The police is relying on help from Computer Science Professor Anil Jain and his PhD student Sunpreet Arora to create a 3D printed copy of the victim’s fingerprint.According to a report on FusionNet Jain works on biometric identifiers such as fingerprint scanners tattoo matching and facial recognition software and trying to make these extremely difficult to hack Jain told Fusion the police believe the clues to the man’s murder are stored on his own phone and thus need help in unlocking the device He didn’t reveal more details because it is an ongoing investigation Fingerprint scanner in today’s phones are capacitive and the ridges on a finger help complete the circuit of the scanners to unlock the device In this case to mimic a fingerprint the team had to coat the surface of the 3D prints with a thin metallic layer to make it conductive like a normal human finger But the case also highlights the kind of challenges that exist for law enforcement agencies especially in today’s digital age where smartphones are the most important device in any user’s life The current case of police approaching for help to unlock a smartphone is in stark contrast tothe San Bernardino shooter one where the FBI needed the help of the phone manufacturer to unlock the device In this particular case because thepolice already has the victim’s fingerprints from a previous case; thus the authorities have a slight edge in hoping to unlock the smartphone and don’t need to approach the manufacturer Plus here the police is hoping to locate the victim’s murderer In theSan Bernardino case the problem was with the FBI’s demand that Apple create a special software so that the agency could eventually unlock the smartphone FBI wanted Apple to break the encryption software it had created to protect iPhones and Apple argued such a software would only weaken user privacy across the board for its customers Also read: Why Apple is resisting a court order to help unlock a terrorist’s iPhone The fingerprint scanner case of course poses interesting insights on user privacy and how efficient these are in keeping devices secure The current belief is that fingerprint scanners are less secure than a phone that uses a passkey or a pattern to unlock Even though fooling a fingerprint scanner might be out of the reach for regular folks experts have demonstrated how easy it is to dust off someone’s fingerprint from a surface before using it to unlock a user’s device The mobile security market is thus slowly shifting to iris scanners which are said to be more secure than traditional fingerprint scanners Even so having a passkey to unlock your phone might be the safest way of securing your device at the moment For all the latest Technology News download shlf1314n Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top News Representational Image. “The last time we won the tournament was in 2007, on the other hand.

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