Apple TouchID Security Broken by Chaos Computer Club

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Sat, Sep 28th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

A fingerprint photographed from a glass surface was sufficient for the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) to create a fake finger that could be used to unlock the iPhone5s' biometric security.

Apple had released the new iPhone with a fingerprint sensor that was supposedly much more secure than previous fingerprint technology. A lot of bogus speculation about the marvels of the new technology and how hard to defeat it supposedly is had dominated the international technology press for days.

"In reality, Apple's sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far. So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake", said the hacker with the nickname Starbug, who performed the critical experiments that led to the successful circumvention of the fingerprint locking. "As we have said now for more than years, 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." [1]

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