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Artificial Fingerprint Ring Could Combat Biometric Data Theft

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, Swedish 3D accessory designer Benjamin Waye, and creative agency Archetype have teamed up to create a ring that could provide an alternative option to using human fingerprints. The ring could also solve the issue of what to do if your biometric data is stolen. The jewelry consists of a synthetic fingerprint that can be used in the same ways as a real fingerprint; unlocking phones, accessing a home or office and making payments. The artificial biometric identifier can be erased and replaced in the event of identity theft.

At least 5.6 million US fingerprints have been compromised after the Office of Personnel Management was hacked in 2015. Although the ring could solve a plethora of problems when it comes to biometric data theft, the director of the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky explained that the ring is not a “silver bullet.”

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