That Didn’t Take Long: Apple’s Touch ID Cracked

Touch ID demonstration

The biometrics hacking team of of the Chaos Computer Club has managed to bypass Apple’s TouchID system, through “easy everyday means.”

Basically, they grab the user’s fingerprint and create a copy of that to trick TouchID into unlocking that iPhone.

Here’s a portion of the report:

“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.”

That said, it may take some effort to bypass this, and the person will need the fingerprint of the finger you use to unlock your iPhone.

I’m just going to use my toe to really screw with a potential hacker!

You can read more about it here: Link

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