Fingerprints and facial recognition data exposed in major breach
Researchers say data on biometrics system BioStar 2 has leaked, affecting thousands of clients including the Metropolitan Police.
More than one million fingerprints and a host of usernames and passwords have been exposed on an unsecured database hosted by a security platform that lists the Metropolitan Police among its clients.
Researchers claim to have discovered the publicly accessible information on the web-based BioStar 2, which is owned and operated by South Korean company Suprema.
The firm describes itself as a "global powerhouse in biometrics, security and identity solutions" and sells its services to thousands of organisations around the world, including businesses, banks and Scotland Yard.
BioStar 2 is a security system that allows biometrics to be used to grant people access to buildings and other restricted areas.
It hosts an enormous amount of fingerprint and facial identification data - plus the usernames and passwords associated with them.
Internet privacy researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, of vpnMentor, say they discovered that BioStar 2 had been breached on 5 August and that it was not resolved for eight days.
In a report published on the vpnMentor website, they said: "This is a huge leak that endangers both the businesses and organisations involved, as well as their employees.
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