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Researchers at a cybersecurity company, said in fingerprint and face recognition information has been subjected to a large biometrics company, said that the potential for “scam is huge.”
“This is a huge leak, which poses a threat for both the companies and the organisations involved, as well as to their staff,” cyber security firm vpnMentor said in a blog post that the breach to BioStar 2, a biometric security platform, built by the Suprema, one of the world’s top security apparatus, and system for the safety and security of the community.
Biometrics uses human characteristics, such as fingerprints and facial recognition to verify a person’s ID.
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“Facial recognition and the fingerprint information cannot be changed. As soon as it is stolen, it can not be undone,” vpnMentor he said.
Suprema’s BioStar 2, biometric technology is used on a large scale. For example, it has been integrated into the AEOS access control system, which is used by more than 5,700 organizations in 83 countries, including some of the largest multi-national companies, vpnMentor said in the post.
The platform will generally have more than 1.5 million units world wide installations, and all could be vulnerable to the security flaw, according to the vpnMentor. The total number of the affected, “it could be in the tens of millions,” the cybersecurity company said.
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The breach was first discovered on the 5th of August and the 13th of August, the conflict had been closed, according to the vpnMentor’s blog. In the first instance, Suprema, it is not responsive when they come into contact with, vpnMentor said in the post.
But that all changed when she was contacted by the French branch of the company. “The call by using the [Suprema] French branch, has helped to speed up the process and the struggle, it was closed for a couple of hours after. We do not receive an e-mail from Suprema…and thank us for letting them know,” according to a vpnMentor spokesman, told Fox News in an e-mail.
The information that is too detailed for the personal information of its employees and non-encrypted usernames and passwords, giving the hackers the ability to access user accounts, permissions and facilities, the BioStar to 2.
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“The flaw allowed anyone to be in possession of this data, in order to actually gain access to customers’ accounts, and theft of the personal data of the end-user…with fingerprints and photographs,” vpnMentor said in a statement sent to Fox News.
One of the things that surprised vpnMentor how insecure passwords have been. “A lot of the accounts was very simple passwords like ‘Password’ and ‘abcd1234.’ It’s kind of hard to believe that people still don’t realize how easy it is for a hacker to gain access to their accounts,” the cybersecurity company said in a blog post.
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