An engineer at Clarkson University has been investigating ways of fooling fingerprint scanners by using severed digits, plastic models and play-doh. Sounds like a fun job, no?
"Digits from cadavers and fake fingers molded from plastic, or even something as simple as Play-Doh or gelatin, can potentially be misread as authentic," she explains. "My research addresses these deficiencies and investigates ways to design effective safeguards and vulnerability countermeasures. The goal is to make the authentication process as accurate and reliable as possible."