Hackers are said to have already outsmarted Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which launched with the iPhone 5s on Friday.
The group, Chaos Computer Club (CCC), claims to have created a method of bypassing a fingerprint-locked iPhone handset “using easy everyday means.” In essence, the process involves “simply photographing a fingerprint left behind on a surface and then creating a glue model of it,” The Verge notes.
One of the hackers, Starbug, explained:
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.
Apple has promoted the security of Touch ID, which requires a living fingerprint and reads the unblemished skin underneath a finger’s outer layer. However, CCC’s new method, which is outlined in the below video, appears to undermine Apple’s claims.
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Apple has not yet commented on the matter, though we’ll be sure to let you know if this changes.
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