Secure online identification – WDR visits the IVC

When inspecting identity cards (ID cards) and passports more closely, both documents show different holograms depending on the angle of view. The passport photo, too will change colour. Experts use these security features to determine whether an ID card is genuine or forged.

Falsifying identity documents for scientific purposes only in the IVC laboratory

In a project commissioned by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), professors Rainer Herpers and AndrĂ© Hinkenjann together with two of IVC’s research associates examined the forgery protection of the ID card.

The team seemingly effortlessly managed to legitimise itself as Elvis Presley in a video chat and transformed a recently visiting WDR reporter into Udo Lindenberg by forged identity card (see video). The trick: A self-created ID card is held in front of the camera. Holograms and security features are superimposed on the camera image in a post-processing operation. This must be done very quickly so that the chat partner does not notice anything.

In response to the research results, security precautions for video identification have already been tightened. Meanwhile, the team of the Institute of Visual Computing is working on further loopholes.

This is a translation of an article originally posted by Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS). The original article can be found here (in German).

WDR’s (German) video footage can be found here (or by clicking on the image below).

WDR - Elvis lebt

Lokalzeit aus Bonn, WDR on 17 August 2018

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