We’ve become used to hearing about breaches in security when it comes to passwords. We’re also becoming used to the idea that biometrics seem to be the way forward; more secure, more convenient, much cooler.
But what happens when our biometric record is hacked and stolen? Unlike your password, you can’t change it. This is exactly what happened to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, to the tune of 5.6 million biometric identifiers. Aside from the very real shock of such a breach in security, the question as to “having the fingerprints of high-level federal officials in the hands of hackers who are potentially employed by a foreign government,” raises some very serious concerns.
In the world of biometrics, it’s important to remember that power can be used for bad as well as good. We see biometrics as something that will keep us safe, but let’s not forget that the bad guys are busy keeping up with the Joneses every step of the way.