5 Ways Biometric Security Can Be Spoofed

02/14/202131 Comments

Remember when you were a kid and you tried to imagine what the world was going to look like in the far-off, sci-fi-sounding year of 2021? What did you imagine? Weekend trips to the moon? Flying cars and jetpacks to take you around elevated cities? Robot butlers? The end of all diseases? Star Trek-style replicators and holodecks?

Well, snap out of it, kid. This is what 2021 really looks like:

Sheeple lines up for the slaughter. Colourized. 2021.

In case you didn't know, that's the handy-dandy contactless facial recognition gate from NEC. Yes, you don't have to worry about fiddling with your mask to allow your algorithmic overlord to scan your face and allow you entry to a building, terminal or security perimeter anymore! Thanks to the good folks at NEC, you can now maintain your social distancing and be electronically tracked and herded like the pliable tax cattle you are without even taking your mask off!

"But what about those poor souls living in third world nations?" I hear you asking. Never fear! Thanks to the non-profit Simprints Technology (in partnership with Gavi, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAid and other benevolent philanthropic institutions), there are contactless biometric scanners for them, too! Simprints' biometric solution allows governments to more effectively tag and track their human property, issue them an electronic brand, and make sure they get processed through the system all without having to come within six feet of another human being!

And just in case you're upset that you're missing out on the fun, you can rest assured that some version of biometric ID is going to be rolled out in your local area in the very near future . . . all to keep you safe from the deadly bogeyvirus, of course. (Did someone say COVID passport?)

But there's just one little thing to consider in this headlong rush to get the entirety of the human species' biometric details entered into the computer matrix: biometric systems are notoriously buggy, hackable and open to spoofing. But why let a little identity theft get in the way of the New Biometric Normal, eh?

Still, for those who insist, here's a breakdown of just five of the ways that this biometric scanning technology can be hacked, gamed, spoofed or tricked.

Are you concerned about these biometric ID systems that are popping up around the world right now? Well, you should be, and it's not just because of their security flaws. Find out more in this week's edition of The Corbett Report Subscriber.

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  1. Roy says:


    On friday, i went to a shop to buy a 6 pack of beer. I thougth it would the fastest way, to use a shop bot / scanning machine, for payment.
    Well, it was in a way, util i had to prove that i was over 18 years old.
    The bot, ” asked ” me to give a finger print, and get an asistant to aprove of my adultness. So the next time i want to buy beer, i just have to let the bot scan my finger print, and eweryting will be ok.
    End off story, i got my beer’s and i did not give the bot / corp, my finger scan. But i think i soon must ( if i want to use the shop at all ), the bots are taking over almost every shop here in norway. So the future is here, yes James.


    • biek says:

      Brew your own beer. It’s cheaper too….

      • Roy says:

        Do you brew your own beer ?

        I have done that for 20 years, in norway it is called homebrew, and is made of malt, sugger, and yeast + water ! It tastes really good if you do it the right way, and it gets really strong too, and it grows a lot of beard in your face, for some reasons ( on me at least ). So if you do , keep up the good tradition. If not, try it !
        I normally brew about 25 Liters, when i am at it. Takes about 14 days, before i start drinking from it. Normally i throw a party, and all of it is gone, pretty soon.


  2. Roy says:

    More from me !

    “Yes, biometric systems are notoriously hackable, spoofable and breachable. And the worst part is that, unlike a run-of-the-mill password, once your face or iris or fingerprints get hacked there’s nothing you can ever do to change them.

    But in pointing out the inherent lack of security in these biometric systems, we run the risk of falling into a trap. We might be seen to be implicitly stating that if these security loopholes could be closed then biometric identification would be a good thing. But that is not the point.”

    I can smell, a govornment blockchain idetification a long way here.
    Your identity, wil go there, and stay there. I think, you soon wil find me, and my whole life in a small cube / block, traded, on the cyber stock excange.


  3. mkey says:

    On which page is Griffins’s webiste for you? On my end, it’s on the top of the third page.


    First on duckduckgo.

  4. mkey says:

    Welcome to THE UPSIDE DOWN!

    Good evening, and welcome to the upside down.

    Where what you see,
    can never be,
    and what you know,
    just isn’t so.

    Where bad is good and wrong is right.
    Where truth went down without a fight.
    Where you might just say,
    everyday is opposite day.

    Can I offer you a mask or an anal swab?
    Rape is the law, if its for a good cause.
    Oh no, it isn’t mandatory, that would be cruel
    but you have no choice, that’s our only rule.

    Before you enter I must tell you about the world’s deadliest disease.
    It can take you out with a single sneeze.
    It’s a clever bugger too, it can’t take out a violent mob
    it only thrives in those with jobs.

    But luckily, we have the only cure,
    it won’t stop it from spreading but that’s all we know for sure.
    So “What does it do?”, you may ask.
    No one knows, so please be sure to double mask.

    “It’s super safe” the doctor said.
    Even if you end up dead,
    because the antidote can’t kill you since
    it’s the leading cause of coincidence.

    Now roll up your sleeve and let’s go,
    I’ll take you through the backwards show.
    Where doctors kill and science shills
    for our lord and saviour, a man named Bill.

    To your left you will find our grand display
    of courageous men with nothing to say.
    They don’t provide, or lead, or slay.
    They smile, nod, and let you have your way.

    To your right you’ll see our exhibition of empathy.
    Where the rich stay home,
    and through their phone,
    demand that old folks die alone.

    Follow along the yellow dotted line,
    to our memorial of dissent, our evil shrine.
    The thought criminals and sense seekers and those who disrupt,
    the ones who tried to turn us right side up.

    They did not shrink, to double think,
    so all of them died from “suicide”.
    Thank you very much for visiting THE UPSIDE DOWN!
    Now please return to the circus with the rest of the clowns.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      WhatsHerFace !

      I needed that!
      That Canadian gal can really throw out some wit.
      (The background music really gave the poem some feel.)

  5. Ukdavec says:

    James – thank you for the link “The Great Firewall of…America? WTZ!”

    Highly recommended.

    I would speculate that this technique could also be used against Bitcoin.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      I was captivated by that presentation!
      And most of it was Greek to me, but I sure caught the highlight.

      Rob Braxman mentions February 2nd (Tuesday) as the start date.
      For me, this date rings a bell.
      Very, very early that morning of Feb 2nd, prior to U.S. market open, silver prices crashed.
      This was during the days of the “Silver Short Squeeze”, and silver prices on Monday had almost touched $30 an ounce.
      Over the previous weekend (Saturday and Sunday), people had bought up huge amounts of physical silver inventory. Monday, silver shot up.
      On Tuesday Feb 2nd, silver prices on the COMEX slid way down, crashing hard.

      During this period of time, there were also the Reddit WallStreetBets events of GameStop, AMC, etc.

      Another odd thing was that Brokerages were somewhat “throttled” on different days. Sometimes, trades could not be placed. Zero Hedge had some articles about the brokerages.

      It doesn’t sound like this is connected to the VPN scenario, but I am just noting the time period coincidence.

      • Ukdavec says:

        You may be on to something, but I guess we will never know. FWIW I was placing trades on Silver miners during that period with no issues at all – some Twitter buddies did report problems they were having.

        I took the Firewall presentation to describe a greater threat than just to VPN’s. Many Crypto fans think they are immune from government inteference. This lays out a framework where such confidence is totally misplaced IMHO.

        This from 2018 describes the framework in better detail


        combined with this for BTC in particular


  6. rob.h says:

    Great stuff. I am thinking that fake passports will become the rage in the coming months!! A good business opportunity? You bet. Many have already started. #walkaway!

    • betsy says:

      Rob, I had a similar thought. If this digital open-air prison does come about–even as the pieces of it are being put into place–a very active black market in fake credentials is undoubtedly already developing, as well as a great deal of inventive hacking of the biometric id systems. This gives me almost an inclination to chuckle in the face of the incredibly dark and horrifying plan that the wealthy have for the rest of us, because really, there are so many creative and brilliant people who will increasingly be putting their skill and insight into breaking the system. The coders creating these systems to corral and control us are cold, heartless, grey bureaucrats; the ones working against that future are lively, fully human and free-thinking. This gives me a reason to believe we can stop the plan from ever fully executing.

  7. Fact Checker says:

    The chaos and unpredictability are part of the point, because the tech is always set up in such a way that the plebs are the ones who are always disadvantaged by a malfunction–not the controllers. The controllers don’t care if “hackers” and “spoofers” can use the tech to steal from or disrupt other plebs’ lives. Also, they don’t care if a pleb languishes in customs for a day or two due to a faulty scanner, or gets erroneously “flagged” as having a warrant or being on the no-fly list (a la the premise of the film Brazil), forcing them to spend weeks in stressful administrative appeals.

    In fact, the complete helplessness experienced by a pleb suffering under the weight of Techno-Tyranny is a FEATURE not a BUG. Ultimately, the electro-mechanical control grid is NOT designed to “prevent crime” or even “identify dissidents.” The true purpose is to demoralize, degrade, and dehumanize every single individual, to put them in a state of borderline-panic anxiety and apprehension, when the mind is most susceptible to suggestion and coercion. This is the principle behind all Pavlovian trauma-induced brainwashing. The point of this system is to mentally disintegrate every steeple until they are entirely passive recipients of instruction from the hive-mind superstructure. The control grid is a seamless continuation of the traumatic mind-control of the “corona lockdown” house-arrest program. The “touchless torture” of “modern society” will just become rapidly more intimate, more immediate, more omnipresent, and more exquisitely excruciating.

    Every “living” human will exist in a state of acute, heightened stress and dread that the faceless,, omnipotent mechanical environment will turn against him without any recourse or means of seeking redress. THAT’s the nightmare that is quickly becoming a reality. The true purpose of all this technology is to drive deaths by despair. The Machine is erecting the final Abattoir around the Herd, to drive the plebs to self-exterminate out of sheer, hopeless misery.

  8. scpat says:

    Coming Soon: The ‘Vaccine Passport’ – The New York Times
    February 4, 2021


    Among governments and those in the travel industry, a new term has entered the vocabulary: vaccine passport.

    One of President Biden’s executive orders aimed at curbing the pandemic asks government agencies to “assess the feasibility” of linking coronavirus vaccine certificates with other vaccination documents, and producing digital versions of them.

    […] It isn’t just governments that are suggesting vaccine passports. In a few weeks, Etihad Airways and Emirates will start using a digital travel pass, developed by the International Air Transport Association, to help passengers manage their travel plans and provide airlines and governments documentation that they have been vaccinated or tested for Covid-19.

    […] In addition to I.A.T.A., IBM has been developing its own Digital Health Pass that would enable individuals to present proof of vaccination or a negative test to gain access to a public location, such as a sports stadium, airplane, university or workplace. The pass, built on IBM’s blockchain technology, can utilize multiple data types, including temperature checks, virus exposure notifications, test results and vaccine status. The World Economic Forum and the Commons Project Foundation, a Swiss nonprofit group, have been testing a digital health passport called CommonPass, which would allow travelers to access testing or vaccination information. The pass would generate a QR code that could be shown to authorities.

    • scpat says:

      And I forgot the money quote:

      Why would I need a vaccine pass or passport?

      As more people are inoculated, there will likely be aspects of public life in which only people who have been vaccinated are allowed to participate.

  9. flammable says:

    That quote is literally all the reasoning of why you need a vaccine pass or passport. Because according to the companies themselves, the so called vaccines offer no immunity and no ability to stop transmission, only reducing mild symptoms. This is not about protection it’s about compliance. And it’s crazy how people will listen to or make up their own mental gymnastics over this.

    The worst is rewriting history saying that is how it always was. As long as we breathe we spread viruses. How many decades have vaccines have been promoted to trigger an immune response to a particular virus which will destroy the virus before it can be spread thus stopping transmission? It’s literally written into legal definition of vaccines emphasizing immunity and stopping transmission.

  10. Simon says:

    ‘Recommended Listening and Viewing’, the only thing that is really behind the paywall.

    Oh and thank you for the ‘Just For Fun’ alway look forwards to that!

  11. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Zero Hedge – Monday Feb 15, 2021
    Bill Gates Goes Full Captain Planet, Wants To Change ‘Every Aspect Of Economy’ While We Dine On Fake Meat
    EMBEDDED VIDEO – “60 Minutes” Bill Gates interview –
    Worth watching, but rated SIS (scary insane shit)

    A few EXCERPTS

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates is pushing drastic and ‘fundamental’ changes to the economy in order to immediately halt the release of greenhouse gasses – primarily carbon dioxide – and ‘go to zero’ in order to save the planet from long-prognosticated (and consistently wrong) environmental disaster.

    Changes we’ll need to make in order to realize Gates’ vision include:
    ~~ Allocating $35 billion per year on climate and clean energy research.
    ~~ Electric everything.
    ~~ Widespread consumption of fake meat, since cows account for ‘4% of all greenhouse gases.’
    ~~ Retooling the steel and cement industries, which Gates says account for 16% of all carbon dioxide emissions, to inject up to 30% of captured C02 into concrete, and create a different type of steel.
    ~~ Widespread adoption of next generation nuclear energy to supplement wind and solar…

    …Bill Gates has been lauded as the man to “save the world” and help the planet reach zero carbon emissions in a new report by Wired Magazine, despite such standards not being reflected in the billionaire philanthropist’s own lifestyle.

    The article investigates how Gates plans to achieve a “zero carbon” world and promotes his new book which argues “it’s time we make real societal, economic and logistic changes to our way of life to avoid disaster.”….

  12. alvin says:

    Anyone else here hoping to get some insights into faking a PCR test in February of 2021? Any ideas welcome… I want to go to Mexico, but I’m not 100% sure I won’t want to come back (at least to move out of our house) for a bit.

    • Roy says:

      Hi Alvin !

      Why fake something fake ?
      I would think, that these PCR test’s would be available to get for your self at the free marked.
      There should be a free marked laboratorium, that would be able to analyse this test, at lets say, 10 times amplifying, not the 30-50 as used in the state labs. So this could be a way to get a legitim certificate of the fake test ! Not going to be free ( as free from the government ), but maybe a legal way to get what you want ? In the US, there are plenty of private labs, as i understand, why not talk to them ? And please post the answer here !


      • alvin says:

        Well, I guess I will shop around once I’m in Mexico. I have no use for tests (at this point) in the US. Hopefully I can find low ct test in Mexico. I will post if I do.

        It shouldn’t be a big deal and I don’t plan to obsess about something fake. I’m just trying to take care of the little things so that the enormity of our challenges doesn’t overwhelm me.

  13. jurbog says:

    The first defense for me is as always look for the degrees of freedom – they are always there. And the more so in your private life. When you concentrate too much on the obstacles, all you start seeing are the obstacles. Like there is nothing else anymore. But there is, there is plenty “else” even.
    Why? Well, simply, because the mind of the authorities and the rich and powerful is pretty limited. Their vision of the future is very mundane and superficial. Their visions cannot match reality. Their idea of superiority is just as stupid as thinking the human race is somehow the pinnacle of evolution. That popular insane idea is just another proof of elitist dreaming outside reality. Their impressive powerful totalitarian Titanics are doomed to sink.

    So, to be honest, actually I just do nothing but evade and duck and look for loopholes and degrees of freedom. They are always there.

    OK, that’s my first line of defense. It works for me. Looking around me, seeing the worry of relatives and friends and neighbors, I know that’s not enough. So you try to help them and inform them as long as they are open to it.

    But then, for a lot of people real freedom is scary. For them freedom equals chaos and uncertainty. In a limited sense that is true. No freedom without risks. But again, concentrating on the negatives makes you see mainly them. It is about the opportunities that come with freedom. To be able to deal with risks and opportunities is an art. Clearly it is not for everyone.

    So I accept it, that for a lot of people, the way it goes maybe is the best for them. Surviving in the safety of the herd. In the end, I am also to a certain degree a social animal. I wouldn’t be writing this comment, now would I?

    It is therefore not my aim to change the world and politics into some perfect global libertarian anarchy of sorts. My aim is to find my way in this totalitarian-by-design labyrinth. Kind of like a life philosophy, a sporting challenge even. To be fair, maybe I would miss this challenge if it wouldn’t be there?

    A memory pops up. At one time as a student I lived in the periphery of Amsterdam. Going to college in the city center I tried to evade the traffic lights and jams as much as possible. And amazingly, indeed there was a way to the very center without these traffic lights, and very fast even. You just had to pick your own route and be a bit inventive.

  14. mik says:

    Thanks for the video Why Distributed Networks Are Important.

    Distributed networks are fine and necessary, there is just a big caveat, they use the same physical infrastructure.

    To understand how internet works one has to understand OSI model.

    Distributed networks are defined on level 3 in the OSI model, they are really just abstractions. They don’t change anything on a material level, first layer in OSI model stays the same and they own it. Internet passports are not inconceivable today when bio-passports are almost here.
    I have no doubt loopholes will always exists, but for average joe not without help from some techy. I’m really interested are there any proposals about how this knowledge could be distributed continuously, because that would be an arms race situation. But internet is just too big haystack, they will never be able to control it.

    • Denis says:

      OSI model is also abstraction where some protocols can belong to different layers. If one wants to understand how internet works learning at least basics of physical layer, digital data processing, and TCP/IP model would be a good idea.

  15. lieven says:

    I am an independent consultant, trainer, teacher and sculpturing gardener.
    Father of 5 children. My two youngest are completely into TIK tok and even when I tell them about the real business behind their play. I have to experience them limiting their reality more and more to their little screen of their smartphone.
    And here I am getting more and more on this bigger screen…
    You can find more about me on social media and ask about me in my street and local village here in Belgium. (https://www.lievengodderis.be)
    Since the organized lockdowns killed my free-lance business starting already at the end of 2019 I am looking to find new ways of living and working into this world. I started with getting informed. I was a pioneer in investigating journalism in the 1990’s (first project was about the petro-euro’s as the Iran/Irakees where interested in getting rid off the dollar) and did not get financing and I know why, now)
    So I read: “gezond verstand”, “The Solari Reports” and payed a one year subscription to the Corbett reports.
    Over here in Belgium there is only official news about football and the statistics about the new and more intensifying PCR tests and vaccinations. Even when the figure, against all their odds, are getting better, the lockdowns measurements are extended until the end of March.
    Some doctors try to provide a more factual communication about the unhealthy CO2 behind the masks and so on, but they are shut down by the official instanties and changed into ‘dangerous quacks’ and conspiracy theory believers and made quickly forgotten as soon as possible.
    What we see now is an extreme growth and coming together by the right wing political powers in every country in Europe. Together they ‘have’ 60% of the not satisfied populations behind them. These lockdowns will make their popularity grow ! New elections campaigns are taking off with a lot of steam for the 2024 elections !
    There are a lot of facts out there. It is the right time to connect the dots and with each other and inform more people and do this in a smart way as we could just end as shouting into the desert.
    What I find scary is the icorporation of the sustainability and other narratives into the bigger scheme. I use some filters to select the good from the bad and try to stay in the middle of the road; not to judge and look for intelligence.
    Telling the facts is rather difficult as people are no more used to manage their reality outside their bubble and are now expecting heaven (after almost one year lockdowns) and want to provide whatever needed, scans, bio ID, vaccines and so on to just get an impression of being free to go to the local barber, coffeeshop, do their work normally or have their time over time postponed holiday abroad…
    Let us keep doing the right thing. For me that is working and teaching about the qualities we have as humans, society in this natural reality. And of course I love to garden or create a new piece of art.
    Cordial greetings, Lieven

    • mkey says:

      Recently, there has been many spilling of beans all over the place.

      In my failing EU member state, the prime minister recently engaged in open war with the media, putting the onus on them to do whatever needs to be done to push the vaccines. Literal finger pointing in front of cameras was the method used. The media didn’t go into frenzy over that incredible breach and the public seems to have been left utterly unimpressed as well.

      Just the other day, the same prime minister (whom to me seems as if he has considerably diminished health recently) has engaged in open warfare with some local medical officials. One of the public health institutions chiefs has caught wind of the Astra zeneca (is it AZ?) being disallowed for older than 55 (or somewhere along those lines) in many countries in Europe and across the world so has proclaimed that this same policy is to be followed in his locale.

      The official stance (fully enforced by the media) here is that that vaccine is absolutely safe for everyone and his excellency the prime minister took to telling off that pesky local official, claiming that laws will need to be updated to prevent anyone on the local level from countering the centralized narrative. He didn’t even try to use double speak, he was very frank in his outpour. I wasn’t very surprised to see this information going below the radar for the vast majority, even if it probably can’t get any more obvious than that.

      There has recently also been some talk about lessening the restrictions in some regions, but again centralized gatekeepers took to castigating, shaming and telling off the peasantry. Even though, not that long ago, regional “experts” were allowed to adjust restrictions in their locale. Now the central committee claims that locals can only opt for stricter “measures.”

      I’m quite afraid none of these people have any idea what 1984 is about, let alone having read it.

  16. taxSlave says:

    I feel as if an elephant is sitting on my chest. I can’t breathe. Everywhere I look I see people dutifully donning their oxygen depravation system,s trudging along buying their toilet paper.
    I am the only one not wearing a mask. People stare at me as if I am the freak.

    I really have lost hope. I wish I weren’t alone here in eastern PA. I am in a Twilight Zone episode, I just know it.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      You are not alone in “standing alone”.

      For months and months, when I enter a store like Walmart or my local grocery stores, I am surrounded by everybody wearing a mask. Everyone has a mask on, except an occasional small child.
      I am the only person not wearing a mask.

      I look. I actively look for someone else who isn’t wearing a mask. I can’t find anyone. There are hundreds and hundreds of people in the store.
      Occasionally, I will get a glare from someone who resents it.
      I see a lot of “double-take surprised glances” come my way.

      I’m used to being alone on this.
      I’m fine.
      I’m not lonely, just alone in my one person demonstration of personal liberty.
      Crowd support is not something I need. I like it, but don’t need it.

      However, there is my corner neighborhood convenience store / liquor store. The guy behind the counter doesn’t wear a mask, even though it is a County mandate for businesses. And often, other customers come in without a mask. So, that is kind of cool.

    • mkey says:

      If everyone is wearing a mask, I guess that makes it OK for that one single guy/gal not to wear it. Everyone’s protected, so no harm, no foul.

      This reminds me of my gallivanting around during the past spring. I could walk in the outdoors for two hours without seeing more than a handful of people, usually the same faces from previous treks. While I found this experience quite uncomfortable, there was also solace in knowing that everyone was safe. Because, if everyone was shuttering in place inside, it was perfectly safe for me to shutter in place in the outside.

      This spring, it doesn’t look like people are planning to stay indoors for extended spells, there’s quite a lot of ongoers with the onset of nice weather. This is probably a combined effect of the spell wearing a bit thin and the fact there was a sharp turn in propaganda where people are less conditioned to stay inside while there’s more pressure on business to stay closed.

      • flammable says:

        I wish people would just think the mask protected them. Instead the propaganda is that everyone else must wear a mask to protect others around them, only when everyone around you is wearing a mask are you protected. Obviously people still dying despite wearing mask would ruin the narrative so instead it’s about saving someone else.

        There is a reason why masks are categorized as PPE, personal protective equipment. The entire design, purpose, and quality control is based on protecting the user hence the word personal. Any expectation of protecting others is purely theoretical, symbolic, and now political.

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