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01/04/2009 08:16 PM ID: 75974 Permalink   

Woman Uses Tape to Fool $44 Million Dollar Airport Security System


Japan's $44 million dollar security system, which was installed in 30 airports in 2007 to help improve security and prevent terrorists from entering Japan, has apparently been circumvented by a South Korean woman using tape applied to her fingers.

The South Korean woman, who was deported from Japan in July 2007 after illegally staying in the city of Nagano, Japan, was found once again to be living in the same city in August 2008, prompting the investigation to take place.

She told investigators that she applied the special tape to her fingers which allowed her to circumvent and pass through an airport fingerprint reader. The tape is believed to have been acquired along with a fake passport form a South Korean broker.

    WebReporter: vash_the_stampede Show Calling Card      
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but im left wondering,.... did she just 'tape' her fingers to cover her prints, or did the 'tape' have someone else's fingerprints on them?

btw-- $USD 44 million is 4 billion yen.

  by: elijah4twenty     01/04/2009 08:30 PM     
Supposedly yes, the tape fools the scanner using 'imitation' fingeprints. AFP didn't have that detail however so I left it out.

The source has the conversion rate (4 billion yen).
  by: vash_the_stampede     01/04/2009 08:36 PM     
i know the conversion was in the source, i just listed it for people who might wonder what it was, and dont want to read the link. no harm meant.

so i wonder, faked 'tape' fingerprints would imply ready access to a database of fingerprints, as well as the ability to forge documents. sorta neato in an illegal as hell way.
  by: elijah4twenty     01/04/2009 11:24 PM     
"so i wonder, faked 'tape' fingerprints would imply ready access to a database of fingerprints, as well as the ability to forge documents. sorta neato in an illegal as hell way."

Yes! I wish to know that as well. I'd assume that it has to be some sort of material that mimics fingerprints rather than actually have real fingerprints imprinted in some criminal database ready to be 'printed' onto the tape as you'd figure after the same fingerprints were scanned in by the airport security system, they could come up with some correlation when new fingerprints appeared on the grid or suspicious flight patterns, etc.

I want some of the special tape to play around with my home fingerprint readers haha :>
  by: vash_the_stampede     01/05/2009 01:10 AM     
  HA HA HA  
I love it when low dollar equipment fools multi million dollar equipment!
  by: rogeratvfan   01/05/2009 04:40 PM     
  wasn't it Scotty ...  
who said, "The more complex a machine, the easier it is to jam it up?"

As I remember he then opened his hand to reveal the one and only critical component that would have allowed a new star ship to follow them...

This is no different. As a computer programmer, I often see companies taking short cuts to save money or meet somebody's arbitrary deadline; the result are oversights ...
  by: bikermagi2   01/05/2009 07:02 PM     
d'ya remember the same thing happening in diamonds are forever when james bond fooled tiffany case with the fake prints he had over his fingers? i think fake prints are made by taking a real print onto a sticky surface and then removing the sweat - a polymer is then applied and it fills in the grooves left to produce a rather nifty fake print...
  by: rcavi     01/07/2009 02:21 AM     
There was also a good Mythbusters episode where they created fake fingerprints to circumvent those fingerprint-unlocking doors for your home. They simply used ballistics gel and a laser printer. In one case, they scanned a fingerprint, printed it in a laser printer, and the door unlocked for them when they used it. Crazy stuff.
  by: DeadTaco   01/08/2009 01:09 AM     
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