Local Tech Company Detects Fake Fingerprints

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As technology advances, so does the probability of hacking attempts on mobile devices.

It could be for financial transactions, purchases or access to confidential information.

But a Potsdam-based company has designed software to help detect false fingerprints from an unauthorized user that may be used in the hacking process.

"You can lift the latent print in half a minute and once you have that print, you can make a mold, you can make a spoof," said NexID Chief Operating Officer Mark Cornett.

NexID Biometrics was born from a technology transfer of research conducted at Clarkson University in collaboration with other universities, putting its first liveness detection product on the market in 2009 and now boasting 11 employees.

The vulnerability of biometrics is real, but with this type of liveness detection created by NexID, personal authentication can be very secure and convenient.

Apple's Touch ID iPhone 5S, which uses a finger sensor identification system ,was hacked by a group of Germans who used a fake fingerprint or spoof to unlock the phone.

It created a wave of security concerns for companies - concerns that NexID is helping mitigate with biometric authentication that is between 95 to 97 percent reliable.

"I think that all technology has vulnerabilities. What we try to do is mitigate those vulnerabilities as best that we can," said NexID Software Engineer Timothy Swyka.

Company officials say while NexID doesn't yet sell a downloadable app for the public at large, they predict the time will soon come when biometric advancements will be common.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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