Smashing Security podcast #157: A biometric knuckle duster

What is Kaspersky’s ugly ring for? Is there something suspicious about how NordVPN lets you stream Disney+? And why did a hacker impersonate a music producer?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

About that “Any fingerprint can unlock your Samsung Galaxy S10” report

Plenty of headlines are warning about anyone’s fingerprint being able to unlock a Samsung Galaxy S10, but I’m not sure it’s quite as simple as that…

The Samsung Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is hacked

As hacker claims the entire process can be completed in just three minutes, you would be wise to remember that fingerprints are not the same as passwords.

Flashing a peace sign in selfies could lead to identity theft, scientists warn

Will you think twice before flashing the “peace” sign in photographs?

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Cops serve warrant to enter property, demand everyone’s fingerprints to unlock phone

Law enforcement served a modified search warrant that allowed agents to collect the thumbprints and fingerprints of everyone at the premises, in order to unlock a smartphone.

David Bisson reports.

Police 3D print murder victim’s finger to unlock his phone

Fusion reports: A man was murdered, and the police think there might be clues to who murdered him stored in his phone. But they can’t get access to the phone without his fingerprint or passcode. So instead of asking the company that made the phone to grant them access, they’re going another route: having the

How to bypass this LG smartphone’s fingerprint security in just 30 seconds

A troubling vulnerability has been uncovered that may make you think twice about even temporarily allowing an acquaintance to use your new LG V10 Android smartphone.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

VIDEO: Fingerprints are not the same as passwords

Find out what the differences and similarities are between passwords and fingerprints, in my short video.

Hackers have stolen almost six million US Government fingerprints

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has revealed in a statement that when hackers breached its systems earlier this year they made away with approximately 5.6 million fingerprints.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

It’s easy to steal fingerprints from users of the HTC One Max Android phone

Quack quack oops.

This Android phone stores your fingerprints unencrypted, in a part of your operating system that any rogue app can access.

Samsung Galaxy S5 owners can unlock LastPass with a keypress – but is that wise?

Popular password manager service LastPass has announced that it has introduced a new feature for Samsung Galaxy S5 users: Fingerprint scanning.

Yes, a simple fingerprint can now unlock your LastPass vault if you have the right Android phone.

Read more in my article on the Hot For Security blog.

Apple releases iOS 7.01, fixing iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor bug

Apple has released an update to its iOS 7 smartphone operating system, fixing a bug in its fingerprint scanner.

Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer is a twerp when it comes to smartphone security

“I don’t have a passcode on my phone”, says woman heading up company responsible for protecting privacy of hundreds of millions of internet users.

How to beat fingerprint scanners [VIDEO]

With the launch of the iPhone 5S, more people will be using fingerprint sensors as part of their daily security than ever before.

But just how can fingerprint locks be defeated, and how easy is it? The guys at MythBusters have found out.

Touch ID: Apple’s iPhone fingerprint sensor FAQ

Apple has announced the iPhone 5S, which incorporates a biometric fingerprint sensor. The company is calling it Touch ID.

But is it a good thing for security and privacy?