Biometrics , Incident & Breach Response , ISMG Security Report

HSBC Experiences Voice Biometrics Telephone Banking Fail

Also, OWASP's Application Security Conference Comes to Northern Ireland
HSBC Experiences Voice Biometrics Telephone Banking Fail
The world headquarters of HSBC bank in London. (Photo: George Rex, Flickr/CC)

An investigation into security failures associated with voice biometric access to HSBC's telephone banking service leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report.

In this report, you'll hear (click on player beneath image to listen):

  • Analysis of a BBC investigation into HSBC's use of voice biometrics, which customers can enable to use the phrase "my voice is my password" to authenticate and access their bank accounts via phone, featuring cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward;
  • ISMG Security and Technology Editor Jeremy Kirk analyze the potential fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, following Sweden suspending one of its rape investigations against him;
  • A report from OWASP's recent AppSec Europe conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, featuring Michelle Simpson, co-founder of OWASP's Belfast chapter and a co-chair of this year's conference.
The Titanic Belfast museum, located on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard from which the infamous White Star Liner was launched 105 years ago, and location of the AppSec Europe attendee dinner. (Photo: Mathew Schwartz)

The ISMG Security Report appears on this and other ISMG websites on Tuesdays and Fridays. Check out our May 16 and May 19 reports that respectively analyze the bold remarks made by President Donald Trump's top security adviser on cybersecurity and how the U.S. Congress is picking up its pace on cybersecurity legislation.

The next ISMG Security Report will be posted on Friday, May 26.

Theme music for the ISMG Security Report is by Ithaca Audio under a Creative Commons license.

Special thanks to Belfast-based photographer Richard Corbett for audio from OWASP's AppSec Europe 2017 attendee dinner and for The Hit Machine for the stellar Titanic Belfast performance.

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