Fingerprint sensor technology of iPhone 5s hacked


Just a few days ago, US-based tech giant Apple Inc. unveiled a new technology used for its iPhone 5s, known as fingerprint sensor. However, a group of German hackers discovered a way to avoid the Apple’s TouchID and claimed that fingerprint biometrics is not the right method of access control.


The group – which is called the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) – showed that the phone user’s fingerprint photographed from a glass surface was sufficient to create a fake finger which in turn can unlock an iPhone 5s, which uses TouchID as security.

The hackers in a blog post wrote that the new iPhone 5s simply features a higher resolution than previous sensors. Frank Rieger, the spokesperson for CCC said, “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.”

The spokesperson went on to say that the public must no longer be tricked by the biometrics industry with wrong security claims. So far, Apple did not make any comments regarding the hack and this is the third security flaw which was found ever since the new phone and its iOS 7 made their debut last week.

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