Monday, 10 July 2017

How Easy Is It To Change Your Fingerprints?

is the question some potential 1.6 million customers will be asking themselves, 

as they go to work this morning, sometime in the last few hours, Avanti published a “notice of data breach” on its Web site,

“On July 4, 2017, we discovered a sophisticated malware attack which affected kiosks at some Avanti Markets. Based on our investigation thus far, and although we have not yet confirmed the root cause of the intrusion, it appears the attackers utilised the malware to gain unauthorised access to customer personal information from some kiosks. Because not all of our kiosks are configured or used the same way, personal information on some kiosks may have been adversely affected, while other kiosks may not have been affected.”

Avanti said it appears the malware was designed to gather certain payment card information including the cardholder’s first and last name, credit/debit card number and expiration date,

Breaches at point-of-sale vendors have become almost regular occurrences over the past few years, but this breach is especially notable as it may also have jeopardised customer biometric data. That’s because the newer Avanti kiosk systems allow users to pay using a scan of their fingerprint,

“In addition, users of the Market Card option may have had their names and email addresses compromised, as well as their biometric information if they used the kiosk’s biometric verification functionality,” the company warned, 

so back to the question, it is relatively easy to change your password, but how do you change your fingerprints or even worse I guess eye scan? thank goodness I never fell for Internet banking and still receive a monthly paper statement and still use a cheque book! I really do not believe that with today's technical wizards out there that any system is 100% safe with your personal details, and this just proves it!

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