The OPM Hack – Now 5.6MM Fingerprint Records Stolen

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Five months later, the OPM saga continues. As reported September 23rd by the New York Times, the Office of Personnel Management is now saying that the fingerprints of 5.6 million federal employees were stolen by hackers in a breach uncovered in April of this year. Needless to say, this is much, much worse than the estimation of 1.1 million stolen fingerprint records in past reports.

The greatest fear resulting from the OPM hack is the misuse of the massive number fingerprints stolen. While the current threat is limited, the potential for damage will grow with the increasing adoption of the use of fingerprints as a means for authentication. In the wrong hands, the stolen biometric data can be used to access valuable government information.

With that said, Sonavation wants everyone to know that you shouldn’t be afraid of using fingerprint technology to secure your digital life, because it truly is a great way to protect you – but it must be the right technology.  At Sonavation, our technology is far more advanced and secure than that of traditional fingerprint scanners.  Unlike the technology that was used to capture the stolen fingerprints (2D image), our technology reads into the depth of the fingerprint – the ridges, valleys and pores.  This unique portion of your fingerprint signature is then stored directly on the secure device and requires a one-to-one match for authentication rather than matching against a database of prints stored on a server. This is Sonavation’s technology advantage:  securing and ensuring that a user’s biometric data never leaves the device. Users are authenticated by matching the user’s unique fingerprint signature using an algorithm based template of that end-user’s biometric data. Our technology ensures that only you are the key for access into your most sensitive on-line accounts and data.

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