Decoding flight information from an undocumented endpoint on the in-flight WiFi

A few weeks ago I flew with Virgin to South Africa for work. Flights to South Africa from the UK are only ever overnight which for me is a shame, because I detest trying to sleep on an overnight flight. For anyone like me who wants to get on with other things whilst they fly, Virgin provide in flight WiFi – at a cost of £4.99 a device. I learned you had to pay only once the captive portal page kicked in. But seeing as I was already on the WiFi, I decided to do some poking around. Here’s what I found

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Fingerprint scanners are not reliable proof of identity.

There’s a problem with mobile biometrics. More specifically, there’s a disconnect between how they should be used, and how they are being used. App developers are treating a fingerprint as though it though it will 100% surely assert that the user is who they say they are when in reality it can’t, it can only assert that they had access to the phone at one point or another. Looking at Android for specifics, let’s look at why the problem is there, and how it can be fixed.

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