A Mingpao Daily journalist successfully spoofed a biometrics device of the self-service immigration clearance e-channel system at the Hong Kong-China border with fingerprint cast produced by a HK$110 (90 yuan) fingerprint cast kit bought on Taobao, according to a report by the Hong Kong-based Chinese-language Mingpao Daily.
Now with 391 devices at different borders, the e-channel system has been in use in Hong Kong since 1994. Each device take about 10 seconds to complete authentication.
The report says the journalist tested five devices located at the Hong Kong-Lo Wu border and Hong Kong-Lok Ma Chau border and managed to spoof one of the devices twice with the fingerprint cast.
The report adds that the Taobao has already taken away the fingerprint cast kit.
A spokesperson of the Immigration Department said the department is very concerned about the report and has already contacted Mingpao Daily for further details. "We are actively taking follow-up actions with the system contractor to confirm whether it was due to an isolated technical problem at a particular e-Channel," the spokesperson noted.
As an established practice, all e-Channel facilities and equipment are strictly tested before use or after maintenance, the spokesperson added.