Where will you go when they hack your biometrics?

I noticed this article (Link) from a local paper, and I quote:

“A car-hacking crimewave is now sweeping into the Cambridge area as gangs use cheap technology to steal modern “keyless” vehicles, police have warned.

Chief Inspector James Sutherland has likened the crime as “throw-back to the bad old days of cars being hotwired”.

Now police are urging car owners to go back to old-fashioned ways of protecting their cars. They have advised motorists to use steering or gear-stick locks, and double-checking they have locked their vehicles.

The gangs use simple devices which they can buy online to bypass or hack into the cars’ computer systems as many new cars now use a push-button system to start the engine.”

Crime pays. Your data is priceless, and your biometrics are irreplaceable. Isn’t it time that you took note of that and stopped giving out your data where it can never be secured?

I have drawn a line in the sand for myself, personally. I have decided that I will not give out my fingerprints or DNA. If you have already used your fingerprint to ‘secure’ your data on your mobile phone, what happens when your phone goes missing? You have lost your data AND your fingerprint.

If you give fingerprints or any other biometric data, and a government database gets hacked, such as this story (Link) where 1.1 Million fingerprints have been hacked in the United States: I quote from there [my emphasis added]:

“The Office of Personnel Management announced last week that the personal data for 21.5 million people had been stolen. But for national security professionals and cybersecurity experts, the more troubling issue is the theft of 1.1 million fingerprints.

Much of their concern rests with the permanent nature of fingerprints and the uncertainty about just how the hackers intend to use them. Unlike a Social Security number, address, or password, fingerprints cannot be changed—once they are hacked, they’re hacked for good. And government officials have less understanding about what adversaries could do or want to do with fingerprints, a knowledge gap that undergirds just how frightening many view the mass lifting of them from OPM.

“It’s probably the biggest counterintelligence threat in my lifetime,” said Jim Penrose, former chief of the Operational Discovery Center at the National Security Agency and now an executive vice president at the cybersecurity company Darktrace. “There’s no situation we’ve had like this before, the compromise of our fingerprints. And it doesn’t have any easy remedy or fix in the world of intelligence.””

Data is precious, and it is valuable – some of it cannot ever be replaced – like fingerprints and DNA. Keep these things to yourself – they are not ID, and you are not a criminal. If you think that giving these is fine because you haven’t done anything wrong just ask yourself if the organisation you are giving your data to has ever done anything wrong. Now you are getting it – governments are notorious for failuring to keep citizen’s data safe, let alone whether it gets misused.

dan

Yes really. It can be done. Read the full article here: Link

Keep your self safe. Keep your data secure, and don’t trust in technology to do this – everything, it seems, can be hacked eventually.

God Bless you

Lis

Advertisements

One thought on “Where will you go when they hack your biometrics?”

Comments are closed.