Just shy of 4 days since Apple’s official release of their iPhone 5s, a German group of hackers have already claimed to have hacked the operating system’s “impenetrable” fingerprint technology.
Sure, the phone has been hacked, unlocked and a number of other things, but if the fingerprint hack proves to be true, it can cause some bigger problems for Apple, who is betting on the new technology to give them a leg up on the Android operating system of Google Inc.
As reported by the Huffington Post:
CCC, one the world’s largest and most respected hacking groups, posted a video on its website that appeared to show somebody accessing an iPhone 5S with a fabricated print. The site described how members of its biometrics team had cracked the new fingerprint reader, one of the few major high-tech features added to the latest version of the iPhone.
The group said they targeted Touch ID to knock down reports about its “marvels,” which suggested it would be difficult to crack.
“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.”
Watch the hack happen in the video above. Insanity!
SOURCE: Huffington Post