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Release date- 22102013 - In recent years we've seen face, voice and fingerprint identification software move from Sci-Fi films into real life affordable devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
The TABULA RASA consortium, which is supported by EU research and innovation investment, has set out to identify just how well this new software works, in particular against the growing phenomenon of 'spoofing ' i.e. using everyday materials such as make-up, photographs and voice recordings to subvert or directly attack biometric systems.
Biometric systems have proven to be one of the most efficient security solutions available today. However, some biometric sensor vulnerabilities still exist, including some which have been well publicised in the International media. The TABULA RASA consortium comprises 12 different organisations across seven countries that have worked together over a period of three years to research as many vulnerabilities as possible, to develop countermeasures accordingly and ultimately a new breed of safer biometric systems.
In the course of its research, TABULA RASA hosted a 'Spoofing Challenge,' which invited researchers from around the world to develop attack plans and to attempt to deceive various biometric systems. Participants showed that there are many different and creative ways to attack the systems. The most innovative attack proposed during this challenge used make-up to spoof a 2D face recognition system and succeeded in being recognised as the victim. Other contestants used well-known attacks such as photographs, masks or fake fingerprints ('gummy fingers') to successfully spoof the systems.
The EU invested
The TABULA RASA research project has made an extensive list of possible spoofing attacks, evaluated the vulnerability of biometric systems to such attacks, and developed countermeasures that for instance detect signs of 'liveness' (e.g. blinking, perspiration) and improve security of biometric systems. TABULA
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