Hackers Now Can Steal Your Fingerprint from a Photo

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As if we didn’t already have enough to worry about concerning identity theft, new information recently revealed at an international hackers convention in Germany suggests that your fingerprints can now be stolen from public photos you post online, reports Venture Beat.

With cameras now producing higher-quality images, more details can be picked out of photos, even when the photos are taken from a distance.

CNET also stated that this is the first time that fingerprints have been knowingly pulled from public officials simply from press photos. Not only can your fingerprints be identified from public photos that show your hands, but they can potentially be stolen by anyone in possession of a simple camera. Fingerprints can be snatched from a person at public events by simply showing up with a “standard photo camera” and snapping away.

The hacker believes that after his talk, “Politicians will presumably wear gloves when talking in public.” Given that fingerprint ID is becoming an increasingly common form of electronic security, such as with Apple’s Touch ID which is installed in most new iPhones; this finding could be a big blow to an entire industry, stated mnn.com

Mnn also said that hackers have previously demonstrated how easily fingerprints can be stolen from an individual who has touched a shiny surface, such as a Smartphone screen.

But CCC (Chaos Computer Club) said that with ‘this knowledge there will be no need to steal objects carrying the fingerprints anymore,’ meaning that people could potential steal someone’s fingerprint identity from photos posed on social networks.

So does this mean you should start removing all the photos that feature your naked hands from Facebook? That would probably be an overreaction. This practice is not likely to be put to widespread use anytime soon. As technology continues to improve, so must our security measures mnn stated.