Feeds

Japanese biometric border check no match for, um, tape

Caught sticky handed

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Japan's million-dollar biometric immigration screening systems are still no match for a little ingenuity - and some tape.

Two South Korean women have been arrested on suspicion of bypassing a cutting-edge fingerprint reading machine and illegally entering Japan by using special tape bearing the fingerprints other people.

The women slipped past the immigration process at Tokyo's Haneda airport in May and October 2008, according to The Japan Times. The two had reportedly laid low as nightclub hostesses, but were spotted after both received deportation orders in 2008 for overstaying their visas and had their fingerprints taken again.

Japan's biometric immigration system was installed in 30 airports in 2007 to improve security by keeping terrorists and foreigners with deportation records away. The country spent more than 4 billion yen ($44m, £27m) on the devices, which cross-check visitors' fingerprints with a database of fugitives and lawbreakers.

That tape on an index finger can bypass the system first came to light back in early 2009 when another South Korean woman slipped past immigration using the trick. She told authorities that a South Korean broker supplied her with special tape and a fake passport and that the broker used the same method to help many other foreigners illegally enter Japan.

Sounds like a better option than finger surgery. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems
US CERT says three flavours of control kit are under attack
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.