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Technology for Detecting Altered Fingerprints Developed at MSU, Licensed to Biometrics Company

CSE University Distinguished Professor Anil Jain develops a technique to detect altered fingerprints

September 16, 2011

If you believe that fingerprints are a sure-fire way to verify an individual's identity, think again.

As far back as the early 1930s, infamous bank robber John Dillinger altered his fingerprints by applying acid to his fingertips. More recently, three people were charged in federal court in 2010 with conspiring to mutilate fingerprints to conceal illegal aliens from detection.