iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner touch ID hacked
In just two days i.e. by Saturday Apple iPhone 5S touch Id was being hacked by a German hacker group- Chaos Computer Club. They said that their Biometrics hacking team has successfully bypassed the biometric security of Apple’s touch ID by simple means. They have used fingerprint of Apple user which was photographed by glass surface to hack touch ID.
“We hope that this finally puts to rest the illusions people have about fingerprint biometrics. It is plain stupid to use something that you can’t change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token”, said Frank Rieger, spokesperson for the Chaos Computer Club.
This the video which shows how to hack Apple touch ID
“Fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints,” a hacker named Starbug was quoted as saying on the CCC’s site.
The group said it defeated Touch ID by photographing the fingerprint of an iPhone’s user, then printing it on to a transparent sheet, which it used to create a mold for a “fake finger.”
A micro venture capital firm known as I/O Capital, which had offered to pay $10,000 of the prize money, issued a press release late on Sunday saying that it would make its own determination about who won the contest.
So Apple’s security promise through its fingerprint scanner touch ID seems not be working. If it can be hacked by so simple means that obviously you cannot rely on it. And in any case using fingerprint for security is not a good idea because you leave it almost everywhere.