Security experts say peace sign selfies are a fingerprint risk
10 January 2017 16:10 GMT

Fraudsters could harvest fingerprint data from people who flash a peace sign in photographs, leading to identity theft, warn security experts.

Isao Echizen, a professor at the National Institute of Informatics in Japan, said that the risk has been heightened by the increasing popularity of selfies.

In an experiment, Echizen was able to retrieve fingerprint data from photos that were taken as far as 3 meters away from the subject’s fingertips, reports Japan’s Rocketnews24.

In Asia it is very common for people to flash a peace sign in photos.

Extrapolating biometric data from images has been an increasing risk in recent years, with the German celebrity hacker Starbug, for example, lifting German chancellor Angela Merkel’s iris data from a publicity image.

Indeed, the professor said celebrities may be at the greatest risk due to the large quantities of photos that they are featured in.