Hello Biometrics: Windows 10 to Add Facial Recognition, Iris Scans and Fingerprint Reader

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Nicholas West
Activist Post

After several years of consumer complaints, Microsoft Windows 10 has been getting a lot of attention as of late for many upgrades slated for their new version of the popular operating system.

However, it appears that one feature being added to supposedly consumer-friendly applications is a suite of biometrics called Windows Hello and Windows Passport.

It’s all a part of the move toward a full-fledged Smart World where YOU become the password in a matrix of online and real-world activity.

Naturally, the fear of identity theft and cyber crime of all stripes has been the sales pitch to accept this new pervasive identity tech. Apple’s Touch ID was introduced in iPhone 5 which employed a fingerprint scanner for phone locking as well as to make purchases in Apple stores.


Yet, it didn’t take long for this new ultra-security measure to be hacked. As Melissa Melton reported:

The new iPhone 5’s fingerprint ID security feature lasted all of what amounts to not even five minutes in the tech world — Chaos Computer Club is already reporting that they were able to hack the new phone:

The biometrics hacking team of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has successfully bypassed the biometric security of Apple’s TouchID using easy everyday means. A fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, was enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5s secured with TouchID. This demonstrates – again – that fingerprint biometrics is unsuitable as access control method and should be avoided. [emphasis added]

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At the 2012 Black Hat hackers conference, hackers were able to successfully demonstrate a program that could easily fool iris scan security systems using recreated irises from images stored in existing iris scan databases.

Hacking risks already have been exposed in smart vehicles, smart cars, and even smart weapons(!!), so this seems to be par for the course.  Beyond the hacking risks, though, there is our lovely government, which continues to prove that it will do anything and everything to track our every move.

Online biometrics is a totalitarian dream of removing all anonymity during even the most casual computer interaction. We’ve already seen electronics warnings about keeping personal conversations quiet around smart TVs. What can we expect to happen when all of the items around us are connected to the Internet, and our bodies have become the sole password that connects us to the central database? It raises the spectre of simple monitoring of all health, consumer activity, environmental  compliance, and pretty much every movement anywhere.

Please watch the following Windows Hello and Passport promo to catch a glimpse of the early stages for what could become a much wider rollout of Smartworld ID profiling.

Nicholas West writes for Activist Post and Tech Swarm. This article is free to republish in full with attribution.

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  • Jamie Lee

    “Let’s get real: We have a password problem. So why not turn your entire body into an authentication device?” Regina Duncan

    Technocracy was how Zbignew Z. described it in the 80’s. Biometric is only one phase. Phase II is laid out by former DARPA exec., Regina Duncan, and now exec of wifi medical/electronic in body control product development.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzB1EcocAF8

    ‘As long as people remain asleep, those who seek power and control will continue to manipulate and engineer the masses, right down to the structure of our very reality.’

    This is Google the largest, most powerful company in the world,
    joining forces with DARPA the most advanced premier military technology.
    These are their plans (when they tell you there still testing, they are
    already implementing the products, this is SOP (standard op. procedure)

    “Further out, the company is looking at improving on the password by
    using electronic tattoos, swallowable pills and other forms of
    authentication. Woodside was joined onstage by Regina Dugan, the former DARPA head that now leads advanced research for Motorola

    “big science with driving application” “decades behind DARPA”
    Defense Advanced Technologies Development Group” where she came from.

    Authentification. 39X electronic pills/day . electronic wearables and tatoo’s that Motorola is developing.

    “mismatch between humans and electronics” mechanical mismatch.
    islands of silicon structure in accordion sytle layout with MT10,
    sensors and rfid wireless.

    ‘kids will be far more interested in wearing an electronic tattoo to piss off their parents.”

    vitamin authentication “small chip inside of it with a switch…inside
    out potato battery, acid services the electrolite and the switch goes on
    and off, an 18 bit ecg like switch in your body and your body becomes
    and authentification token.

    Yes, it’s really true, so that becomes my first “super power”. my
    arms are like wires, my legs are like alligator clips, when i touch my
    computer, my phone, my door, my car, i am authenticated in,” made by a
    company called “Proteus”. cleared by the FDA and can take 30 a day for
    the rest of your life..we can just tell that you’ve taken the pill, the
    medical community

    Q: Does Google now know everything I do and everywhere I go? Regina
    Duncan claps loudly and laughs. “It’s early, but we are excited about
    where it is going”, closes head of Google Product Development.”

    This dovetails perfectly with Google’s stated 10 yr. vision:

    “Google’s IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.
    And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. Page’s vision is that Google’s products and services will become the control center of people’s lives:

    The company’s driverless cars will chauffeur people around safer roads and deliver goods within hours of an online order.

    ****

    Proteus Creates 200 UK Jobs for Edible Microchip ‘Smart Pill’ Production

    US biotech giant will create 200 jobs in Britain as it picks the
    country to produce a ‘smart pill’ which can tell if a patient has taken
    their medication or not. Proteus confirmed in a statement that its
    tablets, which contain edible microchips, will be produced at a site in
    the UK while several teams within Britain’s state-run National Health
    Service plan to test the benefits of using the sensor technology in
    various fields.

    In May 2013, Proteus revealed that it received $62.5m in funding for
    the pill production. Proteus received European and US approval for its
    technology system where the ‘smart pill’, which is about the size of a
    grain of sand, is linked to a patch worn on the patient’s abdomen.

  • andrey sigurnjak

    Who cares , use Linux ! I do , it is not that hard and i never took computer course in my life .
    If you depend on specific app , join world of FOSS and sponsor development of software you need .
    In my case and my family , Ubuntu and similar cover all my needs .

  • fred

    aaron russo talked about this stuff in from freedom to facism.

  • ddearborn

    Hmmm

    Old article but worthy of further comment. Windows 10 is without a doubt the most intrusive, sophisticated, and diabolical piece of spyware/malware in history bar none. It tracks virtually every single activity carried out by the user and transmits that data to Microsoft’s computers. From key strokes, to files, emails to social media, it all goes to Microsoft. If the user scans their finger prints, Iris scan or anything else for that matter, in the end it will all belong end up on Microsoft’s servers. From their the data is sold to entities known and unknown. Imagine for a moment what will happen when Microsoft’s serves are hacked and all this data is stolen. Sooner or later, virtually every externally accessible database gets hacked. Or a third party is hacked, or simply sells or gives the data to the wrong people. In other words, this “capability” is a that to US national security. Is it any wonder that so many countries around the world have banned windows. It is time for the American people to do the same………

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