The police uses 3d printing technology to read smartphone data

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At a time divided between the guarantee of the security of personal data and public safety for the fiery international climate 3D printing seems to bypass at least in part the commitment of the software house to the protection of its user’s access data.

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The police of Michigan exploited in this sense the optical scanning and additive manufacturing technologies to get the cast of the fingerprints of a murdered person to gain access to his mobile device and check the contents. They asked the help of professor Anil Jain of Michigan State University who has put in place a procedure in several stages, as complex as attentive to details. Previously the victim in question had already been arrested, so there were his digital fingerprint in police database; Professor Jain has capitalized on this by using this file to replicate the physical fingerprint through additive printing technologies, covering it of metal powder to simulate the conductive capacity of human skin to fool the complex system of security fingerprint readers.

The news has obviously caused mixed reactions and even more raises doubts about the effectiveness of security systems using biometric readers that probably will prove to be “circumvented” although in the face of a fairly complex procedure. Many now expect the answer of the software houses that will study alternative systems, or at least safer … good job!

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