5.6 Million Biometric Keys Stolen
The Washington Post recently reported on the data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). With 5.6 million fingerprints stolen in the hack, the bad guys potentially have the keys to mission critical systems which transforms the biometric security systems into threat vectors. While consumer grade biometric locks offer little in the way of real protection and have been easily cracked over the years as demonstrated at DefCon, the implications of the OPM biometric data breach are significant. The potential certainly exists for future nefarious acts as a result of this breach. Every human resources department should learn from the OPM and make sure that personnel data is classified at the highest protection level.