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The real FBI facial recognition project

The New Scientist has an article on the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) program.

It started out as a project to replace the old fingerprint database, but will now include biometrics, DNA, voice prints, and facial recognition.

The idea is to database all the mugshots so people can be quickly identified after arrest, or possibly so surveillance video could be compared to the database to identify possible suspects.

Obviously lots of civil liberties issues here, but still a very long way from the paranoid hollywood inspired rantings about real time global surveillance with integrated biometrics.

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2 comments

  • Sam · September 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Hi I am wondering about your thoughts on this:

    Crack in Internet’s foundation of trust allows HTTPS session hijacking

    http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/09/crime-hijacks-https-sessions/

    Also are any of Anonymizer’s security solutions affected?

    Thanks

  • Author comment by lance · September 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    It does not appear that Anonymizer is vulnerable to this attack.
    The attack depends on being able to rapidly send multiple requests within a single SSL session. This is characteristic of web pages, but not of VPN connections, where the session is established and then stays active without having to re-transmit the secure token.

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