iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor hacked

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iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor hacked

 

iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor hacked

Biometrics are not safe, says famous hacker team who provide video showing how they could use a fake fingerprint to bypass phone’s security lockscreen.

Germany’s Chaos Computer Club says it has cracked the safety around Apple fingerprint sensor on its new iPhone 5S, just couple of days after the device went on sale globally.

The group says that their biometric hacking team took a fingerprint of the user, photographed from a glass surface, and then created a “fake fingerprint” which could be put onto a thin film and used with a real finger to unlock the phone.

The claim, which is backed up with a video, will create anxieties for businesses which see users aiming to use the phone to access corporate accounts. While it requires physical access to the phone, and a clean print of one finger which is one of those used to unlock the phone, it increases the risk of a security breach.

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