Thursday, July 24, 2008

Too Much Faith in Biometrics?

Every once in a while everyone needs to be reminded that there is no such thing as total security; there is no such thing as the forgery-proof identification. There is a report on about a recent arrest in Dubai. Two Russians and a Moldavian were arrested with forged eye biometrics recognition stamps.


The UAE uses iris scans at their airport to verify identity of people entering the country. These three were arrested “for suspicion of smuggling forged eye biometrics recognition stamps with intent to facilitate the entry to the UAE of individuals who were previously banned”. The brief article does not explain exactly how these forged stamps would be used, but people on both sides of the arrest apparently felt they would circumvent the identification process.


Every security professional knows that there is no such thing as a security program or device that cannot be subverted. What ever man can devise, man can subvert. From time to time we all need to be reminded of that.

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