A breach in a database of biometric security smart lock platform Suprema BioStar 2 exposed more than one million fingerprint records as well as facial recognition information and other sensitive data.

The web-based system is used by the likes of the U.K. Metropolitan Police to control access to physical facilities and manage users permissions. Researchers from vpnMentor led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar on August 5 were able to access the data, which was since secured by August 13.

“The data leaked in the breach is of a highly sensitive nature. It includes detailed personal information of employees and unencrypted usernames and passwords, giving hackers access to user accounts and permissions at facilities using BioStar 2,” according to a vpnMonitor blog post. “Malicious agents could use this to hack into secure facilities and manipulate their security protocols for criminal activities.” 

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