Moral panic: Japanese girls risk fingerprint theft by making peace-signs in photographs


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/01/12/moral-panic-japanese-girls-ri.html

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#2

So remember, don’t take a print of something usually seen in public.


#3

Solution, do the peace signs backwards.


#4

“b) an existential risk to the human species (as in, “Why do these stupid girls insist upon showing the whole world their naked fingertips? Slatterns!”)”

I would’ve gone with the existential risk being tied to the human tendancy to exploit innocence or innocent behavior.* To-may-to / to-mah-to?

  • though yes, I see the humor.

#5

Don’t let them see your irises either! Close your eyes, you floozies!


#6

Check out the wily girl in the middle. Japan’s next James Bond.


#7

And democracy is a lousy system, it’s just less bad than all the alternatives. In the real world of ordinary non-nerd people, authenticating with a fingerprint is a better alternative than trying to force people to practice proper password security.


#8

Everyone, let’s start wearing sleek, form fitting gloves! And capes! Ok, are we cool? Can we make this a thing?


#9

On masks: “… they’re terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future.”


#10

Ooh, fedoras too! Because… umm… eventually they’ll make a biometric system that reads your male pattern baldness?


#11

Since Japanese newspapers tend to disapear article quickly, here is the full text in Japanese from the source http://www.sankei.com/affairs/news/170109/afr1701090002-n1.html

【指紋ネット盗難】

「ピースサインは危険!!」 3メートル離れて撮影でも読み取り可能
「カメラに何げなくピースのサインをするだけで、指紋が出回ってしまう」。指紋の盗撮防止技術を開発した国立情報学研究所の越前功教授は、こう警鐘を鳴らす。

顔と手を一緒に撮影した写真をネットに掲示すると、個人と指紋を特定される恐れがある。大量に画像が出回る著名人は特に狙われる危険性が高い。自分で投稿しなくても、他人が撮影した写真に知らないうちに写り込むリスクもある。

また、スマートフォンの認証には指紋のほか、顔の画像、模様が人によって異なる目の虹彩なども利用されている。こうした生体情報は行政機関や企業の入退室管理にも利用されている。個人の生体情報を盗み取るには従来、その人に接近して撮影する必要があった。

だが、生体情報がネット上に出回るようになったことで、犯罪者にとってハードルは大きく下がった。国立情報学研究所の実験では3メートルの距離で撮影した画像でも読み取れることが判明しており、「自撮り」のピース写真をネットに掲示すると、簡単に盗まれてしまう。越前教授は「指紋などの生体情報は終生変えることができない。どう守っていくか啓蒙していきたい」と話す。

Screenshot of the above in the original article:

Worth noting that Sankei Shinbun is a major national paper here in Japan but more worth noting that Japanese reporters are not in the habit of fact checking in the way Western readers expect. The article does not in fact provide any details, just the claim.

Looking through Prof Ichizen’s Japanese home page, there are no publications relating to this. None of his work seems really related either. Searching on his name from the NII home page does not seem to lead to anything related.

This may in fact be bullshit. @doctorow didn’t you just post this article on detecting bullshit?

As a side note, even someone who reads no Japanese at all could have done the checking I did using nothing more than Wikipedia and Google Translate.

Um… one Sankei article which resulted in an AFP news feed isnt very much attention.

Not in the original article which says nothing at all about women young or old. Nor the AFP sourced article either. Seems to me you just decided to editorialize on your own. You are aware that the peace sign in photos is common to men and women here arent you?

EDIT: Methinkst you are trying to create a “moral panic” where one does not actually exist.


#12

OH, I thought I was pushing it with a Fedora request, but yes! Top it off with a Fedora or slouch hat, and I would be cool.

Also, I own two capes and they need more use.


#14

I would be down with increased wearing of capes and gloves. I’m not so fond of hats, but I’ve wanted to bring back snoods for a long time.


#15

You really missed the point. It is NOT worse than username/password authentication, and certainly MUCH worse than TFA. ANY authentication system with credentials that cannot be changed/renewed are inherently devastating when compromised for that reason. You cannot change your biometrics, therefor, if someone gets a copy of your fingerprints (trivial to do), you are FOREVER COMPROMISED.

If someone has stolen your phone, and you used fingerprint to unlock it, you gave them your fingerprints on your phone, most likely. You gave them the lock, the key, and the data they want, and the machine itself to access more data, quite possibly with the TFA method (text/email) to access yet more data and services.

Biometric security for phones is about the dumbest idea in security I’ve ever heard of - at least fingerprints.


#16

You know, I wonder just how much of the low level stuff could just be automated: water, food, clothing…why not just make a basic standard for everything, and let people deviate as they wish. That way, we can vote about more philosophical stuff, instead of tax hikes and such.


#17

I’m actually surprised no one has mentioned the better solution here: Zentai suits!

Bonus: Zentais are already Big in Japan

Obligatory: Big in Japan


#18

What you describe has a name, it’s called socialism.


#19

There are multiple reasons for not using biometrics, one was stated: That you can’t change it once it’s been obtained by a 3rd party. The other has to do with the law, police can’t compel you give up a password but biometrics are not protected in this fashion.


#20

Do people use their fingers to unlock with? Most that I’ve seen use their thumbs.


#21

Me, too! Snoods!!!