). they invest time and resources in building monstrosities to prove points. :)

this time, it was about breaking biometric systems with gummy bears! (see bottom of post for references)

i have seen this over at xavier ashe’s the lazy genius a longg time ago, but just made a search to find it again and post it here. in the past, i have studied biometrics extensively and how the systems can be beat. but there is nothing like a short video to make your point for you.

original link is from:

the original public paper discussing this particular technique of $10 worth materials for breaking these systems using gummy bears is from tsutomu matsumoto, a japanese cryptographer, from around 2002.
i don’t think his paper was ever online, but his slides were. they seem gone now at a casual search, but i found some other slides by him:

gadi evron,

  • Mike

    Err, Mythbusters is American… they show it here in the UK though.

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  • Durian

    Well I have been doing some reasearch, these where some companies name I had foung like M2SYS Technology and Motorola Biometrics . These companies don’t produce embeded fingerprint technology like fingerprint doorlocks or fingerprint clockin machines but these companies produce external fingerprint system. Now by doing reasearch, to my opinion embeded fingerprint systems (except laptops embeded fingerprint system) can be broken into because they are allaready a machine and they don’t have software which only works in matching and capturing fingerprints.
    But external fingerprints or a computer that has a embeded fingerprint system like UPEK can have seperate fingerprint software that has an intigrated alogrithim software that encrypts special fingerprint points called manutaie into random binary numbers, so even some gets these the system will just have some random binary numbers.
    Not all fingerprint systems can be broken in the similar fashion but yeah its a flaw and needs to be looked at by fingerprint technology companies.

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  • MrGutts

    Yeah Mythbusters is 100% American. You maybe thinking about the British (somewhat) equivalent called Brainiac.

    Crazy ass show, they kinda go over the top with some things.